Breast Augmentation Quick Facts
- Intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia
- Length of procedure:
- 1 to 2 hours
- Length of stay:
- Home the same day
- Depending upon implant placement, may be mild to moderate—but will be controlled with prescription pain medications.
- Swelling may last up to 6 weeks, depending upon implant placement. Some minor bruising is likely. Some temporary numbness is also possible.
- Final result:
- Approximately 3 months
- Duration of results:
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is an extremely popular procedure across the United States and is growing more common every day. There are far more reasons women choose to undergo a breast augmentation than simply to increase the size of their breasts, and the possible results are as unique as the patients having the operation—women may choose to have a breast augmentation if they feel their breasts are too small, unevenly proportioned or asymmetric, altered after pregnancy, or a host of other reasons.
Due to the highly customizable nature of breast augmentation, there are many factors to consider, such as implant size, type, placement/position of the implant, etc. Finding a plastic surgeon you are comfortable with and can trust is an extremely important part of the process. Dr. Matthew Malamet meets with each of his breast augmentation patients in a consultation to go over the various different options available, and will discuss the benefits and limitations of each choice. He will also provide helpful guidance throughout the process, thereby enabling his patients to make educated decisions and work closely with him to formulate a personalized treatment plan that can best achieve their individual aesthetic goals.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Most women in good health who are seeking to enhance the size and/or shape of their breasts are considered good candidates for breast augmentation surgery. Depending upon your individual concerns, Dr. Malamet will help you decide if breast augmentation is right for you. If moderate or severe breast ptosis (sagging) is present, he may recommend a breast lift or breast lift with augmentation for a more successful outcome. In your consultation, Dr. Malamet will conduct a thorough examination to help determine the best possible approach.
What Are My Breast Implant Options?
To provide patients with ideal results, our practice offers a variety of breast implant options. These include the size or volume of the implant, surface texture (smooth or textured), shape of the implant (round or “shaped”), placement or position of the implant (submuscular, subglandular, or dual plane), and implant filling (silicone gel-filled or saline). Each type of implant offers its own unique advantages, so Dr. Malamet will provide detailed information about your available choices.
How is Breast Augmentation Surgery Performed?
The exact technique and placement of surgical incisions used for breast augmentation will depend upon each patient’s personal aesthetic goals and individual characteristics, as well as the type and size of the implant to be utilized. To help patients achieve the look they desire, Dr. Malamet will recommend an incision type and pocket location for implant placement that is most appropriate for their individual case. The three main incision locations that may be utilized for breast augmentation are:
- Inframammary Incision
- this incision is made beneath the breast, within the inframammary crease. It is the most common incision type for primary and revision (secondary) breast augmentation surgery, and typically results in an inconspicuous scar that blends in with the natural breast crease.
- Peri-areolar Incision
- this is carefully placed at the border of the pigmented/colored areola and adjacent skin. The scar resulting from this incision is usually camouflaged easily within the natural appearance of the nipple-areolar complex.
- Transaxillary Incision
- an incision is made inside the crease of the axilla or armpit, therefore avoiding any scarring on the breasts.
Breast Implant Pocket
Choosing the appropriate pocket location for implant placement is a very important aspect of the procedure because it will affect both the aesthetic and functional outcomes. The breast implant pocket is where the implant will be placed and its relationship to the respective pectoralis muscle and mammary gland.
In some cases, Dr. Malamet may suggest placing the implants in the subglandular position, or between the chest muscle and mammary gland. However, this is relatively rare. In your consultation, he will discuss your options with you and help you select the appropriate location for implant placement that can provide you with the best possible aesthetic outcome.
Seriously the best service I've had! Dr. Malamet was amazing and extremely attentive and the office assistant Jessica was amazing and answered all and every question I had! I had a breast augmentation and they look exactly how I wanted to and healed amazing! I also had my eyes done and they look incredible. Dr. Malamet is just an all around amazing surgeon and I will forever recommend him!!
What is Breast Augmentation Recovery Like?
Patients may experience some mild to moderate discomfort immediately after surgery, but this will be controlled well with prescription pain medications. Some swelling may affect the appearance of the breasts after the procedure, causing them to look a bit larger than anticipated. However, any swelling and bruising should subside within the first couple of weeks following surgery, ultimately revealing your final results.
Dr. Malamet encourages patients to try to move around shortly after returning home, but any strenuous activity should be avoided for approximately four to eight weeks; unique to each patient’s individual case. Most patients can return to work, school, and other regular daily routines approximately one or two weeks after surgery, but should continue to avoid heavy lifting or high-impact activities as advised by Dr. Malamet. Based on your individual case, he will provide you with more specific aftercare instructions, which should be carefully followed to ensure proper healing and realization of ideal results. You will have several follow-up appointments after surgery to monitor the progress of your healing. However, if any issues should arise during the postoperative recovery period, please contact our office as soon as possible to be seen by Dr. Malamet.
Resulting scars will depend upon the incision type utilized, but Dr. Malamet takes great care to carefully place incisions in a way that enables them to be easily hidden, once healed.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
Since breast augmentation involves so many customizable options, it is difficult to provide a single price for this procedure. However, according to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the national average in 2017 was around $3,500 and $4,000* for breast augmentation. Unfortunately, this price only includes the surgeon’s fee, and does not take into consideration other variables that can affect the overall cost of breast augmentation, such as anesthesia fees, pre- and post-surgical medications, hospital/facility fees, surgical technique, and type of implants used. The skill and experience level of your surgeon, as well as the geographical location of the practice can also potentially affect the price.
Ultimately, we do not want the price of breast augmentation to cause unnecessary stress for our patients—to help make the price more manageable, we offer financing options through reputable plastic surgery lending companies such as CareCredit® and ALPHAEON®. These services help qualified patients make monthly payments with no or low interest. During your consultation, we can provide you with more information to help you apply, if desired.
*These figures reflect data collected by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and do not necessarily represent the prices at our practice. For a more accurate estimate, please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Malamet.