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Breast Augmentation with Implants

Breast enlargement through breast augmentation improves and changes the look of the breasts by adding breast implants, which can be placed under or over the pectoral muscles to help enhance the look of your bust, allowing you to feel more confident and love the way you look.

The skilled and experienced breast surgeons at Allure Plastic Surgery, serving Staten Island, Long Island, and Manhattan New York, work closely with every one of our patients, designing our treatments and procedures to match their individual goals and desires. Reach out to us today, to lean more about how breast augmentation can be right for you.

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Breast Surgery Experts in New York

Dr. Heller and Dr. Haramis are experts in body and breast surgery, and are dedicated to helping their patients in New York love the way they look. Together, they have several decades of experience and have performed countless breast surgeries, including breast lifts and breast reductions, in addition to innumerable breast implant procedures.

At Allure Plastic Surgery, our surgeons are comfortable with the latest technological advances and techniques, and can provide you with exceptional care. For more information about the procedures performed by our breast surgeons and how they can help you, please call Allure Plastic Surgery in Staten Island, NY today at (212) 661-2563.

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Breast Augmentation Analysis

Thorough analysis of not only the breasts, but also their proportional relation to the rest of the body is extremely important, so Dr. Heller and Dr. Haramis will take precise measurements to aid in proper analysis. If your breasts are simply smaller than you'd like, a simple symmetric enlargement will likely provide the enhancement you had in mind. Some patients have asymmetry, and therefore might need to be enlarged and made equal in size, which requires the estimation of an experienced surgeon and precise measurements. It’s common for sagging to occur after childbirth or weight loss, but combining breast implants with a lift does wonders for restoration of fullness and shape.

Types of Breast Implants

There are two main types of breast implants that our breast surgeons work with: saline implants and silicone implants. Saline implants are FDA-approved for women 18 and older, while silicone implants are FDA-approved for those 22 and older. Saline implants are made of a silicone gel exterior and filled with sterile saline (salt water). Once they have been inserted into your breast area, they are filled to the cup size that you desire.

Saline breast implants have a realistic look and feel, but tend to be more prone to the possibility of rippling or rupturing. On the other hand, saline implants also require a smaller incision, which can mean less scarring once your healing process is concluded.

Silicone implants, made of a silicone exterior and filled with a cross-linked silicone gel (making them more cohesive), have a higher rate of patient satisfaction because they have a more natural feel and appearance, while also being far less likely to rupture, tear, or ripple.

Customize Your Breast Augmentation Procedure

Every person’s breast augmentation procedure needs to be different based upon their size, proportions, and desires. Our surgeons will work closely with you, to help you make important decisions, including whether or not you want to combine your breast implants with a breast lift or breast reduction.

We will help you determine which type of breast implants would be ideal for you, the size that would benefit your body type, and even where to get the incisions, based upon your body type.

Then, our plastic surgeons will devise a plan that fits all of your needs and help you to have a thorough understanding of your results.

Breast Enlargement with Fat Transfer

Fat transfer to the breasts has become a increasingly reliable procedure over the past few years, as the methods of fat preparation have continued to improve.

Fat is harvested using regular liposuction techniques from many areas of the body such as the hips, thighs, abdomen, and waist, before being processed so only ideal cells are reused. It's then carefully injected into the breasts using a micro-cannula technique.

The size of the breasts can actually be increased by one full cup size in many instances, resulting in a noticeable improvement without undergoing surgery. The absence of any foreign objects being inserted into your body also eliminates the risk of allergic reaction, which, while quite rare, is still a small possibility.

Even though breast implants can give a larger, more predictable result, patients that do not wish to undergo surgery have been happy with the result of fat transfer to the breasts.

Breast Implant Placement Choices

Our plastic surgeons will work closely with you to help you determine the ideal incision placement for your breast implants.

Typically, breast implants are placed sub-muscularly, which offers the most support and helps hide evidence that the procedure has taken place.

Breast implants can also be placed in a sub-glandular position, which is is typically only done in the instance of an atypical anatomy, or for those who utilize their pectoral muscles frequently (female body-builders will often opt for sub-glandular placement over the sub-muscular placement for this exact reason).

The final option is called a dual-plane placement, where the implant is inserted partially underneath the pectoral muscle wall and partially underneath the breast tissue. This option is intended for women that need fullness added to the upper part of their breasts, and allows them to avoid a breast lift procedure.

Breast Augmentation Incision Options

When discussing your breast augmentation procedure with our plastic surgeons, you'll also decide on the best place to make incisions, based upon the type of implant you’re getting and your body type. Here are the options you will discuss:

  • Inframammary Incision — This incision is placed under the breast in the inframammary fold (the natural crease, just beneath the breast.) The implant is inserted through a one- to one-and-a-half-inch long incision. This approach is the most common, with scarring typically undetectable and easily hidden by a bra or swimsuit.
  • Areolar Incision — The goal of this approach is to hide the incision in the transition from the dark and textured skin of the areola and the lighter smooth skin of the breast. When performed by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Haramis and Dr. Heller, signs of this incision can be difficult to identify.
  • Axillary Incision — A small incision is created under the muscle in the fold of each armpit, and the breast implant is inserted through a channel into a pocket created by the surgeon and heals extremely well.
  • TUBA (Trans-Umbilical Breast Augmentation) — A hidden incision is made, concealed under the prominent lip of the belly button, which leaves no scarring near the breast itself. A tunnel is created beneath the subcutaneous fat layer, through which the implant is inserted into the breast cavity.
  • Dual Plane Breast Augmentation — An ideal technique for patients who suffer from minor amounts of droopiness and desire a lifted appearance, but don’t want to go through a full breast lift procedure. During this procedure, a surgeon places the implant partially beneath the muscle and partially beneath the breast tissue. The effect is a lift to the breast, along with added fullness, eliminating the need for a breast lift and its required incisions.
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Before-and-After Breast Augmentation Examples

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.

Breast Augmentation Procedure and Recovery

Breast enhancement surgeries are performed in one of our accredited surgery centers in New York, under closely-monitored IV sedation or general anesthesia. You will be discharged and free to return home the same day of your procedure, with a bandage and wrap or sports bra in place. Some tenderness, swelling, and bruising are expected.

Prescribed muscle relaxants, pain killers, and antibiotics help to make the healing process as comfortable as possible. The breasts will fall nicely into a natural position as time passes. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for two to three weeks, but can typically return to work after 10 days.

Risks Associated with Breast Augmentation

As with any surgery, there are some inherent risks associated. However, the American Society of Plastic Surgeon (ASPS) states that breast augmentation had become the most popular plastic surgery procedure by 2015, with nearly 280,000 procedures being safely and successfuly performed. With this level of regularity and experience, the complications that can occur are very rare. 

This is doubly applicable to the board-certified and highly-trained staff at Allure Plastic Surgery, where we focus on the most advanced technology, and state-of-the-art procedures. All this allows us to avoid complications, such as the following:

  • Complications with anesthesia
  • Infection
  • A decrease or loss in breast sensitivity
  • Capsular contracture, wherein breast tissue hardens after the procedure due to the formation of scar tissue

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Cost of Breast Augmentation

It can be difficult to put an exact price tag on the cost of breast augmentation, because the procedure tends to vary so significantly, from patient to patient. The cost of a breast augmentation procedure will fluctuate based upon a variety of factors, like the type of breast implant, the location of the incision, the anesthesia charges, and so forth. Additionally, if a patient has more risk associated with their procedure than another, this can be an added cost.

Our plastic surgeon estimates that a typical procedure — using saline implants and a standard incision — often costs around $5000, with the cost of anesthesia being an additional fee. Silicone implants usually cost about $1000 more than saline implants. During your free consultation with our plastic surgeons, you will be given a full indication of the price for your procedure, eliminating any hidden fees.

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Why Choose Our Plastic Surgeons?

Breast augmentation is a procedure that has a very high rate of satisfaction among the patients treated by Dr. Heller and Dr. Haramis. Their vast experience, keen attention to detail, and desire to deliver a unique and individualized procedure to each patient contributes to their high level of happy patients with beautiful results.

These highly-experienced doctors at Allure Plastic Surgery are Board-Certified plastic surgeons, as well as being certified by the American Academy of Aesthetic and Restorative Surgery and American Society of Plastic Surgeons, meaning you can rest assured that you're in the most capable hands possible.

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If you are interested in natural results and working with an experienced surgeon who cares, contact our New York office for a free consultation by calling (212) 661-2563 or completing our online contact form. We are proud to serve clients in Manhattan, Long Island, and New York City, New York.

Breast Implant FAQ

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. 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.

If you’ve been wondering about how you can increase your bust size with breast augmentation procedures in our NYC Staten Island Location, we can be reached by phone at (212) 661-2563 or online. A breast augmentation can help restore you 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 what a breast enlargement procedure can do for you!

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