Why Do Silicone Breast Implants Cost More Than Saline?

Why is it that silicone implants cost more than saline implants?

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The high cost of silicone implants is due to manufacturers [With Video]

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The price difference is out of our hands. The manufacturers charge us more for the Silicone implants, and unfortunately that cost gets handed down to the patient.

The reason for higher prices most likely is due to developmental costs, and previous issues with the FDA.


Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Costs of silicone implants are the lawyers fault

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In order to make FDA approved implants and in order to deal with the massive costs involved in dealing with the frivolous lawsuits, the manufacturers have to have higher prices for the gels.  Thanks the lawyers for this. By the way, Allergans are made in Costa Rica and Mentors are made in Dallas.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Silcone Implants are more expensive

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The manufacturers charge more for gel implants than saline.  We have asked that very question and have been told that the costs related to development and manufacturing are higher.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone implants more expensive to manufacture

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Silicone implants cost approximately $1,000 more than saline implants.  The manufacturer sets the price, we can only guess why they cost more.  It is probably because they are more expensive to make and distribute.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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HIgh cost of silicone gel implants

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A pair of silicone gel implants costs the surgeon APPROXIMATELY $1000 more than a pair of saline implants.  These costs are passed on to the patient.  The higher cost of silicone gel implants is due to:

1. higher manufacturing costs. 

2. greater perceived liability with silicone gel implants

3. higher research and development costs with silicone implants

 

Laurence Weider, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone Breast Implants

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The reason that silicone implants cost more than saline implants is that it costs the implant manufacturers more to produce the silicone filled implants than the saline implants which we fill in the operating room.  These prices are set by the manufacturers, not the surgeons.

Jason Brett Lichten, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone implants do cost more than saline

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Hi there-

There are many reasons why silicone implants cost more than saline implants, but the primary reason is that production of medical grade silicone (which is very pure and of course sterile) is expensive.

Saline is simply salt water- very cheap.

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone vs saline costs

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The reason for the cost difference is primariy the price of FDA regulation and testing (which is not bad), and the extra man power drives the costs up.  Another contributer is all the legal bills that accrewed during the silicone controversy.  So sorry.

Rodger Wade Pielet, MD (in memoriam)
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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An empty silicone balloon will cost less than one filled with silicone gel

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It's simply because Silicone costs more than salt water. If you have a 300 cc implant made of silicone, you are getting 300 cc of silicone. If you have a 300 cc saline implant, you get the same silicone balloon as you get for silicone, but there is no silicone in them. An empty silicone balloon will cost less than one filled with silicone gel. In addition, Silicone did develop a premium price due to the class action law suits of the 1990s.

Daniel P. Markmann, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone breast implants

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Silicone breast implants cost more than saline implants. This is really a question for the implant companies. They set the prices. I suppose it costs more to develop them.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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