A woman’s reasons for looking into having a breast procedure are typically very personal. With a variety of options and procedures available, it can be difficult to determine what is the best solution for a person.
Here are some of the most frequently questions asked about breast augmentations, implants, and breast lifts:
What Is It?
Breast augmentation, which is also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is the most common form of elective surgery performed in the United States. It is the surgical placement of implants or fat to increase breast size.
Why Get a Breast Augmentation?
- Fuller breasts
- Feel confident about your self-image
- Correct asymmetry
- Reconstructive surgery
- Repair sagging breasts that are often from weight loss, age, or pregnancy.
How Much Does It Cost?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost in $3,708. The price can vary depending on the region or surgeon’s experience.
What Is the Recovery Process Like?
Right after surgery, the patient will be monitored closely until they can go home, which is usually after a few hours. The patient’s breasts will be wrapped in gauze and maybe even a support bra to help reduce some of the swelling. You will be given detailed instructions on how to take care of the incisions at home. There is 24 to 48-hour period of no physical activity and soreness is expected for a few weeks after the surgery.
What Are They?
Implants can be inserted when a breast augmentation surgery is performed. There are multiple types of implants.
- Saline Implants: Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. They provide aneven shape and a firm feeling.
- Silicone Implants:Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. They provide a more natural feeling, closer to real breast tissue.
There are many other breast implant options available but these are the most common.
How Much Do Implants Cost?
Implant costs will vary depending on the location and experience of the doctor. The surgery can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.
What Is the Recovery Process?
The recovery process is mostly the same as the breast augmentation recovery. It is suggested that no heavy lifting be done up to 6 weeks post-surgery. There can be complications from the implants which include: breast pain, bleeding and infection. Implants require maintenance because they are not meant to last a lifetime.
What Is It?
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a procedure that lifts and reshapes breasts. It is common for women with sagging breasts. The main goal is to change the shape and silhouette but not the overall size of the breasts. During a breast lift, the nipple and areola are raised to a higher position and access skin is removed from the lower part of the breast.
Breast Lift v. Breast Augmentation?
Breast lifts are better for women who have small to medium breasts because lifting them will be easier and have better results. Women with larger breasts can get a breast lift but the results might not last as long as they do with smaller breasts. It is more difficult to lift larger breasts which is why a breast augmentation might be a better option.
How Much Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift cost, like the other procedures, will depend on the location and experience of the doctor. But the average cost is anywhere from $3,500 to $6,000.
How Is the Recovery?
Breast lift recovery will require limited activity in order to heal properly. The surgeon will remove all of the stitches 2 to 3 weeks post-surgery. The shape of the breasts will improve overtime and until you are fully healed.
Now that you have learned about the main differences between a breast augmentation, breast implants, and breast lifts, you have a better idea of what procedure will best suite your needs.
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