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What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is the surgical enhancement of breast size. The procedure is customized to suit the individual and may involve either silicone or saline implants, or augmentation with natural fat transfer. In some cases, a breast augmentation with lift will create the most youthful look, raising the breast position while adding the perfect volume.

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Why choose Allure Plastic Surgery?

At Allure Plastic Surgery, we focus on ensuring our patients are thrilled with the result of breast augmentation surgery. Our team of plastic surgeons is known for their precision approach to cosmetic surgery and for their exceptional results in breast enhancement. Your journey to a shapelier figure takes place in our boutique NYC offices, where we focus on privacy, discretion, comfort, and superior results.

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Our surgeons are among the most talented in the region:

  • Board-certified plastic surgeons
  • Years of experience in breast augmentation
  • Experienced, professional, and talented
  • Five-star rating on realself.com

Benefits of breast augmentation

Our patients at Allure Plastic Surgery love the results of our breast augmentation surgery and the benefits they experience, which include:

  • A lovely, balanced figure
  • Beautiful, natural-looking breasts
  • Symmetrical breasts
  • Restores breasts that have lost volume due to age or after breastfeeding
  • Incisions are hidden and not visible, even in plunging bras or bikini tops
  • Enhanced feelings of confidence and wellbeing

Is breast augmentation right for me?

If you are in good overall health and have dreamed of having larger breasts, you are likely a good candidate for this custom surgery at Allure Plastic Surgery in NYC. The size or appearance of your breasts may have changed with the passage of time, or after pregnancy and breastfeeding, and have lost the plump, round look of healthy, young breasts. A custom breast augmentation can bring out the beauty of your figure by enhancing breast size with saline or silicone implants.

Woman posing in lingerie after breast augmentation in NYC

What is the cost of breast augmentation?

The cost of breast augmentation can vary, based on the extent of the surgery and the type of implant. Silicone implants are higher in cost, but most closely mimic the weight and softness of natural breast tissue. The cost of the procedure will reflect what is needed for the individual. For saline implants, the cost is about $5,000, not including the cost of anesthesia. Silicone implants are more expensive, increasing the cost of breast augmentation to about $6,000. For a customized quote, we invite you to meet with us in a private consultation.

Breast augmentation, a step-by-step overview

Breast augmentation has several steps, as follows:

  1. Your private consultation.
  2. The selection of the ideal type (silicone or saline) shape, size, and projection of implants.
  3. Anesthesia is administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist.
  4. The incisions are placed, which may be around the areola, or in the breast crease, or the armpit, based on the type of implant.
  5. A surgical pocket is created.
  6. The breast implants are placed.
  7. The incisions closed with sutures.
  8. The surgery is complete, and you are free to return home to recover.

Breast augmentation surgery: What does it entail?

Every person is unique, and your breast augmentation will be customized specifically to achieve the enhancement you envision. You will be fully apprised of what to expect during the surgery itself, and your recovery. In most cases, general anesthesia is administered for total comfort. If you have chosen silicone implants, the incisions are placed in the natural breast crease, and once healed, are virtually invisible.

Saline implants require a shorter incision, as the implants are filled with the saline solution after placement but feel a little less natural than silicone. For saline, the incision may be placed around the areola, or beneath the arm, with the benefit of avoiding visible scars. Once the surgical pocket is created by our board-certified plastic surgeon, the implants are delicately put in place, and the incisions are closed with meticulously applied sutures. You can then return home, under the care of another adult.

Implant types and Incisions

Breast implants are available in two general categories, saline, and silicone. Choosing the right implants is a crucial part of your journey, and our surgeon will work closely with you to help you select the size, shape, and projection that you need to achieve your personal aesthetic vision.

    Silicone implants

    Silicone implants are filled with a soft silicone gel, which closely resembles the weight and feel of natural breast tissue. These implants are available in a vast range of sizes, shapes, and levels of projection. The most recent developments in breast implants include a “form-stable” or “gummy” gel that retains its shape within the silicone shell, available in four types: maximum fullness, enhanced fullness, moderate fullness, and minimal fullness.

    Saline implants

    Saline implants are a silicone shell filled with sterile salt water. These implants can be used for women aged 18 and older. The technology has advanced, and structured saline breast implants are now available, with an inner structure in the shell that makes them feel more natural. Saline implants are filled after the shell is placed in the surgical pocket and have the advantage of requiring a shorter incision.

      Natural fat transfer breast augmentation

      Your own natural fat is harvested from a body area with an excess, such as love handles, abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, purified, and injected into the breasts, where the fat cells become part of your natural breast. This treatment achieves a subtle increase in size.

      Incision types

      The incision options include:

      • Inframammary: In the breast crease
      • Transaxillary: In the underarm
      • Periareolar: Around the areola
      • Trans-umbilical: Through the navel

      Implant placement types

      The placement of your implants will be based on the quantity of natural breast tissue you have. The options are:

      • Subglandular: The implants are placed under the natural glandular tissue of your breast.
      • Submuscular: The implants are placed below the chest muscle. This placement is the superior choice for women with very little natural breast tissue.
      • Dual plane: The implants are placed partially beneath the muscle and partially beneath the glandular tissue for a lifting effect.

      Your consultation at Allure Plastic Surgery

      At Allure Plastic Surgery, we perform custom breast augmentation surgeries. The first step is a private consultation at our luxury, boutique practice in NYC. We will meet with you to speak with you about your desires for your figure, answer all your questions, and guide you toward the decision that reflects your wishes.

      Recovery and post-operative instructions

      After your surgery, we will provide you with full aftercare instructions to help speed your recovery. You will have several prescriptions, which you take as directed by our surgeon. Sleep on your back, and avoid any vigorous motions, lifting, or raising your arms above your shoulders. Take gentle walks every day, and you should feel well enough to return to your usual schedule within about a week.

      Risks and complications

      Breast augmentation is a very safe procedure, but as with all surgeries, carries some risk. These include reactions to anesthesia, infections, or complications that appear later, such as capsular contracture.

      Breast Implant FAQ

      What type of implant is the best?

      The best type of implant is what is best FOR YOU. We will work with you to ensure the implants achieve the look and feel you want.

      How long do implants last?

      Breast implants typically last for ten years, or much longer.

      Will I have visible scars?

      All incisions create scars. At Allure Plastic Surgery, we focus on placing the incisions, so the scars are virtually invisible, even in the most revealing tops.

      Where should a breast implant be placed?

      If you are a bodybuilding or highly athletic woman, submuscular (under the muscle) implant placement will yield the most natural-looking results. However, with placement under the muscle, you shouldn’t go too big as this can lead to irregularities with movement.

      Can I ever exercise my chest muscles again after breast implants?

      There isn’t any real harm in working out following breast augmentation at NYC's Allure Plastic Surgery. The main rule is to not do anything that causes pain or discomfort. We typically advise that our patients gradually work their way back into their regular routine, starting six weeks after surgery. The implants may move during chest muscle contraction which can look a little odd, but as long as the patient is properly healed, no damage should occur. Don’t be afraid to discuss your feelings and concerns openly with your plastic surgeon, to make sure you’re both on the same page and that you’re happy with your results.

      What can I do before and after my breast augmentation to reduce risks and prevent complications?

      When opting for breast augmentation, it’s smart to research the procedure and give yourself a better understanding of what’s involved. The most important aspect of any successful procedure is locating an experienced plastic surgeon who specializes in body procedures and with whom you feel comfortable. Sticking to your surgeon’s guidelines is also important when it comes to reducing complications. Such guidelines often include refraining from smoking for one month before and after surgery, and avoiding certain medications like blood thinners, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Finally, refrain from overexertion while performing daily activities post-op. When adhered to correctly, these guidelines will help to prevent unnecessary complications.

      After breast augmentation, how long do I have to wait before I can raise my arms over my head?

      Patients should wait one to two weeks after their breast augmentation before lifting their arms above their heads. A good rule of thumb is if it’s uncomfortable or hurts, don’t do it. You can resume work a week or two after your surgery, but attempt to raise your arms slowly at first. You shouldn’t lift anything until at least one week after surgery, at which point you can begin to lift light items, moving on to heavier items as long as it doesn’t cause discomfort. Feeling tightness is normal, and you’ll wear a sports bra to make recovery more comfortable until you are ready to switch back to your regular bra (usually after about eight weeks). Keep in touch with your surgeon to get their opinion on when and how to advance your level of activity.

      How will breast implant surgery affect my exercise routine in the long run?

      Following your post-op guidelines will ensure that your exercise routine is not affected by breast implant surgery. Chest muscle contractions from certain chest exercises can cause your implants to move in their pocket, however this hasn’t been shown to cause any harm. Since large implants can make activities like jogging and weightlifting exercises slightly more difficult, we advise our active patients to avoid them, to avoid regret due to the limitations. Discussing your routine with one of our plastic surgeons will help them guide you in the correct direction. Large implants can limit the activities patients can participate in, such as jogging and weightlifting. We advise our active patients to be more conservative with size to ensure they will be able to return to the activities they enjoy.

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      Board Certified Surgeons

      Saline

      Silicone

      FDA-approval

      Approved by the FDA in November 2006

      Approved by the FDA in May 2000

      Structure

      Saline-filled implant with a silicone shell

      Gel-filled implant with a silicone shell

      Incisions

      Shorter surgical scar; implants can be inserted empty, allowing for a more discreet entry point

      Longer surgical scar; implants must be inserted already filled with gel

      Rupture

      In the event of rupture, the harmless saline is absorbed by the body with no negative consequences. Deflation is visible.

      In the event of rupture, the doctor will need to remove the silicone gel from the body. Deflation may be indetectable.

      Implant volume

      Each implant can be filled to a different volume capacity to help offset asymmetry

      Implant volume is fixed

      Weight

      Heavier per cc volume

      Lighter per cc volume

      Cost

      Less expensive

      More expensive

      Rippling

      Increased chance of shell rippling

      Decreased chance of shell rippling

      Age

      Approved for women over 18 years of age

      Approved for women over 22 years of age

      Feel

      Firmer

      Softer; resembles natural breast tissue

      Placement

      Subpectoral

      Subpectoral or subglandular

      Breast tissue

      Best suited for patients with ample breast tissue

      Appropriate for patients with little breast tissue

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      This patient had a breast enlargement procedure performed and was happy with the natural appearance of her results.

      This patient opted for breast enhancement, and had her surgery performed through the inframammary incision for great results.

      This patient was in her early thirties and had two children. Silicone implants to improve her breast size and eliminate sagging.

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      If you’ve been wondering about how you can increase your bust size with breast augmentation in NYC or Staten Island, we can be reached by phone at (212) 661-2563 or online. A breast augmentation can help restore your confidence and allow you to love the way your body looks once more. Reach out and set up an in-person consultation with a member of our highly experienced, board-certified staff, to learn more about arguably the best breast augmentation NYC has to offer!

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