Breast Implants

Breast enlargement implants

Broadly speaking, breast implants can be divided into two categories: silicone breast implants and saline breast implants. Both silicone implants and saline implants are used to enhance the size and firmness of breasts in women who want a fuller bosom.

A Guide to Breast Implant Prices

As a rough estimate, you should budget for the following costs if you're considering breast implant surgery:

  • $2,000 to $2,500 per implant
  • $3,000 or more in surgeons' fees
  • $500 to $1,000 in anesthesiologist fees
  • $1,000 or more in clinic or hospital fees

Because breast implant surgery is an optional, cosmetic procedure, you should not expect your health insurance provider to meet any of the costs involved. You may be charged an additional premium if you want particularly large saline or silicone breast implants, as they may need to be custom-made. You'll find that breast implant cost varies from surgeon to surgeon; more experienced surgeons generally charge a premium. If you only want nipple implants, expect your costs to go down significantly. You might only pay $2,000 per nipple.

Patient Evaluation

Your surgeon will need to know details of your medical history and will assess your current overall health. You should also disclose any allergies, known medical conditions or medications you're currently taking as well as any history or family history of breast cancer. If you've had breasts removed as part of a cancer treatment, you'll be recommended for a more complex breast reconstruction procedure. Male breast implants are also available, though these are usually reserved for sexual reassignment surgeries.

Breast Implant Procedures

You may hear the terms "overs" and "unders" used to describe breast implant surgical procedures; these terms refer to the actual placement of the implants relative to your pectoralis muscle. Your doctor will choose one of four possible incision sites from which to insert the implants: your armpit, your areola, the crease below your breast or your belly button. If your surgeon elects to insert the implants through your navel, they will be moved up through your torso and arranged in place; the advantage of this technique is that it leaves no scars on or around your breasts.

Risks of Breast Implant Surgery

The risks involved with cosmetic surgery on the breasts involve infection, bleeding, scarring and reactions to the anesthetics used during the procedure. After surgery, a hematoma can develop, which may require drainage. You should also be aware of the possibility of your boob implants rupturing or deflating, which can happen because of faulty manufacturing or as the result of wear and tear over time. Ask your surgeon for a detailed explanation of all the risks and possible complications involved before committing to the surgery.

Recovery from Breast Implant Surgery

Most women are told to expect to resume a normal level of activity within about one week of surgery; those who get "unders" should expect a longer recovery time. You'll need to avoid strenuous exercise or vigorous physical activity for up to six weeks following surgery.

You'll experience some pain, bruising and swelling after your operation; this is normal, and you can manage these side effects with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Your doctor may also encourage you to move your arms around a lot following the procedure, as this can ease pain and swelling.