Breast Augmentation FAQ
The goal of breast augmentation is to restore breast volume after weight loss or pregnancy, to achieve a more well-rounded breast, or simply to improve natural breast asymmetry by means of a breast implant or a fat transfer. The procedure can be done either subpectoral or prepectoral. There are many reasons why patients decide to undergo breast augmentation and the decision is completely personal. If you are considering undergoing a breast augmentation procedure, read through some of the most common breast augmentation FAQ below!
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
The cost of this surgery can vary greatly, depending on the doctor and the work being done. But the average surgeon charges about $3700. Other fees may be added, such as the fee for the anesthesiologist and others.
Many implant doctors offer a payment plan as long as you have good credit. Be aware of other fees that may come up due to complications. Most insurance plans will cover a portion of your costs should there be a health-threatening complication, but get informed about your policy.
How Do I Choose Between Silicone & Saline?
For years, silicone was the only choice in breast implant technology. When a few implants ruptured and leaked in the late ’80s, it caused an unnecessary scare and led to the FDA banning silicone implants in 1992. However, in 2006, the risks of a breast implant leak had been tested thoroughly and been found to be extremely minimal, and the FDA approved them for use again. During that time and after, saline is still a popular choice.
If an implant filled with saline begins to leak, it would be easier to detect due to the rapid draining of the implant. Plus, saline is totally harmless to the body. One drawback to saline is that the final look and feel is less realistic. Your doctor can help you determine which implant is better for you.
How Often Do You Have to Change Breast Implants?
One misconception about breast implants is that it’s a one-time surgery. In reality, implants often need to be replaced in the first ten years. Scar tissue can build up, causing an unnatural shape, and weight gain or loss can change the way the implants look.
Some lucky women can go a lifetime without needed surgery again, but plan on a possible second go under the knife when considering breast augmentation with your surgeon.
How long does it take to recover from breast augmentation under the muscle?
There are several methods of performing breast surgery, each with a different recovery rate. Some women opt for placing the implant under the muscle, which is a little more painful and takes longer to recuperate from. But, the end result is more natural with this method.
As with any surgery, it’s a case-by-case basis. There’s no one size fits all answer to recovery or results. The best thing you can do to get your questions answered is to speak with an accredited plastic surgeon.
What is the breast augmentation recovery timeline look like for over-the-muscle implants?
With typical over-the-muscle implantation techniques, you should plan on staying home for about a week and refraining from vigorous exercise for about 12 weeks. With the proper meds, many women report tightness and only minor pain during recovery. Some women experience more pain, some less. Talk to your doctor about the right pain medications for you.
How Do I Find the Right Breast Augmentation Surgeon?
The right doctor is really important in getting the results you want. Be sure that the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. There are other boards, but none as reputable as the ABPS. Also, check with people you know and get recommendations from them.
When doing research on finding the right breast augmentation surgeon for you, be sure to read reviews. This is a great way to get a peek into what your peers liked or disliked about the office, experience, and surgeon herself or himself.
Breast Augmentation FAQ
Are you ready for a breast augmentation consultation? Give our office a call to discuss what to expect during your consultation. We’ll give you everything you’ll need to make an educated decision about your breast augmentation- from recovery photos, implant costs, and why Dr. Finkel is the best plastic surgeon for breast augmentation.