If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, you’re not alone. According to a report from The American Society for Plastic Surgery, there were 300,378 breast augmentation procedures performed in 2016 making it the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the U.S.
Breast augmentation is a deeply personal procedure and it’s important that you’re doing it for yourself and not for someone else, even if that person has offered to pay for it. Top Brevard County, Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mauricio Castellon knows how life-changing a breast augmentation can be and finds patient satisfaction to be much higher specifically when they want the procedure for themselves.
So, what do you need to know? We’ve compiled a list of questions to help you.
What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as a “breast enhancement” by patients, involves using breast implants to increase the size of your breasts. This procedure can also restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded breast shape or improve natural breast size asymmetry.
Breast augmentation surgery can increase fullness and projection of your breasts, improve balance of breast and hip contour, enhance your self-image and self-confidence. However, breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. A breast lift may be required along with a breast augmentation for sagging breasts to look fuller and lifted. Breast lifting can often be done at the same time as your augmentation.
Who is an ideal candidate for breast augmentation?
You may be a candidate for breast augmentation if you are physically healthy and you aren’t pregnant or breastfeeding, have realistic expectations, fully developed breasts, dissatisfied with the size and shape of your breasts, before and after pregnancy, unhappy with the upper part of your breast appearing “empty” with weight loss or aging, and asymmetry.
What types of breast implants are available?
Breast implants come in many different shapes, sizes and types – saline and silicone, textured and smooth. Increase in size, current breast anatomy, skin elasticity, and body type must be taken into consideration when selecting the implant. To pick the right implant, Dr. Castellon will provide professional guidance on your options based on your desired outcomes and individualized care. Implant manufacturers occasionally introduce new styles and types of breast implants, so there may be additional options available.
Whichever implant is chosen, it is important for you to monitor your breast implants and follow-up with your plastic surgeon for appropriate checkups.
Is Breast Augmentation Safe?
Breast implants do not impair breast health. Careful reviews of scientific research by independent groups such as the Institute of Medicine have found no link between breast implants and autoimmune or other systemic diseases.
Other important considerations:
- Breast implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and future surgery may be required to replace one or both implants
- Pregnancy, weight loss and menopause may influence the appearance of augmented breasts over the course of your lifetime
- Breast augmentation requires regular examinations of your breasts’ health and to evaluate the condition of your breast implants
It is extremely important that your breast augmentation surgery be performed by an American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) plastic surgeon. There are other “cosmetic surgery boards” boasting certified surgeons, but they do not require the strict surgical training, guidelines and testing mandated by ASPS.
What should I expect during a consultation for breast augmentation?
Communicating openly and working with your plastic surgeon will help to ensure the highest satisfaction. Choosing the right plastic surgeon or your surgery is essential. ASPS has developed a quick checklist of questions to ask your plastic surgeon. View the checklist.
During your breast augmentation consultation, be prepared to discuss:
- Why you want breast augmentation surgery, your expectations and the desired outcome
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and previous medical treatments
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
- Family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsies
Your plastic surgeon will also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Examine and measure your breasts, including detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality and placement of your nipples and areolas
- Take photographs
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of breast augmentation and any risks or potential complications
What is the cost of breast augmentation?
The average cost of breast augmentation surgery is between $5,000 and $10,000 depending on where you live, and if you require a lift procedure.
If you are a breast augmentation candidate, please remember that costs can vary. The average fees referenced above do not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.
Most health insurance plans will not cover cosmetic breast augmentation costs, related complications or another surgery to revise the appearance of your breasts. Many plastic surgeons do offer patient financing plans for breast augmentation surgery, so be sure to ask.
Finally, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery. At Castellon Plastic Surgery Center, we pride ourselves on the positive feedback we have received from our surgical patients. We know that breast augmentation is a major procedure, and one that our patients should prepare themselves for. Dr. Castellon is well-respected for his work with women who need breast reconstruction, breast augmentation, breast lifts and men who live with enlarged breasts that are caused by gynecomastia.
For more information on our breast enhancement procedures and are located in Brevard County or Central Florida, please visit our website. If you feel ready to schedule your first consult, contact us at 321.392.3655 and our patient care coordinator will be happy to assist you.