Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation
March 16th, 2018 | Posted in: Breast Augmentation, Breast Enhancement, Breast Implants, Breast Lift | Tags: Breast Augmentation, breast lift, consultation, faq, fat, frequently asked questions, implants, natural, recovery, transfer
Did you know that breast augmentation is the number one cosmetic surgery procedure in the US? For some women, breast augmentation is all about boosting self-confidence, but appearance is not the only reason you may want to consider breast augmentation surgery. If you’re thinking about undergoing a breast augmentation in Beverly Hills but are unsure if the procedure is right for you, review our most frequently asked questions about breast augmentation to help you decide.
Who gets breast augmentation?
According to the American Society of plastic surgeons, the top demographic of women who receive breast augmentation are those between the ages of 30-39. Not coincidentally, this is also the age that most women have children. After pregnancy, the volume and shape of breast tissue can change and, unfortunately, no amount of exercise can build it back up. Implants can recapture and even improve upon the original shape of younger breasts, which is why it remains such a popular procedure with new moms.
Childbirth is not the only reason women undergo breast augmentation. The size and shape of a woman’s breasts can change several times in her lifetime, so women in their forties, fifties, and sixties often decide to undergo breast augmentation either by itself or in concert with other procedures to achieve a younger, more vitalized appearance overall. Breast implants can also correct genetic deformities, severe asymmetry, and extreme under-development in women of any age.
What kind of implant is used in breast augmentation?
Medical advances have empowered plastic surgeons to offer more options of breast augmentation modalities to their patients than ever before. In addition to the well-known silicone and saline breast implants (both approved by the FDA for safety and widely used in augmentation procedures), you can now also use a transfer of your own fat to augment your breasts. In this procedure, the plastic surgeon performs liposuction on an area with excess fat: typically, the waist, abdomen, thighs, back, arms or buttocks. The fat is then processed to remove impurities and injected into the breast tissue.
Will I maintain sensation in my nipples after a breast augmentation surgery?
During your recovery period, you may experience increased pain or sensitivity in your nipples, which will subside as you heal. For almost 95% of women, their nipple sensitivity will return to normal pre-surgery levels after a few months. However, nipple sensation is directly linked to implant size as the larger the implant, the more the nerves in the breast are shifted to make room. Consult with your surgeon about nipple sensitivity and what size implant is right for you.
What is the recovery time for breast augmentation surgery?
Again, recovery time varies by patient, but you should see a reduction in pain after a few days, and a reduction in swelling after a few weeks. Your surgeon will counsel you during your consultation and follow up appointments about the expected recovery time for your specific case.
How much does breast augmentation cost?
The cost of breast augmentation varies among patients, but you can expect to spend between $6,000 and $13,000, which fee may include cost of implants, medical tests, hospital or clinic facility costs, anesthesia, surgeon’s fee, post-surgery dressings and support garments, and prescriptions.
Is breast augmentation safe?
As with any major surgery, there are risks involved. However, advances in implant safety and innovations in surgical techniques have helped make breast augmentation safer than ever. Prior to surgery, your doctor will go over any concerns you have and explain the entire procedure in detail. The most important factor in your breast augmentation procedure is your confidence in your surgeon.
Breast Augmentation in Beverly Hills
Dr. Gabriel Chiu is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery and is committed to superlative results. Call 310-888-8087 or request a consultation online to meet with Dr. Chiu and decide if breast augmentation in Beverly Hills is right for you.