Breast augmentations are among the most popular cosmetic procedures in Baltimore year after year. A breast augmentation, sometimes called a “breast aug” or “boob job,” can be performed to increase the size of breasts 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.
Breast augmentation is commonly referred to as a “boob job” by patients although the technical term for the procedure is “augmentation mammaplasty.” It is a procedure designed to increase the size of the breasts, as well as to achieve the desired shapeliness or correct asymmetrical breast sizes if necessary. Breast augmentation Baltimore is often performed using either saline or silicone implants, but the procedure can also be performed using fat transfer.
Breast implants can be chosen to achieve a variety of aesthetic changes. These include increasing the fullness and projection of the breasts, improving the balance between the breasts and hips, and improving symmetry between the two breasts. In addition, many patients choose breast implant surgery to improve their overall self-confidence.
In some cases, breast implant surgery may be performed for breast reconstruction after mastectomy or injury. Breast reconstruction has unique considerations compared to cosmetic breast implants, however, and implants are only one method of reconstructing the breasts.
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Before undergoing Baltimore breast surgery, it is important to have realistic expectations and an understanding of what breast enhancement can accomplish. Notably, breast implant surgery cannot correct drooping or sagging breasts. To reposition the breasts and correct sagging or drooping, a breast lift rather than augmentation is necessary. However, this procedure is often performed in combination with breast implant surgery to create a fuller and more lifted appearance.
Combining breast augmentation and a breast lift can typically be performed in a single cosmetic surgery, but in some cases two operations are necessary. Dr. Rosenberg will advise a treatment plan that will be most effective in achieving your goals after a consultation.
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.
As breast surgeries continue to gain popularity in Baltimore and across the US, the procedure is becoming more accessible than ever. However, it’s important to know that this procedure should only be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, not only to minimize risks and side effects, but also to ensure the most natural-looking results. Dr. Rosenberg of the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland is double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery as well as the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Before Baltimore breast implant surgery, 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 gel breast implants and form-stable silicone “gummy bear” implants tend to feel more like natural breast tissue. However, if the implants are to leak, saline is naturally absorbed by the body, whereas silicone remains in the shell or implant pocket and needs to be removed surgically. Saline implants tend to be cheaper than silicone breast implants and may result in less scarring, as the implant shell can be inserted first, then filled later.
In addition, you also need to choose what size breast implant you will use. Choosing the size of your breast implants depends on your goal results and body proportions. During your consultation with Dr. Rosenberg, 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.
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Candidates for breast augmentation in Baltimore are generally healthy people who are also non-smokers. The best candidates:
Although breast augmentation does not usually affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed, it is recommended that if you are planning to have children and breastfeed them in the future, wait to have breast surgery until that time has passed. Pregnancy brings many changes to the breasts and can alter the position and effect of implants. In the same way, getting implants before breasts are fully developed can result in unpredictable changes as the tissue around a breast implant grows and matures.
People eligible for breast enhancement surgery should also have reasonable expectations for what the surgery can and cannot achieve. During breast augmentation consultations with Dr. Rosenberg, you will become more familiar with all the available options for your desired results.
During your Baltimore breast implant consultation, you can explain your current concerns and ideal results to Dr. Rosenberg. He will then examine the area and evaluate your general health to determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure.
At this appointment, you will discuss your treatment options, such as the type of implants you will receive, and ask any questions you might have. Dr. Rosenberg will also take photographs and measurements as necessary to further develop a plan for your breast implant surgery procedure.
Before your breast augmentation, you may ask any questions you have to Dr. Rosenberg, a Baltimore board-certified plastic surgeon, during your consultation appointment. Some common questions include:
After your Baltimore breast implant surgery, the breasts will be covered by elastic bandages and/or a support bra to encourage proper healing and minimize swelling. Some discomfort is normal, but you will be given pain medications to maintain your comfort as you heal. Drains may be in place to prevent fluid accumulation as well.
Dr. Rosenberg will give you specific instructions on how to care for any drains, your incisions, and your general health and healing in consultations before the surgery. Most patients require rest for about a week before they can return to work and other non-strenuous activities. Dr. Rosenberg will monitor your healing during post-operative appointments.
Are breast implants under warranty?
In general the breast implant themselves are guaranteed for your lifetime. See the specific implant manufacturer for details.
How do I know if my breast implant is leaking?
saline implants will deflate if they leak. They contain salt water which is harmless. Silicone implants have a small risk of leaking as well. If you suspect leaking contact your plastic surgeon. Often an MRI scan will detect a leak.
Can fat be transferred to breasts?
Fat can be transferred from an area of your body to the breast. Often the results can be less predictable than implants. Larger volumes can be difficult to achieve with fat grafting.
Does insurance cover breast implants?
Insurance does not usually cover breast implants unless this is for a congenital deformity or for reconstructive purposes.
How dangerous is breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery is commonly performed and is quite safe.
Is there an alternative to breast implants?
Fat grafting can in certain cases be an alternative to breast implants.
How much does a Breast Augmentation cost?
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.
How do I prepare for a Breast Augmentation?
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.
How do I sleep after getting a Breast Augmentation?
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.
Are breast implants safe?
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.
Can I breastfeed after a Breast Augmentation?
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.
When can I wear a pushup or underwire bra after a Breast Augmentation?
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.
Can I move my arms after breast augmentation?
Your doctor will give you specific restrictions for the best post-operative care. Most patients are not allowed to raise their arms above shoulder height or lift any weight for one to two weeks.
Can breast implants cause pain years later?
There are several complications that can develop with breast implants over time, including capsular contracture. Some of these complications cause discomfort and pain, and should be examined by a medical doctor to determine the right course of treatment.
Can you breast feed after breast augmentation
Most people who undergo breast augmentation can breastfeed, depending on their milk production ability prior to surgery. However, the type of incision and procedure used may cause patients to not produce as much milk as before.
Can breast implants last 30 years?
Most breast implants last 10–20 years, although there have been a few patients whose implants have lasted 30 years and longer.
Do breast implants cause autoimmune disease?
Scientists havent drawn a direct connection to breast implants and certain autoimmune diseases, although some patients do develop these conditions.
Do you have to replace breast implants every 10 years?
Although the FDA recommends replacing breast implants every 10 years, patients who are not experiencing negative side effects do not have to have them replaced this often.
How do you know if you have capsular contracture?
Capsular contracture can happen at any time after breast implant surgery, and is usually experienced as increased firmness of the breast, as well as pain, changes in breast shape, and restricted range of motion.
How do I prepare for breast implants?
Follow all your plastic surgeons instructions for preparing for breast augmentation, including quitting smoking, adjusting medications, and avoiding blood thinners like aspirin.
How long do breast implants last?
Breast implants are not designed to be permanent, and typically need to be removed or replaced every 10–20 years.
Is getting a breast augmentation worth it?
Although the financial and physical cost of getting breast augmentation seems high, the results can last decades, which most patients agree is worth the cost.
Do breasts sag after breast augmentation?
After surgery, breast implants may fall slightly as they settle into place, but this is totally normal. Breast implants do not correct sagging caused by aging or other body changes.
Breast implants are a long-lasting way to get the self-confidence of looking great in whatever you want to wear. To find out more about breast augmentation in Baltimore and whether breast implants are right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg today. Call the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland at (410) 324-3071 or request your appointment online.