For women who want larger, fuller breasts, breast implants are a safe, highly successful way to get the breast size they’ve always wanted. In fact, 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. To learn more about the range of breast surgery procedures I offer, click here.
For my patients who choose to have breast implants, it can be a wonderful turning point in their lives, boosting their self-esteem, body image and sexual satisfaction, and I am pleased that I can help achieve these positive outcomes for them. Very often after performing breast augmentation surgery, I actually hear from my patients, “I love my new breasts!” For more information on breast augmentation, download our free fact sheet!
Why do women choose to have breast implants? It’s not always for bigger breasts.
There are many reasons women come to me wanting breast augmentation, beyond wanting a bigger cup size, including:
- Breasts that never developed, a condition called micromastia.
- Asymmetrical breasts that don't match in some way, either in size or shape. One breast might be a D cup, while the other is a B. Or there might be a half-cup difference between the two breasts.
- To reverse the effects of aging and breastfeeding.
Three types of breast implants
There are three types of breast implants available in the United States today:
- Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel
- Saline breast implants are filled with saline (sterile saltwater)
- New structured, saline-filled implant (Ideal Implant) that combines the natural look and feel of silicone gel with the safety and peace of mind of saline (not eligible for my special pricing)
Most women (and most plastic surgeons, myself included) prefer the look and feel of structured or silicone implants, both of which are generally considered to be more like real breast tissue. Saline implants are more prone to cause rippling of the skin.
For my patients, I always take into consideration:
- your body type
- your age
- the current size of your breasts
- the breast size you would like to be
Are breast implants safe?
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.
Structured: Approved by the FDA and Health Canada in 2014, the structured, saline-filled IDEAL IMPLANT has undergone 10 years of development, testing and refinement, including the clinical expertise of numerous plastic surgeons.
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 augmentation 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.
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.