Breast Implant Replacement Cost?

How much does breast implant replacement cost as compared to the initial surgery?

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Breast Implant Replacement Cost

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That’s a wonderful question!

Having the procedure to enhance your breast size a second time, is not the same as the first. Specifically, it can mean you need potentially Less, but also potentially More work to achieve your desired look. It all boils down to your specific needs.

In order to simplify things, it’s easiest to make sure you understand what the OVERALL cost of the procedure is, and what precisely it includes in terms of cost and expertise in your geographical region. Our range depending on your specific needs would be around $3,000 - $5,500. It should absolutely be all-inclusive, and the most influential factors include,

  • Is this an actual Plastic Surgeon performing the operation?
  • Is the plastic surgeon Fellowship Trained specifically in aesthetic plastic surgery?
  • Does the surgeon hold privileges at a local hospital, as a Plastic Surgeon?
  • Where will the surgery be performed? Hospital or certified outpatient surgery center?
  • What type of anesthesia will be used? General versus local anesthesia?
  • Implant type and changes needed? Silicone vs Saline.

Choose your surgeon based NOT only on price, but whether you feel he would truly walk you thru the process and can achieve your NEW aesthetic goals! Also, it is not unreasonable to ask to speak to prior patients, visit the surgical facility, and see before and after photos.

You should also keep in mind that your choice of plastic surgery practice and surgeon, should also be a long-term choice. Chances are that you may want further services for yourself, family, and friends and want to establish a place where you become a member of the family. So be sure you love the staff, and the overall feel of the office. This should be a long-term investment in your future.

Best wishes.

Costs associated with Replacement of Breast Implants

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Hi there-

The costs of replacing your implants should be a bit less than the initial costs, provided you want to keep the new implants in the same pocket. Having said that, here is some general information...

The costs of any aesthetic procedure will vary according to several variables:

1. The geographic location of the surgeon's practice

2. The details of the surgical procedure- the longer and more technically demanding the surgery is, the higher the costs.

3. The facility in which the surgery will be performed- generally speaking, hospitals are the most expensive places to do cosmetic surgery. Many surgeons use surgery centers or even have ORs in their offices, which really helps lower your costs, but this is only valuable if the facility is accredited by a recognized national body like the AAAASF, meaning it has met a high, national standard for safety in surgery.

4. Finally the costs will be significantly affected by the education, training, experience, and reputation of the surgeon you choose. Make no mistake- we are not all created equal, and shopping for the best price is NOT in your best interests. You should look for a surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery who you feel you can trust and get along well with (it is a relationship, after all). Ask to see photos of their work and maybe even talk to a few former patients about their experiences.

Remember- you are looking for the best outcome, not the lowest price. Find the professional that you think can give you what you want safely- in the long run you'll be happier than if you try to save a few dollars now, only to experience a poor outcome.

Cost of breast implant replacement surgery

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If the revision surgery is performed shortly after your initial surgery, and you're correcting a complication, your surgeon may offer you a discounted rate. However, if your replacement is several years after your initial surgery, then the cost would most likely be the same as regular breast augmentation.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

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Implant Replacement Cost

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The price varies greatly by geographical location, experience of the surgeon, whether in an outpatient surgery center vs hospital (hospital more expensive), type of breast implant, etc. Make sure you go to the most experience board certified plastic surgeon you can find, look at their reviews, before and after photos, and most important that you feel comfortable after your consultation that you have confidence that you are safe.  If you still have confidence in your original surgeon I would recommend returning to him/her and suspect it might be less expensive.

In the Midwest: $4300-7000

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Revisional breast augmentation surgery can occur for a variety of reasons.In some cases, these procedures are relatively minor, while in other cases, they may be more extensive than the original procedure.Furthermore, in some cases where implants have deflated, the implant warranty may not be operative, as well.For these reasons, cost tends to vary widely and depends upon several variables.It’s important to make sure that your fee quote includes the surgeon’s fee, facility fee, anesthesia charge, implant cost, and pre- and postoperative care.Each of these components may vary widely, depending upon the surgeon’s practice.
Generally, surgeons who operate in dedicated outpatient cosmetic surgery facilities are able to offer lower facility fees than those who operate in hospital-based practices.The surgeon’s fee can vary, as well, depending upon regional differences and levels of local competition.Anesthesia fees can vary and this may be related to the use of a nurse anesthetist versus a physician anesthesiologist.Finally, there may be wide variations in implant charges, depending upon the type of implant chosen.For instance, silicone implants are more expensive than saline implants.
It’s also important to have an understanding of your surgeon’s revisional surgery policy and the implant manufacturer’s warranty policy.Revisions can occur for a multitude of reasons and it’s important to understand how these variables will impact the cost of your procedure.
When all of these variables are considered, fees in the Midwestern United States vary between $4,300 and $7,000.It’s important to remember that although price is an important component of your decision, it’s not the only consideration.Make sure you have a comfort level with the surgeon’s experience and reputation and their ability to communicate with you.

Breast Implant Replacement Cost

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Thank you for your question.  Prices vary from city to city.  If the breast pockets are good and there is no scar tissue around the implant then the price for an exchange is less then your original surgery.  If there is more extensive work to be performed, such as breast lift or removal of scar tissue then the price will be higher.  Consult with a board certified PLastic Sugeon in ypur area.  Best wishes.

Breast Implant Replacement

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Hi, thank you for your question. The costs associated with breast implant replacement are based on several factors which include: the time allotted for the procedure, type of implants, surgeon and facility fees – surgeon and facility fees will vary depending on your location and the type of facility. The first step is to find a board-certified surgeon who you feel comfortable and decide if you are a good candidate for a breast implant exchange. Your health history will be considered for safety reasons, in my practice, patient safety is our number one priority. Best of luck to you.

Brian Coan, MD, FACS
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Breast Implant Replacement Cost

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The price of breast implant exchange like most procedures vary significantly among regions and even within the same area. We currently charge starting at 2800 + MD Anesthesia related costs for Breast Augmentation with saline implants. Depending on the age and status of your current implants, the MD Anesthesia fee can be original surgery as the pocket is already present and time to perform the surgery can be less.

To ensure quality work at most cost effective prices, consult with board certified plastic surgeons that own their own nationally accredited facilities. These surgeons must maintain the highest standards to keep accreditation. Moreover, the surgeons are motivated to ensure quality and properly trained staff (to minimize time and frustration in surgery), private and comfortable facilities (to ensure continued referrals), and less waste (to ensure that they can remain competitive financially with other centers).

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Augmentation revision/replacement vs. Primary Surgery

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In general, Breast revision, if it is merely replacing an implant and no major revision or lifting of the implant needs to be done, then the replacement fee is far simpler than the actual primary surgery and is thus less expensive.  The prices of Breast Augmentation, Lift, or full mommy make overs as well as revisions can vary widely from city to city. For example, a breast augmentation can cost 3-4 times in LA and New York what it costs in Montana.
In looking at the a price quote for breast augmentation, you should consider many variables.
1. The Surgeon's Fee. This can vary widely depending on the experience and results and thus demand for that surgeon. This also sometimes depends on technique. For example, a sub-muscular placement of an implant is much faster and thus takes less work for the surgeon than a sub-fascial placement of the implant that takes twice as long.
2. The Implant. The breast implant price depends on using a saline, memory gel, or highly cohesive (gummybear) implants. Usually saline implants cost about $1,000 for a pair, memory gel $2,000, and highly cohesive $3,000. If fat is used instead of an implant, then usually a fat harvest charge is used instead of implant fee as liposuction supplies are used and the fat purified in a variety of methods. The size of the implant does not matter, only the type of implant. If a dermal matrix is needed then there is an additional charge (usually about $1,000). In revisions, often the same implant can be used which saves on the implant costs. If a breast lift alone is performed, then obviously there is no implant cost.
3. Anesthesia. This can vary as well. If a board certified anesthesiologist is used then the price is higher. If a CRNA (nurse anesthetist) then the price is lower. It is even lower when a doctor just uses a non-certified anesthetist nurse, or just a medical assistant to push the anesthetic drugs (yes, this actually does happen).
4. Facility Fee. This can vary if the surgeon is using a certified surgery center or hospital vs. his non-certified office.
These four components make the total price, so it is best to break these down so the patient knows exactly what she is getting.
Realself has an average cost for each city.
Best wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Cost of breast implants

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Thank you for your question. Fees for surgery differ in each city and it is best that you contact local board certified plastic surgeons to obtain quotes for the procedure you are considering.

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