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Breast Augmentationin Pittsburgh, PA

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Pittsburgh Breast Augmentation at The Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery

Small or asymmetrical breasts can make you self-conscious about your figure and negatively impact pleasing body proportions. Breast augmentation at the Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery in Pittsburgh, PA, can enhance the size and shape of your breasts and help you achieve a fuller, shapelier bust line.

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Achieve a More Balanced, Feminine Figure with Breast Augmentation

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation typically involves the placement of breast implants to enhance the size and shape of your breasts. Some patients who do not wish to have breast implants can choose to achieve comparable results with a fat transfer. Learn more about Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Breast Implants are medical devices that have been used for decades. There have been many generations of implants, each improving on the technology of the previous generation. While there are many different manufacturers, and types of implants, there are generally many similarities between them.

About Silicone Implants

Silicone implants consist of a flexible silicone polymer exterior shell containing a cohesive silicone gel. They are approved for use by patients aged 22 and older. Most breast augmentation patients feel that silicone implants provide the most realistic texture. Because the silicone gel is thicker than saline solution, the implants retain their shape more effectively. They will not ripple as much, so you can feel confident that your breasts will support a natural-looking outward appearance. This feature can make silicone implants an excellent choice for patients with a naturally thin, lean frame.*

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Because the implants are prefilled, they require a larger incision than saline implants. Although both types of implants have the potential to rupture, it is more difficult to detect a ruptured silicone implant. Replacing a ruptured silicone implant is also more difficult because the gel can sometimes adhere to surrounding tissues if the ruptures are not detected for many years. Capsular contracture, or the abnormal growth of scar tissue around an implant that often results in a severely distorted breast, occurs more frequently among patients with silicone implants. While the precise cause of capsular contracture is not fully understood, research indicates that you can minimize your risk of the condition by choosing an accredited and experienced surgeon, and monitoring your implants regularly. The FDA recommends that patients undergo screening of their implants using High Frequency Ultrasound (HFUS), 5-6 years after their augmentation and then every 2-3 years after. The Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery offers no-cost implant screening with HUFS for any patient who has undergone breast augmentation at the Center. <Link to HFUS page. 

About Saline Implants

Saline implants consist of a silicone polymer outer shell containing a saltwater solution. The outer shell is nearly identical to that in silicone implants. They are filled after placement, making it possible to perform surgery using only a smaller incision. Saline implants are approved for use by patients aged 18 and older. Once the implant is in place, it can be filled to achieve the desired size. This option also makes it easier to achieve symmetry between the breasts. In the event of a rupture, it will become immediately apparent. Meanwhile, the saline solution is quickly absorbed by the body.* Recently, a baffled structure implant called Ideal Implant has become available with the look and soft feel of silicone gel without the anxiety of silent rupture. We had considerable experience with Ideal structure saline-filled implants with considerable patient satisfaction.

Choosing The Right Implant

The best way to determine which implant is right for you is to meet with our surgeons. They will evaluate several factors, including your body type, weight, height, and overall cosmetic goals. To help you make your decision, he will show you before and after photos of patients with results similar to what you hope to achieve.

Silicone vs. Saline

Breast augmentation candidates should spend plenty of time considering silicone vs. saline breast implants. Both offer unique advantages that can make a significant difference in the results you can expect to achieve.

Augmentation Offers Several Benefits

What are the benefits of breast augmentation?

In Pittsburgh breast augmentation can provide a stunning compliment to your figure and an exhilarating boost in self-esteem.

Enhance Shape & Size

Breast implants come in various shapes and sizes, allowing you to choose the volume and curvature you've always wanted.

Improve Symmetry

Improving the size of your bust can help your entire body look more proportional.

Boost Your Confidence

Breast augmentation surgery can even help you feel more excited to shop and confidently step out in new clothes.

Candidates for Breast Augmentation

General candidacy for breast augmentation includes women who are in good health and near their ideal weight. Those who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding should not undergo this procedure. If you have a medical condition that could make surgery a potential risk, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or an autoimmune disorder, you may not be eligible for this type of treatment.

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Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

Planning Your Surgery: During the initial consultation for a breast augmentation Pittsburgh patients can explain their cosmetic concerns and goals to your surgeons. After a careful examination, he can recommend the techniques and procedures that can offer the most natural-looking results based on your body type and breast tissue. Using this information, you can collaborate with your surgeon to design a personalized treatment plan.

Customizing Your Results

One of the benefits of choosing a breast augmentation is the ability to customize your surgery to suit your unique cosmetic goals. By carefully selecting each aspect of your procedure, you have a great deal of control over the results you see at the end of treatment. 

There are several decisions you will need to make before surgery, including:

  • The type of the implant (Silicone vs Saline)
  • Where the implant will be placed (Submuscular vs Subfascial)
  • The profile of the implant
  • The size of implant you will receive
  • The incision method

We can thoroughly explain the advantages and disadvantages of each option and answer any questions you may have. It is crucial that patients make educated decisions about their breast augmentation procedures and have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve.

Placement Method

There are two methods of placing implants: submuscular and subfascial. In submuscular placement, your surgeon inserts the implant below the pectoral muscle, which can help to hide any imperfections. However, this method is more invasive and requires a longer recovery. With sub-fascia placement, recovery time is shorter, but the implants are closer to the surface, meaning issues are more easily noticeable.

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Breast Implant Profiles

An implant’s profile refers to how far the implant projects outward from the chest wall. The type of projection appropriate for you will depend on your unique aesthetic characteristics. There are several options available, including:

Low-profile breast implants: These implants project only a short distance from the chest and have a generally flatter appearance. This option is usually considered for patients with wider chests.

Moderate profile breast implants: Generally, moderate profile breast implants deliver the most natural-looking results. Often recommended for women with small or narrow chests, moderate-profile implants have a higher projection than low-profile options but a lower projection than their high-profile counterparts.

High-profile breast implants: Narrow at the base for maximum projection, high-profile breast implants deliver full, round results. While this option may look unnatural on some individuals, petite patients with a narrow chest wall often find this option suits them well.

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Implant Size

We offer a range of sizes for our implants. Our staff can walk you through samples to help you choose the size most suited to your figure. In addition, sophisticated 3-D imaging is available with augmented reality to best visualize your ideal result.

Incision Type

There are several types of incisions that can discreetly place your implants: to minimize swelling and support your breasts while they heal. The optimal incision type for you will depend on the type of implant you receive, the level of enlargement, your particular anatomy, and your personal preference. Regardless, we have the skills and experience to ensure your incisions are as minimal and discreet as possible.

The Right Technique for You

Our surgeons are highly skilled with all types of breast surgery and have a widespread reputation for innovative body contouring, with an emphasis on providing patients with natural-looking results. At your initial consultation, you will discuss your goals, and your surgeon will offer their expert opinion on the best method to achieve the look you want. Our surgeons at the Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery are also experienced in the most cutting edge, advanced augmentation techniques. Learn more about these unique augmentations below:

  • Subfascial breast augmentation
  • Composite breast augmentation
  • Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation 
  • Breast Augmentation with Mesh

What Happens During Augmentation Surgery

Your Breast Augmentation Procedure

Every breast augmentation is different because every patient is unique. A typical procedure lasts about one hour and is performed either under general or local anesthesia with oral sedation. 

When undergoing surgical local anesthesia at the Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery, you can enjoy the comfort, convenience, and privacy of our own outpatient operating room, which is surrounded by blissful views of the Monongahela River, Downtown Pittsburgh, and the hilly South Side. Utilizing Advanced Local Anesthesia (ALA), patients can comfortably undergo their procedure with the shortest downtime. 

We hold our team to the highest safety standards and have even earned certification from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, Inc. Our plastic surgeons have completed hundreds of procedures in this operating room. However, patients can also choose to undergo surgery at an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) if they wish to undergo general anesthesia. 

Once you are comfortable, the plastic surgeon will make an incision that was discussed prior to surgery. These incisions are placed in a way that results in the most discreet scarring possible.

The next step is placement, the surgeon will make a space for your implant based on your consultation. Once the space for your implant is made, your surgeon will carefully insert the breast implant. To avoid any contamination, the implants are placed with a “no-touch” technique, utilizing a specialized funnel device that places the implant in the breast with minimal handling. This reduces the risk of infections and capsular contracture. After the implant is placed. Your surgeon will close the skin and place surgical glue or bandages. A supportive bra is then placed.

Results Often Exceeds Expectations

Breast Augmentation Results

The breast augmentation procedure results in larger breasts right away. However, it may take a few months to see the final effects of treatment. As swelling and bruising subsides, you will be able to visualize your final, refined results. Your doctor may recommend wearing a support garment for several months to help shape your breasts, especially if you had asymmetry or very small breasts before treatment. Incision lines will continue to fade in the months after the procedure.

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Advanced Local Anesthesia (ALA) at The Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery

The Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery is at the forefront of innovative surgical techniques prioritizing patient comfort and safety. The team of skilled medical professionals has extensive experience in providing procedures under cutting-edge local anesthesia, resulting in faster recovery times and shorter patient downtime. By utilizing local anesthetic techniques combining Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols, the team at the Pittsburgh Center can perform procedures such as small-volume liposuction, breast augmentation, limited tummy tucks, gynecomastia surgery, and facelifts with minimal disruption to the patient's daily routine.

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This approach has been proven to reduce recovery time and discomfort, allowing patients to return to their daily activities as soon as possible. In addition, Dr. Davila is the only provider in Pittsburgh offering deep plane SMAS Facelifts under enhanced local anesthesia. One of the key advantages of this technique is that it reduces or eliminates the risks associated with general anesthesia, such as prolonged nausea, vomiting, and grogginess. Patients undergoing procedures at the Pittsburgh Center can expect to remain comfortably resting throughout the surgery while communicating with their surgeon throughout the process, ensuring that they are relaxed and at ease at all times.

The Pittsburgh Center's commitment to patient-centered care extends beyond the surgical suite. After their procedures, patients are provided with detailed aftercare instructions and access to a team of dedicated medical professionals available to answer any questions or concerns they may have during their recovery period. Overall, the Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery offers patients a safe, effective, and comfortable surgical experience that prioritizes their well-being and recovery by utilizing advanced local anesthesia (ALA) and providing exceptional aftercare, Drs. Dennis Hurwitz and Armando Davila and their team are able to help patients achieve their desired results with minimal disruption to their daily lives.

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In addition, 85 percent of women in the study responded that their new size was "just right."

*According to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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Optimal Results

Breast Augmentation Recovery and Aftercare

Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, meaning you will return home on the day of surgery. Our team will provide specific postoperative instructions. Your doctor may prescribe medications for pain management and to prevent infection.

You should wear your support garment around the clock during the healing process. Most patients find that acute pain subsides within one to five days. However, you may experience some soreness and swelling for several weeks.

You should plan to relax for the first few days until your doctor determines that it is safe to resume certain activities. Returning to a non-strenuous job is usually safe after about a week. Keep in mind that carefully following post-operative instructions is crucial to ensuring your results.

Breast AugmentationFrequently Asked Questions

Women who are interested in breast augmentation should ask themselves this important question. Answering this question honestly and in great detail will help you develop a full understanding of the procedure and feel confident about your choice to undergo this treatment. It is important that patients do not undergo breast augmentation simply to appease a spouse or significant other. This is a very personal decision and should only be sought out after serious consideration.

Saline breast implants can be placed in patients aged 18 and older. However, those considering silicone implants must be at least 22 years old. In some instances, breast augmentation may be considered for patients under the age of 18, but only when correcting congenital deformities or addressing traumatic injuries.

Many women are worried about the safety of undergoing breast augmentation surgery. You can rest assured. Breast implants have been widely used for several decades. Both silicone and saline implants are FDA-approved for cosmetic enhancement for up to 10 years. Many implants last longer than 10 years, but you should speak to your Surgeon about how to take care of your implants.  Some patients may experience Breast Implant Illness (BII), a form of sensitivity to silicone in their implants. This is a rare condition and patients should speak to their surgeon about the risks of BII. Even more rare is a condition known as Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This is a rare form of cancer of the capsule that surrounds your breast implant. This cancer has been associated with textured breast implants, which are not used at the Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery. 

There are several factors that can affect the cost of your breast augmentation procedure. Some of these include:

  • The type and cost of implants
  • The type of breast augmentation
  • The location of your implants 
  • Hospital or surgical center fees
  • Anesthesia fees

On average, patients can expect to pay about $4000-$6000 for the breast augmentation procedure. The cost of implants, anesthesia fees, and operating room fees can add anywhere from $2000-$4000 dollars additional, depending on patient needs. If any additional procedures, such as a breast lift, are required, they will add additional cost.

  • Increase the fullness and projection of your breasts.
  • Improve the balance and proportion of your figure. 
  • Restore volume after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss.
  • Improve symmetry between differently shaped or sized breasts.
  • Make you feel more feminine, attractive, and curvy. 
  • Change lives for those who undergo breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

While an augmentation can change the size and shape of your breasts, it does have certain limitations. If you are interested in enhancing the appearance of drooping breasts, breast augmentation alone may not provide the results you desire. Our plastic surgeon can perform a full examination and discuss your cosmetic goals to determine if a breast lift or a breast lift with implants would be a better approach.

Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest technology and amenities to ensure your comfort and privacy during your visit. We are located in the heart of Pittsburgh and serve patients from all over the world. When you are ready to take the next step, contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Davila or Dr. Hurwitz. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals of looking and feeling your best.

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