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Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure performed in the United States. Our New Jersey plastic surgeons, Dr. Luis A. Zapiach and Dr. John T. Cozzone, understand that the choice to pursue breast augmentation at Art Plastic Surgery is unique to each patient and deeply tied to a woman’s comfort in her own skin and feelings of femininity.

Breast augmentation can help women achieve a fuller, more symmetrical bustline with larger breasts and a contoured aesthetic more closely aligned with their personal goals. Breast implants can provide a more youthful, sensual appearance while making a woman’s profile more proportionate to her overall body frame. In addition, they can help compensate for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery, correct a congenital breast defect, enhance the results of breast reconstruction procedures following a mastectomy or injury, or be combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures to achieve a comprehensive Mommy Makeover.

To learn all about breast augmentation, we invite you to read through the information provided throughout this page. If you have further questions, or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, please do not hesitate to contact Art Plastic Surgery today.

What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation offers numerous benefits to women seeking to enhance the appearance of their breasts. Based on your particular needs and aesthetic desires, this popular treatment can help:

  • Increase the size/fullness of the breasts
  • Restore lost breast volume
  • Improve the overall shape and curvature of the breasts
  • Enhance breast symmetry

Ultimately, breast augmentation with implants can help recontour and add volume to your bustline, making your breasts more proportionate to your body frame with natural-looking, beautiful results.

What Are My Breast Implant Options?

Breast implants—both saline and silicone—have been proven to be safe and effective choices for cosmetic breast enhancement, creating a more youthful, fuller appearance. These two breast implant options are highlighted below.

Silicone Breast Implants

Silicone implants are FDA-approved for use in breast augmentation patients who are over 22 years of age (and breast reconstruction patients of any age). Composed of a silicone outer shell and filled with thick silicone gel, this type of implant is known for its natural appearance and feel. With silicone implants, there is a smaller chance for rippling and deflation, and they are often more beneficial for women who are exceptionally thin or who are undergoing breast reconstruction.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants are approved by the FDA for use in women over 18. They are made of a silicone outer shell and filled with a saltwater solution that is easily absorbed by the body in the case of a ruptured implant. Smaller incisions are used with saline implants, as they are filled after placement, resulting in less visible scarring.

At the time of your consultation, Dr. Zapiach or Dr. Cozzone will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both implant types in great detail, helping you to select the best option for your specific needs and goals.

How is the Breast Augmentation Procedure Performed?

Each procedure at Art Plastic Surgery is customized to provide the best possible outcome for each individual treatment plan. During the consultation process, our plastic surgeons will cover a variety of factors, including implant size, type, and shape, as well as what to expect before, during, and after breast augmentation.

There are several techniques that can be used when performing breast augmentation, typically depending on where the incisions are made:

  • Armpit (transaxillary)
  • Underside of the breast where it meets the chest (Inframammary)
  • Areola area surrounding the dark-pigmented skin around the nipple (Periareolar)
  • Or a fairly new and innovative procedure called TUBA, where an incision in made in the navel; however, this procedure can only be used with saline implant

Once the incision is made, the breast tissue is lifted and the breast implants are placed beneath the chest muscle or directly beneath the breast tissue, depending on which location is determined to be most appropriate for the patient. Once the implants are in proper position, the incisions are carefully closed and the procedure is completed.

On average, the entire treatment takes approximately one hour to perform, though this timeframe may be longer if breast augmentation is combined with another procedure, such as a breast lift or tummy tuck.

What Is Breast Augmentation Recovery Like?

Immediately following breast augmentation, most patients can expect some soreness and/or discomfort in the breasts, but these symptoms can usually be managed effectively with medication. Some bruising, swelling, and numb sensations will likely also affect the breasts and nipples within the first few weeks after the procedure, though these side effects should gradually resolve over time. Stitches are typically removed within the first 10 days of recovery, and patients are usually able to return to their daily routines within a few days to a week. That said, strenuous activities like vigorous exercise, heavy lifting, or physical sports will need to be avoided for at least a few weeks to help ensure the breasts heal properly.

Mammograms are typically continued post-surgery to ensure successful placement of implants and continued healing throughout recovery.

Other Breast Augmentation FAQs

How do I choose the right implants?

To help patients select the right implants, Dr. Cozzone or Dr. Zapiach will carefully listen to each individual’s specific desires until they have a clear understanding of the look she wishes to achieve. They will then perform a thorough physical evaluation of the breasts that includes anatomical measurements and an assessment of skin/tissue elasticity to determine a range of implants that can be safely and effectively accommodated. Once the pros and cons of each potential option have been thoroughly reviewed, the final decision will be made based on the patient’s personal preference and our plastic surgeons’ professional recommendation.

Is breastfeeding possible after breast augmentation?

If a patient is capable of breastfeeding prior to breast augmentation, she should not have an issue doing so afterwards when the procedure is performed safely and properly by a board-certified plastic surgeon. The common misconception that breast implants disrupt an individual’s ability to nurse her child after augmentation is rooted in the fact that some women are not able to produce enough breast milk to breastfeed at all, which is often misattributed to implants being present when a patient has never tried breastfeeding before her operation.

Do implants obstruct mammogram readings?

There are certain techniques that can be employed to help improve the accuracy and conclusiveness of mammogram results for women who have breast implants. One such method is known as “implant displacement,” which can often be an effective option for those whose implants are located beneath the chest muscle. With this approach, the implant is pulled in one direction while breast tissue pushed in another, allowing for a number of special images to be taken along with the four traditional photos for a more comprehensive view of each breast. If the implant displacement technique does not yield an acceptable result, or if the implants are located above the chest muscle, an MRI can generally provide a satisfactory reading.

Will I have noticeable scars after breast augmentation?

The final appearance of any potential scarring after breast augmentation will vary based on the incision location, how closely postoperative scar management instructions are followed, and each patient’s unique healing process. Due to our plastic surgeons’ meticulous technique and careful placement of incisions, most breast augmentation scars are relatively inconspicuous once fully healed, and they tend to gradually diminish in visibility over time for the majority of individuals.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

Since every breast augmentation performed at Art Plastic Surgery is customized for each patient, the cost of treatment will vary based on several different factors, including the specific implants selected and whether or not another procedure is being performed in combination. For patients seeking financial assistance, our plastic surgeons offer several financing options through CareCredit®—a trusted third-party healthcare lender that provides low and no-interest monthly payment plans to fit virtually any budget. For a personalized breast augmentation price quote, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zapiach or Dr. Cozzone.

Can I get a breast augmentation without implants?

Absolutely. Art Plastic Surgery is one of only a few practices in the United States to offer “natural breast augmentation”—an innovative technique designed to increase the size and improve the overall shape of the breasts using an individual’s own fat tissue (as opposed to implants). As an added advantage, patients can benefit from body contouring in the area from which fat is removed. To learn more about this advanced treatment method, please visit our page devoted to natural breast augmentation.

To learn more about the breast augmentation process, or to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, please feel free to contact Art Plastic Surgery to

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