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A Beginner’s Guide To Breast Implants: Size, Shape, Cost & More (Updated 2024)

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At the mention of plastic surgery, many people instantly think of breast augmentation with implants. That’s a natural association; breast augmentation has been the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure since 2006. In just 2019 alone, nearly 300,000 women underwent breast augmentation. 

At our Baton Rouge practice, we have been honored to provide this popular treatment to women from all walks of life and see first-hand how it boosts their confidence. After all, implants are an easy, effective way to add feminine volume to the breasts and create a curvy, more proportional silhouette. If you’re interested in joining the many women who have experienced the satisfying transformation of breast augmentation, here’s what you need to know.

Are you a candidate for breast augmentation?

Any woman who is in good overall health and wants to increase the size of her breasts is a potential candidate for breast augmentation. However, it is important to remember that you should be seeking surgery for the right reasons. Getting breast implants to look like someone else or appease a partner is a bad idea. Plastic surgery should be used to enhance your natural beauty and help you feel more comfortable and confident. 

Common reasons for breast augmentation include:

  • Filling out naturally small breasts
  • Replacing volume lost after pregnancy or weight loss
  • Balancing out breasts of different sizes
  • Reshaping tubular breasts
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Before and After Breast Augmentation by Dr. M'liss Hogan in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Before and After Breast Augmentation by Dr. M'liss Hogan in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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How to choose breast implants

Breast implants are not a one-size-fits-all device. Choosing the right kind depends on your unique body shape and your ideal breast augmentation goals. Your surgeon will walk you through your options and find the best combination of details to complement your look.Infographic of breast augmentation options including: Breast Augmentation with Silicone Implants; Natural Breast Augmentation; Breast Augmentation with saline implants.

Size

Implant size is actually measured in volume (cc), not traditional cup size. Your doctor will analyze the thickness of your natural breast tissue and the width of your breasts against the chest wall. The size of your implant should fit perfectly behind your natural breasts without “spilling out” into your armpit area.

Shape

Implants can be round or teardrop-shaped (known as anatomical or shaped). Round implants provide more fullness in the upper breast area, whereas teardrop-shaped implants closely mimic the slope of a natural breast.

Material

Silicone gel is the most popular implant material, although saline implants are still on the market. Silicone gel implants are preferred because they provide a softer, more natural feel and are less prone to the wrinkling and rippling issues of saline implants.

Placement 

The implant itself can be placed either behind the chest muscle or directly behind the breast tissue. Women with less natural breast tissue may prefer placement behind the muscle as the muscle layer can better conceal the edges of the implant. 

Learn more about the available types of implants in this related blog post.

What is “natural” breast augmentation?

At our Baton Rouge offices, we offer “natural” breast augmentation for women who want a subtle boost to their figure. The procedure uses a technique called fat grafting, which involves taking surplus fat from another part of the body to augment the breasts naturally. Some women prefer this version of breast augmentation as it eliminates the need for breast implants. This approach is best used by those who want to increase their breasts by approximately only 1 cup size. 

How much does breast augmentation cost?

In the Baton Rouge area, the price of breast augmentation depends on several different factors. Our doctors customize each surgery to your personal goals and then calculate the specific cost of your procedure. As a general guideline, prices at our practice start at $6,450 to $7,450.

After your first consultation, we will provide you with a detailed breakdown that includes your breast implant cost, surgeon’s fee, operating room fees, and other costs involved in the surgery. We understand that each patient has a budget, and we are happy to offer access to financing options.

What affects your breast implant cost?

Several factors influence your final procedure costs, including:

  • Type of implant: Most saline implants cost less than silicone breast implants. You may even see some price variation among silicone breast implants, with highly cohesive (“gummy bear”) implants costing more than other silicone implants.
  • Surgical facility: On-site surgery centers tend to cost less than hospitals.
  • Your surgeon’s expertise: Experienced, well-regarded plastic surgeons may charge a higher fee than inexperienced surgeons.
  • Your surgeon’s geographical location: Breast augmentation usually costs less in rural or suburban communities than in large metropolitan areas.

Most breast implant manufacturers provide a warranty that will fully or partially cover replacement costs if you experience an implant rupture or complication within the specified time frame. This can offer additional peace of mind as you’re considering your overall augmentation expenses.

Understanding Your Recovery from Breast Augmentation

If you’re considering breast augmentation, understanding the recovery process will help you set realistic expectations and prepare for a smooth, successful outcome. Each woman’s recovery experience is unique, but most follow a general timeline that helps them return to daily life with confidence and comfort.

Recovery Timeline After Breast Enhancement Surgery

Day of Surgery: Start your recovery off on the right foot by gently walking around the house several times throughout the day. This light activity promotes circulation and aids healing.

1 to 2 Days Post-Op: You’ll have your first postoperative checkup, during which your dressings will be removed, and you’ll be cleared to shower. It’s important to keep the surgical site clean and dry.

3 to 5 Days: During these early days, you may experience peak discomfort. Pain management is crucial, so use your doctor-prescribed medications as instructed to alleviate any pain.

5 to 7 Days: Most patients feel well enough to return to non-strenuous jobs and school activities as long as they avoid any heavy lifting or vigorous activity.

End of First Week: You’ll visit your doctor for a second post-op check to ensure everything is healing as expected.

2 Weeks: Any sutures that don’t dissolve on their own will be removed at this point, and you’ll be allowed to lift items heavier than 10 pounds if you feel comfortable.

2 to 3 Weeks: You can resume most of your normal daily activities by now, as long as they’re not too physically demanding.

3 to 4 Weeks: By now, the initial swelling and bruising should have significantly reduced, making you feel more like yourself.

6 Weeks: You’re typically cleared to resume all types of physical activities, including strenuous exercises and high-impact workouts.

6 to 12 Weeks: During this period, your implants will gradually soften and settle into their final position, revealing the true results of your surgery.

6 to 12+ Months: The scars from your surgery will begin to fade significantly, becoming less noticeable.

Tips for a Smooth Recovery

To ensure the best possible outcome, follow your doctor’s instructions closely. Here are some tips to aid your recovery:

  • Consider Your Sleeping Position: Sleep on your back with your upper body slightly elevated. Use pillows or a recliner to maintain this position. Avoid sleeping on your stomach for at least the first 2 weeks.
  • Wear Appropriate Attire: Wear a surgical bra as directed. Avoid underwire bras until your doctor says it’s safe to do so, as they can irritate the incisions.
  • Care for Your Incisions: Keep your incisions clean and dry; monitor them for any signs of infection or unusual discharge.
  • Perform Implant Massage as Directed: If recommended by your surgeon, perform gentle implant massage. This can help your implants settle and decrease the risk of capsular contracture.

By understanding and preparing for what to expect during your recovery, you can contribute significantly to the success of your recovery and enjoy the transformation you envisioned.

What can I expect at my breast augmentation consultation?

If you’re interested in breast augmentation, the first step of your journey is to schedule a consultation. During this time, you will sit down with your doctor and discuss your goals, concerns, and questions. Some common topics include:

  • What you want to change about your breasts
  • How you would like to feel after surgery
  • What exactly happens during the procedure
  • What you can expect from the recovery process
  • Your medical history
  • Risks and potential complications

Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor any pressing questions you may have. Together, you can start forming a customized treatment plan to make your augmentation goals a reality.

Can other procedures be combined with breast augmentation?

Yes, breast augmentation can be combined with other popular treatments. A breast lift is often added for those who want to remove loose, saggy skin and help their breasts look more youthful and perky. Women who have had children or lost a significant amount of weight may also be good candidates for a mommy makeover. This procedure typically combines a tummy tuck and liposuction with cosmetic breast surgery to transform your entire body.

Breast augmentation is a versatile procedure that can be customized to your unique needs. If you have ever wanted to improve the size and shape of your breasts, our plastic surgery team is ready to help you achieve your goals.

Breast Augmentation FAQ

Here are some common questions and concerns potential patients have about breast augmentation:

  • How long do breast implants last? Breast implants are not lifetime devices. The average lifespan of an implant is about 10 to 15 years, although they can last longer. Periodic checkups are recommended to assess the condition of the implants.
  • Can I breastfeed with implants? Many women are able to breastfeed with implants, but it can depend on the type of surgery performed and other individual factors. Discuss your breastfeeding plans with your surgeon during your consultation.
  • Is breast augmentation painful? Any surgical procedure can involve some discomfort. Pain levels vary but are generally manageable with medications prescribed by your doctor. Most patients report that the discomfort is less than they anticipated.
  • What is the risk of complications? As with any surgery, there are some risks involved. These potential complications include infection, changes in nipple or breast sensation, implant leakage or rupture, and scarring. Choosing a skilled and certified surgeon minimizes these risks.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you would like to learn more about natural breast augmentation or breast implants in Baton Rouge, request a consultation online or call (225) 399-0001.

8 Responses to A Beginner’s Guide To Breast Implants: Size, Shape, Cost & More (Updated 2024)

    • Meghan Landry says:

      Hi LaKeisha,

      Absolutely! One of our surgery consultants will reach out to you shortly with more information on the procedure and scheduling.
      Feel free to give our office a call at your convenience at 225.399.0001. Thank you!

  • Edi Reiff says:

    will any of the augmentation surgeries cause one to lose the sensation of the breast to stimulation? Via nipple or the touch

    • Shared Account says:

      Hi Edi, thank you for your comment! There is also a chance of sensation changes to the nipples after a breast procedure — this includes both hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity. It typically normalizes after 6 months.

    • Shared Account says:

      Hello! Thank you so much for your comment! Unfortunately we do not take insurance. We are strictly cosmetic. However, we do accept some financing options through Care Credit, Patient Fi, and United Credit.

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