There are a number of reasons women seek breast implant revision with us – sometimes older breast implants have become hard or there are other medical issues, or they no longer suit a woman’s lifestyle after many years.
There are a lot of factors that determine the cost of revising your implants. The main variables include if you want new implants to replace the old ones, if you have medical concerns, if you have health fund coverage and your choice of surgeon.
Below are indicative ranges based on the surgical option you choose after a consultation with our surgeons.
In some cases, generally for smaller implants which have only been in a short time, it is possible to remove implants and not lift the remaining skin if the women is happy to accept some remaining loose skin. This ranges from $6,600 – $10,000 depending on insurance coverage, choice of surgeon and complexity of the removal.
More information about removal of implants is here.
Removal and lift:
Dr Moncrieff generally does not recommend a removal without lift because for most women the skin and tissue is too stretched to retract and the result is not cosmetically pleasing and can lead to chronic skin irritation under the lax breast tissue. In some cases Dr Moncrieff recommends removal first then the patient can decide if they can cope with the laxity. If not, a lift can be then done as a second surgery.
A removal with a surgical lift is from $19,000 total out of pocket for an insured patient with Dr Moncrieff (and from $16,000 with Dr French). These prices are inclusive of the surgeon’s fee, hospital stay, garment and anaesthetist’s fee.
A lift is a more complex and time consuming surgery that a replacement of an implant, so takes more time in theatre. This results in the extra fees for the hospital, surgeon, anaesthetist, etc.
More information about removal of implants and a lift is here.
Removal and replacement with new implants:
The vast majority of implant removal and replacements cost from $18,000 total out of pocket costs with Dr Moncrieff, even if there is a medical need for the replacement.
This is because they will generally not attract a Medicare item number or health fund rebates. This cost is inclusive of the surgeon’s fee, implants, hospital stay, garment and anaesthetist’s fee and does vary upward depending on complexity due to additional time being required in the operating theatre for complex cases.
For Specialist Surgeon Dr French, the total out of pocket costs for insured patients with medical need is from $12,000.
More information about removal of implants and replacement with new implants is here.
What about Medicare rebates?
The Medicare rebates to check with your fund are below. Dr Moncrieff will only be able to issue these numbers if you meet the criteria for medical need and other requirements which in the case of removal and replacement restrict most patients we see from being eligible.
What are my surgical options for revision?
Find out more about the various revision options in this blog.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes! You can pay for your surgery in advance with us, or by using medical payment plans. In some cases, patients have even been able to access their superannuation for revisions based on medical need. More information is here.
Jessica Laing, Practice Manager, Hunter Plastic Surgery
Jessica joined our team in 2010 and has worked very closely with Dr Moncrieff as Patient Manager and then Practice Manager since 2015. Her commitment and care for patients is legendary. She has even won awards for her focus on service including at the 2020 Stevie Global Sales and Customer Service Awards as Young Customer Service Professional of the Year, as the Australasian Practice Manager of the Year at the 2019 MyFaceMyBody Global Awards and at the 2017 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards.