Breast Augmentation


Introduction


Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to repair, enhance, or restore the shape, size, and other aspects of the breast. According to popular beauty review websites, 98% of breast augmentation patients say, “(It) was worth it.”

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s 2017 statistics, there were 300,378 Breast Augmentation procedures performed.

Breast augmentation, fat transfer augmentation, and augmentation mammoplasty—is sometimes referred to in the public, as breast aug, or a boob job.  Whatever you call it, breast augmentation can be life-changing for many men and women who have been bothered by the size, shape, or volume of their chest.

Here is a list of body goals that breast augmentation surgery can achieve for you:

  • Create a balanced body with hips and breast in proportion.
  • Increase the fullness and projection of your breasts.
  • Augment the natural breast size.
  • Restore breast volume after breast feeding.
  • Restore breast volume after weight loss.
  • Improve breast symmetry.
  • Reduce areola size.
  • Nipple repositioning.
  • Correct drooping breasts (breast ptosis).

Sagging Breasts

If what you would like to change is to uplift severely sagging breasts, then breast augmentation along with a breast lift may be a better option for you. A breast augmentation with a breast lift can take you from having drooping breasts to having full and lifted breasts.

Some patients are able to have breast augmentation and a breast lift procedure at the same time. Not everyone is a good candidate for the double procedure. Your Breast Augmentation Elite Physician will discuss your options in detail during your free consultation.

What are My Options?

Breast augmentation can be achieved with:

  • Fat Transfer Augmentation.
  • Breast Implant Options:
    • Saline Implants.
    • Silicone Implants.

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Fat transfer augmentation is a procedure that uses liposuction to remove excess fat from other areas of your body, injecting it into the chest area to enhance the breasts.

This results in a very natural increase in breast size.  It’s an implant-free option that can allow for up to double your current breast size.

Saline Breast Implants

A saline breast implant is FDA-approved for breast augmentation in women age eighteen (18) or older. The saline breast implant device consists of a silicone-rubber shell filled with sterile, salt water. In the event of a leak, the saline implant will collapse, and the saline will be naturally eliminated by the body.

Silicone Breast Implants

The silicone breast implant is FDA-approved for breast augmentation in women age twenty-two (22) or older. The saline breast implant device consists of a silicone-rubber shell filled with silicone-gel.

The silicone implants’ benefit is that it closely resembles the feel of natural breast tissue.

In the event of a leak, the silicone breast implant will not collapse. The silicone-gel may remain inside the implant shell or it could leak into the breast implant pocket.

During your free, one-on-one consultation, your breast augmentation Elite Physician will help you determine which breast augmentation procedure is the right option for you and if you are an ideal candidate for breast augmentation.


What is the cost of a breast augmentation?


In the U.S., the average cost of breast augmentation surgery is $3,718, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s 2017 statistics.

A surgeon's fee will be based on their experience, the type of procedure or procedures used, and the geographic office location.

Most health insurance does not cover Breast Augmentation surgery or any complications. We can work with you to find financing options, if that's something you need.

Breast Augmentation procedure costs may include:

  • Anesthesia fees.
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs.
  • Medical tests.
  • Post-surgery garments.
  • Prescriptions for medication.
  • Surgeon's fee.

Consultation


As with any procedure, doing your homework is highly recommended. The next step in researching surgical procedures to create your ideal breasts with a breast augmentation is to sit down with one of our breast augmentation elite physicians for a free consultation.

You can ask questions, receive a customized presentation, and find out the best options and treatment plan for you.

For your convenience, you can download a more comprehensive checklist of questions that you may consider discussing with your physician. Follow are topic you should be prepared to discuss with your surgeon during your free breast augmentation consultation:

  • Discuss your goals and results you hope to achieve.
  • Bring information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, and other surgical procedures you have had in the past.
  • Prepare a list of all current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and any history of non-prescription or recreational drug use.
  • A list of previous surgeries if any.

Your Breast Augmentation surgeon will talk with you about the following:

  • Your general health status and any preexisting health conditions or risk factors.
  • Take photographs of the surgical area.
  • Perform a breast examination, take detailed breast measurements, and document the size and shape.
  • Document your skin quality and the placement of your nipples and areolas.
  • Recommend a course of treatment.
  • Discuss your treatment and sedation options.
  • Offer likely breast augmentation procedure outcomes and any risks or potential complication.

The success and safety of your Breast Augmentation procedure depend very much on your complete candor during your consultation. You will be asked questions about your health, breast size and shape goals, and lifestyle.

It is perfectly natural to feel some anxiety with excitement for your anticipated new look or to be nervousness about the procedure. Your breast augmentation elite physician is here to answer any question or concern that you may have. Your comfort and satisfaction are our focus.


Questions to Ask


Below is a list of questions that others considering a breast augmentation procedure have asked. This list is not comprehensive and does not take into account your unique body shaping goals. During your free breast augmentation consultation, you can ask additional questions and view a presentation on your unique treatment plan.

Breast Augmentation Consultation Checklist

We recommend that you use this checklist as a guide during your breast augmentation consultation.

  • Discuss your surgical goals.
  • Bring information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, and other surgical procedures you have had in the past.
  • Prepare a list of all current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and any non-prescription or recreational drug use.
  • Previous surgeries.

Ask your surgeon:

  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Were you specifically trained in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?

Click here to download the complete Breast Augmentation Consultation Checklist.


What are Breast Augmentation Surgery Risks?


Your Breast Augmentation elite physician will discuss breast augmentation surgery risks and potential complications based on the type of augmentation you decide on, your goals, lifestyle, and other factors.

What are the Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Surgery Risks?

Fat transfer breast augmentation risks:

  • Anesthesia risks.
  • Bleeding or hematoma.
  • Infection.
  • Seroma—fluid accumulation.
  • Asymmetry.
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation.
  • Less than ideal or faulty position of the implant.
  • The formation of tight scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture).
  • Unfavorable scarring.
  • Wrinkling of the skin over the implant.
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications.
  • Less than an optimal aesthetic result.
  • Persistent pain.
  • The potential for revisional surgery.
  • Death of fat cells—Necrosis.
  • Cyst.
  • Transferred fat cells that leave the breast area.
  • Infection.
  • Small calcium deposits in the breasts—Microcalcification.
  • Tissue expansion system used in the weeks before your surgery.

Possibility of needing future touch-up injections to maintain or improve breast shape and volume.

Your breast augmentation elite physician will discuss breast augmentation surgery risks and potential complications based on your goals, lifestyle, and other factors. The potential risks of fat transfer breast augmentation will be thoroughly discussed with you so that you can carefully consider the risks and benefits.

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your giving consent for surgery.

It is important that you address all of your questions directly with your breast augmentation elite physician .

Carefully following your elite physician’s instructions will greatly reduce the risk of complication.

What are the Saline Breast Implant Risks?

  • Anesthesia risks.
  • Bleeding or hematoma.
  • Infection.
  • Seroma—fluid accumulation.
  • Asymmetry.
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation.
  • Less than ideal or faulty position of the implant.
  • Implant leakage or rupture.
  • The formation of tight scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture).
  • Unfavorable scarring.
  • Wrinkling of the skin over the implant.
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications.
  • Less than an optimal aesthetic result.
  • Persistent pain.
  • The potential for revisional surgery.
  • Cyst.
  • Infection.

What are the Silicone Breast Implant Risks?

If you and your elite physician decide that silicone implants are the best option for your unique goals and lifestyle you may need a periodic ultrasound or MRI screening, along with an examination by your surgeon to monitor and assess the condition of your breast implants.

Your breast augmentation elite physician will discuss breast augmentation surgery risks and potential complications based on your goals, lifestyle, and other factors. The potential risks of silicone breast implants will be thoroughly discussed with you so that you can carefully consider the risks and benefits.

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your giving consent for surgery.

It is important that you address all of your questions directly with your breast augmentation elite physician .

  • Anesthesia risks.
  • Bleeding or hematoma.
  • Infection.
  • Seroma—fluid accumulation.
  • Asymmetry.
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation.
  • Less than ideal or faulty position of the implant.
  • Implant leakage or rupture.
  • The formation of tight scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture).
  • Unfavorable scarring.
  • Wrinkling of the skin over the implant.
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications.
  • Less than an optimal aesthetic result.
  • Persistent pain.
  • The potential for revisional surgery.
  • Cyst.
  • Infection.

Carefully following your elite physician’s instructions will greatly reduce the risk of complication.

You should address all of your questions and concerns directly with your breast augmentation elite physician.


How Should I Prepare for Breast Augementation Surgery?


Important Note: If your Breast Augmentation procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the facility and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

Depending on your individual body-goals, medical history, and lifestyle, your physician may request that you:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Laboratory tests which may include blood and urine samples.
  • An additional medical evaluation.
  • Take an additional medication or adjust your current prescription and over the counter medications as they can increase bleeding, for example:
    • Avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen or similar.
    • Stop anti-inflammatory drugs.
    • Refrain from herbal supplements.

Your Breast Augmentation Elite Physician will advise you on how to best prepare for your Breast Augmentation procedure.

A Breast Augmentation procedure may be performed in:

  • An accredited, office-based surgical facility.
  • Licensed ambulatory surgical center.
  • Hospital.

How a Breast Augmentation Procedure is Performed


Step 1 – Anesthesia

During your breast augmentation procedure, the medication or anesthesia options are intravenous sedation and general anesthesia—for your comfort. Your doctor will recommend the best option for you.

Step 2 – The Breast Augmentation Incision

The surgeon will make an incision in one of the following locations depending on your unique surgical plan:

  • In the fold under your breast
  • Under your arm
  • Around the edge of your nipple

After making an incision, the surgeon will separate your breast tissue from the muscles and connective tissue of your chest. This creates a pocket to receive the implant.  The implant will be inserted and properly positioned for the best look possible.

Saline implants are empty when inserted before they are filled with sterilized salt water.  Silicone implants come pre-filled.

Step 3 – Closing the Breast Augmentation Incision

Your surgeon will skillfully close the incision so it can heal with the least visible scarring possible.  


What to Expect During Breast Augmentation Recovery?


After your breast augmentation procedure, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions. You may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals following surgery. In some cases, small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

Your breast augmentation elite physician will give you specific, written instructions that may include:

  • Surgical site and drains home-care.
  • Medications to take orally or to apply to the skin to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection.
  • A list of specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health.
  • Follow up appointment information.

What Results Should I Expect After a Breast Augmentation?

Some swelling after a breast augmentation procedure is expected. Your breast augmentation elite physician will discuss the potential for swelling and what to expect after surgery.

Your inability to stand fully until your internal healing process is complete and any swelling that you may experience after breast augmentation surgery may prevent you from seeing clear results for 1 – 2-weeks after surgery.

*Results and patient experience may vary.

  • The breast augmentation surgical scar may take 6 - 12-months to fade as much as it has the potential to.
  • Although optimal results are expected from your breast augmentation procedure, there is no guarantee.
  • Carefully following your physician’s after-care instructions is the key to a successful result.
  • It is important to protect the surgical incisions from excessive force, excessive swelling, abrasion, or motion during the healing process.

Not sure which procedure is right for you?

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