Breast Augmentation: FAQ

Considering breast augmentation? Here are the basics.

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Is breast augmentation right for you?

Who is eligible for breast augmentation surgery?
The FDA recommends that women wait until their breasts have completely developed, which can be into their late teens or early 20s. For saline implants, a woman should be at least 18, and for silicone implants, she should be at least 22.

What is the difference between saline and silicone implants?
Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water (saline), while silicone implants are filled with silicone – a plastic gel. Silicone implants are preferred for their more realistic look and feel, but pose much more of a health risk if they rupture.

Where is the incision made?
Depending on the type of implant, your body type, and other factors, the incision can be made under your breasts, under your arms, or around your nipples.

What does the surgery entail?
The procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours, during which you’ll be under general anesthesia and unable to feel anything. The implant will be placed either above or below your chest muscle and the incisions will be sutured. Breast augmentation can be done as an outpatient procedure, or in a hospital where you’ll stay overnight.

Will my insurance cover breast augmentation?
Cosmetic surgeries will most likely not be covered. However, breast implants following mastectomy for breast cancer patients are usually covered.

What will breast augmentation cost?
The surgery alone ranges in price from $5,000 – $10,000. When speaking to your doctor about the cost of surgery, ask for the total price including fees for anesthesia, hospital stay, medication, the implants themselves, etc.  Keep in mind that further surgeries may be necessary due to complications, shifting, or implant ruptures. Having breast implants will also cause you to incur the cost of X-rays needed to supplement regular mammograms. The FDA recommends that women with silicone implants receive an MRI every two years after surgery to check for ruptures at an average cost of $2,000.

For more information on recovery time, possible complications, and whether breast implants are the right choice for you, use Vitals to find a qualified and trusted cosmetic surgeon.