Breasts by no means define your womanhood, but they do contribute to confidence, poise and sense of self. Whether your breasts are less full than you’d like, or if they’ve changed due to pregnancy, aging, or medical treatments such as a mastectomy, we have options to get them to the shape that you desire.
Breast implants are ideal for:
- Increasing the volume of naturally small breasts
- Restoring fullness to the breasts that may have been lost following pregnancy or weight loss
- Creating symmetry to disproportionately shaped breasts
- Regaining youthful appearance to breasts that have lost volume and shape due to the natural aging process
Our plastic surgeons use two types of implants: saline-filled or silicone-filled. Both have an outer silicone shell, but the fillings are different.
Your plastic surgeon will recommend the best type for you based on your anatomy and desired results. Your age may play a role, too: The FDA requires that women be at least 18 years old for saline-filled implants and at least 22 years old for silicone implants.
Ideal candidates should also be healthy overall with no major medical problems; be nonsmokers; and be close to their ideal weight.
The Penn Experience
What to expect before, during and after breast implant surgery
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss your unique cosmetic transformation goals, as well as the steps of the procedure, which may include liposuction.
You’ll receive instructions on how to prepare and how to help your surgery go smoothly, including any foods, drinks and medications to avoid.
Most people undergo breast augmentation surgery as outpatients. Your surgeon will use a surgical technique that best meets your goals, making an incision either under your arm, in the crease under your breast, or around your nipple. The surgeon will then place the implant under or on top of your chest muscle.
After surgery, you’ll wear a compression bandage or surgical bra to help position the implants. This support is key to avoid discomfort and achieve optimum cosmetic results. Except for exercise, you’ll be able to return to regular activities in a few days. As your breasts heal and settle, your new appearance will begin to show through over the next few months.
Breast implant cost
Breast implant cost varies based on your specific treatment goals and other services you may also undergo. Your surgeon will discuss the cost of your breast implants with you during your consultation.
Breast implant risks
Breast augmentation surgery is typically very safe. However, complications such as infection are possible with any surgical procedure. Risks specifically associated with breast implants include:
- Scar capsule formation around the implant
- Breast pain
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation (may be temporary or permanent)
- Implant leakage or rupture (due to chest trauma or for no apparent reason)
- Textured breast implants have been linked to a very rare form of lymphoma
Additionally, breast implants may interfere with the early detection of breast cancer if the implant is placed under the breast tissue. Your surgeon may recommend that you have a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI prior to your surgery, and that you obtain all future mammograms from a radiologist experienced in reading mammograms of women with breast implants.
To reduce the chance of any adverse side effects, your plastic surgeon will work closely with you to develop the best treatment approach and follow-up care for you.