Do you wish your breasts were bigger, firmer and younger-looking? Would you like to feel sexier in bathing suits, tight tops and lingerie? Are your breasts two different sizes or shapes and you’d like them to match? If you answered yes to any or all of these, you may want to consider breast augmentation, not only to enlarge the size of your breasts but also to help you look and feel more confident, more feminine and more alluring. In addition to breast augmentation, I offer a full range of breast procedures which you can learn about here.
When asked if breast implants are safe, my answer is yes
With over 20 years’ experience performing breast implant surgery in my plastic surgery practice, I have encountered very few complications in my patients as a result. For women who want larger breasts, want the size and shape of their breasts to match, or have had a mastectomy and want breast reconstruction, breast implants are a highly satisfying, long-lasting solution.
Recall of Allergan structured breast implants, which I do not use
You may have read or heard in the news that the breast implant manufacturer Allergan has recalled its textured breast implants, here in the U.S. and around the world. To reassure my patients who have breast implants or are considering getting breast implants, I want to state that I only use smooth implants, not textured ones. Therefore, none of my patients have to worry about the Allergan BIOCELL recall. However, if any patients have friends or family members who do have textured implants, such as the tear drop variety, I am happy to meet with them to advise them on what they should do going forward.
I offer four types of breast implants, all of them safe
- Silicone breast implants—filled with silicone gel.
- Saline breast implants—filled with saline (sterile saltwater).
- The IDEAL implant—contains a series of structured implant shells and two separate chambers filled with saline.
- Natrelle® gummy breast implants—filled with silicone gel. Choose from five profiles (low to extra full), four degrees of fullness (minimal to maximum) and three levels of cohesivity (gumminess).
Most women—and most plastic surgeons, myself included—prefer the look and feel of silicone or structured implants (rather than saline). Both of these are generally considered to look and feel more like real breast tissue, while saline implants are more prone to cause rippling of the skin. Women are also reporting high satisfaction rates with the new gummy versions because they can choose the size and shape of their implants for a more customized, unique look.
Breast implant surgery performed at Surgical Specialty Center
I perform breast augmentation procedures at the Surgical Specialty Center of Westchester located in Harrison, NY. Each of the Center’s four operating rooms is fully equipped with state-of-the-art anesthesia (provided by a board certified anesthesiologist), emergency equipment and everything else I need to provide excellent care to each of my patients. To learn more, click on the image below.
What is involved in breast augmentation surgery
Breast augmentation surgery involves surgically inserting an implant filled with either silicone or saline (sterile saltwater) solution behind each breast. The most common site for the incision through which the implant will be inserted is in the crease just underneath the breast. It can also be performed around the areola. The incision is very small and inconspicuous in these locations.
Typically, a pocket is created for the implant behind the muscle between your breast and chest wall. Placing the implant behind the muscle creates a very natural appearance and makes it easier for you to obtain accurate mammograms in the future and reduces the risk of capsular contracture.
The risks of breast implants
Although silicone, saline, structured and gummy breast implants are all considered safe, there are some risks associated with each, including:
Ruptures are a risk with any kind of breast implant, and are most commonly caused by wear and tear of the implant. In general, a rupture becomes more likely as breast implants age. Over time, the outside shell of the implant can fail, causing the implant to lose its integrity. If a saline breast implant leaks, the saltwater inside the implant is harmlessly absorbed into the body. When a silicone or gummy breast implant fails, the cohesive gel typically remains within the pocket. In either case, a ruptured implant is almost always replaced. The FDA estimates that breast implants should last at least ten years, but studies have shown that some implants last much longer than that, others less.
- The need for further surgeries
As time goes by, the shape of your breasts change. For some women, this means a loss of tissue or sagging skin. For others, it can mean asymmetry. Pregnancies can also result in changes to the breast shape and size. For many women, these changes prompt the desire to have further surgeries to reshape their breasts as they age.
If you have breast implants, especially textured ones, you should call your plastic surgeon or come see me for an exam
If you have any type of breast implant — saline, silicone, structured or textured — it’s important to get them checked for ruptures, slippage, leakage, swelling, the above-mentioned rare cancer or any other potential problems. For my patients with implants, I strongly recommend getting them checked once a year. If you have textured implants which are part of the Allergan recall, you should act even sooner — get them checked right away.
Symptoms of potential problems include:
- breast asymmetry
If you are experiencing of these symptoms, consult your plastic surgeon right away. However, if there are no symptoms, there is no reason to remove the implants.
How much do breast implants cost?
One of the first questions my patients ask me when they’re considering getting breast implants is how much the surgery will cost. My answer is that there is not one standard price. Every woman’s breasts are unique, and the results she is seeking from breast augmentation surgery are specific to her. That’s why I determine the exact cost of the procedure after I have met with the patient, evaluated her breasts and body type, her overall physical condition and her personal goals and expectations. Then together, we will decide what type of procedure will achieve the best possible results.
See the beautiful results for yourself
To see unretouched “before and after” photos of actual patients of mine who have had successful breast implant surgery, please visit the Breast Augmentation page in the Photo Gallery section of my website.
To learn more about breast augmentation, I recommend these 3 blogs
So that you can be fully informed about this important decision, I’ve written several blogs explaining the many aspects of breast implant surgery:
- Learn About The Different Types of Breast Implants In This Short Video
- Considering Breast Augmentation? Here’s What You Need To Know.
- If You Currently Have Allergan BIOCELL Textured Breast Implants, You Can Get Them Replaced For Free
Considering breast implants?
If you are thinking about breast augmentation and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me and I will send you additional information prior to your appointment. During our consultation, I will assess the current appearance of your breasts, your reasons for wanting surgery, and your expectations. Then together, we will decide which breast procedure will bring you the results you’re looking for. I specialize in the most advanced techniques of breast augmentation surgery and am ready to help you achieve your goals.
For more information on the many types of breast procedures I offer, please visit these pages 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 Surgery (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.