Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available. Many women wish to alter the size, shape, or symmetry of their breasts for a number of reasons. Whether you want to enhance the breasts post-pregnancy, achieve a more proportional figure, or want to simply boost your personal confidence, breast augmentation surgery is a safe and effective solution. The procedure should only be performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who can give you the results you want with minimal risk. Before undergoing any plastic surgery procedure, you should be well aware of all of the pertinent details. We have outlined valuable information regarding breast augmentation surgery below and in the following pages. Please continue reading so you can decide whether breast augmentation surgery is right for you.
Video: Breast Augmentation
"It may be comforting for you to know that breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure performed in the U.S."
Video Transcript "Are you unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts? Do you feel as though they're too small or too big and have finally decided to do something about it? It may be comforting for you to know that breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surge
Before beginning the procedure, your surgeon will conduct an initial consultation, at which time you will discuss your aesthetic goals and determine the best approach to reach those goals. The entire procedure generally lasts one to two hours, and goes as follows:
- The patient is given a general anesthesia to be completely unconscious during the procedure.
- A small incision is made either at the crease of the breast, around the nipple, or under the armpit.
- The implant, which is made of either saline or silicone, will be placed into the proper position either under the chest muscle or above the chest muscle.
- The incisions are sutured closed.
Your surgeon will inform you of proper aftercare instructions so you can avoid complications and have a safe and speedy recovery. You will have to wear gauze and bandages for several days following the procedure. During the recovery period it is recommended that you have someone else care for you, as you may feel sore or drowsy. Results will be noticeable immediately and more so once the swelling goes down. Additionally, scarring will fade after several months and be virtually undetectable.
The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery is to meet with a qualified plastic surgeon. While there may be age requirements, the ideal candidate includes women in good physical and mental health, who:
- Have breasts that are asymmetrical
- Have naturally small breasts
- Have an unbalanced, disproportionate body
- Have smaller or sagging breasts due to pregnancy
- Lost breast volume due to significant weight loss
- Underwent a mastectomy and want breast reconstruction
- Want to enhance overall appearance and confidence
- Want to fix a previous breast augmentation
Patients can experience a number of excellent benefits of breast augmentation surgery, including:
- Improve your appearance
- Enhance self confidence
- Increase clothing options
- You control how your body looks
- Natural-looking results
- You choose size and shape of breasts
- Safe procedure, implants are FDA approved
- Extremely high success rate
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There is some degree of risk involved with all cosmetic surgeries. Immediately after the breast augmentation procedure patients may experience side effects such as swelling, sensitivity, soreness, tingling, or itching. It is important that you discuss your medical history, including any existing conditions, with your surgeon during your consultation to avoid more serious complications.
The cost of breast augmentation surgery can run between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on various factors, such as the type of implant, where the surgeon is located, and the experience of the surgeon. Some practices or outside companies, such as CareCredit® offer patients financing solutions. The procedure is rarely covered by insurance as it is considered a cosmetic treatment.
Locate a Cosmetic Surgeon Near You
If you are considering breast augmentation, familiarize yourself with FAQs about the procedure first. The best way to learn more is to speak with a skilled plastic surgeon with experience in breast augmentation surgeries. Find a qualified breast implant surgeon in your area by using our directory.