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.
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Annually, breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery performed. Deciding to undergo breast augmentation surgery is a very personal decision. It is important to select an experience, credible, board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure the best results possible. There are also quite a few options available to patients, such as type of implant, size, and surgical method. To follow are some things every patient should consider and discuss with their plastic surgeon prior to undergoing breast augmentation surgery.
Silicone-gel or saline filled implants? The preferred choice among surgeons and patients is often silicone-gel implants because they produce a more naturally feminine silhouette. However, silicone-gel implants are not suitable for all patients, nor do they provide the results all patients are seeking. Silicone-gel implants had a negative reputation through the 1990s for posing health risks. After rigorous research and testing, silicone-gel implants are safer than ever and potential risks have been minimized. Silicone implants also provide more versatility than saline filled implants because they come in a variety of shapes and textures. Saline implants are very round, and often produce a less natural appearance. Saline implants are approved by the FDA for women 18 years and older, and silicone-gel implants are approved for women 21 years and older. For more information about the differences between silicone-gel and saline implants discuss the benefits and risks of each design with your plastic surgeon.
Surgical method and incision placement. There are 3 main surgeon methods for breast augmentation: under the breast fold, through the areold (skin around the nipple), and through the armpit. Each method is designed to reduce the visibility of scars. The method for implant insertion used is largely determined by your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon chooses placement methods by considering his or her own skill and preference against what is safest for the patient.
Size. For most patients, the most exciting decision to make when considering breast augmentation is the size of the implants! It is important to have realistic expectations of size, and acknowledge that everyone’s physique poses anatomic limitations. Choosing an implant that is too large can pose dangerous health risks. A board-certified plastic surgeon will assist in choosing the correct size implant that will create an aesthetically pleasing proportion for your new look!
Selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon. The most important thing to consider before undergoing breast augmentation surgery is selecting the right surgeon for the task. Risks are generally low with breast augmentation but to ensure your safety and best results, schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon specializing in breast augmentation who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. Also, look for professional affiliations such as surgeons who are a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Breast Augmentation in West Orange and Jersey City
Ready to explore plastic surgery for the first time? Take the first step – contact us today. To schedule your plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Sanjay Lalla, call our West Orange office at 973-324-9455 or our Jersey City office at 201-763-6764. We look forward to hearing from you.