Patients who seek breast augmentation cosmetic surgery should be aware of the possibility of breast implant exchange at any stage in the future. This plastic surgery procedure may be performed to replace damaged implants, or purely for the sake of changed aesthetic preferences.
The cosmetic surgeon will discuss various aspects of breast implant exchange during the initial consultation, including its estimated cost. Dr. Hisham Seify is a board certified plastic surgeon providing this procedure to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding communities.
Factors that Affect the Cost
Two different practices may charge different for breast implant exchange cosmetic surgery. Sometimes even two patients at the same practice may be charged differently for the procedure. The following factors will affect the actual cost of the surgery:
The location of the plastic surgery practice can impact the overall cost of breast implant replacement procedure. The cost of living is likely to vary from one city or state to another, and it will affect the average cost of most types of products and services, including surgery procedures. As an example, the cost of breast implant exchange in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA and nearby areas may not be the same as the cost in, say, Boston, MA.
Plastic Surgeon’s Fee
The plastic surgeon who performs breast implants exchange my charge a fee based on their academic background, training, experience, and recognition in the area of breast revision surgeries. A potentially complex surgery such as implant exchange should ideally be performed by a highly experienced surgeon.
Costs of Anesthesia and Operating Room
The cosmetic surgeon may decide to perform the procedure using general anesthesia. This will involve the fee charged by the anesthesiologist, which may depend on their qualifications and experience. If the surgery is performed at an advanced surgical facility with a backup of highly experienced staff and personalized care, the cost of the facility may be slightly higher compared to that of an average operating room.
Breast Implants Cost
Several qualities in breast implants at the time of primary surgery come with lifetime warranty for replacement. But the warranty may only apply if the implants are damaged or lose their shape due to no fault of the patient. If the patient wants to replace implants just for aesthetic considerations, even when they are working fine, the cost of the new implants may have to be included in the overall price tag of the treatment.
Highly cohesive silicone implant qualities such as Gummy Bear implants may cost considerably more than the traditional saline implants. Such choices will impact the overall cost of breast implant exchange procedure.
Average Cost of Treatment
The cost of breast exchange surgery on average in the US may range between $8,000 and $15,000, all inclusive. Such wide variation in costs will occur due to various factors as discussed above. The primary breast augmentation procedure is usually an elective surgery for aesthetic purposes.
Therefore, the cost of breast implant replacement will also not be covered by health insurance. However, most patients will have a choice to have the procedure financed through a bank loan or a loan from a professional medical care finance company that knows this business.
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