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Breast Augmentation

Which shape implant is right for me – round or teardrop?

Teardrop, or anatomically shaped, implants have more volume in the lower part of the implant and taper to less volume in the upper part of the implant. Teardrop implants can be shorter or taller than they are wide, or have the same height and width. Teardrop implants can be an excellent choice for some women depending on their aesthetic goals and their anatomy. Round implants can help create a full upper breast. Clareo doctors will review these considerations with you during your consultation.

Which implant profile is right for me?

The choice of implant profile is one of the many breast augmentation options for women considering implants. The implant profile is the projection of the implant from the body and it is important to choose a profile that is consistent with your aesthetic goals and soft tissue characteristics. Patients wishing a fuller busted appearance often would choose more high profile implants. Soft tissue elasticity is an important consideration when choosing the implant profile. Patients with lax tissue may benefit from a more projecting, higher profile, implant.

Can I combine breast augmentation with other procedures?

Yes, breast augmentation is often combined with other procedures such as breast lift, body contouring procedures, and even facial procedures. While an implant will provide some lift to the breast, many patients with drooping breast who choose to have an augmentation will also require a breast lift for optimal results. “Mommy makeovers” is a term that refers to post-pregnancy aesthetic breast and body contouring procedures performed at a single operation; tummy tuck and/or liposuction are the most common. Certainly, you do not have to be a mommy to have breast and body contouring surgery performed together! And sometimes patients will want a facial aesthetic procedure, such as eyelid lifts or nose reshaping, performed at the time of breast augmentation.

Will breast implants make my breasts perkier?

Breast implants are to increase the size of the breasts. Adding volume to the breasts does make them more pert; however, most patients with saggy breasts will benefit from a breast lift done in conjunction with implant augmentation.

Will future pregnancy alter my breast augmentation?

Breasts obviously enlarge during pregnancy and breast feeding. Afterwards, the breasts return to their pre-pregnancy size and shape, to varying and individual degrees. Sometimes women, with or without implants, choose aesthetic breast surgery, implants and/or a lift, to restore a more youthful appearance sometimes lost after pregnancy.

How long will my implants last?

People commonly believe that implants last 10 years or need to be replaced every 10 years. While there are many reasons women need, or choose to have their implants replaced, if you are happy with and there are no problems with your implants, there is no need to replace the implants. Approximately 1% or patients have their implants replaced every year; approximately 10% of patients will have had their implants replaced 10 years after surgery.

Are breast implants safe?

We know from exhaustive long-term studies that the breast implants on the market today are safe. The silicone gel in today’s implants does not migrate through the body but rather remains in the implant pocket even if the shell were to leak. Saline implants are available for women who choose not to have silicone implants.

What about mammograms after breast implants?

Your mammogram schedule does not change after breast implants; there are three, rather than two, mammographic views of the breasts taken for women who have breast implants. The presence of implants does not impede the radiologists’ ability to detect breast cancer in a mammogram.

How much time will I need to recover after surgery?

Patients are encouraged to be up and about, and raising their arms above their head, the day of surgery. Discomfort is controlled primarily with ibuprofen. While you should allow the implants and pockets to heal by avoiding strenuous chest wall activity, you can expect to return to normal daily activities, including work, in less than a week.

How much does breast implant surgery cost?

The cost of breast augmentation varies depending on the type of implants chosen and if there is additional work such as a breast lift that is performed. Breast augmentation without lift is generally between $6,000 and $7,000.

Breast Lift

Is a breast lift right for me?

A breast lift restores saggy breasts to a more youthful shape. While post-pregnancy is a common time for women to have a breast lift, many women do so before having children. A breast lift may be the ideal solution for women who want more perky, firm breasts. Implants or fat transfer can be combined with a breast lift to add to the fullness in the upper breast.

Where are the incisions?

The location and length of the incisions varies from patient to patient; however, there is always an incision around the areola (which is made smaller when appropriate) and on the bottom of the breast. Sometimes the incision is a straight line from the bottom of the areola to the bottom of the breast; other times an incision along the bottom of the breast is also required for the best shape. Clothing, including swimwear, always covers incision spots.

What is the recovery after breast lift?

Patients return to non-strenuous activities within one to two weeks after the procedure. Heavy cardio and upper body workouts should be avoided for four weeks. Patients leave the surgery center wearing a soft bra and should avoid an underwire bra for six weeks after surgery.

How much does a breast lift cost?

While the cost varies amongst patients, the range is generally between $6,000 and $9,000. Implants or fat transfer add to the cost of surgery.

Do I need drains after a breast lift?

No, you do not need drains after a breast lift.

Breast Reduction

Will a breast reduction alleviate my back pain?

Yes, a breast reduction typically alleviates upper back pain as well as bra strap grooving, and rashes beneath the breasts. Sometimes patients have arm numbness or neck pain due to their large breasts which can be improved with breast reduction surgery.

Will I get a breast lift with my reduction?

Yes, most, but not all, women who are considering a breast reduction also have breast droop, called “ptosis.” In these cases, the breasts are lifted along with being reduced. If there is no breast droop, the youthful shape is maintained with the breast reduction.

Will I need drains after my breast reduction?

Except in unusual cases, you will not need drains after your breast reduction.

What is the recovery after my breast reduction?

Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure, which means you go home the day of surgery. Most patients resume routine activities within a few days after the procedure. Patients who work outside of the home typically return to jobs that do not require significant physical activity ten to fourteen days after surgery. Patients should plan to avoid exercise and strenuous activity for four to six weeks after the procedure.

Will I be able to breast feed after my breast reduction?

While many patients breast feed after having had a breast reduction, a significant minority of patients are unable to do so. Many patients choose to postpone breast reduction surgery until after completing their family while others choose to have their breast reduction before having children.

Can I just have liposuction to reduce my breasts?

Liposuction alone is typically an ineffective treatment for large breasts. Breast tissue is denser than fat and not readily amenable to liposuction; young patients typically get only minimal tissue removal with liposuction alone. Also, liposuction cannot correct breast droop. In fact. liposuction of the breasts can make breast droop worse. However, liposuction is often used as an adjunct to breast reduction, especially to treat the bra roll area.

How much does a breast reduction cost?

The cost of the procedure can vary from patient to patient, particularly if liposuction is added to the procedure. However, the cost is typically between $8,000 and $10,000.

Breast Revision

What is breast revision?

A breast revision is any aesthetic breast surgery for a patient who has had aesthetic breast surgery in the past. Most often, breast revision is performed for patients who have previously had breast implant surgery. Reasons patients want a breast revision include to change implant size and/or to lift the breasts, typically after having children. Revision is also performed to treat capsular contracture, implant malposition, or implant leak.

Will I need drains after breast revision surgery?

Often drains are necessary after breast revision surgery. They typically remain in place for five to seven days after surgery. The drains are removed in the office at a post-operative visit.

How much does breast revision surgery cost?

Breast revision procedures vary widely from patient to patient, and thus the costs, also vary. Costs can range from $6,000 to $14,000. Sometimes an implant manufacturer warranty is available to defray some of the costs.

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