For many of my patients, breast augmentation helps them look and feel sexier, more feminine and more attractive. As well as giving them a bigger bust size, this breast enhancement procedure can be a wonderful turning point in their lives, boosting their self-esteem. Sometimes for the first time, they feel confident wearing bathing suits, lingerie and figure-hugging tops and dresses. In addition to breast augmentation, I offer a complete range of breast procedures which you can learn about here.
Learn more about your choices of breast implants in this short video
No matter which type of plastic surgery procedure my patients are considering, I truly believe that the best patient is an informed patient. It's very important to me that before you have a procedure, you have all the information you need to make the decision that's right for you.
That's why I like providing short videos where I briefly explain a certain body enhancing procedure—in this case, breast implants. You can read what I talk about below or you can watch my 2-minute video by clicking here or on the image below.
I offer three types of breast implants, all of them safe
- Silicone breast implants—filled with silicone gel.
- Saline breast implants—filled with saline (sterile saltwater).
- 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).
1. Silicone breast implants
Most women and plastic surgeons prefer the look and feel of silicone breast implants, which are generally considered to be more like real breast tissue. However, silicone implants are more expensive, require a slightly longer incision, and are a little more difficult to know if they have ruptured. Although they were taken off the market by the FDA for several years due to safety concerns, recent scientific studies have shown this type of implant to be safe.
2. Saline breast implants
Saline breast implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline). Since they are filled after they are implanted in the breast, they require a slightly smaller incision than silicone ones. Saline breast implants provide a uniform shape, firmness and feel and are less expensive than silicone implants.
3. Gummy gel-filled implants
For your own unique look and feel for your breasts, gummy implants offer you five profiles to choose from, four different degrees of breast fullness, and three different cohesivities (“gumminess”).
Which type of implant is best for you: silicone, saline, or gummy?
The answer to this question is unique to each patient. The “best” implant for an individual woman depends on how she feels about a number of issues, such as cost, the need to monitor silicone gel implants for rupture, the size of the incisions, the potential need to replace the implants, her pre-surgery breast size and her desired post-operative breast size and shape. When helping a patient decide on which type of implant, I always take into consideration:
- her body type
- her age
- her overall health
- the current size of her breasts
It’s important to choose the implant you will be most comfortable with
The decision of which breast implant to choose is something you should discuss with your plastic surgeon and together, determine which one will bring you the most satisfaction. If cost and incision size are big concerns, you may want to go with saline. If you are worried about having silicone in your body, choose saline. And if you want to choose your own unique look and feel, consider going gummy. Keep in mind, if you want the most natural feeling implants, silicone might be your best bet, especially if you have very little breast tissue to start with.
Are breast implants safe? My answer is yes.
In over 20 years of 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, who want the size and shape of their breasts to match, or who have had a mastectomy and want breast reconstruction, breast implants are a highly satisfying, long-lasting solution.
I perform breast implant surgery at the Surgical Specialty Center of Westchester
For almost every plastic surgery procedure I perform, including breast implants, I use the Surgical Specialty Center of Westchester. Located in Harrison, NY, the Surgical Specialty Center has four operating rooms and an 11-bed recovery room. Each operating room is fully equipped with state-of-the-art anesthesia (provided by a board-certified anesthesiologist), emergency equipment and everything else I and my surgical team need to provide the highest standard of care to each one of our patients. To learn more, watch this short video.
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 it will cost. My answer is that there is no 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, overall physical condition and her personal goals and expectations. Then together, we will decide what type of procedure will achieve the best possible results. For further pricing details, please contact me.
Insurance companies consider breast augmentation surgery (no matter the type of breast implant) to be elective cosmetic surgery and therefore is usually not covered by insurance, meaning that patients pay the entire cost themselves.
If you have breast implants, contact me to get them checked
If you have breast implants — saline, silicone, gummy or textured — it’s important to get them checked regularly for ruptures, slippage, leakage, swelling or any other potential problems. For all of my patients with implants, I strongly recommend getting them checked once a year. If you have textured implants (the subject of a recent recall), you should act even sooner — contact me to get them checked right away.
Symptoms of potential implant problems
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact me right away:
- breast asymmetry
However, if there are no symptoms, there is no reason to remove the implants.
Considering breast implants?
If you are thinking about getting Natrelle breast implants or another type of 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 about breast implants, read 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:
- Considering Breast Augmentation? 8 Questions To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon
- Now You Can Have The Breast Size You've Always Wanted
- Are Breast Implants Right For You?
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.