The Basics of Breast Implants

Breast Augmentation Palo Alto CAWomen choose to get breast implant surgery due to either cosmetic or reconstructive reason. For those who want fuller breasts or a more balanced look, a breast augmentation is a way to go. In other cases, a breast implant surgery may be done after a mastectomy for breast cancer. Whatever situation you come from, it’s likely you’ve had some of the following questions about breast implant surgery.

What are the types of breast implants available?

The two basic types of breast implants are saline and silicone gel. Saline implants are made of a silicone shell that is filled with a sterile salt water solution before or during the operation. Silicone implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a plastic gel. Most women say that silicone implants feel more authentic, but they present a greater risk if they leak. There are pros and cons to either option, which should be discussed with your doctor.

How much will a breast augmentation cost me?

Depending on what region of the country you are from, who your doctor is, and what kind of implants you get, your price will vary. A breast augmentation will likely cost somewhere between $5,000-$10,000. Be aware that your insurance won’t cover the surgery if it is for cosmetic purposes.

How old do I need to be before I get a breast augmentation?

Because women’s breasts continue to develop into their late teens, and even their early twenties, the FDA has specific recommendations. If you want saline implants, you need to wait until you are at least 18 before you get the surgery. If you want silicone implants, you must wait until you are 22.

What are the risks?

As with all surgeries, there is always some risk. In the case of a breast augmentation, the following issues may occur: breast pain, nerve sensation changes, scarring, bleeding, infection, or problems with the implant shape.

Schedule a consultation

Choosing to get a breast augmentation can be an exciting decision. Before making that decision, be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Orna Fisher to address any of your additional questions or concerns. We look forward to assisting you. Call our office today at 650-600-7889.

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