Would you like to look and feel sexier and more feminine in bathing suits, bras and tight-fitting clothing? For women who want larger, fuller breasts, breast augmentation surgery is a safe, highly successful way to get the breast size they’ve always wanted. Breast augmentation is also an excellent way to correct breast misalignment or breasts that never developed, or to reconstruct breasts after surgery. For more information about breast augmentation, download our free fact sheet!
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation is the top cosmetic surgery performed today. This comes as no surprise to me because whether it’s increasing a woman’s breast size from an A cup to a C, or a B cup to a D, breast implant surgery is the most common plastic surgery procedure I perform in my practice.
During my years as a plastic surgeon, I’ve seen that getting breast implants can be a wonderful turning point in women’s lives, boosting their self-esteem, body image and sexual satisfaction, and I am pleased that I can help achieve these positive outcomes for them.
Two types of breast implants
There are two types of breast implants available in the United States today: silicone and saline. Both consist of a silicone outer shell; the difference is what is inside the implants.
- Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel
- Saline breast implants are filled with saline or sterile saltwater
Most women (and most plastic surgeons, myself included) prefer the look and feel of silicone breast implants, which are generally considered to be more like real breast tissue. Saline implants are more prone to cause rippling of the skin.
Are breast implants safe? Yes, and here’s why.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a variety of saline and silicone gel implants after years of clinical trials and studies to assure their safety. Breast implants, however, like any surgical procedure are not without risks. During your pre-surgery consultation with me, we will review these in detail.
Silicone: In 1992, the FDA restricted the use of silicone breast implants and allowed only women having breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery to get them. For the next 14 years, women who wanted breast augmentation could only receive saline breast implants. In 2006, after reviewing research and finding no connection between silicone implants and disease, the FDA once again approved the sale of silicone breast implants.
Saline: If the implant shell leaks, a saline implant will simply collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.
Which is the best size implant for you?
The size of a woman’s breast implants completely depends on the individual. The best size for you may not the best solution for your friend. Do you want a subtle enlargement or much larger, much more noticeable cleavage? When I consult with a patient before breast implant surgery, I take into consideration her overall build, chest circumference, shoulder width, height, weight and original breast size. Then we discuss the results she is hoping to achieve.
How long does breast augmentation surgery take and how long is the recovery?
Breast augmentation is a fairly standard procedure that takes between 30 and 40 minutes, and you will be able to go home the same day. After breast augmentation, most women return to work and light activity within one week.
Seeing is believing
To see unretouched “before and after” photos of actual patients of mine who have had successful breast augmentation surgery, please visit the Breast Augmentation page in the Photo Gallery section of my website.
If you already have breast implants, please come see me
If it has been a few years (or more) since your breast implant surgery, it’s important to get them checked. I highly recommend doing this once a year. Please make an appointment to come in and see me so I can check for any problems.
Considering breast augmentation?
If you are thinking about having breast implant surgery and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me and I will send you additional information prior to your appointment. I will assess the current appearance of your breasts, your reasons for wanting surgery, and your expectations. Then together, we will decide which options will bring you the results you’re looking for.
More information on breast implant surgery
You might also find these pages helpful on my website:
- Breast Procedures
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift
- Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Reduction
- Breast Revision
Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Samuel J. Beran, MD is a highly accomplished plastic surgeon with offices in Manhattan, Harrison and Mount Kisco, NY. With more than 20 years’ experience and a thorough command of the most advanced techniques and technologies, Dr. Beran consistently provides his patients with the highest level of plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, face, skin and body. Recently, Dr. Beran was named a “Top Doctor” by RealSelf for his dedication to responding to consumer questions and patient feedback. The “Top Doctor” designation is awarded to less than 10% of the RealSelf physician community.