Breast augmentation, or breast enlargement, is a breast surgery procedure that enhances the breasts by placing implants under the breast tissues and/or the chest muscle. This is not always a simple procedure, and significant preparation will determine the correct approach for your breast enhancement. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation ranks #1 among the top plastic surgery procedures chosen by women in the United States. The experienced breast surgeons at Associates in Plastic Surgery will take time with each patient during their consultation and decide which procedure is ideal.
Skip to more information about breast augmentation here:
- Getting Started with Breast Augmentation
- Breast Implants with Breast Lift
- Customizing Your Breast Augmentation Procedure
- Breast Implant Types
- Breast Implant Placement Options
- Infographic Explaining Breast Implant Location Options
- Breast Augmentation Incision Options
- Examples of Breast Augmentation Procedures Including Before-and-After Pictures
- Recovery After Your Breast Augmentation Procedure
- Possible Complications Associated with Breast Augmentation
- The Importance of the Right Plastic Surgeon
- Contact Associates in Plastic Surgery Today
- Cost of Breast Implants
Dr. Cuber and Dr. Heller specialize in body and breast surgery, and they dedicate their time to breast augmentation, breast reduction, and body sculpting in New Jersey and Staten Island. They cumulatively have more than 50 years of experience and have performed thousands of breast surgeries. This allows our surgeons to be comfortable with the latest techniques to give you the best result possible. If you're considering an augmentation procedure, please call (800) 860-1435 to arrange a private consultation.
Getting Started with Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation can help to change to the size and fullness of your breasts, but can also be performed to even out your appearance and the balance of your figure and to improve your self-confidence. In order to ensure that this type of procedure goes properly, analysis of the breasts is very important. Dr. Heller and Dr. Cuber will make very precise measurements of not only the breasts, but their relation to the rest of the body. Some breasts are small to begin with so only a symmetric enlargement is needed.
Occasionally, the breasts are asymmetrical and therefore need to be enlarged and made equal in size. This is where the expertise of our surgeons becomes so vital as they can evaluate your breasts and determine exactly how much to add to one of your breasts so you can be comfortable with even, beautiful breasts.
Breast Implants with Breast Lift
Sometimes, there are unavoidable factors like gravity or childbirth that will causes breasts to sag. This can also occur with a great amount of weight loss that, while it leaves your breasts smaller, may leave behind excess skin and a saggy appearance. In order to remedy this issue, breast implants can be combined with a breast lift to restore the fullness and shape.
Customizing Your Breast Augmentation Procedure
Breast Implant Types
You will be able to choose between saline or silicone gel implants. Both are safe, FDA-approved, and present no health risks. Silicone implants are currently the most popular because they tend to look and feel more natural. However, they can sometimes be more expensive. Saline implants, which are less expensive, can be placed through smaller incisions in different locations such as the underarm and then filled.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone implants have a silicone exterior and are filled with a silicone gel. They have undergone extensive testing and leakage should be extremely rare. Even with the rare occurrence of leakage, the silicone gel is cross-linked to make it more cohesive and less likely to spread throughout the body, possibly leading to pain or, rarely, infection. Silicone breast implants are approved for women 22 and older.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are made of a silicone shell and filled with sterile saline (salt-water). They are inserted, then filled to the desired size and volume that you and our plastic surgeons have agreed would look best for you. Saline breast implants still have a natural look and feel, though many women agree that silicone breast implants often look more natural than saline. Saline breast implants are approved for women 18 and older.
Breast Implant Placement Options
Infographic Explaining Breast Implant Location Options:
Breast Augmentation Incision Options
Once you’ve chosen that you would like breast implants, where you would like them placed, and the type of breast implant, it is important to discuss breast augmentation incision options with our plastic surgeons. Here are your choices:
- Inframammary incision – this is placed in the natural crease under the breast and is about one to one and a half inches long. This approach is easy and the incision usually heals to the point where it is almost invisible.
- Areolar incision – an incision is made around part of the areola and nipple. After healing occurs the incision blends in well and is very difficult to see.
- Axillary incision – a small incision is made under the muscle in each armpit. The breast implant is placed into the pocket created and the incision heals extremely well. This is another great way to perform breast augmentation with no incision on the breast at all.
- TUBA (trans umbilical breast augmentation) – a hidden incision in the belly button is used to place the implants so no scar is seen around the breast itself. This is a wonderful way to enhance the breasts with minimal evidence that a surgery was even performed.
- Dual plane breast augmentation is a useful technique for patients who have only a minor amount of droopiness and do not want to go through a breast lift. In this procedure, the implant is placed partially beneath the muscle and partially beneath the breast tissue. This gives lift to the breast along with the fullness so a breast lift (and the incisions that go with it) is not needed.
Examples of Breast Augmentation Procedures
This is a 26 year old female who wanted to enhance the size of her breasts. She was a small B size and wanted to become a full C. Since she had some breast tissue to begin with, an inframammary incision was used and worked very well. Bilateral 300 cc saline filled implants were used, and the implants were placed into the submuscular plane. The patient was very happy with her natural result.
This is a 29 year old female who wanted to enlarge her breasts. She was a size B and wanted to become a full C. An inframammary incision was used and worked very well. Bilateral 350 cc silicone implants were used, and the implants were placed into the submuscular plane. There is a nice natural shape to her breasts postoperatively.
This is a 34 year old woman who has already had 2 children. She is currently a small B and would like to be a C. You can see a small amount of droopiness of the breasts as well. She underwent breast augmentation using an inframammary incision. 350cc silicone gel filled implants were placed into the dual plane to give a little lift as well as enlarge the size. The patient was very happy with her breast implants because they are now a better shape plus the silicone feels very natural.
The important thing is to remember your goals and priorities. A clear sense of what you want to achieve will enable you to make informed, reasoned decisions.
Recovery after Your Breast Augmentation Procedure
Your breast augmentation surgery will be performed in our accredited surgery center in New Jersey or New York under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Our facilities are Medicare certified and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) to ensure the highest level of safety and comfort. We employ the best technologies and rely up on our experienced plastic surgeons to ensure your well-being.
You will be discharged after your surgery on the same day with a bandage and wrap in place. Some soreness, swelling, and bruising may occur, and muscle relaxants, pain killers, and antibiotics will be prescribed. The breasts will often appear too high to begin with, but will fall nicely into position in subsequent weeks. Patients can typically return to work in 10 days, with no strenuous activity for 2-3 weeks.
Possible Complications Associated with Breast Augmentation
In 2015, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported that breast augmentation was the most popular plastic surgery procedure with 279,000 procedures performed. Because of how common breast augmentation has become, the likelihood of complications is minimal. However, with any surgical procedure, there is always some chance of complications.
The breast augmentation procedure has an excellent safety record, but there are still risks. We believe that it's crucial for you to understand those as part of your research into the procedure. Potential complications include:
- Anesthesia complications
- Loss of sensitivity in the breast
- Capsular contracture – a hardening of breast tissue after breast implants due to scar tissue
We will walk you through the procedure and its risks well before you undergo your breast augmentation surgery. Our plastic surgeons are committed to ensuring that you know as much as possible before committing to any procedure.
The Importance of the Right Plastic Surgeon
The breast augmentation procedure is several decades old, and millions of these procedures have been performed during that time. The procedure has been honed and improved, and we understand more about it than ever.
Because of this, increasing numbers of doctors feel confident offering the procedure without proper cosmetic surgery training. This isn't right for you. Make sure you choose an experienced plastic surgeon for your procedure.
Those statistics about the safety of the breast augmentation procedure are valid when the doctor performing your augmentation is properly trained and educated. The risk of this procedure- any procedure- increases greatly when the surgeon lacks experience and training.
Dr. Cuber and Dr. Heller have extensive training, certification, and experience with breast augmentation procedures. Couple this with their amazing bedside manner and artistic eyes, and you can be assured that you’ll get the best-available care and will love your results.
Cost of Breast Augmentation
The price of breast implants varies among different areas of the country and different surgeons. In general, a basic breast enlargement using saline implants through a standard incision will be about $5000 plus the cost of anesthesia. If silicone implants are used, the price usually rises by $1000. If different incisions are used, the case presents a higher degree of difficulty than others, or if a breast lift is also needed then the price will be higher. At your free consultation you will receive a detailed explanation of the costs involved for the entire procedure so there will be no surprises.
Contact Associates in Plastic Surgery Today
Dr. Cuber and Dr. Heller take the time to individualize care for each patient so the best procedure is done every time. You will love your new look and be thrilled to show it off more than ever before. Enjoy your new-found self confidence and happiness!
Please contact our New Jersey office at (800) 860-1435 for a free consultation and our breast surgeons we will be happy to discuss everything with you. Associates in Plastic surgery proudly serves patients from New Jersey, Staten Island, and surrounding areas.