What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is the cosmetic procedure by which a woman’s breasts are enlarged by application of either saline or silicone implants. Augmentation can be an attractive option for one of two reasons:
1. Reconstructive surgery – carried out to reconstruct the breast following mastectomy (surgical removal of the breast in treatment of cancer).2. Cosmetic surgery–- surgery adopted for enhancement of size or shape, either due to longstanding issues with body-image and confidence, or to address a change in appearance following extensive weight loss or post-childbirth.
While there are no direct medical advantages attached to breast augmentation, the psychological effects can be wholly positive and often patients comment on a boosted sense of self-esteem. However, as with any cosmetic treatment, it is important to carefully consider the prospective costs of the operation. Prices for breast augmentation surgery in the Miami area have an average of $2800 – £3500 for saline and silicone implants respectively.
What will this price include?
Breast augmentation costs vary between surgeons depending on relative experience and it is possible that some prices will incur hidden costs. Many accredited plastic surgeons offer financial plans to help you cover the cost of surgery. Ideally, your cost will include the following:
1. Anesthesia fees2. Hospital/surgical facility costs3. Medical tests before and after operation4. Post-surgery garments5. Prescriptions for medication6. Surgeon’s fee
Remember that, if you’re in any doubt, it is always best to ask your doctor about possible side effects as well as the advantages and drawbacks of getting one.
How do I pick a surgeon?
The most important thing for you to do is to select a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) that you trust to perform your surgery. Surgeons listed with the ASPS have undergone at least six years of surgical training following medical school and have achieved a minimum of three years residency training in plastic surgery. Accredited by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), they also engage with continuous education, specifically with regard to patient safety. You can find a surgeon in your area by searching online, recommendation from friends or family, or getting a direct referral from your physician.
What are the risks to me?
Currently, there are no sure methods of predicting the life span of either a saline or silicone breast implant. Many women may need to have theirs removed following a development of painful scar tissue or even ruptures. Both compounds are liable to rupture and while the body will naturally absorb the saline solution, in the event of a breach in the silicone gel implant, the patient will require an MRI scan to confirm damage. Your doctor will then advise you on the recommended procedure, though is most likely to suggest surgical removal at which point a replacement implant can be inserted.
Many manufacturers of breast implant issue warranties with their product, it is important to research these to find the best for you and the most comprehensive warranty.
Our Breast Augmentation Surgeons in Miami will happily advise on the best practice as well as what is right for you based on your physical attributes.