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Naturally Refined

There comes a point in time where your reflection does not match the spirit and essence of who you are and just how far you have come. So take back your self-confidence and consider our Boston breast augmentation to enhance the shape, volume, and size of your breasts.

Board-certified, Harvard-trained Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Tantillo specializes in cosmetic surgery for the face, body, and breasts. Discover the personalized care and attention you deserve at Clareo Centers for Plastic Surgery in Boston, MA.

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What is breast augmentation?

Augmentation Mammoplasty or breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to increase the breast size in women.

The primary approach involves placing breast implants under your breast tissue or chest muscles to enhance the appearance of your breasts. Some patients opt for breast augmentation after having children to correct uneven, misshapen, or asymmetrical breasts due to nursing. However, regardless of whether they have had children or not, many women are ideal candidates for the procedure.

Benefits of breast augmentation

During your initial consultation for a breast augmentation Boston plastic surgeon, Dr. Tantillo, carefully reviews the facts with each patient. Additionally, a comprehensive health examination is performed for all breast augmentation patients.

While each woman's reasons for considering breast augmentation are unique, our patients' goals often include:

  • Increasing the size and fullness of their breasts
  • Improving proportions to the rest of their bodies
  • Creating symmetry when one breast is larger than the other
  • Restoring volume lost after pregnancy, nursing, or significant weight loss for a more youthful appearance

It is essential that all patients are aware of the risks and responsibilities associated with breast implants.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Many of our patients are moms who want to restore the volume and improve the shape of their breasts after pregnancy and nursing. Some women have a narrow body, others a wider frame; our Boston breast augmentation specialists consider all these factors when presenting options to patients. Ideal candidates include patients who experience a hormonal loss due to menopause, genetics, weight fluctuations, and gravity can see a dramatic difference in their breast size, shape, and volume.

  • To restore volume and improve the shape of breasts after pregnancy and nursing
  • To correct for a hormonal loss because of menopause, genetics, weight fluctuations, or gravity
  • To increase the size, shape, and volume of breasts
  • To improve self-esteem and confidence
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Breast Augmentation Surgery

Clareo doctors perform breast augmentation using general anesthesia because it relaxes the muscles, decreasing bleeding and the risk of capsular contracture. Breast pocket symmetry is also better when the muscles are relaxed.

The recovery after general anesthesia is no longer than with sedation anesthesia. Regardless of your choices, our doctors use advanced suturing techniques to ensure your breast augmentation scars are as fine and discreet as possible. After placing the implants and closing the incisions, our medical staff closely monitors your recovery to determine when you are ready to return home. Our patients typically leave an hour after the procedure ends, only need Motrin for pain control, and return to normal activities the evening of surgery or day after surgery.

Your Breast Augmentation Options

Suppose, for example, you want your breasts to look very natural. In that case, you may opt for anatomically shaped silicone breast implants rather than round implants that can offer a more dramatic transformation.

Together, we will choose:

Your breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (ccs) rather than cup sizes. Generally, around 200 to 225 ccs will increase your breasts by 1 cup size. Our surgeons can help you decide how many ccs are right for you based on your body type and goals. We also offer an advanced 3D imaging system called Crisalix. This software uses photos of you to create realistic 3D avatars of your anticipated results. Crisalix can help you get a better idea of what your breasts will look like based on different implant sizes.

Breast implants can be round or anatomically shaped. Round is the most commonly chosen implant, although anatomical or tear-drop implants or gummy bear implants have become more popular over the years. Both types of breast implants have benefits and drawbacks. Round implants offer more fullness in the upper portion of the breast, which enhances the look of cleavage. They can also move freely in the breast pocket and, because they are circular, they won't distort the breast shape.

Anatomical implants have a ski-slope look that provides more fullness at the base of the breast. Women who choose this type of implant do so because the implant shape mimics the natural upward curve of the breast. However, if the implant rotates or moves in the breast pocket, the breast shape can be affected and may look irregular. For this reason, anatomical breast implants have a textured shell to prevent them from moving.

The first step in choosing breast implants is to decide between saline and silicone breast implants. Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. They're usually less expensive than silicone, and your body safely absorbs the solution should they leak.

Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. They tend to be more expensive than saline but look and feel like natural breasts. If a silicone implant leaks, the gel may stay inside the implant shell or leak into your breast tissue.

Popular types of silicone implants:

Gummy bear: A form-stable type of silicone gel that retains its shape and doesn't leak even if the implant shell is ruptured

Teardrop: A form-stable type of silicone gel with a teardrop shape

Silicone implants are available in different shapes:

Round: Round implants give you more fullness in the upper part of your breast, but they can make your breasts look less natural.

Teardrop: Teardrop implants have a sloped shape that makes your breasts look more natural. Some people think teardrop implants feel more natural, too.

Both silicone and saline implants have an outer shell made of silicone.

When it comes to feeling natural, most people say silicone implants feel more like real breasts than saline.

Breast implants have an outer silicone shell that can be either smooth or textured. A smooth texture allows the breast implant to move freely and is typical of round implants. While all anatomically shaped implants are textured (to prevent rotation), round implants can have either a textured or smooth shell.

Research has shown that textured implants have a lower risk of capsular contracture - a complication that occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant and distorts the implant shape; this risk reduction is greatest when the implant is placed above the muscle. The risk of capsular contracture is similar among smooth and textured implants when the implant is placed below the pectoralis major muscle. The pros and cons of both options will be explained to you so you can make an informed choice.

Our surgeons can place your breast implants through incisions under the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit. All options provide discreet scarring so that your results look as natural as possible. Which incision location is right for you will depend on your personal preference, your breast size and shape, and the type of implant you select.

Your breast implants can be placed in front of or behind the chest (pectoralis major) muscle. The size and type of breast implant you choose, as well as your incision locations and the amount of breast tissue present, will factor into which option is best for you.

  • Over the muscle: Implants placed over the muscle (or subfascial placement) are positioned between the breast tissue and pectoralis muscle. The benefit of this technique is that there's no cutting of the muscle, which results in a faster, easier recovery. However, this is not always a good option for women with little existing breast tissue because the risk of wrinkling is higher.
  • Under the muscle: Our surgeons also offer a "dual plane" approach that releases the pectoralis muscle from the chest wall resulting in a pocket that is partially under the muscle and partially under the breast gland. This creates a pocket for the implant and provides a very natural-looking result. However, this technique is more invasive and can make recovery more intense.
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Fat transfer breast augmentation

Over the years, many patients have asked, "Can't you just take some of the fat from down here and put it up there?" Well, now the answer is, "Yes!" Clareo offers our patients in Boston breast augmentation using the micro fat grafting technique.

Fat grafting (fat transfer breast augmentation) is an innovative approach that uses unwanted fat from areas such the abdomen, love handles, or thighs to enhance the size of the breasts in a more modest and natural way. Liposuction is used to remove the extra fat which is then prepared and transferred to the breasts using a cannula. Our doctors use a refined, meticulous approach to help minimize the risk of contour irregularities for a beautiful, natural result.

Your Recovery & Scars

After your breast augmentation, you'll probably feel groggy and sore. You'll have dressings over your incisions, and you may have drains in your breasts to remove excess blood and fluid.

You'll need to take it easy for a few days after your surgery. You shouldn't lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for at least six weeks. Depending on your experience, you may be given specific instructions on when to return to your normal activities. Most patients take one to two weeks off from work after the surgery.

The surgeon will make every effort to hide your breast augmentation scars in natural folds and creases. In some cases, though, the scars may be visible.

The most common type of incision used in a mammoplasty is called an inframammary incision. It's made in the crease where your breast meets your chest. An inframammary incision leaves a scar that's usually hidden by your breast.

Other types of incisions include:

  • Periareolar: Around the lower half of the areola (the dark area around the nipple)
  • Transaxillary: In the armpit
  • Transumbilical: Through the belly button

After your surgery, your scars will be pink and slightly raised. They'll eventually fade and flatten, but they'll never completely disappear.

If you're concerned about scars, talk to your surgeon about your options before surgery.

Please take a look at our comprehensive Breast Augmentation Post-Op Instructions.

Results

You will be able to see an increase in size with your new breasts right away, but it can take six months to a year for them to settle into their final position.

You may have some swelling and bruising around your incisions, but this should go away within a few weeks. Your incisions will be hidden in the natural folds of your skin or along the edge of your areola.

Your breasts will feel different after surgery. They may be firmer and have a different shape. You may also have some numbness around your incisions, but this usually goes away within a few months.

Fat grafting recovery

The results of the fat grafting technique can be more subtle than with a breast augmentation, and it can be the ideal approach for anyone interested in liposuction and wants a modest increase in chest size. Because liposuction is also performed simultaneously, you'll enjoy the added benefit of a slimmer, sleeker physique. The recovery is similar to liposuction and usually includes a few weeks of downtime. Your final results will appear gradually over the course of several weeks or months. While most of the transferred fat will survive, some won't. But the fat that does survive is permanent.

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at Clareo Centers for Aesthetic Surgery

Take the next step to a more naturally refined "You." Our board-certified plastic surgeons are masters of their craft and genuinely care about your aesthetic goals. Schedule your consultation today.

Clareo Centers strives to deliver the best breast augmentation Boston has to offer and serves patients from all over the Boston area, including Newton, Brookline, Needham, and more.

FAQs

There is always a slight risk with any surgery, and the breast augmentation procedure is no different. However, you are in very skilled hands with Dr. Tantillo, and complications are rare. Some side effects from your surgery include bruising and swelling, but these side effects are temporary.

Your surgical treatment plan is uniquely tailored to you. Therefore, breast augmentation cost will differ for each patient based on the methods and techniques used simultaneously. During your consultation, you will receive price information, and our medical staff will assist you with further payment information.

Typically, breast augmentation surgery is not covered by health insurance because it is considered elective surgery. However, we recommend checking with your insurance provider about your coverage options. Clareo Centers offers payment and financing plans for your convenience.

It is vital you give your body ample time to heal from surgery. Undue pressure on your breasts before they are adequately healed may affect your overall result. Boston plastic surgeon, Dr. Tantillo, recommends at least two to three weeks before turning on your side.

Your surgery takes about an hour; however, if you have additional procedures such as a breast lift, tummy tuck, or liposuction, your surgery may take up to four hours.

Breast augmentation is the name for the surgical procedure performed to increase the size and shape of your breasts. Breast implants are devices that are placed inside the body during breast augmentation surgery to achieve the desired results.

There is no perfect age to get a breast augmentation. It is a personal decision that should be made after consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon. That said, and in order to ensure that breast tissue is fully developed, the FDA has declared that mammoplasty procedures should not be performed on patients younger than 18 years of age.

If your breasts are saggy, you may want to also consider a breast lift, which can improve the position of your breasts and make them look perkier.

Nipple sensation is usually not affected, but if your implants are placed underneath your chest muscle, you may have less sensation in your nipples.

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