Breast augmentations are among the most popular cosmetic procedures year after year. A breast augmentation, sometimes called a “breast aug” or “boob job,” can be performed to increase the size of the breast or restore breast volume lost due to weight loss or pregnancy and breastfeeding. In addition to altering the size, breast augmentations can achieve a more rounded shape as well as improved symmetry and proportions.
After being placed under general anesthesia, Dr. Rosenberg will make an incision in one of three ways, depending on your goal results and needs. The incision may either be made around the areola (periareolar), along the fold under the breast (inframammary), or under the arm (transaxillary). Through this incision, the implant can be placed either directly behind the breast tissue in what is called a submammary or subglandular placement, or behind the pectoral muscle in a submuscular placement.
Before the breast augmentation procedure, you will need to decide what kind of implant you will receive. Breast implants are filled with either silicone or saline (saltwater,) which look and feel slightly different from one another. Silicone implants tend to feel more like natural breast tissue. However, if the implants are to leak, saline is naturally absorbed by the body, while silicone remains in the shell or breast implant pocket and needs to be removed surgically.
Choosing the size of your breast implants depends on your goal results and body proportions. During your consultation, you can “try on” several sizes of implants to see how they look and feel. Dr. Rosenberg will help you determine a size that is in proportion with your body and flattering to your features.
Candidates for breast augmentation are generally healthy nonsmokers. The best candidates:
After a breast augmentation, most patients experience swelling, bruising, and soreness. Discomfort can be treated using medications that Dr. Rosenberg will prescribe. In the first few days after a breast augmentation, you should rest according to Dr. Rosenberg’s directions. Most patients return to work and non-strenuous activities around five to seven days after the procedure.
The cost of breast augmentation surgery varies due to many factors. These factors are the type of implant used, incision type, location of surgery, doctor, medical costs, and more. Most breast augmentation procedures range between $5000 to $10,000. Since it is a cosmetic procedure, most health insurance companies will not cover the cost of breast augmentation.
The recovery period from breast augmentation is about one week. Most patients need to rest and wear a compression garment during this time. At the one-week point, many are able to return to work. As for exercise and strenuous activities, these can typically be resumed after six weeks.
There are many things that need to be done in preparation for a breast augmentation. Many patients will need to take a blood test prior to their surgical procedure as well as adjust medications in case of complications. Smokers will be asked to stop smoking at least a month prior to their breast augmentation. Patients should also schedule someone to drive them to and from their surgery, as well as take care of them at home for the first 48 hours.
After breast augmentation, patients will feel sore. They should avoid bending, lifting, and straining their muscles as their breasts heal. Also, patients should sleep on the back or on the side in order to keep pressure off of the breasts.
Breast implants have been FDA-approved for use in augmentation surgeries. Breast implants have been used safely for decades. There is a risk of implant rupture, but this is rare and can be treated easily.
Breast implants do not affect the milk ducts or parts of the breast that produce milk. For this reason, women are still able to breastfeed with implants.
Most patients can transition from the surgical compression bra to sports bras within 3 weeks of their surgery. Underwire and pushup bras can be worn after the implants have settled into position this takes about 2-3 months on average.
To find out more about the breast augmentation procedure and whether it is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg. Call the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland at (410) 324-3071 or request your appointment online.