One of the first questions that breast augmentation patients ask is, “Are breast implants covered under warranty?” Each FDA-approved breast implant manufacturing company has its own warranty for breast implants. Depending on the manufacturer, the standard warranty will cover the cost of the implant plus a certain amount of surgical financial assistance for a period of time after the procedure.
At the Dr. Michael A. Jazayeri Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we prefer to use Mentor® breast implants for breast augmentation. Mentor offers warranties for both its saline-filled breast implants and its MemoryGel® and MemoryShape® silicone breast implants. In this two-part blog series, we will provide you with some more detailed information regarding the kinds of coverage you can expect for your breast implants when you undergo breast augmentation with Dr. Jazayeri.
Below are the warranties Mentor® offers to patients who receive their MemoryGel® or MemoryShape® silicone breast implants.
Mentor® offers patients two warranties for its MemoryGel® and MemoryShape® silicone breast implants: the Standard Warranty and the Enhanced Warranty.
In the event of a qualifying rupture (defined as loss of shell integrity) of a MemoryGel® or MemoryShape® silicone breast implant, Mentor® will replace the product, free of charge, for the lifetime of the patient. The explanted ruptured product must be returned to the Mentor® Product Evaluation Department within 60 days to qualify for the free of charge replacement product.
Unexpected rupture of a Mentor® MemoryGel® Silicone-Filled Mammary Prosthesis or MemoryShape® Silicone-Filled Mammary Prosthesis EXCEPT when caused by or occurring during re-operative procedures, open capsulotomy, or closed compression capsulotomy procedures.
Mentor® will pay up to $3,500 maximum aggregate amount toward unreimbursed, out-of-pocket costs directly related to replacement surgery (whether unilateral or bilateral) necessitated by an unexpected rupture of any Mentor® MemoryGel® Silicone Breast Implant or any Mentor® MemoryShape® Silicone Breast Implant.
Patients experiencing their primary augmentation or primary reconstruction date of implant on or after October 6, 2014, automatically have replacement product coverage for three years from the date of implantation for the following events:
For patients who receive MemoryGel® or MemoryShape® silicone breast implants on or after October 6, 2014, Mentor® offers an enhanced warranty with a one-time enrollment fee of $200. Patients will be covered as explained above in the standard warranty but will also receive the following benefits:
The time limit extends from three to ten years from date of implantation for the events of Baker Grade III or Grade IV capsular contracture, double capsule, and late-forming seroma.
This benefit extends toward operating room, surgeon, and anesthesia fees not paid, payable by any form of insurance, or waived by the healthcare provider, for ten years from date of implant for the events of capsular contracture, double capsule, or late-forming seroma as described above.
If a patient simultaneously experiences a qualifying rupture with another qualifying event such as capsular contracture, Mentor® will make only one payment up to the maximum aggregate amount of $3,500 regardless of whether patient experiences more than one event simultaneously and also regardless of whether replacement surgery is performed unilaterally or bilaterally.
In our next blog, Warranties for Mentor® Breast Implants: Part 2, we discuss Mentor’s warranties for its saline-filled breast implants and what is NOT covered in any of Mentor® warranties.
If you are considering enhancing the size and shape of your breasts, we encourage you to contact Dr. Michael A. Jazayeri Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery to schedule your private consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael A. Jazayeri. Call us today at (714) 834-0101, or fill out our online contact form for more information. We look forward to helping you achieve the breast appearance you desire.
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