Breast Augmentation

Albany, Schenectady & Saratoga Springs Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation (breast enlargement) is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available today, and for many women, it is a wonderful option for enhancing femininity and gaining confidence and self-esteem. Breast augmentation is an ideal choice when you want to increase the size of your breasts, restore shape after pregnancy, or balance out uneven cup sizes.

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Women seek breast augmentation for many reasons, including:

  • Having a genetic disposition to smaller breasts or asymmetrical breasts
  • Reduced firmness from aging
  • Drooping or sagging breasts after child bearing and breast feeding

Albany plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Barach and his caring staff want you to feel comfortable with your procedure. He will listen intently to all of your concerns, goals, and desires to gain a thorough understanding of what you are looking to achieve with your breast augmentation procedure. Then, he will work collaboratively with you to create an aesthetic plan that enhances your natural beauty so that you can look and feel like the best version of yourself. Dr. Barach has performed over a thousand breast augmentations for satisfied patients over the years.

In some cases, Dr. Barach may recommend a breast lift in conjunction with your breast augmentation procedure to provide enhanced results.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Ideal candidates for breast augmentation:

  • Have breast size, shape, or symmetry issues that they would like to correct
  • Would like to restore lost breast volume or firmness following pregnancy or breast feeding
  • Are in good overall physical health

It is important to discuss any future pregnancy plans with Dr. Barach before moving forward with your procedure.

Your Breast Augmentation Procedures

At your initial consultation, Dr. Barach will listen carefully to your aesthetic goals so that he can accurately achieve your desired breast size. There are certain constraints to your new breast size based on your unique body type. Dr. Barach will evaluate your skin laxity, body fat content, and existing breast tissue to ensure that your results look natural while respecting your aesthetic desires. He will always recommend an appropriate implant size to accommodate your body type and physical attributes.

You can choose to have either silicone or saline implants. Dr. Barach will discuss the benefits of each option with you and recommend the ideal alternative for your body type and aesthetic goals. At your consultation, Dr. Barach will also discuss breast incision options and breast implant placement options with you.

Your procedure will generally take approximately one-and-a-half hours to complete and is performed under general anesthesia in the safe environment of the hospital’s operating room suite. Dr. Barach will place the implant in a pocket created under your breast tissue or underneath your chest muscle. After a recovery period of an hour or two, you can go home wearing a sports bra, returning one week later for removal of your sutures. It is important to follow Dr. Barach’s breast augmentation after-care instructions carefully to ensure proper healing.

Please contact our Albany plastic surgeon today to schedule your initial breast enlargement consultation. Upstate Plastic Surgery serves patients in Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs, New York.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Should I choose silicone or saline implants?

Excellent results can be accomplished with either type implant, but in general, silicone is now the “Cadillac” implant. They are particularly advantageous in certain anatomical situations, particularly women that are very thin and have very little of their own breast tissue. Saline implants tends to look or feel less “natural” than silicone and in very thin women, one can sometimes feel the implant through the skin and feel the subtle ripples in the surface of the implant.

Silicone implants were scrutinized by the FDA a few years back and were found to be safe; therefore, there is no evidence of any significant safety issues with either implant. Some people still feel more comfortable with saline implants and women under the age of 22 are limited to saline implants only per the FDA.

2. Are silicone breast implants safe?

You may be aware that a number of years ago questions were raised about the safety of silicone implants and they were removed from the market for a number of years. During this time, extensive studies were made of these implants and no evidence of any significant safety issue was revealed. The implants were, therefore, returned to the market and have been extensively used ever since. Their safety continues to be closely monitored and to date they continue to be regarded as safe and effective devices by the FDA. I suspect few medical devices have been scrutinized to the extent that breast implants have been; while no device can be regarded as 100% safe, I am comfortable in saying that the evidence suggests that these devices are as safe as anyone could ever provide.

3. What is the recovery from breast implant surgery and when can I return to work and sports?

I tell my patients that I’d like them to keep their upper body “quiet” for 3 weeks. So I prefer that any vigorous activity involving the upper body and pectoralis area is avoided for the first 3 weeks after surgery. Most people whose occupations are not particularly physical are able to return to work in just a few days.

While everyone is different, most people are fairly comfortable within a day or two and just a small amount of oral pain medication is usually needed postoperatively and not for very long. Breast augmentation patients are usually seen for the first postop visit 3-5 days after their surgery. If all is going well at that time, they are seen again in a week and then again 3 weeks after that. By the time of that 2nd visit, they are usually well healed, happy, and back to just about everything.