Patient Spotlight breast enlargement augmentation FAQ

Breast Augmentation Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am a good candidate for breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) surgery?
Breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) is a surgical procedure for improving the size and shape of a woman's breast with silicone gel or saline-filled implants. The most common reasons for requesting this surgery are to enhance the body contour of a woman who, for personal reasons, feels that her breast size is too small, to correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy, and to balance/correct a difference in breast size (asymmetry). The best candidates for breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) are women who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you are physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.


What is the length of a typical breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) surgery?
Breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) surgery generally requires 2 to 3 hours to perform.


What type of anesthesia is used for breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty)?
A general anesthetic is used to perform breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) surgery.


Is breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) performed as an outpatient?
Yes, breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) surgery is performed as an outpatient.


Where is breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) surgery performed?
Breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) surgery is performed in the safety of an ambulatory surgery center, a surgical hospital, or the outpatient department of a hospital.


What types of implants are used for breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty), and where are they placed?
Inflatable silicone shell saline-filled breast implants or silicone gel breast implants are generally placed in a subpectoral postion (under the chest wall muscles). This position improves the natural shape and the softness of the breast after surgery. Breast implants are sometimes placed directly under the breast, on top of the chest wall muscles.


What is the cost of breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty)?
The cost of breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) surgery ranges from $4,750 to $6,000, including the implants. The cost varies with the complexity of the surgery and the type of breast implants used. An initial consultation is required to determine the exact cost of the breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) surgery.


Is breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) covered by insurance?
No, breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) and other cosmetic surgeries are not covered by insurance.


How long will it take to recover from breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) surgery?
Individuals usually return to work within 7 to 10 days. Jobs that require significant physical activity may require additional time off work.


How long do the results of breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) last?
The results are long lasting, although the effects of aging and gravity continue to act on the breasts after surgery. Future breast lift (mastopexy) or implant replacement surgery may be required.


How will I feel and look immediately following breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) surgery?
There is temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple and/or breast skin sensation, and possibly some bruising. A sports bra is worn for six weeks following breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) surgery.


Is breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) a painful procedure?
There is discomfort for several days following breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) that is controllable with the use of pain medications and muscle relaxants taken by mouth. Dr. Mayfield also uses the ON-Q pain pump system for postoperative pain relief. ON-Q is a small high-tech balloon that holds local anesthetic (a pain numbing medication) and delivers it through a tiny specially designed tube directly into the surgical area. The medication is delivered continuously and slowly for several days after surgery.


What are some of the risks of breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty)?
Surgical revision, replacement, or removal of the breast implants may be required to treat problems including breast implant deflation, breast implant rupture, or the formation of scar tissue around the breast implant (capsular contracture) that may cause the breast to feel tight or hard. Other risks included bleeding and infection. There may be an increase or decrease in the sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, which is usually temporary, but can occasionally be permanent. Mammography requires a special technique to examine as much of the natural breast tissue as possible.


What happens when saline-filled breast implants leak?
Should a saline-filled breast implant leaks, the implant will deflate in a short period of time and the salt water will be harmlessly absorbed by the body. The deflation will create breast asymmetry, and the deflated breast implant will need to be replaced to restore the desired breast size and contour.


Are there scars that result from breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) surgery?
Yes, every surgical procedure is associated with scarring, however, the scars from breast augmentation (breast enlargement or augmentation mammaplasty) surgery are generally short, thin, and flat. Every effort is taken to make the scars as inconspicuous as possible. Poor healing and wider scars are more common in smokers. All suture material is placed under the skin and dissolves. The appearance of the scars may continue to improve for 6 to 12 months after surgery. A variety of no-surgical scar reduction techniques are utilized after surgery to improve the final appearance of the scars. In the case of inframammary crease incisions (under the breast), for example, the scars are hidden within or just above the crease beneath the breasts, and are covered by a bra, two-piece bathing suit, etc.


 
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