One of the most common cosmetic surgeries I am asked about is breast augmentation. Women have many questions regarding this procedure, ranging from cost and safety to recovery and downtime. Many women wonder who the best candidate for breast enhancement is. The good news is that most women are excellent candidates for breast augmentation, and there are very few who wouldn’t be a “good fit.” Keep in mind, though, that the FDA recommends someone be at least 18 years old for saline (water filled) implants, and at least 22 years old for silicone implants.
A common mistake people make is assuming a breast implant will “lift” a sagging breast. While a breast augmentation alone won’t accomplish this, usually a breast augmentation can be combined with a breast lift (called a mastopexy) to achieve a beautiful and youthful breast appearance. How do you know if you need a lift? The off-the-cuff way to tell is to look at the position of the nipple. If the nipple hangs below the fold where the breast meets the chest, you might need a lift.
Questions about the safety of implants, especially silicone, continue to linger in the public’s mind. I am happy to say that modern silicone implants are just as safe as saline implants and have been FDA approved since 2006! I find that patients overwhelmingly prefer the look and feel of silicone implants over saline implants. That preference comes at a price, though, as silicone implants cost more than saline implants. Most breast augmentations range in cost, starting from around $4000.
There are many options for breast augmentations, and options for each patient are varied. Every patient requires a specific plan as to size of implant, type of implant, and even surgical approach. Ultimately, I recommend patients consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to help guide them toward the best surgical plan and final result!
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