Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammaplasty, is a surgical enhancement procedure that accentuates the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. Breast augmentation offers a tremendous improvement for patients who simply desire a fuller profile, or who have lost breast volume due to pregnancy. While breast augmentation will make the breasts larger, this surgery will not correct severely sagging breasts (see Breast Lift Surgery). For patients with sagging breasts, a combination of procedures can be performed to give the best cosmetic outcome. Your surgeon may choose to perform a breast lift with or without placement of an implant for added volume and projection. This is best discussed during the time of your initial consultation.
Reasons to consider Breast Augmentation:
- Enhance the size of the breasts
- Increase breast volume after pregnancy and nursing
- Create symmetry between breasts of different size
Breast augmentation involves making a small incision to insert a breast implant under the breast tissue in order to enlarge the breast. The surgery is commonly performed on an outpatient basis at a hospital or state-of-the-art surgical center with the patient under general anesthesia. There are several possible locations for the small incision that will be used for inserting the breast implant. The most frequent technique utilizes an incision made in the lower portion of the breast, beneath the fold. Another technique makes an incision beneath the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). A third, less frequently used incision, involves making an incision in the armpit. The best technique is individualized, and will be decided upon between the patient and the surgeon during the consultation.
During surgery, the breast tissue is raised to create a pocket under the breast tissue or beneath the chest wall (pectoral) muscle. Inserting an implant behind each breast can increase a woman’s breast size by one or more bra cup sizes. The breast implant may be filled with silicone gel or saline. Both of these are proven to be extremely safe and the final choice will be made after thorough discussion between the patient and surgeon prior to surgery. Surgery typically lasts around 1 to 2 hours. Click here Photo Gallery to see before and after photos.
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Detailed instructions will be given to the patient prior to surgery. In general, it is important to get plenty of rest and limit arm movement after surgery in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Supportive bandages are placed over the breasts after surgery and usually worn for one week. Discomfort will be treated with oral pain medications, and usually improves rapidly over the next few days. Breast swelling will be present initially and will diminish completely over the next few weeks. While complications are infrequent, it is important to review the potential risks with your doctor. Patients can help minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given to them after surgery.
Cost of Breast Augmentation
Patients often think that Breast Implant surgery is too expensive for them. Well, at TruYou Plastic Surgery, we are here to deliver the amazing results you’ve always wanted at an affordable price.
Saline breast implants are usually only $3900**, but are currently being offered at $3700 for all women in the military or married to someone in the military!
Silicone breast implants are usually only $4900**, but are currently being offered at $4700 for all women in the military or married to someone in the military!
Get the newest implants available in America today. “Tear-drop” shaped silicone breast implants (“Gummy-Bears”) are now available and are currently being offered at only $6900** for all women! These implants have been used in Europe for over 10 years and have now finally been approved by the FDA (after much research) for use in the U.S. Watch our surgeons put these implants in on our Watch Surgical Procedures page.
* All prices are all inclusive and are performed under general anesthesia with a board certified anesthesiologist in our state-of-the-art Atlantic Surgery Center.
** Prices are cash, check, or debit card only.