Breast augmentation has helped women all over the world enhance the size of their breasts and feel more confident about their appearance. It remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Cohen, understands that each woman’s body is unique and that every individual will have personal cosmetic goals. With this procedure, he can give the breasts a more balanced and proportionate shape and size with results that look beautiful and natural.
Benefits of Breast Augmentation
Dr. Cohen customizes each breast augmentation procedure to address the unique cosmetic concerns of the patient. Women who choose to undergo breast augmentation with implants often seek to:
- Increase breast volume
- Enhance symmetry between the breasts
- Restore a more youthful shape to the breasts
- Achieve a more proportionate figure
Breast augmentation can be particularly beneficial for women who have had one or more children and have experienced a loss of volume due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or breastfeeding. Some women may opt to incorporate breast augmentation into a comprehensive Mommy Makeover plan for a more complete body rejuvenation.
Candidates for Breast Augmentation
Most women who choose breast augmentation desire to increase the size of their breasts, improve the shape of their breasts, or achieve a more balanced, proportionate figure. Those who want to elevate the position of their breasts or reduce sagging may be better suited for a breast lift. Depending upon the personal goals of the patient, Dr. Cohen may recommend combining these two procedures for a breast augmentation with lift.
Prospective patients must be at least 18 years of age for saline breast implants and over 21 years of age for silicone implants. There is no age limit for breast augmentation, but patients must be in good overall health to be eligible. Those with certain pre-existing medical conditions or patients who smoke tobacco products have an increased risk for post-operative complications and may not be good candidates for breast augmentation. Candidates should maintain realistic expectations in regard to what breast augmentation can accomplish. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Breast implants can enhance the contours of the breasts, add or replenish lost volume, and/or improve symmetry between the breasts. Oftentimes, women with smaller breasts can achieve a more proportionate silhouette with breast implants. There are two main types of breast implants: saline and silicone. Each type of breast implant has unique benefits and can be sized according to the patient’s desires. There is no one “best” option for all patients. Breast implants can also be placed over or under the muscle, depending upon the patient’s goals. Finally, the type of incision used to place the implants plays a role in how the final results will appear.
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Variables such as breast implant type, size, volume, shape, and surgical technique can seem overwhelming at first. As a result, Dr. Cohen uses the preliminary consultations as a time to get to know you, understand your expectations, and help you make educated decisions about your surgery. Before the day of your breast augmentation, Dr. Cohen will design a custom-tailored surgical approach that can best achieve results that look and feel natural while providing the aesthetic outcome you desire.
Outline of a Typical Breast Augmentation Procedure
- Duration of Surgery: One hour in most circumstances
- Anesthesia Type: General anesthesia
- Hospital Status: Outpatient
- Post-Operative: Mild swelling, soreness, sensitivity, or bruising
- Surgical Risks: Blood clots, infection, or capsular contracture are among the surgical risks of breast augmentation; however, Dr. Cohen is highly experienced and makes every effort to reduce the risk of complications.
- Duration of Recovery: A few days of downtime before returning to work, several weeks of avoiding strenuous exercise, and several months for scars to fade.
- Results: Most implants will last up to ten years before replacement is advised, though some patients may require or desire revision surgery or implant maintenance after a certain period of time. Keep in mind that many types of implants are under a long-term warranty.
Cost of Breast Augmentation
Since each breast augmentation is customized, there is no set cost for the procedure. On average, the cost of breast augmentation at our practice ranges from $5,000 to $8,000. However, this price may vary based on a number of variables, including:
- Whether saline or silicone implants are used
- Implant placement
- Type of incision
- Experience of the plastic surgeon
- Geographic location of the practice
At the end of your initial consultation, Dr. Cohen will provide you with an accurate quote based upon your custom-tailored treatment plan. Our practice has partnered with several third-party companies to help our patients comfortably afford the cost of their breast augmentation. These companies including CareCredit®, ALPHAEON™ Credit, and BLIS® Specialty Insurance. These plastic surgery financing options can provide low monthly payments with little to no interest for qualifying patients. Please contact a member of our staff to learn more about financing your breast augmentation.
For more information about how breast augmentation can help you achieve your cosmetic goals, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.