Breast Augmentation with Implants

Breast augmentation surgery with implants allows women to enhance their busts with a variety of options for size, material, and placement for complete customization to each individual patient.

Breast Augmentation with Implants Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

Breast Augmentation with Implants
avg. recovery
4 weeks
Is permanent
$3800 - $12000

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 08.05.2021

The decision to have a breast augmentation surgery with implants can be for a number of reasons. Breast implants can enlarge naturally smaller busts or reshape breasts that have been affected by weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Augmentation surgeries can be completely customized by the patient with a number of options for size, projection, material (saline, silicone, or a hybrid implant), placement (over or under the pectoral muscle), and incision location (along the areola, under the breast, through the underarm, and even the navel). Before a breast augmentation procedure, a thorough consultation with a plastic surgeon is necessary to determine size, material, incision location, and placement of the implant. These decisions will be made based on a number of factors including patient preference, type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, patient's body type, and surgeon's recommendations. Once the patient is comfortable with their surgeon and proposed methods, surgery can be scheduled. During surgery the patient will be placed under general or local anesthesia with sedation. Incisions will be made as per the preoperative plan with efforts made to be as inconspicuous as possible and minimize visible scarring. The implant will be inserted either under the pectoral muscle or above the muscle and behind the breast tissue. Incisions will be closed with sutures and adhesive or surgical tape. Results from a breast augmentation are immediately visible.

The goal of a breast augmentation with implants is to increase fullness and projection of the breasts, improve balance of breast and hip contours, and/or enhance self-image and self-confidence.


Breast Augmentation with Implants addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

Immediately after surgery the patient will be placed in a supportive bra or garment. This garment should be worn constantly for the recommended amount of time, typically 2-3 weeks before transitioning to a traditional sports bra and an additional 2-3 weeks before wearing normal bras. Swelling and discoloration is expected after surgery but will dissipate within 1 month.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for a breast augmentation with implants is physically healthy with fully developed breasts and desires larger, fuller, or more symmetric breasts due to genetics, pregnancy, weight loss, or age.

Not Recommended For

Breast augmentation with implants is not recommended for patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under the age of 18.

Side Effects

Side effects of breast augmentation with implants can include asymmetry, breast and/or nipple pain, tissue atrophy, thinning skin, capsular contraction, implant rupture, extrusion, hematoma, seroma, displacement, palpability, decreased sensation of the breast and/or nipple, wrinkling of the implant and unsatisfied results.


  • Increase fullness
  • increase projection
  • Improve balance of hip contours
  • self-image
  • self-confidence


  • May need to replace
  • Difficult mammogram

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