American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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2 years ago


Left implant deflated can’t afford revision looking for clinical trial free procedure. Had my saline implants over 20 years.

Procedure: Breast Augmentation
Location: los angeles, CA

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Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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Your implant should have a lifetime product warranty (unless it is a PIP implant). That means the manufacturer will provide a new implant for free. You would have to pay for the surgeon and the operating room fee. Your original surgeon may waive his/her fee.

I do this for my own patients. For patients I didn't operate on, I charge $500. The OR is usually only one hour, so not terribly expensive. If your original surgeon is not available, check the Find-A-Surgeon tool for ASPS members near you. Call around and ask what the price might be. USC and UCLA may have "resident's cosmetic clinics" in which a resident (under the supervision of a professor) might offer a reduced cost surgery. You could also consider one of the no or low-interest loans that would allow you to pay off the surgery over 6-12 months. Good luck.

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question and I am sorry to hear of your implant issues. Likely your best method of minimizing cost would be to find a local plastic surgery training program and their respective resident's clinic. Hope this helps.

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Curtis Wong
ASPS Surgeon

If you've reached the point where your deflated side is actually looking good, consider just deflating the other side (voids warranty on that side). Have your surgeon document the deflation so that you can have some warranty coverage if you choose to have them redone down the road. Deflation doesn't cost my patients any extra over the consultation fee paid. If you want the shells removed for the time being, that can be done for $650 in the office under local. Going back to replace them would cost significantly more due to the OR and anesthesia add ons. Start with your own surgeon as many treat their established patients well.

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