The Shelf Life of Plastic Surgery
Why your first procedure might not be your last: The plastic surgeries that might require a "tune-up"
However, it isn't because of leaking implants or boob jobs gone wrong that women get an update. Geldner says it's because many patients decide that bigger is better.
"If you take that [factor] out, replacement isn't that common," he says.
But statistics suggest otherwise. The FDA reported in 2011 that between 20 to 40 percent of women who get implants will have a second surgery, either to remove or replace them -- within 10 years. The good news? Most implants come with a lifetime warranty. The bad news? The warranty doesn't actually cover the price of the operation, just the implant itself (which can cost anywhere from $300 for saline to $1,700 for "gummy bear" implants).
If your implant springs a leak or otherwise causes an issue in under ten years, the implant company will help offset some of the operation cost, but not much. Allergan, for example, only covers $1,200 to $2,400, depending on the warranty purchased. That means the rest is an entirely out-of-pocket expense. Translation? Don't be surprised if your initial $10,000 breast augmentation requires another $10,000 (or more --thanks, inflation) tune-up ten-plus years later.
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Here, the shelf life of the most common plastic surgery procedures.