Breast augmentation has long been the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States. Each year, it’s the most-performed cosmetic surgery in the United States, and it’s designed to increase the size of the breasts using implants. At Reflections Center in New Jersey, we’re excited to offer state-of-the-art breast augmentation techniques so you can enjoy your ideal figure with the right implants for you.

Breast Augmentation Candidates

Most women are good candidates for breast augmentation when they are in overall good health. Breast augmentation candidates usually feel that their breasts are too small, asymmetrical, or have become “deflated” after drastic weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding, or due to aging. You should avoid smoking and taking blood thinning medication before and after your procedure, and your plastic surgeon will give you some detailed instructions to follow.

How is a Breast Augmentation Performed?

Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia with a variety of different factors that your plastic surgeon will discuss during your consultation.

Incision Types

Incisions can made using one of several techniques. The most common incisions are made in the armpit (transaxillary), around the nipple (periareolar), or under the breast fold (inframammary). One type of incision may be better for you based on your cosmetic goals, implant type, and plans for breastfeeding in the future, so your plastic surgeon will recommend the right one for you. Through these incisions, breast implants can be placed either in front of or behind the chest muscle.

Implant Type

Implants can be filled with either silicone gel or saline. Saline (sterile saltwater) implants are a slightly more affordable option than silicone and are the only type of implants that are FDA-approved for patients between the ages of 18-22 year old. To opt for silicone implants, you must be older. In the case of implant rupture, saline is safely absorbed by the body. The implant shell may then be surgically removed and replaced.

Silicone implants tend to have a more natural-feeling texture and hold their shape better than saline. In case of rupture, the silicone gel remains in place within the scar capsule and may be removed along with the implant shell.

Both saline and silicone implants may be round or teardrop-shaped. You’ll choose from a variety of implant sizes with guidance from your plastic surgeon to ensure your results are natural-looking and in proportion with your body.

After the implants are in place and the breast tissue has been reshaped, the incisions are closed using sutures.

What is Breast Augmentation Recovery Like?

After breast augmentation, you can expect some soreness, bruising, and swelling. A special supportive bra should be worn as advised by your plastic surgeon, and drains will likely be put in place to collect fluid. Pain medication can help alleviate discomfort and minimize swelling, and your plastic surgeon will give you detailed instructions on how much to take and when. After your surgery, you’ll need to rest and recover for at least a week before returning to everyday activities such as work or school.

Swelling and some residual discomfort can persist for several weeks after surgery. However, most patients can return to their normal routines and activities, including exercise, by about a month after the procedure. Your plastic surgeon will monitor your healing during follow-up appointments to ensure you achieve your ideal results. As your implants settle and any swelling continues to go down, you’ll see your final results emerge after a few months.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to learn more about your breast augmentation options is by meeting with our award-winning team of cosmetic physicians and plastic surgeons. To get started, we invite you to contact us by calling or filling out our online form.

FAQs

Is breast augmentation safe?

Breast augmentation is very common and generally safe. There are some complications that may arise, such as implant rupture or capsular contracture. Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue around the breast implant becomes hard, which puts pressure on the implant and can even displace it. Capsular contracture and breast implant rupture can both be resolved surgically and by taking some preventative steps during recovery.

How much does a breast augmentation cost?

Breast augmentation cost varies because it’s a highly customizable procedure. In the United States, the average cost of a breast augmentation is between $3,000-$4,000.

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Breast implants should generally not interfere with your ability to breastfeed. Because breastfeeding can change the breasts, it’s often recommended to wait until after you are done having children so that your results are not affected. Additionally, certain incision types can make it easier to breastfeed in the future.

Who is a candidate for breast augmentation?

Good candidates for breast augmentation are women looking to improve the size, shape, and projection of their breasts. You should be in good overall health and able to undergo surgery.

What size implants should I get?

Your plastic surgeon can recommend the right implants for you based on your goals. Keep in mind that implants do not directly translate to cup sizes, but are rather measured in cubic centimeters (CCs). This means it can be more helpful to have a general idea of your ideal size rather than a specific cup size.

Are scars from a breast augmentation visible?

Your plastic surgeon can take care to ensure your scars are not visible with regular clothing. Additionally, we can recommend the right silicone scar treatments or professional skincare options to reduce the appearance of scarring.

How long do breast implants last?

Breast implants are designed to be life-long medical devices. However, it’s common to have them replaced based on factors like complications, changed preferences, or new implant technologies.

What is the difference between round and teardrop-shaped breast implants?
Teardrop-shaped implants are a new kind of implant that offer more natural-looking results than traditional round implants. They are sometimes called ‘anatomical’ implants because they mimic the natural shape of the breast, providing less volume at the top of the breast and tapering downward.

What is the difference between saline and silicone breast implants?

Although both types of implants are made with a silicone shell, they differ in their filling (silicone gel or saline). Each comes with pros and cons— for example, silicone implants can offer more natural feel while saline implants can come with a lower cost. Your plastic surgeon can recommend the right kind for you during your consultation.

When can I return to normal activities after breast augmentation?

You should plan on taking around two weeks away from work and regular activities. Although swelling will continue to subside in the months after surgery, everyone recovers at different rates so your plastic surgeon can assess when you can return to your exercise regimen and regular schedule.

Will I lose any sensation in my nipples or breasts?

This is always a possibility with surgical procedures. If you’re concerned about losing sensation, you can discuss the right incision options with your plastic surgeon.

Will implants affect the results of mammograms?

If you opt for breast implant surgery, you’ll need to take some extra steps during your mammogram screenings in the future. You should make sure to tell your technician you have implants, as well as what type. Often, breasts with implants require a different type of screening and assessment.

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon at

Dr. Figlia is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience. For 20 years, he has been the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Jefferson (recently renamed Meridian Health) Hospital. He is very well-respected by his peers, and has been a proud resident of Livingston for many years. We’re so happy he’s decided to join forces with the Reflections Center team of physicians.