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Breast Augmentation

Are Breast Implants Right for Me?

Whether you are looking for rejuvenation after child birth or want to fill out your favorite outfit, breast implants  or breast fat grafting can help you achieve your goals.  Most women interested in breast augmentation or enlargement are intelligent, successful and well-adjusted individuals. 

The overwhelming majority of women who undergo breast augmentation are very satisfied with their result.  Research shows us that you may even benefit psychologically and experience an improvement in self-confidence. In fact, studies show that many women have less anxiety, depression, and shyness after breast augmentation.

Have you had children? Has your breast size has decreased?  With changes in your age, weight, and family, you may have some drooping or change in nipple position as well. A mastopexy, or breast lift, can be performed at the same time to lift and improve your breast shape. 

What is the right breast implant for me?

When it comes to picking the size of your implant, it is critical that the implant fit your body and body type. Unless you have a twin, no two patients have the same anatomy and therefore we must take your own measurements to be able to find an implant that will give you a nice natural augmentation without looking obnoxious or overdone. 

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a safe procedure and will not affect your ability to breastfeed. The implant is placed behind the chest muscle in the majority of cases. There are a few exceptions depending on level and type of activities that you enjoy. There are also a few options for placement of the incision at the time of surgery (armpit, along border of areola, under the breast).

In order to provide the safest environment, we perform all breast augmentation surgery in a certified surgery center or hospital with the support of an anesthesiologist.

How much time will I need to take off?

Breast augmentations are performed on an outpatient basis.  It is not uncommon for our patients to have surgery on Friday and return to work on Monday. Long acting local anesthetic is used during all breast surgery. This medication lasts for about 3 days following surgery in order to maximize comfort and minimize the use of narcotics that can make you drowsy, disoriented and even constipated. 

What activities are recommended after breast augmentation?

During your recovery, we recommend activities of daily living for the first 2 weeks (short walks, household activities). From 2-4 weeks, we recommend that you begin some non-jarring cardio like an elliptical without arms. After 4 weeks, you can begin to reintroduce resistance training (no chest exercise). For 1st time breast surgery, we recommend no chest exercises until about 12 weeks after surgery in order to ensure that the precise location of the implant does not shift in an unwanted direction.

How much do Breast Implants Cost?

A silicone breast augmentation typically costs between $7,000 – $9,000. This cost is inclusive of operating room fees as well as care from a board certified anesthesiologist.

I'm planning a big event...

If you are preparing for an event (wedding, birthday, vacation, reunion, etc), we recommend surgery no less than 8-12 weeks before your big day, in order to ensure proper garment sizing and full activity. 

Breast Implant Safety

For completeness, no breast conversation is complete without a word on breast implant safety and breast cancer.

NorCal Plastic Surgery uses the newest generation smooth, round, cohesive (gummy bear) breast implants that ensure safety and ideal feel.

Breast implants do not cause breast cancer or any other systemic diseases. Numerous studies have shown that there is no difference in survival between augmented and nonaugmented patients with breast cancer. Studies have also shown that there is no delay in breast cancer treatment when comparing patients with or without breast implants.

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Want to read more? The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has composed an excellent resource for patient education. 

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