Maybe it sounds peculiar at first, but yes – most breast implants come with a warranty. Just like your new car or appliance, many breast implants come with some sort of guarantee of satisfaction and performance. As competition grows, the stakes are getting higher in this arena.
In increasing numbers, manufacturers are offering bigger and better warranty plans in an attempt to attract consumers. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Van Natta of Indianapolis calls the situation a “win-win” for consumers.
What is a Breast Implant Warranty
There was a time when a warranty on a breast implants didn’t exist, and if it did, it didn’t compare to what is being offered today. Competition is forcing manufacturers to get creative when it comes to a warranty for breast implants. In the past, a warranty might have covered leakage or rupture, but that’s changing, according to Dr. Van Natta. “There is something new for breast implants and the warranty,” he shares.
Van Natta says the new developments are very encouraging. “I’m excited about it. I think patients need to pay attention to this.”
Competition Forces Change
Van Natta says some manufacturers are improving their warranty plans in an effort to entice more consumers. “It’s an opportunity for patients as consumers to look at what these warranties are and take that into consideration as they are making a choice.” He says Sientra is one company making some changes, which he believes are for the better. Van Natta says Sientra will now offer a long term deal: “They kicked their plan up to 20 years and $5000, if there are issues. That’s a big difference,” says Van Natta.
For another implant manufacturer, a new offer is to pay a yearly premium, a kind of insurance if you will. “The patient has an option to pay a yearly premium of $78 dollars, which is pretty reasonable and for that they will get replacement and costs back, too.”
Implants are expensive, so Van Natta and other board certified plastic surgeons say it’s important to understand the difference in warranties before selecting a breast implant. Remember, warranty coverage will vary by manufacturer. Authorities also point out if there is an issue, the warranty may not cover the extra costs of the surgeon, anesthesia and other fees. It’s a good idea to check into personal insurance.
Van Natta reminds patients that competition will force manufacturers to keep improving warranty plans, which will benefit consumers and provide peace of mind. “This is why competition is really good for the consumer,” he concludes.