Breast augmentation is one of the world’s most popular cosmetic procedures. Using either saline or silicone implants, breast augmentation increases the size of a patient’s breasts. There are a wide range of breast implant options, including implant insertion method, size, shape, and material. It’s important to learn as much as you can about Breast Augmentation before undergoing surgery—that means researching information beforehand, and meeting with a plastic surgeon for a pre-surgery consultation.
How does Breast Augmentation work?
During Breast Augmentation, the patient is usually placed under general anesthesia. The plastic surgeon will then make an incision and insert the implant into the breast before stitching the wound closed. Possible variables like implant size, material, and insertion location should be discussed beforehand.
Am I a candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Candidates for Breast Augmentation surgery are people in good health who wish to increase the size of their breasts. Implants can give the look of a very subtle enhancement, a very curvaceous upper half, or somewhere in between. Patients who are primarily concerned about sagging breasts should consider a breast lift rather than implants.
Breast Augmentation may pose a problem for patients who plan on breastfeeding at any point after the surgery. It’s impossible to know if lactation is possible with implants until it’s attempted, but some surgical techniques (armpit insertion, avoiding the nerves near the nipple) can help make breast augmentation and breastfeeding more likely.
How much does Breast Augmentation cost?
The average price of Breast Augmentation is about $4,000. With that being said, Breast Augmentation can cost as little as $2,500 or as much as $6,000. Factors that will affect price include the type of implants, your plastic surgeon’s geographical location, and his or her individual rates.
How long does Breast Augmentation take?
Breast Augmentation surgery takes about two hours. More time may be needed in unique circumstances.
How long does Breast Augmentation last?
Many people are unaware that most breast implants will need to be replaced over the course of a patient’s lifetime. It’s important to choose a plastic surgeon who performs high-quality work so that you won’t have to replace your implants soon after your initial Breast Augmentation.
What is the recovery time for Breast Augmentation?
After Breast Augmentation, patients have to wear a special bra to protect the delicate wounds on the breasts for the first few days. You can expect to be back on your feet within a week. Sutures can be removed after about twelve days. Your breasts will continue to take their final shape over the next couple of months.
Are there any side effects to Breast Augmentation?
Breast Augmentation side effects include painful swelling and bruising. A loss of nipple sensation is also possible, and mammogram results may be skewed.
Does insurance cover Breast Augmentation?
In most cases, Breast Augmentation is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. If your surgery is for reconstructive purposes, it may be covered by insurance.
What other plastic surgery treatments can be combined with Breast Augmentation?
Breast Augmentation is often combined with liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast lift.
What are some other terms for Breast Augmentation?
Breast Augmentation is commonly known as a Boob Job, Breast Implants, Breast Enhancement, Augmentation Mammaplasty, and Breast Enlargement.