Silicone Breast Implant Removal and Replacement Cost?

How much does a silicone Breast implant removal and replacement usually cost? I had the original implants put in 23 years ago. I would like them removed and replaced with the memory Silicone implants.

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Removal and replacement of Silicone Breast Implants

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Removal of silicone breast implants can be covered by your medical insurance in certain situations. I work with many insurance companies in cases such as removal of ruptured silicone implants, or removal of painful or distorted implants as a result of severe capsular contracture. If your silicone implants are 23 years old, the likilihood that they may be ruptured or leaking is very high. In these situations, insurance companies will pay for for the removal and you would only be responsible for the cost of replacement with new implants should you desire.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Costs for breast implant exchange with silicone gel breast implants.

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The costs of surgery vary greatly across the country. We charge starting about $3500 + MD Anesthesia Related Costs for breast implant exchange.

One main advantage that we have is that we own our AAAASF nationally accredited surgery center. This allows us to maintain staff and MD Anesthesiologist relationships, and manage the costs which allows us to provide a safe and comfortable environment.

Consult with 3 experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons to understand your options. 

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone breast implant removal and replacement cost?

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Costs for breast implant removal will certainly vary depending on your geographic location. Things to factor in for the procedure standpoint will be the facility fee, anesthesia fee, surgeon fee, other fees (e.g., fat grafting, breast lift, capsule removal, surgical garment, implant replacement, etc.). A range in price ~$6-10k is reasonable for a straight forward explantation with replacement of silicone implants. A consultation with a plastic surgeon will help you in determining which procedure(s) would be the right one for you. Cost also depends on the complexity of your case, presence of rupture, and how much work would need to be done to achieve an aesthetically-pleasing result for you. Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Implant removal and exchange

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The fees for removal of the implants varies and certianly will cost more to replace them.  To find a surgeon in your area you can look on the website of ASPS or ASAPS.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone breast implant removal and replacement

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This surgery can be a 1 hour operation or it could be a 3 hour procedure. Therefore costs will vary accordingly and range from $5000- 12,000.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Cost of removal and replacement of Silicone Breast Implants

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The cost of this procedure would depend upon various factors.For instance, if there is leakage of silicone from your older implants and capsular contracture with calcification, you may require a capsulectomy at the time of implant removal. This procedure can be quite complicated especially if the patient does not have a great deal of breast tissue and the implant was placed sub-mammary( behind the breast). If your situation is simpler meaning that there is adequate breast tissue and there is not a thickened capsule and the implants are intact, then a simple exchange can be done without a capsulectomy.

A simple exchange would cost about $6000-7000 including facility, anesthesia and silicone gel implants. Add on another $3000-4000 if a capsulecotmy is neccessary. If the implant is ruptured and you have pain from a capsular contracture, you may have insurance reimbursement in some cases.

Joel B. Singer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

In the Midwest: $6000-$8000

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Removal and replacement of silicone breast implants is a commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure.Prices vary widely and depend upon several variables.It’s important to make sure that the fee quote includes the surgeons fee, facility fee, anesthesia charges, implant costs, and pre- and post-operative care.Each of these components may vary widely depending upon the surgeon’s practice.In addition, added costs may be associated with extensive capsulectomies that may be necessary at the time of explantation.

Generally, surgeons who operate in dedicated outpatient cosmetic surgery centers are able to offer lower facility fees than those who operate in hospitals.The surgeon’s fee can vary 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 depending upon the type of implant used.Obviously, silicone implants are more expensive than saline implants.

When all of these variables are considered, fees in the mid-western United States vary between $6,000 and $8,000 for removal and replacement surgery.It’s important to remember that although price is an important component of your decision, it’s not the only consideration.Make sure your surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery and has appropriate qualifications and experience.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.