Why Breast Implant Removal?
A woman’s body can change throughout her life. She may gain or lose weight. She may have one or more pregnancies, and may choose to breastfeed her child(ren). She may change careers. Even if a breast augmentation was right for her at one time in her life, she may later feel that she’d prefer to remove her implants. While a woman with breast implants can breastfeed if she chooses to, she may find that implants make breastfeeding difficult, so some women have their implants removed before or after becoming mothers. Implants may also rupture, or scarring may develop around them that makes them unsightly, or there may be some other reason that it’s necessary to remove them.
If you’re choosing to remove your breast implants, make sure you’re choosing it because you really want it, not to please someone else. If you enjoy having breast implants, don’t let anyone else make you feel bad about having them. However, if you truly want to remove them to change your figure, or if you need to remove them for medical reasons, then proceed. You can learn more about the breast implant removal procedure, its risks and benefits, in our Education Wiki.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon’s fee for a breast implant removal procedure is $2,354. Keep in mind that this is only an average; it varies by region and by individual surgeon, so you should check with the surgeon(s) you’re considering to determine their exact fee for the procedure. Ask what’s included in that fee, to make sure you aren’t surprised by extra costs when you get the bill later.
You’ve been through a breast augmentation already, so you have some knowledge about plastic surgery. Still, some patients are surprised to find out that the surgeon’s fee isn’t necessarily the only expense they’ll need to consider for their breast implant removal. There may be anesthesia costs and operating room or hospital fees that aren’t included in the surgeon’s fee. Medications (for example, pain medication, or antibiotics) may also be an extra cost. In some cases, you also have to pay separately for your postsurgical garments. If any medical testing is required, this could also be a separate cost. A few surgeons may not include your preoperative and postoperative appointments in their fee, although most do include these visits to ensure that you’re adequately cared for. You should ask what all of the fees will be before your procedure, so that you aren’t surprised when the bill comes.
It’s also important to make sure you have access to a little extra money, via financing or savings, in case you have medical complications from the surgery (for instance, if you develop an infection). Your insurance usually will not cover complications from an elective surgery. While complications from this surgery are not common, they do happen to a few women, and so you should be prepared in case that rare woman is you.
Will Insurance Cover It?
In most cases, insurance will not cover your breast implant removal. Even if there’s a medical reason for your implants to be removed, it would be considered a complication from an elective procedure, and would almost never be covered. That includes all of the costs above: the surgeon’s fee, any extra fees, and any postoperative complications that may arise. You’ll need to plan financially for your implant removal yourself.
What Are the Financing Options?
To many people, paying thousands of dollars up front seems impossible. However, if you don’t already have the money saved, you have many options available for financing. Many physicians offer financing plans for their patients. You can also get a medical credit card or other credit card, often with an attractive introductory interest rate; a medical loan, personal loan, or home equity loan from your bank; a loan from your 401(k); or loans or gifts from family and friends. Even if your credit isn’t great, you’d be surprised how many options you have. For more details about the financing options for your procedure, check out our Plastic Surgery Financing page.