Do You Feel Self-Conscious About The Size Of Your Bust?
More women are choosing breast augmentation, and for a wider variety of reasons. Some opt for breast augmentation surgery to make their physique appear more balanced, while others simply want to have a little more “on top” so that their clothing fits better. A growing number want to look better in selfies and group photos. No matter their reasons, many patients report feeling much more confident in their appearance after undergoing breast enlargement.
No matter why you’re seeking out breast augmentation surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Cristina Keusch can provide you with the care, attention, and results you deserve.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is an increasingly popular cosmetic surgery procedure that helps enhance the size and shape of the breasts. It has been the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States for several years. Cosmetic surgeons performed 300,378 breast augmentation procedures in 2017, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, up about 3 percent from the previous year.
Many of these patients opted for breast lift and augmentation, a combined procedure that increases or restores breast size and shape while elevating the breast on the chest wall.
Why Get Breast Augmentation?
Every woman who chooses breast augmentation does so for her own reasons. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Increasing fullness and projection of the breasts
- Improving the balance of a woman’s figure
- Boosting self-esteem and self-image
- Correcting the appearance of uneven breasts
- Enhancing appearance of the breasts following major life events, such as pregnancy and weight loss
- Restoring the aesthetic appearance of the breast after a mastectomy
- Reconstruction after breast cancer surgery or trauma
- Correcting or improving the results of a previous surgery
- Correcting developmental defects
Breast Augmentation Types
Dr. Keusch recommends Natrelle implants by Allergan, available in saline and silicone. Saline implants have an outer shell made of silicone but are filled with a salt water solution. The empty silicone shell is inserted through an incision and then filled with saline after being moved into the desired position. Silicone implants feature a silicone case and filling. Silicone is a synthetic material that feels remarkably similar to human fat. Natrelle implants come in five profiles ranging from low to ultra-full projection. Dr. Keusch will guide patients in choosing the best implant based on their body structure and aesthetic goals.
Saline vs silicone
Saline implants may feel firmer than human breast tissue, while silicone implants may look and feel more natural. Because saline implants are inserted empty, the incision line may be smaller than with silicone implants. Saline breast implants pose less of a health risk if they should happen to rupture, as the body can absorb salt solution but cannot absorb silicone.
Other augmentation types
Dr. Keusch does not recommend teardrop shaped implants for several reasons. These implants may require a larger incision. They sometimes rotate or change shape, and It may be more difficult to detect leaks. Teardrop shaped implants have been linked to breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
Dr. Keusch does not perform fat transfer augmentations, which involve injecting fat removed from the patient’s own body via liposuction. Downsides to this type of augmentation include size limitations, possible reabsorption of the fat, and breast calcification issues.
How big are breast implants?
Breast implants typically range in size from about 150cc to 800cc or larger. Many patients have asymmetrical breasts and benefit from a different sized implant for each breast. The size a patient chooses often depends on the size of their existing breast, their personal goals, and the recommendations of their surgeons.
For additional information regarding your breast augmentation decisions, please see our patient discussion aid for breast augmentation.
Preferred Breast Augmentation Technique
Natural looking breast augmentation is important to every woman. Dr. Keusch prefers the periareolar technique. An incision will be made near the outer edge of the areola, which is the ring of pigmented skin near the nipple. The natural progression of pigmentation between the areola and the rest of the breast conceals the incision, so there is no visible scarring on the breast. A pocket is created for the implant, which can be positioned above or under the chest muscle.
Consultations Are Available Now
Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out more about Breast Augmentation by meeting with one of our knowledgeable medical staff at Boca Raton Plastic Surgery Center – Dr. Cristina Keusch for an in-person consultation.
Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation. You can also call our Boca Raton, FL office directly to schedule (561) 368-9455.
Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Anyone who is unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts, or wants their breasts to look fuller, may benefit from breast augmentation. A good candidate is healthy, with no history of high blood pressure, bleeding disorders, or other health issues that could put them at risk for any type of surgery.
The best way to determine if someone is a good candidate for breast augmentation is to consult with a cosmetic surgeon. During the consultation, the patient and plastic surgeon will discuss the patient’s expectations and options, including filling type, shape, profile, and size.
What to Expect After Breast Augmentation Surgery
Every woman’s body is unique, so there is no exact timeline for breast augmentation recovery. The typical breast augmentation recovery time is six weeks on average.
The patient will need someone to drive them home. The first three to five days are typically the most uncomfortable, but the discomfort is manageable. A bra should be worn at all times to support the treatment area. The boost in confidence begins to take effect almost immediately. Patients can slowly ease into a daily routine and light exercise. Heavy lifting and strenuous or jarring activity, such as running, are not advised. Most patients are able to resume normal activities about two months after breast implant surgery.
Is Breast Augmentation Safe?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protects public health by ensuring the safety of medical devices, such as breast implants. The FDA has approved two types of implants – saline-filled (salt water solution) and silicone gel-filled – for breast enhancement.
Dr. Cristina Keusch is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing since 1990. She’s a highly skilled surgeon that takes her time to completely assess your desires and determine the best way to achieve the results you want. For more information about breast augmentation in Florida, contact Dr. Cristina Keusch – Boca Raton Plastic Surgery Center.
Breast Augmentation Cost
The cost of breast augmentation surgery varies, based on a surgeon’s experience, the type of procedure used, and the geographic location of the office.
The average cost of breast augmentation surgery in 2020 was $4,516, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Fees may apply for other services, such as anesthesia and operating room facilities. The plastic surgeon’s office can help patients determine the total breast augmentation cost.