If you’re going in for breast augmentation surgery, and the doctor says, “Oh, do you want the extended warranty plan on those implants?” you might feel a little like the Bionic Woman being asked if she needs a protection plan on her chassis. It’s a little creepy.
And besides, don’t financial guru people always tell you to turn down the warranty plans being peddled by the pimply kid at Best Buy? Aren’t they just some scam to make more money for “the man?”
You might also think that if something has a warranty purchase option, it is implied that there is a real risk of failure. And when it comes to something that’s going to be surgically implanted inside your body – that’s not cool.
I thought I’d take some time today to clear up the confusion surrounding breast implant warranties. As you’ll see, these warranties cover A LOT at little to no cost to the patient. This is great news! It means that the breast implant manufacturers have a great deal of confidence that your implant is never going to rupture or leak.
Don’t you wish your car insurance company had the same confidence level?
Two Implant Manufacturers: Allergan and Mentor
In the United States, only two companies are allowed to manufacture market and sell cosmetic breast implants. They are:
- Implants are sold under the brand name Natrelle.
- Saline and silicone implants are available.
- Allergan is a publicly traded pharmaceutical company that makes lots of different products, including Botox and Latisse.
- Silicone implants are sold under the brand MemoryGel (Saline implants are just called “saline implants”).
- Mentor is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. It also makes many products, including Prevelle Silk dermal filler and liposuction devices.
Breast Implant Warranty Details
Both companies have breast implant warranty plans that are somewhat similar. Here are the features of both:
- Two Levels of Coverage: 1) Confidence Plus and 2) Confidence Plus Premier
- Confidence Plus is free and automatic and includes 10 years of replacement coverage, plus $1,200 toward surgical replacement costs.
- Confidence Plus Premier is a one-time fee of $100 and includes 10 years of replacement coverage, plus $2,400 toward surgical replacement costs.
- **Current Allergan promotion provides Confidence Plus Premier coverage for FREE and $3,200 toward surgical replacement costs for Natrelle silicone gel implants purchased and “installed” before December 31, 2011.
- Saline implants come with a free and automatic warranty, which includes 10 years of replacement coverage, plus $1,200 toward surgical replacement costs. For a one-time $100 fee, Mentor will provide $2,400 toward surgical replacement costs.
- MemoryGel silicone implants come with a free and automatic warranty, which includes 10 years of replacement coverage, plus $3,500 toward surgical replacement costs.
Both companies will provide a free replacement implant for the non-ruptured or non-leaking side upon the surgeon’s request.
What Events are Covered Under These Breast Implant Warranties?
Basically, both warranties apply only to cases of loss of shell integrity resulting in implant rupture or deflation that requires surgical intervention. This could be for any reason, including trauma such as a car accident or simple bad luck.
What Events are NOT Covered Under These Breast Implant Warranties?
It’s a much longer list. The following are NOT covered under warranty:
- Removal for capsular contracture (excessive scar tissue formation)
- Dissatisfaction with implant size or aesthetics.
- Adverse reactions besides leaking or rupture.
- Rupture caused by subsequent revision surgeries.
- And so on and so forth…but these are the major ones.
So should you get a warranty on your breast implants? You’ll already have a lot of coverage for free no matter which company or which type of implants you choose. If you want that added peace of mind that surgical costs will be covered at a higher level, $100 is a very small price to pay for that. I would recommend it.