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Breast augmentation/enhancement surgery is an excellent way to help restore and enhance the natural fullness and beauty of your breasts.  Dr. Smith’s patients report feeling more feminine, more confident, and more attractive after having decided that breast augmentation surgery was right for them.

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Breast augmentation offers women a way to feel their best as they move through everyday life. Women choose breast enlargement for a wide range of reasons. Some women want to bring balance to breasts that may differ in size, while others want to obtain a new proportion for their body that they’ve always dreamed of. Regardless of your reasons, Dr. Smith will work with you to develop a personalized surgical plan that will help you reach your surgical goals.

 

Colorado has plenty of sunshine each year, and women in this beautiful city are known for being outdoors, active and on the go. For many women, breast augmentation through a plastic surgeon has resulted in a higher level of personal satisfaction and confidence.

 

Women choose breast enlargement for a wide range of reasons. Some women want to bring balance to breasts that may differ in size, while others want to obtain a new proportion for their body that they’ve always dreamed of. Your reasons are your own. What matters most is that you gather the information you need about breast enhancement to make a decision you’ll be satisfied with for the long term.

 

Breast Augmentation Before & After

Patient #1

30 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 0 Inches Tall. 100 Lbs.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus 286 cc



Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus 286 cc

 

 

Patient #2

49 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 1 Inches Tall. 105 Lbs.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus 286 cc


Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus 286 cc

 

 

Patient #3

39 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 7 Inches Tall. 135 Lbs.

Moderate Plus, Right Breast 286 cc, Left Breast 304 cc.


Moderate Plus, Right Breast 286 cc, Left Breast 304 cc.

 

 

Patient #4

32 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 4 Inches Tall. 125 Lbs.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 304 cc.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 304 cc.

 

 

Patient #5

27 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 2 Inches Tall. 134 Lbs.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 339 cc.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 339 cc.

 

 

Patient #6

30 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 7 Inches Tall. 125 Lbs.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 339 cc Right Breast, 371 cc Left Breast.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 339 cc Right Breast, 371 cc Left Breast.

 

 

Patient #7

35 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 2 Inches Tall. 126 Lbs.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 339 cc.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 339 cc.

 

Patient #8

26 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 2 Inches Tall. 120 Lbs.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 286 cc.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 286 cc.

 

Patient #9

31 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 6 Inches Tall. 130 Lbs.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 371 cc.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 371 cc.

 

Patient #10

37 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 4 Inches Tall. 130 Lbs.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 397 cc.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 371 cc.

 

Patient #11

37 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 10 Inches Tall. 138 Lbs.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 397 cc.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 397 cc.

 

Patient #12

43 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 4 Inches Tall. 150 Lbs.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 397 cc.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus, 397 cc.

 

Patient #13

35 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 4 Inches Tall. 159 Lbs.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus Profile, 421 cc.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus Profile, 421 cc.

 

Patient #14

35 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 9 Inches Tall. 147 Lbs.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus Profile, 425 cc.

Breast Implants:  Moderate Plus Profile, 425 cc.

 

 

Patient #15

25 Year Old Female. 5 Foot 5 Inches Tall. 110 Lbs.

Breast Implants:  High Profile, 325 cc.

Breast Implants:  High Profile, 325 cc.

Costs

The exact cost of breast augmentation can vary depending of the type of implant that is used.

Saline breast implants typically cost $6000.

Silicone gel breast implants typically cost $6500.

 

These prices include the cost of the implants, anesthesia (general), operating room fees, surgeon’s fees and all post-operative appointments.

 

Financing

Dr. Smith provides several choices for financing. We will be pleased to assist you in obtaining financing for this procedure. We are affiliated with companies that offer financing for cosmetic surgery. See Dr. Smith's financing options.

 

Operative Time

Typically, breast augmentation surgery takes about 1 - 1½ hours.

 

Recovery

Most women are able to work within 3-4 days as long as they are not performing heavy lifting. Typically women can resume physical activity at two weeks after surgery.

 

The complete healing process will take approximately 6-8 weeks for your breasts to settle into the appropriate position and for the swelling to completely resolve.

 

1:  Procedure Overview

Dr. Smith wants you to feel well informed and comfortable about your decision to proceed with breast augmentation surgery. Surgery planning begins with an overall evaluation to ensure you are healthy enough. The evaluation minimizes possible surgical risks. A complete history of all health disorders, medications, and allergies will be considered in pre-operative screening prior to surgery.  It is important to recognize that breast implants - saline or silicone gel - are not lifetime devices. It is possible that at some point in your life they will need to be removed or replaced.

 

What is a basic description of the breast augmentation procedure?

Once anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Smith will create a “pocket”, or space below your breast tissue to place the implant. The breast implants will then be placed in the pockets and positioned for optimal appearance and symmetry. After comparing both breasts to ensure proper implant placement, Dr. Smith will close the small incisions with absorbable sutures, cover the incisions, and place you in a supportive bra.

 

Where is the breast augmentation surgery performed?

Dr. Smith typically performs his breast augmentation surgeries in a surgery center, such as the one that is attached to his office. He uses a board certified anesthesiologist for all of his breast augmentations. After your surgery is completed, you will recover in the surgery center for 1-2 hours and then be discharged home.

 

How long does the breast implant procedure take?

The typical breast augmentation lasts 1 to 1 ½ hours.

 

What anesthesia will be used?

Dr. Smith uses general anesthesia for his breast augmentations.

2: Who is a good Candidate?

There are several factors that Dr. Smith will evaluate at your consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for a breast augmentation. Your age, overall health, and breast history can all aid in this process. Here are several quick guidelines that can help:

 

You may be a Good Candidate if you are:

 

You are NOT a Good Candidate at this time if you are:

  • A woman who has an active infection anywhere in the body.
  • A woman with existing cancer or pre-cancer who has not received adequate treatment for those conditions.
  • A woman who is currently pregnant or breast-feeding.

Other physical and emotional factors can also affect your individual breast augmentation procedure, recovery and final result.

 

Carefully consider the following factors so you can discuss them with your surgeon:

  • Your overall health.
  • Your healing capabilities, which can be affected by smoking, alcohol and medications.
  • Prior breast surgeries.
  • Bleeding tendencies.
  • Infections.
  • Predisposition to developing a hardened capsule around the implant

Breast implants are not lifetime devices, and breast implantation is likely not a one-time surgery. You may need additional unplanned surgeries on your breasts because of complications or unacceptable cosmetic outcomes. These additional surgeries can include implant removal with or without replacement, or they can include other surgical procedures. When you have your implants replaced, your risk of future complications may increases compared to first time (primary) augmentation surgery.

3:  Incision Site Options

What are my breast augmentation incision site options?

There are four incision sites that can be used for a breast augmentation: around the nipple (periareolar), within the breast fold (inframammary), under the arm (transaxillary), and in the belly button (transumbilical).  Dr. Smith will sit down with you and discuss the benefits and downsides to each incision.  He will help you choose an incision site that best suits your frame and implant choice with the goal of resulting in minimal scarring.

 

Periareolar Incision

This incision site is typically located on the bottom side of the areola. It can be difficult to perform in women who have small areola.  It can be associated with a higher likelihood of breast feeding difficulties than the other incision options because periareolar incision involves cutting through the breast tissue. This may also increase the chance that there will be a change in nipple sensation.

 

Inframammary Incision

This is the most commonly used incision at the present time and is made below the breast fold. This incision is generally less concealed and may cause fewer breastfeeding difficulties than the periareolar incision option.

 

Transaxillary Incision

This incision is made under the arm. A lighted camera (endoscope) is used to help tunnel through the subcutaneous fat to create a pocket behind the breast. This incision site is used primarily to place unfilled saline breast implants.

 

Transumbilical Incision

The transumbilical incision is made in the belly button or umbilical channel. This incision site has not been studied and is not recommended.

4:  Implant Placement Options (Above or Below the Muscle)

What are my options for breast implant placement?

There are two main places where your breast implants can be placed: sub-glandular (under your breast tissue and over your chest muscle) or sub-muscular (under or partially under your chest muscle). Each placement type has benefits that may be right for you. Dr. Smith will discuss both of these options with you at your consultation to determine which one is best for you.

 

Sub-Glandular Breast Implant Placement

With sub-glandular placement the implant location is between your chest muscle and your breast tissue (under the breast gland). Typically, implants that are placed in the sub-glandular position are less painful and have a shorter recovery period.  Sub-glandular implants are typically placed in women who have excess skin. Implants that are sub-glandular may be easier to see and feel through your skin.

 

Sub-Muscular Breast Implant Placement

Sub-muscular placement means that your breast implants are placed partially under the pectoralis major chest muscle. Sub-muscular implants help position the implant further from the skin, making the implant less visible. Sub-muscular placement may also result in less palpable implants and may reduce the risk of developing capsular contracture, as well as offer easier mammographic imaging of the breast.

5:  Cost and Financing

How much does breast augmentation cost?

  • $6500 for silicone breast implants
  • $6000 for saline breast implants.

*These estimates include the price of breast implants, anesthesiologist, operating room fees, and surgeons fees.

 

What are my financing options?

For patients who are not able to pay for cosmetic procedures up front, there are patient financing options available. Financing offers patients the option to cut down the initial cost of surgery by allowing you to make payments that fit your budget. Some programs have low interest rates that allow you to pay off the total amount more quickly. Dr. Smith uses CareCredit for his financing and he will give you all of this information at your consultation. You can also log on to CareCredit to find out more information about their financing options.

 

Financing

Dr. Smith provides several choices for financing. We will be pleased to assist you in obtaining financing for this procedure. We are affiliated with companies that offer financing for cosmetic surgery. See Dr. Smith's financing options.

 

What about comparing the cost of silicone and saline implants?

When considering cost as it relates to silicone versus saline breast implants, a key component to think about is the look and feel you are trying to achieve. Are you looking to go with a more natural look and feel, or would you prefer a substance that is a bit firmer but has a similar composition to the fluid which makes up most of the human body? Silicone gel breast implants are filled with a cohesive gel that holds together uniformly while retaining the natural give that resembles breast tissue. Saline-filled breast implants are filled with a saltwater solution similar to the fluid that makes up most of the human body but are slightly firmer to the touch. This is an important component to consider in your breast augmentation journey and one that should be discussed with your surgeon.

 

How do breast implant warranties add value?

Dr. Smith uses both Allergan and Mentor breast implants. Both of these companies have warranties that cover the implant for the implants for their lifetime against defects. Each implant company has slightly different warranties and Dr. Smith will give you this warranty information at your consultation.

6:  Resources

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS): http://www.plasticsurgery.org/

Allergan Breast Implants: http://www.natrelle.com/

Mentor Breast Implants: https://www.loveyourlook.com/

 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA): fda.gov
(312) 527-6713
(888) INFO-FDA
"What Women Want To Know About Breast Implants"
by Karen Berger and John Bostwick, III, MD
St. Louis Quality Medical Publishing, Inc., 1994
(800) 348-7808

Breast Augmentation Frequently Asked Questions

Women choose breast augmentation surgery for many reasons. Many women feel their breasts are too small and have never liked they way they looked with or without clothes on. Other women have lost much of their breast volume after having children, or with the natural aging process, and want a more young youthful appearance to their breasts.

 

Breast augmentation surgery can also help women who have breasts that are different sizes or shapes. Some women developed different sized breasts from puberty and others have an acquired discrepancy from surgery or breast cancer. Regardless of the reason, breast augmentation may help you restore the confidence and appearance you are looking for.

 

Breast augmentation has something to offer all of these women. In fact, thanks to advanced plastic surgery techniques, almost any defect, abnormality, or size deficit can be corrected. Implants: which are safe, which are approved?

 

Both Silicone Gel and Saline breast implants have been approved by the FDA for cosmetic and reconstructive operations. In January of 2007, the FDA approved silicone gel breast implants for women 22 years of age and older, and saline implants for women 18 years of age and older. Dr. Smith will help you determine which implant is better for you. Women who have small breasts with very little tissue often like the feel and natural appearance of silicone gel breast implants.

Dr. Smith prefers to create a breast shape and size that is natural in appearance and proportionate to your body size. Most women have a range of implant sizes that will fit their body without giving an un-natural or obvious augmentation appearance. Dr. Smith will work with you to determine what size breast implants give you the look you desire.

One of the most frequent questions that women have when considering breast augmentation is what size they will eventually be after their breast augmentation. Dr. Smith will initially work with you to determine what your expectations are and what type of look you would like.  Some women prefer a more natural appearance, while others would like to have a full or more augmented appearance. This will help Dr. Smith determine the type of implant that to help you reach your cosmetic goals.

 

Next, Sr. Smith will examine you and measure the width of your breast to ensure the breast implant will not be too wide on your chest wall. Typically, Dr. Smith will have you try on multiple breast implants that fit into a special bra. This will help you get an idea of how the implants will appear after your augmentation.

What do I need to know about saline breast implants?

Saline breast implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution similar to the fluid that makes up most of the human body. Saline implants are inserted without fluid. Once placed, the implant is filled to the predetermined size. When the fill-tube is removed, the implant will automatically seal itself.  Saline implants can have a textured or smooth surface shell and are available in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and profiles to fit your body - each with a revolutionary self-sealing valve.

 

Saline Implants

  • FDA approved
  • Filled with saltwater solution similar to the fluid found in the human body
  • Slightly firmer feel than gel-filled implants
  • Flexible volume, can be adjusted during surgery
  • 3 projection options: Moderate, Moderate Plus, and High Profile
  • Smooth or Textured Surface

 

What do I need to know about Silicone breast implants?

Like many other medical devices, silicone gel implants have evolved substantially over the last two decades. Today's silicone breast implants have advanced technology and safety. The silicone gel breast implants that are available today have been improved because of the “cross-linking” of the silicone molecure. This creates a gel or “gummy bear” consistency.  This makes the implants thicker, yet supple, with a more natural feel.

 

Silicone Implants

  • FDA approved
  • Filled with cohesive silicone gel
  • More supple and natural feel when compared to saline implants
  • The gel implants are pre-filled and are available in many different sizes and shapes
  • 3 projection options: Moderate, Moderate Plus, and High Profile
  • Smooth or Textured Surface

Silicone gel-filled breast implants have undergone changes over time to meet increasingly sophisticated consumer expectations. The first silicone breast implants used thick shells and contained firm gel. The second generation of implants (introduced in the late 1970’s) had thinner shells and used less firm gel to address concerns of patients and surgeons who believed that implants were too firm, palpable, and visible.

In the mid 1980’s, concerns related to rupture rates of the second generation thinner-shelled implants led manufacturers to introduce a third generation of implants. The shell and gel of these implants are slightly thicker but still soft.

Today the silicone gel filled breast implants are typically referred to as cohesive gel implants or “gummy bear” implants.

The amount of material released from today's breast Implants is extremely minimal. It is less than is absorbed from daily consumer products containing silicone. (For example, silicone can be found in many common household items, such as polishes, suntan and hand lotion, antiperspirants, soaps, processed foods, waterproof coatings, and chewing gum.)

  • Equal to approximately 1/1000th the weight of the head of a straight pin.
  • More than a million fold below established safety limits, based on the results of studies presented to the FDA.

More than a hundred-fold below absorbed daily exposures to the same materials from commonly used consumer products, such as antiperspirants, skin care lotions and hair care products.

How many breast augmentation surgeries do you perform each year, and how many years have you performed breast implant procedures?

 

Are you board certified? If so, by what board?

 

Who is your “typical” patient?

 

Can I see Before & After photos of your past work?

 

What are my options if I’m dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my surgery?

 

What is the most common complication you encounter with breast implantation, and generally what is your re-operation/correction rate with breast implantation?

 

Based on my body type and desired outcome, what breast implant style and, incision site and implant placement site is recommended to meet my goals?

 

Do you think silicone or saline-filled implants are right for me? Which do you prefer for breast augmentation, and why?

 

Who is the manufacturer of the breast implants you use? Is there a product warranty available?

 

What is the patient registry for silicone gel implants?

 

Do you have any recommendations for recovery? Based on your recommended procedure type, how long before I may be more active again?

 

How can I expect my implanted breasts to look over time?

 

How will my ability to breast feed in the future be affected? How can I expect my implanted breasts to look after pregnancy or after breast feeding?

 

Can you tell me about some of the typical safety concerns, or causes for breast implant reoperation?

 

How much does breast augmentation cost?

 

Does your office offer any sort of payment plan, or financing option?

 

Do your surgical costs also include post-operative care products and other items, such as compression garments?

 

Is the surgical facility where my procedure will take place accredited? If it is a hospital, do you have full privileges there?

 

What kind of anesthesia do you recommend for my procedure? Why?

 

How long have you worked with your anesthesiologist, and what are their qualifications?

 

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