A breast augmentation procedure can be done for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes. Women can get breast implants to create a fuller or more balanced look. Others choose to get a breast augmentation surgery after a mastectomy for breast cancer or for other reconstructive reasons. If you are considering getting a breast augmentation for cosmetic reasons, you’ve likely had some of the following questions come to mind:
What types of breast implants are there?
Saline and silicone are the two basic types of breast implants available. Saline implants are made of a silicone shell and are filled with sterile salt water either prior to or during the implant surgery. Silicone implants are made of a silicone shell filled with a plastic gel. While many women say silicone implants feel more real, they also present a larger risk if they leak. Implants come in many different sizes and there are pros and cons associated with either choice.
The cost of getting a breast augmentation varies depending on the type of implant you choose, the doctor, and your location. Generally speaking, an operation is roughly $5,000-$10,000 dollars. It is important to know that your insurance will likely not cover a breast augmentation procedure if it is for cosmetic reasons.
How old do I need to be to get a breast augmentation?
A woman’s breasts may continue to develop until she reaches her early 20’s. With that in mind, the FDA requires that a woman be at least 18 years of age before getting a breast augmentation surgery with saline implants, and at least 22 years old if they want silicone implants.
How long does a breast augmentation procedure take?
A breast augmentation surgery will typically last 1-2 hours. You will be given general anesthesia which will allow you to “sleep” during the procedure without pain.
Schedule a consultation
If you are considering getting a breast augmentation, the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanjay Lalla. We understand that the choice to get any type of cosmetic procedure should be well thought out.
Please click here to view before and after images of breast augmentation operations. And for more information about the benefits of breast augmentation, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.