According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 15 million cosmetic procedures are performed in the United States each year. Of those 15 million, approximately 286,000 were breast augmentation procedures. If you are thinking about having this type of cosmetic surgery, you would be wise to learn the details before you decide.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure done to change the size or shape of a woman’s breasts. This type of surgery can also be used to restore lost breast volume due to weight loss or pregnancy. It can also be a matter of breast reconstruction following an injury or mastectomy. While most breast augmentation surgeries are done to increase size, breast reduction surgery exists as well.
Types of Breast Implants
There are two main types of breast implants – saline and silicone. Saline implants are filled with sterile saline (salt water), and they can improve shape, firmness, and feel of the breast. Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel that feels more natural than saline. Silicone implants do not collapse if they leak.
Another popular type of implant is the “gummy bear” breast implant. These implants are made from a thicker silicone gel with a rounder shape. These implants are a little firmer than regular implants, but they are also less likely to break. This type of implant can rotate, however, leading to an unnatural appearance.
Pros for Breast Augmentation
· Can increase the fullness and improve the shape of your breasts.
· May enhance self-confidence and body image satisfaction.
· Can restore shape and volume after weight loss, injury or mastectomy.
· It is a very safe and widely performed surgical procedure.
Cons for Breast Augmentation
· Implants may not move with the body and may be stiffer than natural breast tissue.
· Removal options do exist, but you may not be able to achieve your pre-surgery appearance.
· Every surgical procedure comes with risks and the potential for complications.
· Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by insurance – the process can be costly.
How Much Does Breast Enlargement Cost?
Because breast augmentation is considered a cosmetic surgery or an elective procedure, it is unlikely to be covered by health insurance. The cost of breast enlargement varies depending on where you live, the type of implant you choose, and various fees incurred during the procedure. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost for breast augmentation surgery is about $3,700. This cost may include the following:
· Medical tests before surgery
· Hospital and surgical facility costs
· Fees for anesthesia
· Post-surgical garments
· Prescription medications for pain
· Surgeon’s fee
Is It Worth It?
While some people believe women who have breast enlargement surgery are vain, there is something to be said for increasing a woman’s self-confidence. If a surgical procedure can make a woman feel better about herself, why shouldn’t she do it? In the end, it is a matter of opinion and preference whether this type of plastic surgery is worth it. It is up to every woman to decide for herself.