Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that uses either a saline or silicone prosthesis that is placed under the breast tissue or chest muscle to improve breast fullness. Breast surgery can also provide a minor lift to drooping breasts and improve the balance of your figure. Advances in modern medicine have made breast augmentation safer than ever and with increasingly natural-looking results.
It is important that breast augmentation not be confused with a breast lift. The augmentation will not correct breasts that are severely drooping. In some cases, patients can have both surgeries done at once, but your plastic surgeon will assist you with this decision.
To get the breasts that you want and deserve, consider having breast surgery, which is commonly called breast augmentation. Learn more about the surgery and how Dr. Jeremy White at ARC Plastic Surgery in Miami can help.
With breast augmentation, there is no “typical” patient. Women of all ages choose this surgery for many reasons, sometimes to improve self-esteem and others to correct noticeably asymmetrical breast.
There are some things you should ask yourself about breast surgery to help you determine if you’re a good candidate for breast augmentation, such as:
• Do I feel self-conscious about my small breasts and want them to be larger?
• Do I have clothes that fit well around my hips, but not around my bust?
• Are my breasts smaller, and less perky, after having kids or losing weight?
• Are my breasts noticeably asymmetrical or uneven?
If you answered any of these questions with a definitive yes, you might be a good candidate for breast augmentation. We suggest a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon, who can help you determine what’s best.
Before having the procedure, you should sit down with your plastic surgeon and go over you’re your breast augmentation surgery. Your surgeon will list to your needs and develop a solution that delivers what you’re looking for.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions Dr. White hears from patients about plastic surgery.
Most elective breast surgery should happen after breast development is complete. This means at least 18 years old for most women, but it should be noted that breasts continue to change in size and shape with age and pregnancies. For saline implants, the FDA has approved these for patients 18 years of age or older. For silicone breast implants, the patient needs to be 22 or older. Both options can be used in breast reconstruction for women of any age.
There really is no concrete answer for what size you should get. The size depends on your desires and your aesthetic ideals. In some cases, there are potential anatomic limitations that come from how much preexisting breast tissue you have and how much stretch your skin can tolerate.
Dr. White spends time with each patient during consultation using a specialized breast implant sizing kit to help choose the best breast implant range, based on the factors of existing tissue and stretch ability of the skin.
The two most commonly used practices for performing breast augmentation surgery are either an incision at the bottom of the breast (called an inframammary) or an incision at the bottom of the areola (called periareolar).
In some instances, implants can actually be placed through the armpit or belly button as well, but these incision sites create more limitations related to implant size, type, and control of the implant’s final location. The inframammary approach uses an incision at the inferior fold of the breast and is well hidden under the breast mound. This method enables the surgeon control and flexibility with implant pocket creation and device placement of all sizes.
In the practice of cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation cost ranges from $4,500 to $5,500 for an initial procedure. This cost itself includes the cost of the certified surgery center, the board certified anesthesiologists, breast implants and other surgical materials, and the board-certified plastic surgeon.
For tubular breast deformities or breast revision surgeries, the procedure requires more time and surgical complexity. As a result of that extensively different surgery, the cost is higher at a range of $6,500 to $10,500.
It is important to remember that breast augmentation is an elective surgery, which means insurance usually won’t cover it. If you have questions, speak with your insurance provider.
The decision to choose saline or silicone implants is a patient-dependent one. Saline implants are typically less expensive and can achieve a good breast augmentation for most women with a resulting low rate of capsular contracture. In a woman who does not have enough breast tissue thickness, however, saline can actually cause the appearance of rippling in the breast; saline can also feel unnatural in these cases of low breast tissue.
In terms of the silicone implant, this technology has advanced tremendously over the years. It is incredibly safe and feels more natural than saline implants. Silicone implants do come with an increased risk of capsular contracture, but the latest generation of these implants have improved upon this issue to some degree. With all that being said, capsular contracture is not often caused by the implants themselves, but instead by bacteria getting into the breast implant pocket. With the right and safe procedures during your breast surgery, the risks of capsule development are significantly decreased.
The recovery time for breast augmentation is fairly quick. This is an outpatient procedure, and it will usually require anesthesia. In the hours following the surgery, you should feel good enough to walk around on your own. Within another day or two, you should feel good enough to leave the house.
For the first two to four weeks, you will feel sore. You should also avoid strenuous exercise during this time, and your surgeon may require you to wear a special sports bra or surgical bra. This will help your breasts heal, and it is important that you follow your doctor’s guidelines.
If your implants are beneath the pectoral muscle, then you may notice that they’re a little higher on your chest. This is completely normal. Over the next few weeks, you will see them settle into place. The final results will be seen after a few months.
Dr. Jeremy White, at ARC Plastic Surgery in Miami, works with patients from Miami and around the world in performing life-changing breast augmentations. If you feel you’re a candidate for breast augmentation, contact our professional team at (305) 748-4479 to schedule your personal thorough consultation.
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