Breast Augmentation

Are Breast Implants Right for Me?

Women who undergo breast augmentation are very satisfied with their result.  Many of these patients benefit psychologically and experience an improvement in self-confidence. In fact, studies show that many women have less anxiety, depression, and shyness after breast augmentation.

Child-bearing or breast feeding can cause a decrease in breast size.  You may also have experienced some drooping or change in nipple position as well. A mastopexy, or breast lift, can be performed at the same time to lift and improve breast shape.

What is the right breast implant for me?

When it comes to picking the size of your implant, it is critical that the implant fit your body and body type. During your free consult, you will be able to use our breast implant sizing system that will allow you and Dr. Rankin to select the best size implant for you.

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a safe procedure and will not affect your ability to breastfeed. The implant is usually placed behind the chest muscle (pectoralis). If you enjoy intense chest exercise like crossfit or HIIT training, then a subfascial breast augmentation may be the best for you. There are also a few options for placement of the incision at the time of surgery (armpit, along border of areola, under the breast). I don’t typically recommend a TUBA (trans-umbilical breast augmentation) due to the inability to properly contour the breast pocket.

How much time will I need to take off?

In order to provide the safest environment, breast augmentation surgery should be performed in a certified surgery center or hospital with the support of an anesthesiologist.

Breast augmentations are performed on an outpatient basis.  Recovery is usually only a couple of days. Long acting local anesthetic is used during all breast surgery. This medication lasts for about 3 days following surgery. Local anesthetic can decrease narcotics and avoid drowsiness and constipation.  

What activities are recommended after breast augmentation?

During your recovery, we recommend activities of daily living for the first 2 weeks (short walks, household activities). From 2-4 weeks, we recommend beginning some non-jarring cardio like an elliptical without arms. After 4 weeks, you can begin to reintroduce resistance training (no chest exercise). For 1st time breast surgery, we recommend no chest exercises until about 12 weeks after surgery in order to ensure that the precise location of the implant does not shift in an unwanted direction.

I'm planning a big event...

If you are preparing for an event (wedding, birthday, vacation, reunion, etc), we recommend surgery no less than 8-12 weeks before your big day, in order to ensure proper garment sizing and full activity. 

Cost of Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation usually costs between $7,000 – $9,000. That cost includes time in the operating room and care from a board certified anesthesiologist.

Breast Implant Safety

For completeness, no breast conversation is complete without a word on breast implant safety and breast cancer. We use the newest generation smooth, round, cohesive (gummy bear) breast implants that ensure safety and ideal feel. Breast implants do not cause breast cancer or any other systemic diseases. Numerous studies have shown that there is no difference in survival between augmented and nonaugmented patients with breast cancer. Studies have also shown that there is no delay in breast cancer treatment when comparing patients with or without breast implants.

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