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Archive for May 2017

“What is the Size Range Available for the Gummy Bear Type Implants?”

A prospective patient asks Dr. Birchenough: “What is the size range available for the gummy bear type implants? And cost of a revision breast augmentation from saline under the muscle to the gummy bear?”


Thanks for contacting me about breast revision surgery.


The gummy bear implants now come in a huge variety of shapes and size, something like 200 different ones! So I’m sure there would be something that would work well for you.


Revision breast surgery encompasses a very broad range of possible techniques and methods, which translates into more or less time in the OR (and therefore more or less cost).
Also, the materials that may need to be used (including acellular dermal matrix) and the higher cost of the gummy bear implants contributes to a range of potential fees to the patient.


I cannot provide a general fee quote for these types of surgeries given the vast difference of technique and materials, each patient has a unique situation and considerations. (Is a breast lift needed? Does the existing capsule need revision to support and properly place the new implants? How many hours of surgeon time & OR time are required? Etc.)


Please schedule a consultation appointment by calling 864.849.9330 so I can meet you, do an examination, and fully discuss what might be done to improve your situation.

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“What is Your Price Range for Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction) Surgery?”

A prospective patient asks Dr. Birchenough: “What is your price range for gynecomastia (male breast reduction) surgery?”


Thank you for your question regarding gynecomastia.


As you may know, gynecomastia surgery can vary widely depending on the extent of extra male breast tissue, skin, and the amount of ptosis (sagginess.)


The length of surgery drives the cost. Sometimes I use liposuction and small incisions, sometimes larger incisions are needed.


So the total cost (with OR costs, anesthesia fees and surgeon fee) can run between $5,000-$7,000.


We are able to give patients a firm quote once I’ve seen you in consultation, and we talk in detail.

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“Do You Offer ‘Short Scar’ Breast Reduction?

A prospective patient asks, “Do you offer ‘short scar’ breast reduction?”


Thanks for asking about breast reduction and “short scar” surgery.


The type and length of the scar in a breast reduction surgery (or breast lift surgery, for that matter) has to do with how much breast tissue needs to be removed and what the size and shape of the breasts are before surgery. I also discuss your expectations about the size and shape of the resulting breast.


All of these things will influence the resulting scar.


I’d be happy to discuss your specific options with you during a consultation. As you know, insurance companies may have very strict requirements for covering breast reduction surgery, so that may influence what surgery (and therefore what type of resulting scar) I can offer you.


Many patients are opting to cover the surgery out of pocket, because their insurance company explicitly excludes coverage for it, or because they want more control over the amount of breast tissue that is to be removed.


Come in for a consultation to discuss it. Thanks for your question.

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