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Breast Augmentation

Surgical options for uneven breasts

Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS | Seattle, WA Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Uneven breasts, also known as breast asymmetry, is a condition in which a woman's breasts are noticeably different in size, shape or position. It can be fairly common and can affect a significant number of women.

What are the benefits of combining breast augmentation and a breast lift?

Lawrence Iteld, MD | Chicago, IL Thursday, August 10, 2023

Breast augmentations and breast lifts are two popular cosmetic surgeries that are often performed together to provide patients with comprehensive breast enhancement results.

Will breast implants get in the way of exercise?

John Q. Cook, MD | Chicago, IL Monday, February 6, 2023

One thing patients are usually most interested in knowing about when considering implants is when it will be safe for them to exercise again after their breast augmentation procedure.

What can you do to prepare for a breast augmentation consultation?

Terence M. Myckatyn, MD | St. Louis, MO Monday, January 23, 2023

Thousands of patients every year decide they want a breast augmentation, so they book an appointment – then wonder what happens next when it comes to plastic surgery.

What kind of breast surgery should you get?

Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS | Seattle, WA Thursday, December 1, 2022

For many patients considering breast surgery, choosing the right procedure can be confusing given the variety of cosmetic procedures available. Understanding each type of breast surgery can help patients choose the surgery that helps them achieve their aesthetic goals.

Six reasons to get your breast implants replaced

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD | Houston, TX Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Breast implants don't have an expiration date, but they also won't last a lifetime. However, how often you replace your implants and why you decide to change them out will depend on individual factors.

Seven signs you need a breast implant revision

Daniel Y. Maman, MD | New York, NY Wednesday, August 10, 2022

While it is expected for patients to replace their breast implants after 10-20 years, there are several reasons they may need to be replaced sooner.

What does "drop and fluff" mean after breast augmentation?

Eric R. Mariotti, MD | Concord, CA Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Although you will undoubtedly be anxious to see your results immediately after breast augmentation, there are a few processes that need to happen during recovery in order to reveal your final look.

Is it time for a breast implant exchange?

Sean T. Doherty, MD | Brookline, MA Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Today's silicone gel and saline breast implants are long-lasting devices. However, no breast implant is a lifetime device.

Better breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding

Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS | Seattle, WA Tuesday, February 8, 2022

It's not uncommon for mothers who are no longer breastfeeding to feel that their bodies no longer look as voluptuous and youthful as they did pre-pregnancy.

Will your breast implants last a lifetime?

Drew Davis, MD | Folsom, CA Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Breast implants do not last forever, and there are many reasons why women will choose to have their implants removed, usually anywhere from 10 to 20 years after their initial surgery.

Fat grafting for breast augmentation

Ashley Amalfi, MD | Rochester, NY Wednesday, March 24, 2021

While most of our patients choose an implant for their breast augmentation, newer techniques and natural options are now available. Fat grafting – or fat transfer – is growing as an exciting and natural option for small breast augmentation.

What you need to know about breast augmentation revision

Frederic Corbin, MD | Beverly Hills, CA Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Even with a comprehensive breast augmentation consultation and experienced surgeon, there are many factors that could cause your breast implants to deviate from your original expectations or appearance.

Dr. 90210! returns with cast of female plastic surgeons

Kendra Y. Mims | ASPS Staff Monday, August 24, 2020

A reboot of "Dr. 90210" returns to E! this fall with an all-female plastic surgeon cast in Beverly Hills. The groundbreaking reality show will follow four ASPS members as they perform life-changing procedures while balancing their career, family and personal lives.

How long is the recovery for a breast augmentation?

Christine Blaine, MD | Huntington, NY Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Increasing your breast size with a breast augmentation is a major procedure that requires a lot of pre-surgery prep and post-surgery recovery.

Want to go bigger or smaller? Maybe you need a breast implant exchange

Sean Doherty, MD | Boston, MA Friday, February 21, 2020

Year after year, breast augmentation surgery ranks as one of the most popular aesthetic procedures in the world.

Where will your breast implants be placed?

Lane Smith, MD | Las Vegas, NV Tuesday, January 28, 2020

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery there are many questions you will want to have answered by the plastic surgeon before making your final decision.

How to decide if you need a breast augmentation or breast lift

Ravi Somayazula, DO | Houston, TX Tuesday, January 7, 2020

If you have considered having cosmetic breast surgery, there is a good chance that you have also wondered if you need a breast augmentation and/or a breast lift.

What is the 'side boob' trend and how can plastic surgery help you achieve it?

Roy Kim, MD | San Francisco, CA Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The most sought-after trend in breasts? Side boob. The look is getting more attention in the media, but how do you achieve it?

Which breast surgery is right for you? Explaining augmentations, lifts and reductions

Lawrence Iteld, MD | Chicago, IL Friday, September 13, 2019

Knowing what kind of procedure is needed for a specific situation can be the tricky part, especially for people who are new to the idea of cosmetic plastic surgery.

What to expect at every stage of your labiaplasty

Jennifer Harrington, MD | Minneapolis, MN Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that can improve both cosmetic and health concerns in your vaginal area by reshaping or resizing the vaginal lips, or labia.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

Shahram Salemy, MD | Seattle, WA Friday, May 31, 2019

While it's impossible to know at first glance exactly how much breast augmentation will cost for any one person, there are ballpark estimates available.

Considering breast augmentation for beach season? Here's when you should plan your surgery

Cindy Wu, MD | Cary, NC Friday, May 17, 2019

As summer approaches, you may be starting to think about getting yourself ready for the beach. For some, this may mean having a breast augmentation.

Five questions to ask during your breast augmentation consultation

Ravi Somayazula, DO | Houston, TX Tuesday, May 7, 2019

There are many doctors ready to do your breast augmentation surgery, but it takes an experienced, well-trained pleastic surgeon to safely provide the natural-looking, proportionate results you want to see.

Enhancing breast augmentation results

Vincent Marin, MD | La Jolla, CA Tuesday, April 30, 2019

According to the latest statistics report released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation has again been the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States with over 313,000 surgeries last year.

Are you a good candidate for breast augmentation?

Shahram Salemy, MD FACS | Seattle, WA Tuesday, April 16, 2019

There are several criteria that patients should meet in order for a plastic surgeon to classify you as a good candidate for breast augmentation.

A plastic surgery Q&A with ASPS President Alan Matarasso, MD, FACS

Alan Matarasso, MD, FACS | New York, NY Tuesday, April 9, 2019

ASPS compiled six of the most popular questions from its Ask a Surgeon service and asked ASPS President Alan Matarasso, MD, FACS, to provide answers.

Breast augmentation – why cost shouldn’t be the first question you ask

Heather Furnas, MD, FACS | Santa Rosa, CA Tuesday, February 12, 2019

One of the most common questions regarding breast augmentation is "how much does it cost?"

Breastfeeding after periareolar breast augmentation

Vincent Marin, MD | La Jolla, CA Friday, December 14, 2018

The vast majority of patients who undergo this surgery are younger women before they have children, and breastfeeding is a concern for a large segment of women who are considering implant-based surgery.

What to look for in breast augmentation before and after photos

Shahram Salemy, MD | Seattle, WA Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Once you've decided that breast augmentation is the right procedure for you, choosing the right plastic surgeon to help you with this life transforming next step might seem overwhelming.

What sort of scarring could you see from breast augmentation?

Scot Martin, MD | Las Cruces, NM Friday, November 9, 2018

Because breast enhancement is a surgical procedure, scarring is an inevitable part of the procedure. That said, there are lots of ways to reduce scarring and make it less noticeable.

Breast lift vs breast augmentation vs breast implants – what's the difference?

Shahram Salemy, MD | Seattle, WA Tuesday, October 30, 2018

You may have seen terms like breast lift, breast augmentation and breast implants used interchangeably. To help shed some light on these procedures, this blog will explain the differences and who can benefit most from each.

Breast augmentation recovery – what you need to know

Shahram Salemy, MD | Seattle, WA Friday, October 12, 2018

Learning what to expect after a breast augmentation and how long it will take to feel completely recovered can help patients better prepare for what can be a life-transforming experience.

Getting the cleavage you want with your breast augmentation

Roy Kim, MD | San Francisco, CA Tuesday, September 25, 2018

One of the most common desires among by patients when it comes to breast augmentation isn't necessarily always size, but rather cleavage.

How strong and resilient are breast implants?

Shahram Salemy, MD | Seattle, WA Friday, September 14, 2018

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures across the globe. Millions of women are opting for implants as a way to achieve natural-looking, fuller breasts.

Four facts to know about breast augmentation and nipples

Alexander Nein, MD | Nashville, TN Tuesday, August 28, 2018

One of the most common questions that women have about breast augmentation is how the procedure might affect the size, shape or position of their nipples.

Can 3D imaging help you pick the perfect breast implants?

Daniel Kolder, MD | Camarillo, CA Friday, July 27, 2018

Making a decision about breast implant size can be much more involved than patients might realize, which is why using a 3D imaging can be so helpful.

Why today's breast augmentation is better than ever

Jennifer Harrington, MD| Minneapolis, MN Tuesday, July 17, 2018

With the latest implant options and surgical techniques, breast augmentation today is now even better than ever and can help women get the natural look they want while also improving their self-confidence and body image.

Saline vs silicone implants for breast augmentation

Eric Culbertson, MD | San Francisco, CA Tuesday, June 26, 2018

One of the most talked-about choices in terms of breast augmentation is saline vs silicone. Women considering breast augmentation should find a plastic surgeon they feel comfortable discussing this choice with.

What is capsular contracture and how can it be treated?

Kevin Tehrani, MD | New York, NY Tuesday, June 12, 2018

In some breast augmentation patients, a capsule of scar tissue can become unusually hard and contract around the implant. This can lead to both aesthetic problems and, in extreme cases, pain in the breasts.

Is a breast augmentation right for you?

Heather Rocheford, MD | Woodbury, MN Tuesday, May 22, 2018

There can be a lot out there to read about breast augmentations. If you’re simply looking for where to begin with your decision-making progress, here are some things to consider.

Cosmetic procedures for the nipples and areolas

Olivia Hutchinson, MD | New York, NY Friday, May 11, 2018

Many patients who are dissatisfied with some aspects of their nipples or areolas may not be aware of the cosmetic procedures designed to improve their appearance.

Important things to know about breast augmentation

Shahram Salemy, MD | Seattle, WA Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cosmetic plastic surgery has consistently been on the rise, but breast enhancement is by far the most popular procedure. In 2017 alone, there were 300,378 breast augmentations performed.

Not as simple as saline vs silicone – Things to consider before having a breast augmentation procedure

Jacob Unger, MD | Nashville, TN Tuesday, March 27, 2018

While most patients tend to research the procedures of their interest online before coming in for a consult, some breast augmentation candidates are surprised by the number of factors they need to keep in mind when planning their surgery.

What to consider before you get a breast augmentation

Owen Reid, MD | Richmond, BC Tuesday, February 13, 2018

While breast augmentation is the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery in North America, patients should be aware that there are several factors to consider before choosing to receive a breast augmentation.

Will you need to replace your breast implants?

Tenley Lawton, MD | Newport Beach, CA Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A common myth suggests breast implants need to be replaced after 10 years, but this is a misrepresentation of the facts. The truth is that every patient is different.

Four tips for a healthy recovery after a breast augmentation

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD | Houston, TX Tuesday, December 12, 2017

An easy recovery will depend on several factors, including how prepared you are to pamper yourself during those first vital days.

Combining a breast lift with breast implants

Mark Schusterman, MD | Houston, TX Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Unhappy with your breasts? You're not alone. The most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States is breast augmentation.

Which breast implant shape is best for you?

Mark Schusterman, MD | Houston, TX Friday, December 1, 2017

If you've decided on getting breast implants, one major factor to consider is their shape.

Breast augmentation should never involve raw silicone injected directly into the breast

John Katzen, MD | Beverly Hills, CA & Las Vegas, NV Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A patient came to an ASPS member surgeon recently with breast problems due to raw silicone being injected into her breasts.

What to expect on your breast augmentation journey

Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery | Reston, VA Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Educate yourself about what to expect when seeking breast augmentation; a step-by-step guide from the initial consultation through post-op.

What is the lifespan of breast implants?

Eric Culbertson, MD | Healdsburg, CA Friday, October 27, 2017

With an increase in breast augmentation interest comes an increase in questions, with many women asking how long their implants will last.

What's trending in breast augmentation?

Kevin Tehrani, MD | New York, NY Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Over a quarter million breast augmentation surgeries were performed last year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Five questions to ask your plastic surgeon about breast augmentation

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD | Houston, TX Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The only accurate way to find out if a breast augmentation is right for you will be to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation.

Ten common breast augmentation questions answered

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Friday, September 8, 2017

Get answers to some of the most common questions patients ask about breast augmentation – straight from a board-certified plastic surgeon.

What to consider when having breast augmentation surgery

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Tuesday, August 22, 2017

With nearly 300,000 procedures performed every year, breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures.

Breast augmentation – natural vs augmented results

Cameron Craven, MD | Austin, TX Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Most breast augmentation patients focus their treatment plan on the enhancement of their breasts while still maintaining an overall natural appearance.

Exercise after breast augmentation

Catherine Huang-Begovic, MD | Beverly Hills, CA Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A common question breast augmentation patients ask their plastic surgeon is when they can start working out after surgery.

Silicone vs saline breast implants

Karen Horton, MD, FACS, FRCSC | San Francisco, CA Friday, July 14, 2017

There is not a "one size fits all" approach to breast augmentation. The best implant for each breast will be carefully selected and matched to the space to achieve the specific goals for that particular patient.

Breast augmentation vs breast lift - picking the right procedure for you

Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS | Dallas, TX Friday, June 9, 2017

Which breast procedure is right for your aesthetic goals? Your board-certified plastic surgeon can help you choose between a breast augmentation and a breast lift.

Do I need to change my breast implants every 10 years?

Jonathan Kaplan, MD | San Francisco, CA Friday, April 7, 2017

Patients that are researching breast augmentation have likely read that breast implants need to be replaced every 10 years, but is this fact or fiction?

Improve breast shape and volume with a breast lift and augmentation

Jay Lucas, MD | Knoxville, TN Thursday, January 19, 2017

Women may experience sagging and volume loss in their breasts as they age, however, plastic surgery can offset these changes and rejuvenate their breasts.

The top five procedures to help you look your best for the holidays

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD | Houston, TX Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Who doesn't want to look fabulous during the holidays? The problem is, a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance takes time and planning. Now that summer is over, it is the time to make an appointment with your board-certified plastic surgeon.

Breast implants recovery stages and the issue of pain

Tarick Smaili, MD | Beverly Hills, CA Friday, October 28, 2016

The breast implants recovery stages involve some pain, although it is generally "manageable" with the right pain management treatment.

All about breast implant profiles

Cameron Craven, MD | Austin, TX Monday, August 29, 2016

When it comes to breast augmentation there are many different options to choose from. Implants come in different sizes, shapes and materials. However, the most commonly misunderstood characteristic of breast implants is their "profile."

The five factors of breast augmentation

Cameron Craven, MD | Austin, TX Friday, July 29, 2016

The final result of any breast augmentation procedure is determined by a series of choices that the patient (with the counsel of their surgeon) will make. Here are the five main factors to consider regarding breast augmentation.

New year, new you and plastic surgery: Is there something to this slogan?

Karen Horton, MD, FACS, FRCSC | San Francisco, CA Wednesday, January 27, 2016

These plastic surgery procedures can help you achieve your New Year's resolutions.

Importance of size and proportion in breast augmentation

Terrence Murphy, MD | Englewood, CO Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Successful aesthetic breast surgery, including breast implants, is all about a keen understanding of appropriate breast size and proportions.

Misconceptions about breast augmentation and lift

Jaime Schwartz, MD | Beverly Hills, CA Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A breast augmentation and lift is an excellent option for women who want to restore fullness and correct sagging that can occur after having children, losing weight or with aging.

The four S's when considering breast augmentation

Joshua Greenwald, MD | Harrison, NY Friday, April 18, 2014

Breast augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the nation. As the number of surgeries continue to grow, so do the advancements. It's important to consider the four S's of breast augmentation surgery.

2013 stats reveal advances in plastic surgery driving growth

David Reath, MD | Knoxville, TN Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Our number one cosmetic procedure was breast augmentation, followed by rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), eyelid surgery, liposuction and facelifts.

'Tis the season for plastic surgery?

Jeffrey Weinzweig, MD | Chicago, IL Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Shopping malls and airports aren't the only places that see more action around the holidays. This is also the time of year that merry-makers crowd the offices of plastic surgeons everywhere.

What's hot? Gummy bear implants

Earl Campbell, MD | Calgary, AB Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Breast augmentation is consistently the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the U.S.; more than 286,000 were performed last year. For women interested in implants, traditional silicone and saline devices were the only option available to women…until now.

Some things never change: Popular plastic surgery procedures by age

Marcel Malek, MD | Scottsdale, AZ Wednesday, July 31, 2013

While each individual's needs and wants differ when it comes to choosing a procedure, the most popular cosmetic surgeries can be broken down by age group. While trends in plastic surgery vary from year to year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' 2012 statistics report shows that some procedures are consistently popular with certain age groups.


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