Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure designed to increase the size and improve the shape of female breasts. Whether you were born with small breasts or have lost volume from aging, breastfeeding, or weight loss, breast augmentation can give you the larger, more shapely look you desire.
The Benefits of Breast Augmentation
- Improves self-esteem and confidence
- Allows for a wider variety of clothing options
- Restores lost breast volume from pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss
Breast Augmentation Surgery
Natural Looking Breasts
Women can achieve a natural look with implant placement beneath the pectoral muscle. With the pectoral muscle covering the upper pole of the breast implant, the fullness of the breast will mostly remain right beneath the nipple like natural breasts.
Rounder, Fuller Breasts
Some women prefer a larger breast appearance with more prominent cleavage. This is often achieved with larger, round implants that add volume to the upper pole of the breast
Breast asymmetry is common and can be corrected during breast augmentation. Different sized silicone-gel implants can be used to provide balance, or, if you choose saline implants, the surgeon can adjust the volume of each implant during surgery.
Breast augmentation can restore confidence for women who have naturally small breasts, lost breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss, and sagging due to aging. Women who have had a mastectomy or who need breast augmentation for revision also experience a restored sense of femininity and improved quality of life overall.
Frequently Asked Questions
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The best candidates for breast augmentation are at least 18 years old (for saline implants) or 22 years old (for silicone implants) and in good physical health. These women desire an increase in breast size, correction of asymmetry or a previous breast surgery, or breast reconstruction with augmentation after mastectomy. If you have excess sagging skin in your breasts, poor skin laxity, or nipples that point downward and fall below the breast crease, you may benefit from having a breast lift instead of, or at the same time as, a breast augmentation. A breast augmentation increases breast size; a breast lift corrects sagging breasts.
Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to assist you for at least the first 24 hours of your recovery. It is a good idea to prepare meals ahead of time and make sure you have ice packs and extra pillows on hand.
The majority of women choose silicone-gel implants, but both silicone and saline are safe and produce similar results. Saline implants require a smaller incision than silicone because the surgeon fills the saline implants after insertion into the breast. Many believe silicone implants feel more natural than saline implants, and silicone implants have a lower rupture rate. Saline implants are FDA approved for women at least 18 years and older and women of any age for breast reconstruction. Silicone implants are FDA approved for women who are at least 22 years and older and women of any age for breast reconstruction.
“Gummy Bear” breast implants refer to the most form-stable, highly cohesive silicone-gel implants on the market. The nickname comes from the thick, gummy-bear like substance they are made of. Unlike previous versions of silicone-gel implants, gummy bear implants do not leak if they are cut or punctured. These implants come in both round and anatomical (“tear drop”) shape and have a lower risk of wrinkling or folding because of their thickness. Although gummy bear implants are thicker than previous versions, they look and feel very natural.
The initial recovery period following breast augmentation is usually five to seven days. Patients can typically resume work after three days if they avoid heavy lifting and are off of narcotic pain medication.
There will be some discomfort after your breast augmentation surgery, which can be managed with pain medications and a compression garment that also helps to reduce swelling. Many women feel a stretching sensation that feels like sore muscles. You can limit your pain and soreness by avoiding lifting, pulling, and pushing heavy items for the first few weeks.
The price of breast augmentation varies significantly depending on the technique you choose as well as your surgeon’s geographic location and the inclusion of other fees (e.g., anesthesia, operating room, and follow-up visits). Our pricing at Premiere Center of Cosmetic Surgery is all inclusive; there are no hidden fees. At your initial consultation, we will discuss the total cost of your procedure and the options available for financing.
As with any surgery, scars will occur from breast augmentation, but they will be located in inconspicuous places and fade over time. The most popular incision, the periareolar incision, circles the areola and is difficult to detect because it coincides with the line of pigment change. The inframammary incision is hidden beneath the breast along the crease. Other incision options are available, which we can discuss with you during your consultation.