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What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure, in which a qualified surgeon will insert a saline or silicone implant under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle, increasing the size of the breast. Breast implants can be inserted through an incision underneath the breast, in the periareolar (nipple) or the inframammary (incision in crease between the chest and breast). Implants can also be inserted through the belly button.

Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?

Ideal candidates for breast augmentation may be women who wish to increase the size of their breasts for a number of reasons including:

  • Women who feel their breast size is too small or disproportionate to their body
  • Women who have developed uneven breasts and would like to achieve symmetry
  • Women who have lost a large amount of weight and their breasts have shrunken
  • Women whose breast size and shape changed after pregnancy

It is also crucial for women seeking breast augmentation learn about the risks and benefits of this procedure and have realistic expectations of the results.

How should I prepare for breast augmentation surgery?

About two weeks prior to surgery, patients should stop smoking or drinking alcohol to reduce the risk of blood clots and infection. Certain medications such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs should also be avoided as they may increase bleeding. If your breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis, it is important to arrange a ride home from the hospital and ask someone to stay with you the first night.

How is a breast augmentation surgery performed?

Breast augmentation is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Anesthesia medications will be administered prior to surgery. The details of the procedure will depend on the method you and your surgeon choose. A surgeon will make a small incision in the crease underneath the breast, in the crease between the breast and chest, along the nipple area, or through the navel. The implant will be inserted through the incision and placed behind the breast tissue or under the chest. After the surgery is completed, a patient will be taken into the recovery room for a short period of time and closely monitored.

What is the recovery time for breast augmentation?

The recovery period after breast augmentation surgery may take two or three weeks. All dressings will be removed several days after surgery and patients are usually permitted to shower within the first week. Patients may resume normal activities, but should avoid heavy lifting, or physical contact with breasts for up to three weeks. Bruising and discoloration will disappear rather quickly and swelling should go down in a month. Keep in mind that arm movement may be limited for two to three weeks.

What are the risks associated with breast augmentation?

Like with any other surgery, there are risks associated with breast augmentation. Possible complications may include reactions to anesthesia, blood clots, infection, and changes in breast or nipple sensation. One of the most common risks linked to breast augmentation is capsular contracture, which occurs when the scar around the implant hardens or becomes tight or if there is extreme scar tissue around the implant.

Capsular contracture squeezes the soft implant causing the breast to feel hard. In some cases, breast implants may tear or rupture and cause a leakage in the breast. Most side effects of breast augmentation like swelling, bruising, scars, and hardness will disappear over time. It is important to discuss all risks and benefits of breast augmentation with a qualified plastic surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

The cost of breast augmentation varies significantly depending on a patient's geographical location and the surgeon who performs the procedure, among other factors. Breast augmentation prices can range anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000. Costs associated with the surgery can include the price of the procedure, operating room costs, and anesthesia costs.

How can I find a qualified board certified plastic surgeon?

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, it is extremely important to consult with a competent and qualified board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in breast augmentation. A board certified plastic surgeon will answer your questions and discuss your concerns to ensure you achieve the best possible results.