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Redo breast augmentation

Q:

I had my breast done almost 18 years ago and at that time it was over the muscle. I would like to have it re done under the muscle and closer together. How much this cost?

A:

 Costs for revisions of breast surgery can vary across the nation by region and also with the type of implant placed. Old silicone implants can be much more difficult and expensive to remove and replace. Their is typically a scar or capsule that should be removed with old silicone implants. This requires more time to do as well as pathology fees to look at your tissue. Costs in our region start at approximately $7,500 and go up. 

 Removal and replacement of saline implants is much cheaper. Often it can be less than a new augmentation. Again, prices vary but, to removal and replacement of saline implants in our area starts at $4,000 and goes up. 

 Remember that often with age the female breast will sag or become ptotic. May patients request a slight breast lift at the time of removal and replacement of their breast implants. This can increase costs for the procedure.

 Consider calling some ASAPS Members in your area regarding your concerns and set up a consult. They are experts in revisionary breast surgery. Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

 

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The question is, why do you want your breast augmentation redone? Without a good reason such as severe capsular contraction, you should not seek revision. There is also no way to achieve breasts that are closer together. The position of your breasts is inherent and can only be changed slightly (and you must go as much laterally as you go medially).

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Kim,

Exchanging implants and changing their position are possible.

Surgical fees will vary depending on geographic location, the relationship that the surgeon has with his/her operating facility and anesthesiologist, and the expertise of the surgeon. In South Florida, the fees start at $3000 + anesthesia and facility related fees.

To explore your options, consult in person with 3 - 4 experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons in your area.

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Kim,

Exchanging implants and changing their position are possible.

Surgical fees will vary depending on geographic location, the relationship that the surgeon has with his/her operating facility and anesthesiologist, and the expertise of the surgeon. In South Florida, the fees start at $3000 + anesthesia and facility related fees.

To explore your options, consult in person with 3 - 4 experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons in your area.

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Kim,

Exchanging implants and changing their position are possible.

Surgical fees will vary depending on geographic location, the relationship that the surgeon has with his/her operating facility and anesthesiologist, and the expertise of the surgeon. In South Florida, the fees start at $3000 + anesthesia and facility related fees.

To explore your options, consult in person with 3 - 4 experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons in your area.

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Implants above the muscle can be converted to a partially below the muscle position with what is called a site change procedure. Depending on how your breasts look now in terms of laxity or sagginess you may benefit from some form of a breast lift procedure. I would recommend that you schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon and take a long any questions you have written down so you get the most out of your consultation. The cost will vary from place to place and plastic surgeon to plastic surgeon. I encourage you to not let the cost be your primary consideration. You need to make sure you are comfortable with the operative plan and post-op care. I wish you well.

Dr Edwards

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