Breast Implant Exchange
While breast implants do not have a specific expiration date, both silicone and saline breast implants have different lifetimes. Saline implants tend to last between ten and twenty years. However, there are cases in which implants may rupture before that time.
Generally, saline implants will eventually have a tear in the lining that causes the saline to leak and the implant to deflate. When this happens, the saline is absorbed by the body and does no harm. You will notice that specific breast looks deflated.
On the other hand, with the new generation of silicone implants or “Gummy Bear” implants, ruptures are extremely rare. In those circumstances we call them “silent ruptures” because the thicker silicone material will remain in place, it will not leak or lose shape. See our Instagram for footage of Dr. Watt putting a silicone breast implant durability to the test.
A breast implant exchange is likely to be just as expensive as getting the first implant. It’s a procedure that generally costs thousands of dollars, and it is not usually covered by insurance. For some people, this cost means choosing between their physical and emotional wellbeing and their financial health.
Fortunately, some of the top providers for implants offer warranties, including Allergan and Sientra.
Allergan’s Implant Exchange Warranty
The Allergan warranty for breast implants includes coverage for the loss of shell integrity for the implant. If an implant deflates or ruptures, the implant can be exchanged for up to 10 years after the original placement.
Additionally, Allergan offers coverage for capsular contracture rated at Baker Grade III/IV with breast implant exchange for the same period of time.
Anyone who opts to have Allergan implants from their Natrelle line will be automatically covered starting at the time of their procedure. Allergan even offers the option to choose any Natrelle implant of the same or similar size if a breast implant exchange is needed during the 10 year period.
Sientra’s Implant Exchange Warranty
Here’s a breakdown of the 20-year warranty from Sientra:
- Lifetime exchange for ruptured implants
- 20-year coverage of up to $5,000 on uncovered fees and costs due to implant rupture, up to $7,500 due to BIA-ALCL
- 20-year free implant exchange for complications of capsular contracture (Baker Grade III/IV), late forming seroma, double capsule, and BIA-ALCL
- 2-year coverage of up to $2,000 on uncovered fees and costs due to capsular contracture (Baker Grade III/IV), late forming seroma, and double capsule.
Because most implants need to be exchanged within the ten-to-twenty-year mark, it’s easy to see that these warranties can revolutionize the industry, helping people feel confident for a longer amount of time!
Contact Watt Plastic Surgery & Med Spa Today
At Watt Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, we’re proud to partner with Allergan and Sientra to offer our clients exciting warranties that provide peace of mind while they pursue their aesthetic goals. Think breast augmentation might be right for you? Give us a call at (813) 547-5499 to talk with a friendly representative today!