Breast augmentation has become the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the world. Clinically known as augmentation mammaplasty, this procedure allows women to enhance the shape and size of their breasts.
Breast augmentation was the very first successful plastic surgery procedure ever performed, and to this day, it continues to be widely celebrated. If you are a cis-gender or a trans-woman and area seeking breast augmentation, look no further than Dr. Salgado and his team!
BREAST IMPLANTS TYPES
Further improvements in medical study and research have resulted in two types of implants:
Silicone implants look and feel so naturally soft that it’s quite a challenge telling them apart from real breasts. Certified and durable, they have a lower chance of rippling through time. These implants are filled with viscous silicone gel within an elastomeric silicone shell.
Saline implants feel stiffer and may result in more rippling. They are filled with a sterile saline solution of saltwater within an elastomeric silicone shell.
Your breast configuration dictates the technique used for implant insertion and placement. Here are the different types you may choose from:
A tiny incision site is chosen right beneath the breast. The procedure is relatively simple and usually takes an hour or so to complete.
Here, the incision site falls around the nipple. A circular incision is made around the natural end of the areola. This approach has led to very favorable results and is our preferred method.
THE BREAST AUGMENTATION PROCEDURE
Breast Augmentation, like any medical procedure, requires more than an open mind. Overall, health and well-being are pre-requisites to a safer and better recovery.
Before the Procedure
In the weeks leading up to your surgery, it is advised that you refrain from drinking and smoking since its effects will complicate recovery. It is also best that you remove nail polish to better monitor your blood pressure. While Dr. Salgado may prohibit the intake of food and drinks in the hours before surgery, you may take small sips of water when taking medication.
During your consultation, you will have the chance to discuss the procedure with Dr. Salgado. The type of implant used and the incision type will depend on his evaluation. You must also provide him with a detailed medical history and the status of your current health. You must come to the consultation with realistic expectations regarding your results.
During the Procedure
As breast augmentation is an invasive procedure, it is painful and inconvenient. You will be administered general anesthesia.
Breast augmentation techniques refer to the type of incision if you choose to undergo. Here is a recap of what we offer:
- Incision site: right under the breast
- Easiest and most commonly performed
- It takes over 1 hour to complete
- Incision site: around the nipple
- Targets the natural edge of the areola
- May hinder breastfeeding capabilities
After the Procedure
Discipline matters most as you are required to prioritize your body during this period.
You can experience feelings of stiffness and tightness in the breast as you recover. It will take you roughly 2-3 months before your body completely heals.
Swelling and feelings of tightness around the breast are common.
Because of the nature of the procedure itself, you will start to see results immediately. It will take time for your body to heal from the surgery. You must follow Dr. Salgado’s post-operative instructions and visit him regularly for your appointed follow-up visits.
COST & FINANCING
You can expect to pay between $5-7,000 for your breast augmentation. The total price of your procedure will vary on several factors, such as:
• Type of implant used
• Incision method used during surgery
• Anesthesia and medication prescribed
• Medical center and facilities
Most insurance companies do not usually cover cosmetic—breast enlargement-procedure. However, breast implants for a mastectomy due to breast cancer are covered.
Here are the top 3 questions to ask and clarify with your insurance company:
• If I undergo breast augmentation, will any of the costs be covered?
• Will breast augmentation surgery affect my insurance rates or coverage?
• Will breast implants affect my coverage if I later develop problems?
Because most insurance agencies do not cover cosmetic procedures, you may discuss financing options with Dr. Salgado during your initial consultation.
Breast augmentation can change your life in more ways than you can imagine. It is the top cosmetic surgery performed today, with hundreds of thousands of women going under the knife every year.
Women who undergo the procedure experience a renewed sense of self-confidence from the improved contours of their bodies.
If there are benefits, breast augmentation also has some risks. Should things go against expectations, breast implants put you at the risk of:
- Additional surgeries
- Scar tissue around the implant that is a cumulative risk and is known as capsular contracture (risk 1-2% per year).
- Breast pain and discomfort
- Changes in nipple and breast sensation
- Rupture of implants, regardless of the type
- Breast cancer
Scarring is a positive consequence of breast augmentation. The level of scarring you experience depends on the type of incision used during surgery. You can expect pink scars to be visible all around your breast area. Fortunately, scars gradually fade through time and are easily concealed beneath your clothes.