The first step toward realizing your goal of having larger breasts is to meet with your plastic surgeon for a consultation to discuss your feelings and ensure you have realistic expectations. Your surgeon will explain the procedure in detail and review the various options that are available. You will be able to choose from a variety of types of breast implants. Your plastic surgeon will also discuss your options for incision and implant placement. Some women may require a breast lift in addition to their breast augmentation to attain the firm, full shape they desire. Breast augmentation can also be combined with other procedures in a comprehensive mommy makeover.
The options for breast augmentation incision placement include (see illustration):
Your surgeon will recommend the best incision placement for you based on your unique anatomy, implant choice, and other factors to suit your body and to assure that scars are as discreet as possible.
During breast augmentation surgery, your surgeon will create a space for the implant, called "the pocket," behind the breast tissue in either of the following areas:
For results that look and feel most natural, it's important that the upper edge of the implant is not easily seen or felt. Submuscular placement is usually a good choice for women who have little of their own breast tissue because the chest muscle helps cover the implant. This placement also reduces the possibility of capsular contracture and interferes less with mammograms over subglandular placement.
Our surgeons typically perform breast augmentation surgery at a nearby outpatient surgical center using general anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The procedure takes approximately 1 hour to perform. You will be able to go home the day of your surgery; you will need to have an adult drive you and care for you for the first 24 hours.
The cost for breast augmentation is typically $6,000 to $7,000. The actual amount depends on many factors including your choice of implants, the complexity of the procedure, and whether it will be combined with other procedures. We offer patient financing to help most patients afford to pursue their desired improvements. For the best possible surgical outcome, it's important to consider your surgeon's credentials above cost.
Most patients are able to return to work within a week of breast augmentation surgery. While healing rates vary from person to person, you can expect recovery to follow this general timeline:
FIRST FEW DAYS
As with any surgery, you may be tired and sore after your breast augmentation surgery. This is normal and will generally not last more than a day or 2. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe a pain medication to help control the majority of your discomfort, which may include a slight burning feeling in your nipples. This will subside as the bruising lessens and healing continues.
7 TO 10 DAYS
If you have gauze dressings, they will be removed in several days and replaced by a surgical bra. Follow the guidelines your plastic surgeon gives you for wearing this. Your stitches will be taken out.
3 TO 5 WEEKS
Your breasts will be sensitive to physical contact during this time.
NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS
Your scars will gradually fade, thin, and soften. Generally, this process takes a period of several months.
Not if the mammography is conducted by experienced technicians. More X-rays will be taken and in some cases ultrasound exams may be given to ensure the most thorough detection of any abnormalities. Always visit a certified radiology center for these types of exams.
Not in most cases because insurance companies consider breast augmentation an elective surgery. The Plastic Surgery Group offers up to 100% financing for this procedure, as well as many other types of elective cosmetic surgery procedures.
During your consultation, we will give you detailed instructions to help you prepare for your breast augmentation surgery, including any medications you should avoid, what you should and shouldn't eat or drink, and information about smoking or medical conditions you may have.
Women with slight sagging may attain the improved shape they want with breast augmentation alone as breast implants may fill out the stretched skin. Most women who want to enhance their breast size and shape require breast augmentation combined with a breast lift. If your nipples point downward or are positioned below the breast crease, it's likely you need a breast lift.
There is no shortage of qualified breast surgeons in and around Albany, New York, so selecting the one who's right for you can be a challenge. We encourage prospective patients to choose surgeons who are board-certified in plastic surgery. Board certification in a particular field indicates that that doctor has successfully passed rigorous exams in that field, demonstrating a deep level of practical knowledge. It's also a good idea to browse his or her before-and-after photos to get a good sense of the type of results he or she can create. Finally, when you visit a surgeon for a consultation, you should feel comfortable and unrushed. He or she should address all of your questions and concerns completely, and his or her staff should be friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and organized. Plastic surgery is a significant personal decision; you should feel comfortable and confident every step of the way.
The location of the incisions and the implants' placement will usually determine whether you'll be able to breastfeed. If the incision does not affect the nipple, there is a higher likelihood that you'll be able to breastfeed in the future.
The quality of breast milk is not affected by the presence of breast implants. However, patients should tell their doctors if they plan to breastfeed after their surgery.
While complications can arise during any surgical procedure, the rates associated with breast augmentation procedures are extremely low. Your surgeon will address all of your concerns and review possible complications as part of your consultation. Common complications include:
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