Hopefully, when you first got your breast implants for breast augmentation surgery, your surgeon explained that this is most likely, not a “one time” procedure. Dr. Delgado is very careful to explain to his San Francisco Bay Area patients that usually within ten years’ time some type of revision most likely will need to be done so that it will not come as a surprise. Some women may need more than one revision in their lifetime.
As stated under the “breast revision procedures” section of this website, there are several different reasons for breast revision surgery. The cost of breast revision surgery can vary quite a bit depending on what the issue is, such as;
- Do the implants need to be replaced?
- Are the implants ruptured or deflated?
- Is a breast lift needed?
- Will there need to be a new pocket for the implants?
There are many other variations and combinations so it is hard to give an idea of the cost since it is a case by case situation. It will most likely be as much as the original surgery and perhaps more.
The good news is you may not be responsible for all of the fees. For example, depending on the reason for breast revision surgery, the manufacturer may supply replacement implants at no cost to you. If your revision surgery takes place less than 10 years of the original surgery, the manufacturer sometimes offers limited financial assistance.
Mentor (which is the manufacturer of the implants Dr. Delgado uses) includes a limited warranty with the purchase of their implants to assist with surgical fees during the first 10 years should a revision be necessary. Mentor also offers an extended warranty to patients for a nominal fee which may double the amount of assistance.
However, if your original surgery was more than 10 years ago, there may still be help for you. Your implants come with a lifetime guarantee, so depending on the reason of failure of the implant(s) the manufacturer will most likely replace them at no cost to you. Additionally, depending on the reason for revision, your medical insurance may cover some costs. Dr. Delgado’s patient coordinator will be able to help you apply for coverage to your insurance.