Although the majority of patients are happy with their breast augmentations, some patients are not satisfied with their results or wish to change them after several years.
When this happens, patients may turn to breast revision surgery — also known as breast implant revision surgery.
Breast revision surgery is a cosmetic procedure that aims to correct and improve a past breast augmentation procedure because of a cosmetic or medical reason. This may mean adjusting implants, replacing implants, or removing them altogether. Before you can jump right into another breast surgery, however, you’ll need to know if you’re a candidate.
Head to our main breast revision surgery page to find the requirements. Of course, you’ll also need to make a one-on-one consultation appointment with your surgeon prior to scheduling this procedure.
Breast Revision Surgery Cost
Now, let’s discuss one of the most common questions we receive regarding breast revisions — how much does it cost?
Unfortunately, as is the case with many plastic surgeries, your breast revision surgery cost will depend on a multitude of factors. This means we can’t give you a clear number right off the bat.
We can, however, give you a few ballpark figures. And we can also tell you what fees and expenses are included.
As of 2022 breast revision surgery costs anywhere from $6,000 to $15,000. Sometimes, depending on the specifics of the surgery, the cost may be more. A basic pricing breakdown is as follows.
There are two main types of charges associated with breast revision surgery: actual surgical fees, which relate directly to your surgery and which will usually be itemized in your initial quote, and out-of-pocket expenses, which you may not anticipate but which are essential, especially during your recovery period.
Surgical fees basically include the cost of using the surgical facility, the cost of your anesthesiologist, and what your surgeon charges for their services.
When it comes to the use of a surgical facility or hospital for your operation, the facility your plastic surgeon decides to use will charge for the use of their space, staff, materials, and equipment. Therefore, the longer you are using their facility (the longer your surgery is and the longer you stay in a recovery room), the higher these costs will be.
Plastic surgeons charge according to their expertise, training, experience, and location. Anesthesiologists typically do the same. Those with more experience and skill will charge more. Those in higher-cost-of-living locations (large urban areas) will also charge more.
Before and after your surgery, there are additional fees to consider as well. These may not be itemized on your cost estimate for surgery, but you should include them when budgeting for your procedure. These include things such as:
This really depends on the patient’s unique circumstances. Some patients may undergo initial breast augmentation and, years down the line, decide to change the size of their implants or remove them entirely. The cost of a surgery like this depends on what techniques Dr. Aghayan will need to perform in order to meet your expectations.
For example, if a patient needs to have the location of their implants shifted, Dr. Aghayan may need to make entirely new breast pockets. Capsular contracture can also complicate the surgery and will require more intricate techniques.
Some patients may have had multiple surgeries on their breasts in the past, and this may further complicate another revision surgery. More scar tissue means a more challenging surgical scenario. Finally, if a patient wants to swap their current implants for higher-quality implants, the cost of those implants will certainly drive up the price as well.
Overall, breast revision surgery does tend to cost more than initial breast augmentation surgery. However, the overall cost is ultimately dependent on the unique circumstances of the patient.
Do surgeons charge for revisions to breast augmentation?
Most of the time, yes. While some surgeons will wave some or all revision fees depending on the reasons for revision, most will charge for this procedure. This is definitely true when the surgeon performing the revision is not the surgeon who performed the initial surgery or surgeries.
Does insurance cover breast revision surgery?
This depends, but most health insurance companies will not cover cosmetic procedures. Breast augmentation is almost never covered by insurance.
The only common exception is breast reconstruction surgery after a breast cancer-related mastectomy. It’s important to speak with your provider to know whether your particular surgery would be covered.
How much do breast implants cost 2022?
Breast implants themselves typically cost between $1,000 and $3,000 for a pair. Silicone implants are more expensive than saline implants, but most patients and surgeons prefer silicone.
How much does it cost to get breast implants redone?
To have your breast implants redone (called breast revision surgery), the cost may be anywhere from $6,000 to $15,000 or more.
What is the breast revision surgery recovery time?
This depends on the nature of the surgery and what exactly was done to correct or improve the patient’s implants. For more complicated surgeries, breast revision surgery recovery time may range from four to eight weeks.
With simpler revisions, patients can expect to return to work within one to two weeks and see a visible reduction in swelling and bruising after two to three weeks.
Considering breast revision surgery?
Whether you’ve recently undergone breast augmentation surgery and you are fully recovered and unhappy with your results, or, it’s been several years since your surgery, it’s important to meet one-on-one with your surgeon to discuss your revision options.
At your consultation appointment, you’ll be able to explain what specifically you want to improve and what you hope to achieve through revision surgery. Dr. Aghayan will perform a short physical exam, ask you some questions about your medical history, and provide options.
Call today to book your consultation appointment for breast revision surgery with Dr. Aghayan.
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