Breast Augmentation

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation (breast enlargement) is one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic surgery. In most patients, breast implants are inserted into the tissue to create the appearance of larger breasts. There are a number of reasons why an individual might desire breast enhancement, including to improve the fit of clothing and to develop a more proportional figure. Some patients may wish to restore their pre-pregnancy body with a mommy makeover, and other patients may simply want to feel better about their overall shape.

No matter why you are seeking a breast augmentation, plastic surgeon David L. Durst can develop a custom-designed treatment plan around your aesthetic goals for a final outcome that complements your unique figure and silhouette. Patients who undergo breast augmentation can typically achieve improved breast proportions as well as an enhanced body contour.

What Can Breast Augmentation Do?

Augmentation surgery can yield a number of benefits for patients who wish to enhance their breast appearance. With a range of implant types and sizes to choose from, the procedure can generally reshape and enlarge the breasts according to your desired aesthetic. The potential benefits of breast augmentation include:

  • Increased breast volume and fullness
  • Improved breast shape
  • Improved symmetry between breasts
  • More defined breast contour

Every detail of breast augmentation, including the most ideal incision location, implant location, implant type, and implant size, is tailored according to your preferences and cosmetic wishes for the results. During a consultation, Dr. Durst can help you determine the best choices to fulfill your goals for surgery while attaining a natural-looking outcome.

Breast Implant Options

Of course, most people are concerned about size. Breast implants do come in different sizes (and shapes), and it is important to pick the right size for each patient. Dr. Durst will help individuals understand what the pluses and minuses of different sizes are and what will look best based on patient goals. Several different techniques can be used to help with the pre-surgical planning utilized for each patient.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone breast implants are approved by the U.S. Food and Administration for individuals aged 22 and over. These popular implants are composed of a silicone shell, which is filled with a thick gel that is also made of silicone. Silicone breast implants are known for their ability to create a very natural appearance, and there is typically less risk of “rippling” with these implants. They can often be ideal for patients who are very thin. In the unlikely event that the implant ruptures, the silicone gel should remain stable inside the shell; however, this also makes ruptures less noticeable.

Saline Breast Implant

Saline breast implants are FDA-approved for patients who are 18 years of age and older. These implants can also yield very natural-looking results, and residual scarring is often minimal due to the fact that a saline implant can be filled after it has been inserted into the breast pocket. In the rare case of implant rupture, the saline (salt-water solution) inside the implant can be easily absorbed by the body until the implant is removed.

It is advisable for patients who have any type of breast implants to be sure to inform their radiologists during mammograms so the technician can adjust the x-rays to the proper angles.

Implant Sizes and Shapes

The size you choose for your breast implants is an important consideration; however, it’s equally important to consider how the size of the implants will affect overall proportions. The results of breast augmentation should enhance your silhouette, which means that the rate of projection, the potential effect on your profile, and the volume of the breast implants should all be taken into account when choosing the best option for your needs and goals.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Durst, he will show you a variety of breast implant options. You can hold some of the implants in your hand and even try them on for size to get a general idea of the potential results. Choosing your breast implants is one of the most important steps in the process, and Dr. Durst can help you determine which type, size, and shape of implant can meet your goals with the most natural and flattering results.

How is the Breast Augmentation Procedure Performed?

During the breast enlargement procedure, Dr. Durst will insert the breast implants into pockets in the tissue. This is generally done an as outpatient surgery with general anesthesia. Implants are placed either under the muscle or over the muscle as determined by Dr. Durst’s personal evaluation of what will work best. The use of implants in surgery involves many different choices. Either saline or silicone implants can be utilized. In addition, textured implants offer many advantages, and, recently available, shaped implants (silicone) can be used for breast enlargement. Again, it takes Dr. Durst’s examination and thorough discussion with the patient to determine which choice would be best for each surgery. Incisions are usually made in the crease under the breast. There are variables for each individual patient, and these will be fully discussed during a consultation.

What is Breast Augmentation Recovery Like?

Breast augmentation is generally done as an outpatient procedure, meaning that the patient can go home the same day. Dressings are used to protect the treated area post-surgery. Some soreness is normal, and there are medications to control discomfort. Generally, patients take about a week off from work. Aftercare regarding bras and activities are individualized for each patient, but generally patients can start exercising lightly by walking at two weeks and resume full sports at about four weeks. Some exercises should be avoided long term subsequent to breast augmentation, and Dr. Durst will discuss these matters with each patient.

Early on, breasts may feel tight and appear somewhat artificial. As the swelling goes down, most patients notice significant improvement about a week or two after surgery, and after approximately four weeks, patients should begin to see the final results.

Internally, it takes a year for tissue to completely heal; however, most of these changes occur in the first six weeks. By that time, most patients can be relatively confident about their new breast size. Photos are usually taken at two months for comparison with preoperative appearance. Long term care is individualized for each patient depending on their work, sports activities, and type of implants, and this requires in-depth discussion. Dr. Durst believes that long term follow-up care after breast implant surgery is important, and he continues to see patients once a year for as long as they want to come.

Patient Results

Breast Augmentation Gallery

How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?

As breast augmentation is a completely personalized procedure, the cost of surgery will vary from patient to patient, and doctor to doctor. The factors that generally affect the expense associated with breast augmentation include:

  • The type of implants used
  • The expertise of your plastic surgeon
  • The location where the procedure is performed
  • The overall complexity of the procedure

While the true price of your augmentation surgery cannot be calculated until your needs are evaluated in a consultation, the average cost of the procedure can run anywhere from $5,100 to $6,200. Our office will be able to provide a more personalized quote once you visit Dr. Durst, but this estimate can be helpful when researching breast augmentation.

In addition to accepting all major payment methods, our office works with CareCredit® and Prosper® Healthcare Lending, highly reputable plastic surgery financing companies that can help make the cost of your treatment more affordable. If approved through the simple application process associated with either option, you can choose from a range of payment plans with low monthly installments to bring the price of breast augmentation into budget. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our practice and speak to a friendly member of our team.

Breast Augmentation and Lift

If your cosmetic goals include resolving the look of breast sag in conjunction with increasing breast volume, a breast lift with implants may be better suited for your desired aesthetic. This combination procedure is designed to enhance the volume, shape, projection, and positioning of the breasts at once for complete rejuvenation.
Dr. Durst generally performs the lift portion of the procedure first, elevating the breasts’ position on the chest wall and minimizing sag while utilizing the same incisions to insert the implants. Ultimately, patients who undergo a breast lift with implants can typically achieve the benefits of both a breast lift and a breast augmentation in a single surgery and recovery period.
*In some cases, patients who need a breast lift and desire a major size increase with larger implants may require a two-stage approach. The first procedure would involve a breast lift; then, a few months later, implants would be placed. This staging of surgeries can allow a patient to significantly increase their breast size, which may not be achievable with a one-step approach.

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