What is Breast Augmentation, And am I A Good Candidate?
Breast augmentation surgery involves using breast implants to increase the size of your breasts or restore breast volume that has been lost after weight reduction or pregnancy. Breast augmentation is clinically referred to as augmentation mammaplasty.
Breast augmentation can:
-Increase fullness and projection of your breasts
-Improve the balance of your figure
-Enhance your self-image and self-confidence
Breast implants may also be used for breast reconstruction after mastectomy or injury.
What Breast Augmentation Surgery Won’t Do
Breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. If you want your breasts to look fuller and lifted due to sagging, a breast lift may be required in conjunction with breast augmentation. A breast lift can typically be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation. Dr. Kjar can assist you in making that decision.
Breast Augmentation Cost
Breast augmentation cost can vary. The average cost of breast augmentation surgery is $3,708 according to 2014 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Breast augmentation cost can vary. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities, or other related expenses.
A surgeon’s fee for breast augmentation may vary based on his or her experience, the type and cost of breast implants used, as well as geographic office location.
Dr. Kjar’s office offers patient financing plans for breast augmentation, so be sure to ask.
Breast augmentation cost may include:
-Hospital or surgical facility costs
-Prescriptions for medication
Your satisfaction involves more than a fee. When choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for breast augmentation surgery, remember that the surgeon’s experience with breast implants and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.
Breast Augmentation Candidates
You may be a candidate for breast augmentation if:
-You are physically healthy
-You have realistic expectations
-Your breasts are fully developed
-You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
-You are dissatisfied with your breasts losing shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or with aging
-You are unhappy with the upper part of your breast appearing “empty”
-Your breasts are asymmetrical
-One or both breasts failed to develop normally or have an elongated shape
Breast augmentations results are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will subside and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you fully recover from surgery. In order to achieve optimal breast augmentation results, it is important that you follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions and return for follow-up visits.
It’s important to know that breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime. Your implants may need to be replaced. You should plan for an annual examination by your plastic surgeon to evaluate your breast health and implant integrity. Over time, your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity. If, after a period of years, you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choose to undergo a breast lift or implant exchange to restore a more youthful contour.
Types of Breast Implants
Saline Breast Implants: are filled with sterile salt water. Should implant shell leak, a saline implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body. Saline breast implants provide a uniform shape, firmness and feel, and are FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 18 or older.
Silicone Breast Implants: are filled with silicone gel. The gel feels a bit more like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket. A leaking implant filled with silicone gel will not collapse. If you choose silicone implants, you may need to visit your plastic surgeon regularly to make sure the implants are functioning properly. An ultrasound or MRI screening can assess the condition of breast implants. Silicone breast implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women age 22 or older.
Gummy Bear Breast Implants: Form-stable implants are sometimes referred to as gummy bear breast implants because they maintain their shape even when the implant shell is broken. The consistency or the silicone gel inside the implant is thicker than traditional silicone gel implants. These implants are also firmer than traditional implants, but are thought to be less likely to break. Gummy bear breast implants are shaped rather than round. They may have more projection at the bottom and are tapered towards the top. If a shaped implant rotates, it may lead to an unusual appearance of the breast. Placement of gummy bear implants requires a long incision in the skin.
Round Breast Implants: Have a tendency to make breasts appear fuller than form-stable implants. Higher profile options can achieve even more projection. Because round implants are the same all over, there is less concern about them rotating out of place.
Smooth Breast Implants: Are the softest feeling. These implants can move with the breast implant pocket, which may give more natural movement. Smooth implants may have some palpable or visible rippling.
Textured Breast Implants: Develop scar tissue to stick to the implant, making them less likely to move around inside of the breast and get repositioned. Texturing offers some advantage in diminishing the risk of a tight scar capsule. Implant manufacturers occasionally introduce new styles and types of breast implants, so there may be additional options available. Whether you choose saline or silicone implants, it is important for you to monitor your breast implants and follow-up with your plastic surgeon for appropriate checkups.
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery and what implant is best for you is by scheduling a free consultation with Dr. Kjar.