What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures chosen by more than 350,000 women a year. This procedure can improve the contour of your breasts by increasing their size, enhancing their shape, correcting proportional imbalances, and improving firmness. At Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, FL, we offer women the best care possible using only the most recent techniques and medical technologies. Physically healthy women with realistic goals may be able to improve their body proportions and achieve a greater sense of self-confidence and femininity.
Crisalix Virtual Aesthetics
Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery now offers Crisalix Virtual Aesthetics, allowing patients to try on their new breasts before the procedure! Patients are scanned into the software where they can then choose between various sizes and even the different types of breast implants. By wearing the virtual reality headset, patients can see what they would look like from their own point of view.
What are my breast implant options?
There are many different types of implants, allowing the patient the opportunity to choose the breast profile, shape, texture, and more. These are important decisions that should be made with careful consideration with the guidance of your surgeon. Following a comprehensive consultation, our talented staff with help to determine the type, style, and brand of implant that will best match your frame and aesthetic goals.
What are the Breast Augmentation Incision Types?
- Inframammary: The incision is made in the breast crease where the breast meets the torso
- Periareolar: The incision is made just under and along the areola
- Transaxillary: The incision is made in the armpit
- Transumbilical: The incision is made in the belly button
What Can I Expect During/After Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes between 1 – 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will need to rest for a couple of days but will be encouraged to move around in order to promote circulation. As the skin adjusts to the new breast size, it is normal to feel tightness in the chest area. Patients may resume their normal exercise routines within 4 – 6 weeks. It typically takes around six months for the breasts to fall into their final position. The result is a softer, natural-looking breast appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Augmentation
Are Silicone Breast Implants Safe?
Patients sometimes have concerns about the safety of silicone breast implants because of the attention they received in the media years ago. However, the FDA did approve their safety. In addition, no evidence has ever been found to link silicone breast implants to cancer, auto-immune deficiency disease, or any other illness. Ultimately, 62% of today’s breast augmentation patients choose silicone over saline. For reconstruction cases, they choose them three times more often.
Should I get Breast Augmentation or Lift?
Breast augmentation will help with size, but it will not correct sagging. If you are happy with the shape and laxity of your breasts, then implants alone may meet your cosmetic goals. If sagging is what is most bothersome to you, then you may be considered for a breast lift. During your consult, we will determine if you are better suited for breast augmentation, a lift, or a combination of the two.
Is there a Risk of Rupture with breast Implants?
Modern engineering creates strong and durable implants. With proper care and regular checkups, the risk for rupture is rare. If a saline implant does rupture, the solution will be absorbed by the body and the implant will deflate, becoming visibly noticeable. If a silicone implant ruptures, the cohesive gel will stay intact and will not leak into the body. An MRI will be necessary to detect a silicone defect.
How Long do Breast Implants Last?
Most implants will last about 10 – 15 years. Some can last even longer. If there is no rupture, leakage, deflation, or any other visible defects (such as rippling), then there is no need to change the implant or have any type of secondary surgery.
What about BII & BIA-ALCL?
Patients who are either considering breast enhancement or currently have implants should be aware of BII and BIA-ALCL, both of which are receiving media attention. Knowledge of the current scientific understanding of implants and associated risks should help alleviate some stress that can be generated by social media and news coverage. Click on the links below to find out more information.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"After breastfeeding two children and also losing 60 lbs I had felt like I had the body of a 12 year old boy, I had very little confidence and I was limited to what I could wear because I had to wear a bra or padding at all times. I had heard from many friends about their positive experience with Dr Burk. He was honest about the realistic expectations at my consultation and the 3D imigary put it into perspective. I met everyone personally who was involved in my procedure and they were all kind and answered all questions I had and eased any concerns, and everyone is SO EXCITED FOR YOU! Which made me feel very special. During my procedure the implants that had been decided on were put in and they did not give me the desired look that we had previously talked about and Dr Burk made a decision to change them to achieve the exact results I wanted. He is an expert in his craft and I would refer EVERYONE to him. The healing process has been surprisingly less painful than I expected and after only one week I am VERY satisfied, I get TONS of compliments, and I feel like a supermodel! Thank you Dr Burk!"- Anonymous / Vitals / May 24, 2015
"I had a breast augmentation and a mini tummy tuck 11 months ago. My appointments with Dr. Hickman before and after surgery have been wonderful. Dr. Hickman is very passionate and friendly. These surgical procedures were done five years after my second pregnancy. Dr. Hickman took ample time to answer my questions and address my concerns. She was honest and made me feel extremely comfortable. The procedures went great and I am extremely pleased with the results. I will have my one year follow up this month - I would highly recommend Dr. Hickman from Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery to anyone considering a procedure. She was very meticulous - upholding and exceeding my high expectations. Thank you so much, Dr. Hickman and Team!!!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 03, 2015
"I had a breast augmentation 9 months ago & would recommend PVPS to anyone! My surgeon was Dr. Burke & I couldn't have picked a better doctor. From my 1st consultation to my post opps he has been nothing less than amazing. He made me feel extremely comfortable & was very helpful when deciding what size to go with, type of implant, etc. If you are looking for an extremely natural looking & feeling breast augmentation go with Dr. Burke!! I cannot tell you how many compliments I have received on how amazing & "real" they look. Worth every single penny!"- K.T. / Yelp / Sep 25, 2014
"I had a breast augmentation 9 months ago & would recommend PVPS to anyone! My surgeon was Dr. Burke & I couldn't have picked a better doctor. From my 1st consultation to my post opps he has been... more"- K.T. / Yahoo / Sep 25, 2014
"Dr. Hickman was referred to me by one of the physicians in the hospital...she is truly one of the most professional and competent physicians I have ever encountered. I had breast augmentation and a chemical peel and only experienced minimal pain with an amazing outcome. I'm just thrilled and greatful for her expertise and skilled hands. Her staff are all so sweet and made me right at home...the office itself is beautiful, modern and clean."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jul 23, 2011
How much does Breast Augmentation Cost?
The average cost for breast augmentation is about $6,500 - $8,500.
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