Breast augmentation with implants is the foremost procedure to customize the volume, shape, symmetry, and profile of the breasts. Many factors can affect the breast contours over time, from pregnancy and breastfeeding to weight loss, genetics, or the inevitable aging process. Implants offer a dynamic and highly customizable solution to restore the youthful qualities of your breasts or to simply provide you with the enhancement you’ve always dreamed of. Dr. Ira Savetsky is an extensively published and fellowship-trained aesthetic plastic surgeon providing New York City patients with breast surgery of the highest quality. Modern techniques and advanced implant options enable him to achieve extremely natural and lasting results with the utmost consideration of your aesthetic goals.
What Can Breast Augmentation Improve?
Breast augmentation is personalized to provide more youthful contours according to a patient’s goals. That said, the benefits of breast implants can be varied and extremely versatile. Depending on the type of implants chosen and your hopes for the final outcome, breast augmentation can:
Add volume and enhance fullness in the upper breast poles
Refine the breast shape to achieve rounder contours
Correct a flat, stretched, or elongated look in the breasts
Regain a more youthful look in the bust
Attain a better fit in clothing
Breast implants have been known to offer stunning, natural-looking results and we welcome you to explore our before-and-after gallery to see what’s possible with breast augmentation. During your consultation, Dr. Savetsky will openly discuss the benefits, limitations, and potential risks of surgery so you can decide whether breast implants are the best option to achieve your goals.
Is Breast Augmentation Right for Me?
Breast implants can help correct a loss of volume, fullness, or shape in the bust, which all tend to create a stretched, pendulous, or elongated look. Breast augmentation has remained among the most frequently performed cosmetic surgeries in the world for decades, lending to the effectiveness and enduring quality of the procedure. Generally speaking, breast implants can benefit patients who are dissatisfied with their breasts and:
Healthy, with no unmanaged medical conditions that may disrupt the healing process
A non-smoker, or willing to quit smoking before and after surgery
Realistic about their expectations for the outcome
Able to maintain a positive outlook on the potential results
Well-informed about the facts of the procedure
Dr. Savetsky will not only review your medical history during your consultation, but he will also answer any questions or concerns you may have about breast augmentation. He will thoroughly explain the outcomes, benefits, risks, and limitations of the procedure to help you make your decision about whether or not to pursue surgery. If you also experience breast sag caused by stretched skin and tissue, Dr. Savetsky may recommend a breast lift in place of — or in addition to — breast implants.
Types of Breast Implants
With the many advances in breast augmentation over the years, Dr. Savetsky is able to provide his patients with the latest, most cutting-edge implant models available. There is a wide range of sizes, shapes, and types of breast implants to choose from, and Dr. Savetsky will be there to help you make the best decisions to obtain your ideal contours.
Silicone implants are highly favored for their ability to mimic the look and feel of natural breast tissue. Composed of silicone gel inside a silicone encasement, these implants can keep their shape in the rare event of rupture and produce a firmer feel when compared to saline devices. They can also reduce the risk of rippling, wherein the implant edges are seen or felt through the skin.
Saline implants can be a great option to enhance the size and shape of your breasts, typically offering the benefit of shorter incisions when compared to silicone models. These implants are composed of saline solution inside of a silicone shell and are filled after insertion into the implant pocket. Saline implants also offer visible indications of a tear or a leak as the saline is harmlessly absorbed by the body.
Breast Implant Placement
Part of the breast augmentation process involves determining the best location for the implant pocket. There are two techniques for breast implant placement: submuscular (under the chest muscle) and subglandular (over the chest muscle). Both approaches have their pros and cons depending on your goals, implant size, and body frame:
Under-the-Muscle (Submuscular): When placed under the pectoral (chest) muscles, patients generally have a greater degree of coverage for their implants. The risk of implant rippling is reduced, and individuals with smaller natural breasts can achieve more natural-looking results. However, the recovery period can be relatively longer when compared to placing an implant over the chest muscle.
Over-the-Muscle (Subglandular): Subglandular placement can benefit individuals who have a larger amount of breast tissue coverage to support their implants. While the risk of implant distortion is lower with over-the-muscle placement — potentially making this approach more ideal for bodybuilders, weightlifters, etc. — the likelihood of rippling can be relatively higher, particularly with larger implants. Subglandular breast augmentation also typically allows less downtime when compared to under-the-muscle placement since the chest muscles are not penetrated.
After assessing your needs, Dr. Savetsky can recommend the most optimal choice for implant placement to achieve the results you desire. Both options can provide results that look natural and complementary to your body frame.
How is the Breast Augmentation Procedure Performed?
During breast augmentation, incisions are made in a predetermined location — either encircling the areolas, along the natural contour of the breast crease, or within the contours of the underarm. The underarm incision, known as the “transaxillary” technique, is only suitable for certain patients who are receiving saline implants. Dr. Savetsky will go over the best option for your unique procedure at the time of your consultation. He will also explain the pros and cons of under-the-muscle versus over-the-muscle placement for your breast implants, recommending the most optimal location for the implant pocket according to your needs. In most cases, placing the implant under the chest muscle tends to provide better coverage and reduces the risk of implant rippling, leading to more natural-looking augmentation.
The procedure utilizes general anesthesia and typically takes one to two hours to perform. It’s usually completed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients are able to return home on the same day after a brief period of observation in our recovery rooms. The effects of the anesthesia will still be apparent, so individuals should arrange a ride to and from our surgical facility.
What Can I Expect During Recovery From Breast Augmentation?
Downtime after breast augmentation usually lasts one week before patients feel well enough to resume their normal routines. In most cases, you can perform light daily activities after a few days as long as there is no strenuous activity or heavy lifting. Swelling, bruising, numbness, or a general feeling of weakness are expected as you recover from surgery. Everyone has a unique rate of healing, so the length of the recovery period varies from patient to patient. Dr. Savetsky will give you detailed aftercare instructions to ensure your recovery proceeds as smoothly as possible.
How Long Do Breast Augmentation Results Last?
While breast implants are not meant to be lifetime devices, the outcome of breast augmentation should last for decades and provide you with good results for the near and distant future. Key to ensuring your implants remain in good condition is staying vigilant to changes in the look and feel of your breasts. If you begin to notice tightness, hardness, or a distortion in your implants, this can be an indication of capsular contracture, rupture, or other complications. A secondary procedure known as breast revision can correct issues and generally improve the original result in the rare case of complication. Alternatively, breast revision can also be performed if you simply want a newer size or type of implant in the future. In order to maximize the longevity of your results, we recommend maintaining a healthy weight and living an active lifestyle to preserve your new contours.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
Breast augmentation is a highly personalized procedure, so the costs of surgery are similarly tailored to the needs and goals of each patient. Factors like your geographic location and the experience of your plastic surgeon will influence the total price, but your cost estimate will ultimately be determined by:
The type of implants chosen
The surgical technique utilized
The extent of surgical work necessary to achieve your goals
Generally speaking, the cost of breast augmentation in New York City usually falls between $10,000 to $18,000, which includes fees for anesthesia, the operating facility, your surgeon, etc. Rest assured that our office will provide you with a personalized quote after your needs are assessed in a consultation. Plastic surgery financing options can help individuals receive the treatment they desire while still staying within their budget, and our practice accepts plans from CareCredit® for qualified patients. Please don’t hesitate to call our office if you have any questions about the cost of breast implants.
Dr. Ira Savetky can work with you to identify your concerns and develop a treatment plan to make the curves you envision a reality. Contact Dr. Savetsky at our New York City office to schedule an initial consultation or to speak with a friendly member of our team.