Breast Augmentation With Implants: Understanding The Plastic Surgery Procedure

A breast augmentation with implants is a highly customizable plastic surgery procedure to create a natural looking enhanced appearance of the bust and overall body contour.

Breast Augmentation with Implants

The Skinny


Average Recovery

4 weeks

Permanence

Permanent

Application

Implant

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$3800 - $12000

Before & After Images by Provider

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The Specifics


What is a breast augmentation with implants?

A breast augmentation with implants is a plastic surgery procedure to create fuller, larger, and more symmetric breasts. Candidates may pursue a breast implant procedure due to small breasts secondary to aging, weight loss, pregnancy, or genetics.

The Anatomy of the Female Breast

Female Breast Anatomy Cross Section Illustration

Augmentation surgeries vary and are customizable to the individual patient. Silicone implants, saline implants, or a hybrid implant type can be customized to a specific implant shape and implant size. The implant can be placed over or under the pectoral muscle. Additionally, the incision location may be along the areola, under the breast, through the underarm, and even through the navel.

The most appropriate breast enhancement options for an individual candidate can be determined through a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Some may choose to pursue a breast lift as well for further breast enhancement and a more natural appearance.

What cosmetic concerns does a breast augmentation with implants procedure treat?

  1. Breast Shape & Size: Highly customizable, a breast implant surgery places implants into breast tissue for improvements to the natural breast size, shape, volume, and symmetry.
  2. Mommy Makeover: Postpartum breast changes can be addressed via implants to restore breast volume.
  3. MTF Gender Confirmation: Transfeminine top surgery include the creation of characteristic female breasts, areola, and nipples. Implants may be used to enhance the size and shape of the breasts.

Who is the ideal candidate for a breast augmentation with implants procedure?

The ideal candidate for a breast augmentation with implants is in generally good health with fully developed breasts and is seeking improved breast appearance. Breast augmentation with implants is not recommended for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under 18 years of age.

What is the average recovery associated with a breast augmentation with implants procedure?

Most patients experience about four weeks of acute recovery following a breast augmentation with implants procedure. A supportive bra will be worn continuously after the procedure for three weeks at which time patients can transition to sports bras and then regular bras after six weeks. Most patients return to work after one week. Strenuous activity and submersion in water should be avoided for three weeks. Sauna, steam rooms, and excessive heat will need to be avoided for six weeks.

What are the potential side effects of a breast augmentation with implants procedure?

Possible side effects following a breast augmentation with implants procedure include asymmetry, breast/nipple pain, thinning of the skin, tissue atrophy, capsular contracture, implant rupture, extrusion, seroma, displacement, changes in sensation, and palpable implant.

What can someone expect from the results of a breast augmentation with implants procedure?

The results of a breast augmentation with implants procedure are immediate and permanent improvements to the appearance of the breasts. The results will last a lifetime assuming there are no complications with implants.

What is the average cost of a breast augmentation with implants procedure?

A breast augmentation with implants can cost anywhere from $3,800 to $12,000. The actual cost of a breast augmentation with implants is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery. Learn more in our complete guide to the cost of a breast augmentation.

Pros

Increase fullnessincrease projectionImprove balance of hip contoursself-imageself-confidence

Cons

May need to replaceDifficult mammogram

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


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. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a breast augmentation with implants.

The Takeaway


A breast augmentation with implants is a cosmetic surgery to create natural looking enhancements to breast tissue. This type of breast augmentation surgery creates natural results with silicone gel implants, saline implants, or a hybrid material.

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  1. Mayo Clinic Enlarged Breasts in Men mayoclinic.org
  2. Mayo Clinic Staff Breast Reconstruction with Implants mayoclinic.org
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