By definition, Breast Augmentation Surgery encompasses any surgical procedure which serves to enhance the shape, size, and texture of the breasts. Known as a “boob job”, breast augmentation can be achieved through the use of saline or silicone prosthesis, or fat grafting. The most common method of breast augmentation is breast implant surgery; in fact, of the more than 1 million cosmetic surgeries completed in the United States each year, Breast Implant Surgery is at the top of the list of most common plastic surgery procedures completed today.
Aside from enhancing the size of the breasts, breast augmentation surgery can also provide a lift to the bust, improve cleavage, and diminish the appearance of sagging skin due to aging, breast feeding after pregnancy, and weight loss, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance of the area.
Breast Augmentations are typically performed as an outpatient procedure, which means local patients can go home a few hours after the procedure is completed. Recovery time varies per patient but on average a patient may return to work within 10 days, and resume light exercise after 3 weeks.
Candidates for Breast Augmentation
While each patient’s reason for choosing to undergo breast augmentation varies; the most common reason is to increase breast size. Choosing the beast breast augmentation doctors is key, as the right doctor can help patient’s gauge the beast placement of breast implants, incision type, shape of breast implants, as well as size to ensure the best result for their body type and goals.
Is breast augmentation right for you?
Patients in the process of losing weight are advised to reach their goal weigh prior to undergoing cosmetic surgery as fluctuations in weight can affect the outcome of surgery.
Good candidates for breast augmentation are in overall good health, do not smoke or suffer from conditions which affect the heart, lungs, or blood, and do not suffer from neurological disorders. Top candidates for breast augmentation typically have a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 30.
Types of Breast Implants
Exploring the possibility of undergoing a cosmetic procedure is exciting for most patients, thanks in no small part to online resources such as Real Self. Breast implant candidates are faced with many decisions aside from “I want a full C Cup”, such as choosing the implant filler material, incision site, and implant placement among others.
The outer shell of most breast implant prosthesis is made of silicone which can be filled with either a sterile saline solution or with silicone gel.
Saline implants are placed in the patient empty then filled with a sterile salt water solution once in place, thus affording patients many benefits. Patients who suffer from asymmetry of the breasts can opt for saline implants in order to correct the disproportionate appearance of the area.
Among the benefits of selecting saline implants is the options for incision sites. Being that the implant casing is placed empty then filled once in place, patients can opt for virtually scar-less options, such as through the navel or armpit.
On average, saline implants are typically less expensive than their silicone counterparts, making it an attractive option for those seeking cheap breast implant options. Patients over age 18 can opt for saline breast implants, as opposed to the minimum age for silicone which is 22.
Silicone breast implants are filled with a gelatinous silicone gel which mimics human fat, making them more natural feeling than saline implants. Made in a variety of shapes and sizes, silicone breast implants are pre-filled by the manufacturer and placed full above or below the pectoral muscle.
Silicone implants are ideal for patients who have little natural breast tissue or for those seeking a natural feeling breast enlargement treatment.
Gummy implants are all filled with silicone gel of various consistencies, allowing the implant to retain its shape. Cohesive “gummy” gel implants come in different “squishy” levels, allowing patients to select how much movement they desire without sacrificing softness.
Shape of Breast Implants
Although the most common breast implant is a classic round shape, patients must also consider how much outward projection or which “profile” best fits their goals and body type. Breast implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeters, CC’s, and not in standard bra sizes. This means that although two patients may request “a full C Cup” it may take drastically different kinds of breast implants to achieve their desired shape and size.
Teardrop Breast Implants
Teardrop breast implants are common for breast reconstruction surgery for cancer or trauma survivors. Made of a cohesive “gummy” gel, the tear drop implant is made to mimic the exact shape of a woman’s natural breast, making it a viable option for those with little or no natural breast tissue.
Breast Implants- Incisions and Placement
Placement Options for Breast Implants• Subglandular implant placement
• Partial submuscular implant placement
• Full submuscular implant placementRegardless of material, breast implant prosthesis can be placed in one of the following areas:Subglandular; underneath the existing breast tissue over the pectoral muscles. Saline or silicone implants may be placed beneath the existing glandular and fatty tissues of the breast but in front of the muscle tissue of the chest cavity.Submuscular; beneath the pectoral muscles of the chest.
Partial Submuscular; where the top of the implant is placed behind the pectoral muscles, and the bottom of the implant is placed above or inform of the pectoral muscle and behind the natural tissues of the breast.
Incision Site for Breast Implants
Choosing the right incision placement not only depends on the size and shape of breast implant a patient chooses, it can also impact recovery time and the appearance of visible scars after surgery.
(Crease or fold incision)
One of the most frequently performed incision is the inframammary incision, hidden away beneath the fold of the breast, and can be used regardless of the placement of the implant. The surgeon makes the incision and makes a pocket in the chest cavity prior to placing the implant. This incision site affords the doctor clear visibility of the area, as well as control when it comes time to place the implant itself.
Once healed, the scar is relatively small and easily hidden when wearing a bathing suit or lingerie, as it is tucked away beneath the breast.
Peri-areolar, or nipple incisions are made right where the dark skin of the nipple begins to transition to the color of the surrounding skin of the breast. As with the inframammary incision, this site can be used with various kinds of implants and allows the surgeon maximum visibility and placement control during breast implant surgery.
Once healed, the peri-areolar scar is often hidden in plain sight.
Transaxillary incisions are ideal for patients who do not want any risk of visible scarring on the breast.
The incision is made at the armpit and channel to the chest cavity is made with a small tube. Compatible with all options for implant placement, this procedure is often performed endoscopically. Once healed, the scar is concealed in the armpit and often hidden by the natural folds of the area.
(belly button or navel incision)
Transumbilical breast implants, AKA TUBA is a technique which places the implant through the navel or bellybutton. Only available to patients opting for saline breast implants, the surgeon begins by making a small incision at the patient’s navel then tunneling upward until the chest cavity is reached. A pocket is then made at the chest, and the saline implant is placed empty and filled once in place.
Although TUBA procedure excludes silicone gel implant patients, it is popular among those patients who do not want any visible scarring after surgery.
Should I get breast implants?
There is no way we can answer such a personal question; what we can do is answer any questions you may have regarding options for breast augmentation. Patients who have done their research and weighed the pros and cons of undergoing breast augmentation surgery. The next step is to schedule a breast augmentation consultation to determine whether or not breast augmentation is right for you.
Ideal Candidates for Breast Augmentation
The ideal candidate for breast augmentation is dissatisfied with their natural breasts and has realistic expectations of their surgeon and their procedure. Breast implants are a terrific option for patients well past puberty who wish to enlarge their breasts. Implants can correct asymmetry, improve the firmness of the skin, and significantly improve the cleavage giving the breasts a perky, youthful bounce.
How Much Do Breast Implants Cost?
Several factors impact breast implant costs including where the surgery is being performed, the type of breast implant, anesthesia, facility fees, as well as recovery fees. The price on average a breast implant patient can expect to pay in the United States is between 2000 – 7500; however, breast enhancement procedures can cost upwards of 10,000 in areas such as California, Phoenix, and Colorado.
Cosmetic surgery often comes with fees many patients do not take into account such as surgical facility fees, anesthesia, post-surgical garments, cost of prescription medication, and laboratory test among others. Today, many procedures, including breast enhancement surgery are performed on an outpatient basis, saving patients thousands of dollars in overnight hospital stays.
Price of Breast Augmentation
Patients often choose to travel to regions in the east which tend to offer breast implant surgery patients more affordable options. Due in part to competition, South Florida is one of the plastic surgery capitals in the US, offering patients the most affordable plastic surgery options by the top plastic surgeons in the nation.
Patients who choose to travel to have their procedures should consider the cost of post-operative recovery care, transportation, and hotel stays for at least one week after they are cleared to fly back home by their doctor.
*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
Finance Options for Breast Augmentation
Lux Cosmetic Surgery offers patients choosing to undergo breast implant surgery several comfortable and easy financing options. Not only are we fortunate enough to be in one of the most affordable cities for cosmetic surgery, we pride ourselves in working together with our patients to find the financing option which best suits their lifestyle. Below are common options for patients seeking financing.
Breast Augmentation on Lay Away
Lux Cosmetic Surgery offers lay away plans allowing breast implant patients to pay a small down payment and a monthly fee towards the cost of their surgery. Undoubtedly the easiest finance option, patients can pay less than the cost of monthly mobile phone service towards their breast augmentation or elected procedure.
Medical Credit Companies
Similar to credit card companies, medical credit companies charge interest for loans to patients for medical procedures, including cosmetic surgeries. Companies such as Care Credit allow patients to complete an online application then, upon approval and completion of the finance documents, pay the surgical facility or surgeon. Patients can then pay off the balance as they would any credit card.Patients who opt to use a medical credit company are wide to read the fine print in order to prepare themselves for fees and rising interest rates.
Many patients choose to finance part or all of their breast implant surgeries through traditional credit lenders such as Capital One. Many credit companies offer months of zero interest payments and rewards benefits such as airline miles or cash back, making credit cards an attractive financing option for breast augmentation patients.
The old-fashioned way to pay for breast implants is to save and save until all or part of the cost of the surgery is obtained. Opening a savings account designated for saving for breast implant surgery may take a bit longer than being instantly approved for a loan, but patients who choose this option recover from their breast implant surgery without taking on a financial burden for years to come.
Oftentimes patients have anywhere from 25- 50% of the cost of their breast implant surgery saved. These patients can apply for partial financing through other avenues such as medical credit companies, credit cards, or partial lay away plans. Contact us via chat, email, or call to find the best partial financing options to meet your budgetary needs.
Recovery from Breast Augmentation
Breast implant surgery lasts anywhere from 1 – 3 hours on average and performed as an outpatient procedure, which means local patients can begin recovery at home the same day. Below is a general breast recovery timeline, which may vary from patient to patient:
Days 1 – 4 Patients typically experience swelling, pain, bruising, and tightness or discomfort. The first 4 days following surgery are when the most medication is taken. Patients should adhere to their surgeon’s post-operative care instructions to the letter.
Days 4 – 10 Post op instructions vary from patient to patient, but around the 5-day mark most patients have the green light to begin showering. Patients can expect some fluid retention and swelling in the abdomen. Pain begins to subside and displacement massages begin.
Days 10 – 21 The risk of infection and bleeding are significantly reduced, as is pain. Patients with Most patients are able start easing back into their normal routines such as work and light exercise with some restrictions. Swelling is reduced, allowing for more aggressive displacement exercises.
Days 21- 42 Incision sites should be nearly healed around the 6-week mark. Most patients can engage in more vigorous exercise routines
Days 42 – 9 Months Drop & Jiggle! Breast implants begin to get settled in the chest cavity, and scar tissue is diminished, resulting in a perceived softness of the breasts, allowing them to move or “jiggle” and drop into their final spot in the chest cavity.
10 Years – Breast implants are not forever, and, in some cases, may need to be swapped out. It is a good idea to schedule a follow up with a skilled plastic surgeon at the ten-year anniversary.
The Best Breast Augmentation Surgeons
Patients are wise to seek out the Top Plastic Surgeons, like the ones at here at Lux Cosmetic Surgery. The consultation process is fast and easy, thanks to our knowledgeable and friendly staff. We proudly offer patients photo consultations, explore fast and easy financing, and even make arrangements for care following surgery. Lux Cosmetic Surgery boats some of the best breast augmentation surgeons in Miami, FL at budget friendly prices, allowing patients to make their breast augmentation dreams, a reality.
*Legal Disclaimer: Individual results may vary; every patient is unique, therefore, no single technique is suited to all cases. Before & after photos and videos are not guarantees that your results will be the same or even similar: each individual patient’s results will be different.