Why Do Silicone Breast Implants Cost More Than Saline?

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

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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.

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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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.

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.


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It is a good question. I assume that the manufacturers set the prices as much higher for silicone because they are filled with silicone which costs more to produce as opposed to saline which costs the manufacturer nothing but costs me a few pennies. 

Saline vs silicone implant price

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It is not the surgeon who determines the cost of saline or silicone implants-it's the manufacturer. Higher costs are probably incurred when manufacturing silicone implants, and that's why they tend to cost more for the consumer.

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.

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
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

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.

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.

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