EXPERT Q&A

Q: I had saline breast implants done 17 years ago, and they are beginning to sag. What is the average cost to have new implants done, and will I also need a breast lift done at the same time?

What our experts say:

Although a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is required for a proper answer to your question, here are a few general thoughts. You may wish to consider silicone implants as they have some advantages over saline. The average cost depends on many factors, but something in the neighborhood of $8,100 for new silicone implants plus an additional $1,500 - 2,500 for a breast lift, depending on the type of lift needed. For saline implants, subtract $500 from the price.

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Dr. George Sanders

Plastic Surgeon

Encino, California

Saline implants can sometimes cause stretching in the lower poles of the breast. More common factors that would cause sagging are having children and age. The cost for a Removal and Replacement breast augmentation will differ from doctor to doctor and demographic area. The size of implant you choose and the possible need for a lift can also change the surgery cost. For instance if you choose a smaller implant, the pocket created for your current implant may need to be revised or if you require a breast lift in conjunction with the augmentation your cost will change. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon will help you understand more clearly what procedures you will need to meet your needs and expectations.

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