If a saline implant has leaked, is a patient liable for all costs associated with replacement?

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Who pays the cost of replacing a leaking Saline abreast Implant?

If your breast implant was made by either Mentor, Natrelle( aka McGhan, Inamed, or Sllergan) or Sientra and were placed through conventional methods ( some do not cover placement through the belly button), the implants carry a lifetime warranty. You need to give your surgeon the type of implants used and upon removal the defective implants must be sent back to the company for analysis. But the implants are free to you. 
Delendibg when you had the operation, if you chose the additional warranty which pays part of the surgical cost, IF the leak is within a 10 year period from the surgery you would also qualify for some financial support for the operation in addition to the lifetime free implant replacement. You really need to look in your papers if it is within the 10 year period to see if you purchased the additional warranty. 

Peter Aldea MD
Memphis, TN


Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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If a saline implant has leaked, is a patient liable for all costs associated with replacement?

Depending on the brand of implants and when they were placed, you may have a warrenty that covers some of the replacement costs. 

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Saline implant Leak

Technically, the saline implants are warrantied for lifetime.  That means that the manufacturer will send a new pair of implants at no cost.  However, surgical costs may or may not be covered.  If you had your implants placed before 2006, then they are past the 10 year stipend for surgery costs.  If they were placed after 2006 then you may have some surgical cost assistance ($1200 or $2400).  Whether this would cover all the surgery costs depends on your surgeon.  I hope this helps.

Replacement of Saline Implants

Usually the implant company will replace the implant at no cost but other costs, such as surgeon's fee, anesthesia costs, and facility fees, may not be covered unless you purchased an additional warranty at the time of your original surgery. If the deflation occurred less than 10 years from the original surgery, however, the implant company may cover some of those additional costs.
Good luck!

Brian Widenhouse, MD
Charleston Plastic Surgeon
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Leaking saline implant

Dear zestieone,
Hopefully you know the brand of your implants and the year that they were placed. The companies will typically replace the implants, and if the deflation occurred in less that 10 years there may be money from the company to reimburse you for a portion of your surgical fees.This is a set dollar amount, so it is likely there will be some out of pocket expense regardless. 
If you have the card given at the time of your surgery contact the company directly and they should be able to give you the specifics of your coverage. If you do not have the card, contact your surgeon's office for records (they will likely keep them for 7 years). If you can't get any information using your name and personal information each company may be able to search to see if they have a record.

Stacey Folk, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Coverage for saline implants

Thank you for your question. Typically implant companies cover the replacement of the implant over 10 years after implantation. Surgical fees, hospital fees, and surgeon fees are typically not covered. Some surgeons, however, reduce their fees if you return to the same surgeon that performed the initial surgery. Best of luck!

Replacement costs for a leaking saline implant

Most breast implant companies cover the actual replacement cost of the implant itself for the entire length of your life. They also provide some replacement coverage automatically, often for 10 years after surgery. Patients have the option to purchase additional replacement coverage from some companies, often within the first 45 days after their procedure. For more information on this and similar topics, I recommend a plastic surgery Q&A book like "The Scoop On Breasts: A Plastic Surgeon Busts the Myths." Best of luck. Hope this info helps.

Ted Eisenberg, DO, FACOS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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