Breast augmentation ranks among the most sought after plastic surgery procedures in the U.S. However, many patients will have to undergo a breast implant revision surgery at least once in their lifetime. A revision surgery should be performed only by a reputed and experienced cosmetic surgeon because it may be more complicated than the primary surgery.
Dr. Hisham Seify is a board certified plastic surgeon providing this treatment to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas. Dr. Seify will discuss the estimated cost of surgery with the patient at the time of the initial consultation.
Cost Comparison with Primary Breast Augmentation
Breast implant revision surgery may cost slightly more than a primary breast augmentation procedure. It may involve a more intricate surgical procedure, depending on the reason why the revision needs to be performed. In this cosmetic surgery, the surgeon may have to create a new breast pocket, or expand or shrink the existing breast pocket, depending on the size and shape of new implants.
The cost of new implants may be higher if the patient wishes to replace them with a superior quality. In case the cost of implants is covered under a manufacturer’s warranty, the overall cost of a revision procedure may be lower. Therefore, the actual cost will be determined according to the specific situation of a patient.
Factors Impacting the Cost
Where the surgeon’s practice is located can make a difference to the overall cost of breast revision plastic surgery. For instance, the cost of the procedure in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding areas is likely to be different from the cost of the same procedure in Atlanta, GA. The cost of living may vary between two regions, which will impact the average cost of most products and services, including surgical services in an area.
The fee charged by the cosmetic surgeon may vary according to their skills, reputation, and experience in performing breast revision procedure. Similarly, the anesthesiologist’s fee will also differ slightly from one practice to another. If the procedure is performed at a state of the art operating facility, which has highly experienced staff and offers numerous services and comforts, the cost of the facility may be a little higher in comparison to an average operating room.
Average Cost of Procedure
Breast revision procedure is highly customized according to the patient’s medical and aesthetic needs. The choice of new implants, if an implant replacement is needed, will make a significant difference to the overall costs of the procedure. The cost of breast revision plastic surgery, on average, may fall anywhere between $7,000 and $15,000, depending on several factors.
Insurance and Financing
If the original breast augmentation procedure was performed for aesthetic reasons, the costs of breast revision will most likely not be covered under the patient’s health insurance plan. Several financing options are available to most patients, which may include credit cards, banks, medical care financing firms and borrowing from friends or family. The surgeon’s office may be able to offer more guidance or assistance in this regard.