The decision to get any type of cosmetic surgery should be weighed heavily and the procedure itself well-researched. Altering your body in any significant way not only comes with risks, but it can change the way you feel about yourself permanently.
With that said, one of the least-regretted plastic surgeries available today is breast augmentation.
Overwhelmingly, after a woman opts to undergo breast augmentation surgery, she is more likely to say she’d wished she’d had it sooner than to regret her decision.
This is likely because a woman’s breasts are one of her most significant features. And as such, she wants to feel good about them. Unfortunately, with age, pregnancy, and weight gain and loss, over time, the breasts may begin to droop, sag, and lose volume and fullness. Furthermore, many women have actually been unhappy with their breasts since their teenage years.
This is where breast augmentation New Jersey comes in.
With breast augmentation surgery, a woman can not only revitalize her breasts and regain their youthful appearance, but she can also alter her shape and silhouette in a number of other ways as well. That’s the beauty of cosmetic surgery — in many cases (and certainly when it comes to breast augmentation), you can choose your contours and outcome.
Is Breast Augmentation Right for You?
The absolute best way to know if breast augmentation is right for you is to sit down one-on-one with Dr. Ramanadham to discuss your options.
While you wait for your appointment, however, it’s never a bad idea to do some research of your own. In the following guide, we will outline the basics of breast augmentation surgery so that you can get a broad idea of what to expect from this procedure before it comes time to have your consultation appointment.
New Jersey Breast Augmentation
What Is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
As the name implies, breast augmentation surgery is the adjustment or augmentation of a woman’s breasts. The goal of breast augmentation surgery is to increase the overall size and fullness of the breasts. This may also alter the shape of the breasts, but not always.
Breast augmentation primarily uses implants to change the size of the breasts. Although, in some cases, fat transfer breast augmentation can be performed.
For the most part, nearly all breast implants are made of either silicone or saline. There are also “gummy bear implants” that are filled with a form-stable silicone gel.
Breast Lift vs Breast Implants: What’s Right for You?
Some patients who come in to see Dr. Ramanadham for breast augmentation surgery would actually benefit more from a breast lift New Jersey. The difference can be somewhat confusing to figure out, so let’s break it down.
First, a breast lift is a procedure that physically lifts the breasts and places them higher on the chest wall. The goal of a breast lift is to fix drooping breasts that have begun to sag over time. Not sure if your breasts are in need of a lift? Try putting a pencil underneath one breast (in the breast crease) and then move your hand away. If the pencil stays there and does not fall, this usually means that a breast lift might be more suitable to what you’re looking for to enhance the appearance of your breasts.
On the other hand, if your breasts are relatively high on the chest wall, perky, and firm, you may not need a breast lift. Instead, you may benefit more from a size increase, which would mean breast augmentation.
Finally, in some cases, both a breast lift and breast augmentation are needed. This is relatively common with mommy makeovers New Jersey, for example.
Who Are the Best Candidates for Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation candidates must first be in good overall physical health. It’s important that you do not have any ongoing medical conditions or infections that may cause problems during your surgery or recovery. Likewise, patients should be non-smokers. If you do smoke, you need to discuss quitting for at least several weeks before your surgery with Dr. Ramanadham. You’ll need to abstain from smoking throughout the majority of your recovery period as well.
Something else qualifying patients need to have is realistic expectations about the results of their surgery. It’s important that you know what to expect before and after breast augmentation in terms of preparation, recovery, scarring, and additional symptoms. If you plan to get silicone implants, you need to be prepared to get an MRI or sonogram every few years to ensure there are no leaks as well.
Generally speaking, there are no restrictions on weight when it comes to breast augmentation surgery. However, it’s a good idea to be at a stable weight that you are happy with. After your surgery, you don’t want to lose or gain a significant amount of weight because this could ultimately upend your results and change the way your body looks overall.
What Can Breast Augmentation Improve?
Getting breast augmentation surgery is a dream for many women. Some women seek the procedure after having children and breastfeeding while others have always wanted bigger breasts since their teens or their twenties. Breast augmentation surgery can ultimately help to improve:
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Small breasts
- Breast fullness
- Loose skin on the breasts
- Sagging, droopy breasts
- Body image
Breast Augmentation Implant Options
While some patients are interested in a large and noticeable augmentation of their breasts, most patients tend to want natural looking results. Typically, this means an implant of around 200cc to 300cc. Implants are measured in cubic centimeters (abbreviated as “cc”).
Of course, the ultimate breast implant size you choose depends upon more than just volume. Let’s take a look at the many considerations you’ll want to make when choosing your breast implants.
Most breast implants are made of either silicone or saline. Each material has its own benefits and drawbacks.
For example, silicone implants tend to appear more natural. Unfortunately, if certain silicone implants leak, this can cause medical problems. This is why those with silicone implants need to have an MRI or sonogram every few years to make sure there are no leaks present.
Saline implants are better in this regard because if they leak, you’ll know it right away, and the leaked liquid will simply be absorbed into your body. Saline implants also tend to be less expensive. On the other hand, they may ripple noticeably beneath the skin and sometimes don’t look as natural as silicone implants do.
There are two basic shapes of breast implants: teardrop and round. If you were to place one of each on a table, the round implant would be symmetrical from all angles. The teardrop implant, on the other hand, would be slightly higher on one side. This is the key difference between them.
When your plastic surgeon inserts your implants, if they insert a round implant, it doesn’t matter which side is up or down. After your surgery, if a round implant turns inside the pocket of your breast where it was inserted, this is fine.
On the other hand, when a surgeon needs to place a teardrop implant, it must be inserted perfectly into the breast so that the larger end of the teardrop is down. This more resembles a natural breast. Later, if a teardrop implant rotates over time, this can cause aesthetic problems.
The size of your implants can be anywhere from 100cc to 800cc — or even higher in some cases. While this is a large range, most breast implants tend to be between 200cc and 400cc.
As you choose your breast implant size, don’t get too hung up on the volume. Often, whether or not implants look natural and attractive has more to do with the shape, profile, and how they are placed.
The profile of an implant basically refers to how far out it projects. Some breast implants that have a lower profile will appear flatter, for example. Two implants with the same volume can have different profiles, depending on the diameter of the base.
Lastly, certain breast implants have a texture on them. Others are smooth-surfaced. Generally speaking, teardrop-shaped implants tend to have a textured surface so that they do not turn inside the chest. If they were to turn, the slimmer end of the teardrop could end up at the bottom, and this would create aesthetic problems.
Before and After Breast Augmentation
Here’s what to expect before and after breast augmentation.
What to Expect Before Breast Augmentation
Prior to breast augmentation surgery, you’ll need to book a consultation appointment with your plastic surgeon where you will discuss your surgical goals, medical history, and candidacy for the surgery. Dr. Ramanadham may order some blood labs or other scans and tests prior to your surgery as well. Breast augmentation patients must be in good overall physical health before undergoing the procedure.
What to Expect After Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is generally an outpatient procedure. However, you will need someone to take you home afterward.
At home, you’ll experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Dr. Ramanadham will provide you with pain management options and instructions to help reduce these symptoms. You will have a compression garment that you need to wear all of the time for the first few weeks after surgery.
It’s important to refrain from any sudden movements, vigorous physical activities, or strained positions during your recovery. Don’t lift any heavy objects or exert yourself too much. Slowly, as the weeks go on, you will be able to return to normal activities, exercise, and your regular lifestyle.
When Will I See My Results?
You should notice a change in the size of your breasts right away after surgery. But this won’t accurately represent what your breasts will ultimately look like because there will be a considerable amount of swelling at the beginning. After a few months, you should be able to see a fairly clear representation of your ultimate results.
FAQ: Breast Augmentation New Jersey
Where can I get breast implants near me?
Female plastic surgeon Dr. Ramanadham performs breast augmentation surgery throughout New Jersey, New York City, and the Tri-state areas. Dr. Ramanadham is double-board certified and has extensive experience helping patients achieve their breast augmentation goals.
How long do breast implants last?
Most silicone or saline implants will last between 10 and 20 years, but this timeframe may vary. Rarely, health complications may necessitate that a patient has their implants out early, or some patients simply decide that they want them removed after a while.
How much do breast implants cost?
Your ultimate breast implant price will vary depending on multiple factors such as the type of implant you get and whether you combine augmentation with any other procedures. Generally speaking, breast implant costs range from $5,000 to $10,000.
Can you get a breast lift without implants?
Yes, certainly. A breast lift surgery is optimal by itself for many patients who have enough breast tissue but skin on the breasts that has been stretched and is now sagging.
Can you breastfeed with breast implants?
Usually. It depends on the type of breast augmentation surgery you had and what type of implants you have (the size as well as where they were placed). If you are considering breastfeeding after implants, be sure to speak with Dr. Ramanadham about your options before you get surgery.
Will I have breast implant scars?
Breast augmentation surgery does require some small incisions to be made, so there will be some slight scarring. After your full recovery, however, only small and faded scars should be left. Dr. Ramanadham will also place these discreetly so that they are hardly noticeable.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Have you been thinking about getting breast augmentation surgery? If so, Dr. Ramanadham would be happy to speak with you about your options. Breast augmentation surgery can boost your confidence and help you feel better about your self-image. It has been a life-changing surgery for many women, and it can be for you too.
Take a look at some of our breast implants before and after photos to get an idea of what you can expect from your results. Then, give our office a call to schedule your breast augmentation consultation today.