A Breast Implant Replacement is performed under general anaesthetic in hospital. This procedure is performed as a day-stay.
We recommend one week off work, wearing the garment/bra for a minimum of 6 weeks.
Our $100 Vectra simulation appointments can be booked with our Practice Manager Jessica. For patients seeking a revision of existing breast implants the simulation may not be able to attain a simulation. However, the appointment is an opportunity to talk to Jessica about the surgical process, costs and review of previous patient case studies.
For our Specialist Plastic Surgeon
The fees below are the total out of pocket costs These include the surgeon’s fee, hospital stay, replacement implants, anaesthetist’s fee, garment, LED light therapy for scar minimisation and follow up visits.
Dr Moncrieff's fees:
Due to Medicare changes in late 2018, the vast majority of implant removal and replacements cost from $27,500 total out of pocket costs, 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. See more in the FAQ section below on the Medicare item numbers.
Costs quoted above are total out of pocket costs - meaning the final cost to patients after rebates (if applicable) are applied. Patients are required to pay in full prior to surgery and then claim any applicable rebates.
37 year old patient
11 months post surgery
Dr Moncrieff performed a breast implant removal and replacement using 390cc (left) and 440cc (right) anatomical implants and fat grafting.
35 years old
7 months post surgery
This patient had a breast augmentation with a previous surgeon. Dr Moncrieff performed a breast implant removal and replacement using 495cc anatomical implants and fat grafting.
33 years old
6 months post surgery
This patient had a breast augmentation with a previous surgeon. Dr Moncrieff performed a breast implant removal and replacement using 495cc anatomical implants.
We do not see patients within 6 months following surgery elsewhere. This is because the original doctor is required by law to provide post-operative care and surgery takes time to settle. We also have no insight into exactly how the surgery has been performed, the implants used and infection control employed so we can’t have a full insight into how patients from other clinics should be managed in the post operative phase, unlike our own patients.
If you remain unhappy about your results after 6 months and you have been unable to get an agreed path forward with your original doctor, then we recommend you see your GP for a referral to us and also a referral for an ultrasound before you see us.
If you are experiencing a serious complication from surgery elsewhere such as an infection or wound breakdown, you should contact that clinic urgently. You should also consider presenting at emergency or your GP if you are unable to get in contact with that clinic.
All surgery is serious and you need to weigh up the potential benefits with the risks.
There are two main categories of risks to consider when considering breast implant replacement surgery.
The first category of risks apply to all forms of major surgery and include: infection, bleeding and an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic.
The next category of risks which are more specific to breast implant replacement include: change in sensation or loss of sensation in the nipples, delayed wound healing (including death of tissue), asymmetry and in rare cases, loss of the nipple.
Your surgeon will discuss these risks, and how you can reduce them before and after surgery, in your consultation. You will also be given written material covering these risks.
More information about the risks of plastic surgery and broader general surgery can be found on our dedicated risks page.
Yes we do. We understand that surgery is a serious investment. To help you understand your payment options you may like to read our dedicated article here.
Yes, there are item numbers 45553/45554 for removal and replacement (depending on clinical reason for removal and can only be claimed in limited circumstances after full payment and the surgery has taken place).
In a limited number of cases, Medicare will provide a small rebate after your surgery which may result in a refund of some of the hospital and other expenses incurred if you have private health insurance. It relies on photographic evidence taken during the operation to demonstrate deformity if the implant is not replaced in cases of medical need. Please contact us if you would like more details.
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