Many women want to enhance the size and shape of their breasts in order to feel more feminine and confident. Some women have experienced a loss of breast volume, firmness, and shape after having children – with or without breastfeeding – and would like to have the breast shape they had prior to pregnancy. For these and other reasons, more than 300,000 women per year in the U.S. choose breast augmentation surgery. At American Surgical Arts in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, breast augmentation with implants is popular with women from the Jersey Shore, South Jersey, and other communities throughout the region. With certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Master of Fine Arts, and extensive experience in complex microsurgery and breast reconstruction, Dr. Sean Bidic has the talent, skill, and vision to create exceptional breast augmentation results.
If you're considering getting breast augmentation with implants near Mullica Hill, New Jersey, choose a surgeon with experience and abilities that exceed your expectations. Request your consultation online or call (856) 362-8898 to schedule your appointment.
Ideal candidate for Breast Augmentation
Generally, patients who are in good physical and emotional health are good candidates for breast augmentation. Patients must be at least 18 years of age for saline implants, and at least 22 years old before getting silicone implants. Breasts must be fully developed before getting breast augmentation. Ideal candidates do not smoke.
Breast augmentation can achieve many cosmetic objectives. These include:
- Adding volume, fullness, and shape to the breasts
- Improving the symmetry and balance of the breasts
- Correct breast deflation caused by breastfeeding or age
- Restore more upper pole fullness
A Consultation That's All About You
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During your consultation, Dr. Bidic or Dr. Gundlapalli spend ample time face to face discussing your needs and expectations. They educate you about the procedure and determines the techniques and breast implant options that best suit your body type and goals, including:
- Implant placement – either over or under the muscle
- Incision pattern – most commonly in the inframammary fold (breast crease), around the areola, or in the axillae (armpit)
- Implant type – saline or silicone; shaped or round; ultra-high, high, moderate or low profile
Our surgeons use 3D digital photography and imaging to help you evaluate your options. This allows both you and the surgeon to get a full visual understanding of your goals and to develop a surgical plan that achieves the outcome you envisioned.
If your plastic surgeon believes it will enhance your results and satisfaction, he may present additional or alternative treatments, such as a breast lift. As your goals become his goals, he develops a treatment plan that empowers you to proceed with confidence.
Potential Risks Associated with Getting Breast Augmentation
The breast augmentation procedure is considered relatively conservative compared to many medically necessary procedures. This surgery focuses on the placement of breast implants under skin or muscle. No organs are involved, which minimizes overall risk. That said, all surgical procedures incur some risk. The potential for complications during or after breast augmentation is small but risks include:
- Anesthesia risks (such as allergic reaction)
- Persistent pain
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation
- Poor scarring
The risks associated with breast augmentation also apply to the implants and results of surgery. These risks include:
- Implant rupture
- Wrinkling of the skin over the implant
- Capsular contracture, thick scar tissue around one or both implants
- Noticeable folds or creases in the implant
- Implant rotation in the breast pocket
- Disruption of milk ducts limiting the ability to breastfeed
Benefits of Getting Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation can be a very rewarding procedure. According to surveys, 9 out of 10 patients who get breast implants report an improved sense of self-esteem after their procedure. This reflects the emotional benefits that stem from enhancing physical appearance. That said, surveys also indicate that the happiest breast augmentation patients are those who already had a good sense of confidence before surgery and were generally happy with their bodies beforehand.
Breast Implant Options
Women who are considering breast augmentation for the first time, or who are thinking about exchanging older implants for a new generation, have more options today than ever before. Below is an overview of the choices our plastic surgeons offer:
Most patients who are thinking about getting breast augmentation know that breast implants are filled with either saline or silicone, which are both approved by the FDA. Each material has unique benefits and the choice is based on a patient's personal preference.
- Saline implants are filled after they are inserted, so the surgeon can fine tune them to ensure symmetry. Because they aren't pre-filled, smaller incisions are needed than for silicone implants.
- Cohesive gel implants and form-stable gel implants (often called "gummy bear" implants) are pre-filled, and many patients believe they feel and look more natural than saline implants.
Both saline and silicone implants can be either round or anatomically shaped to resemble the slope of natural breasts. The outer shell of shaped implants is textured to help prevent them from rotating within the pocket the surgeon creates. Round implants can be smooth or textured, and many women choose them because they provide a fuller look in the top of the breasts. Anatomic implants are sometimes called teardrop or contoured implants, and many women choose them for a more subtle enhancement.
The implant profile essentially describes how much an implant projects from the chest. The profile is a key factor in making sure implants look proportional to the rest of your body. Certain profiles create more upper fullness in the breasts, which some patients prefer. Other patients want implants with a wider base and lower profile. Profiles for round implants include:
- Moderate plus
- Ultra high
Anatomical implant profiles refer to the height of the different implants. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon takes measurements that help in determining which profile is most appropriate given your unique body characteristics and your cosmetic goals.
How long does a breast augmentation last?
The results of breast augmentation surgery last an average of 10 to 25 years. We realize that is a wide spread. It is difficult to predict how long implants will last in every situation because there are several factors that influence this. Ultimately, the lifespan of breast implants can depend on the type of implant you select, the placement of your implants, and how your body responds after surgery. Statistically speaking, less than 3% of breast implants fail due to deflation or rupture. Patients often choose to replace their implants to increase or decrease size rather than have to replace them due to complications.
Breast Augmentation Cost
The cost of breast augmentation surgery in New Jersey can vary widely from patient to patient depending on factors such as which style of implants are used and whether other procedures are done at the same time. At American Surgical Arts, breast augmentation on its own typically costs from $5,000 to $6,500. Our plastic surgeons strive to keep their prices competitive within the region, and they offer financing options to help our patients achieve the results they desire.
Your Breast Augmentation Procedure
On the day of surgery, before going into the operating room, he makes markings on your breasts that serve as a guide for his surgical maneuvers. He arrives for surgery with about 2 to 5 implant options that he believes, based on his thorough understanding of your goals, will work for you. He employs the same implant sizers utilized during complex reconstruction cases, and ultimately selects those that best match your body and your desired results. These are just some of the ways that he goes above and beyond for his patients.
What to Expect After Surgery
During the time following surgery, you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first night. You can expect some temporary soreness and swelling, but support garments and oral pain medication can help alleviate those symptoms.
Your activity will be restricted for 3 weeks – no lifting anything over 15 pounds, no activity that raises your heart rate above 100, and no soaking in tubs, pools or spas. You will visit with your plastic surgeon for follow-up assessments at 1 week, 4 weeks and 3 months.
Swelling may take several weeks to subside, and your breasts can take up to several months to "settle" into a softer, more natural appearance. It is important that you avoid underwire bras for 12 weeks following surgery, as these can interfere with proper healing.
Is breast augmentation covered by insurance?
Historically, breast augmentation has been considered a cosmetic procedure and has thus not been covered by insurance. However, the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 changed that. Today, the majority of group health plans that pay for mastectomy surgery also extend insurance benefits toward reconstructive procedures. Breast reconstruction includes augmentation for many women, whether they have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy. In instances of reconstruction, the augmentation procedure may be done right away or even years later. Coverage still applies. Women seeking breast augmentation for reconstruction purposes should speak directly with their group insurance provider for detailed information.