The size and shape of your breasts are deeply interwoven with your body image and body confidence. While some women’s breasts develop naturally, other women never attain the breast volume needed to provide them with the womanly curves they desire. Breast augmentation (or breast implants) is a breast enhancement surgery that increases the size and shape of the breasts with saline or silicone implants.
Dr. José León MD is dedicated to providing safe and beautiful results through customized cosmetic procedures. Dr. José León personalizes your breast augmentation to you based on your desires and needs, and they are there for you throughout the process. From your pre-op appointment to your post-op appointment, you will always have access to Dr. León. This one-on-one care places Dr. José León MD cosmetic surgical procedures far above the rest.
Breast augmentation (or breast implants) is performed on women to:
Women turn to breast augmentation to enhance small breasts or to restore breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss. Women who are considering breast augmentation should be in good overall health, have realistic expectations of their results, and not smoke. Candidates for saline implants must be at least 18 years old, and candidates for silicone implants must be at least 22 years old. If you are over 35 years old or you have a family history of breast cancer, you may be asked to undergo a preliminary mammogram.
Your consultation is essential to a successful breast augmentation since this surgery is so personalized and nuanced. During your consultation, Dr. José León will:
If you think you may be a candidate for breast augmentation, make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. José León MD.
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia for your safety and comfort. While every patient and surgery is unique, breast augmentation usually takes an hour to an hour and a half to complete. Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, but you will need to have someone drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 to 48 hours of your recovery.
Breast implants have a durable silicone shell and are filled with saline or silicone gel.
These highly customizable and versatile implants are filled with a thick silicone gel that feels and looks like natural breast tissue.
These implants are filled with a sterile saline (saltwater) solution.
Silicone implants are available in various shapes that will provide different aesthetic appearances:
Implant profile determines how your implant will project from your chest. Determination of your implant profile will be influenced by your desired aesthetics as well as your body frame.
Your implants will be placed either above or below the pectoral muscle:
Submuscular: The implant will be placed under the pectoralis major muscle:
Subglandular: The implant is between the breast tissue and the chest muscle:
Incisions to insert your breast implants will be made in one of the following locations:
Many women consider breast augmentation after childbirth to restore the volume lost when nursing. Unfortunately, many women who suffer post-pregnancy volume loss also experience premature breast ptosis (sagging). Breast lift surgery elevates sagging breasts by tightening the glandular tissues, repositioning the nipple-areola complex, and removing excess skin. Breast lift surgery can often be performed at the same time as breast augmentation for optimal results.
As an alternative procedure, Dr. José León MD offers fat grafting as an organic augmenting alternative to implants. Breast augmentation with fat transfer harvests unwanted body fat and transfers it to the breast. Fat is usually taken from the abdomen, hips, or thighs, allowing for full body contouring. This technique cannot increase the volume of the breasts as much as breast implants, but it comes without the risk of implant complications.
Your breasts may be wrapped in a compression garment/surgical bra that will ensure the implants heal in the correct place, reduce swelling, and promote blood circulation. You should take it easy for the first few days of your recovery, and you may need assistance to help with all day-to-day activities like cooking and cleaning. Most patients return to work within one week, but strenuous exercise—including pushing, pulling, or lifting anything over 10 pounds—must be limited for at least four to six weeks. Dr. José León MD provides all patients with a dedicated Whatsapp mobile phone number so that Dr. León and his team can be reached at any time during your recovery.
Breast augmentation creates bruising and swelling, which can be uncomfortable. You will be given a prescription for pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. Most patients choose to switch to over-the-counter pain medication after a few days. Most of the discomfort should resolve within one week.
All surgical procedures result in scars, and breast augmentation is no different. Scars will develop at the incision sites, but these scars are easily concealable and will fade over time. To help minimize scar visibility, you should avoid underwire bras during the healing process (as the wire can irritate the incision), keep the incisions out of the sun, and apply scar cream or silicone strips.
Dr. José León MD breast augmentation procedure costs usually USD $3,100 (average cost). Compare with prices starting in the USA at USD $7,500 (not including your implant selection, anesthesia fees, facility fees, and pre-surgical tests).
Dr. José León MD breast augmentation procedure is personalized to you and includes your implant selection, surgeon fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees, and pre-surgical tests.
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia. Therefore, you will need to stop taking all blood-thinning medications—like aspirin, NSAIDs, or herbal supplements—before your operation. You will also be asked to stop smoking for at least two weeks before and after your breast augmentation. Following these recommendations will reduce your risk of complications during your surgery.
Breast augmentation will not affect your pregnancy or your children; however, many women experience breast changes during pregnancy that affect the overall quality of their breast enhancement results. Pregnancy after breast augmentation may necessitate a secondary breast procedure like a breast revision or a breast lift to restore a more attractive breast aesthetic.
Most women experience no difficulty breastfeeding their child following breast augmentation. Traditionally, breast implants do not damage or interfere with the connection between the nipples and the milk ducts. If you are planning on having children following your breast augmentation and are interested in breastfeeding, let your surgeon know during your consultation.
Dr. José León MD has over a decade’s worth of experience specializing in breast augmentation. While complications are not expected to occur after this procedure, breast augmentation is still invasive surgery, and complications are possible. Potential physical complications include:
Capsular contracture is a potential implant complication that develops when the scar tissue surrounding the implant begins to contract. This squeezing of the implant leads to both aesthetic distortion and physical discomfort. Capsular contracture requires the removal of the implant and scar tissue capsule; however, a new, healthy implant can be placed after. There is no way to prevent capsular contracture, but breast implant massages are thought to decrease your risk.
Implants are long lasting, but they are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. Implant complications like capsular contracture, implant rupture, and implant displacement can occur at any time. If you notice breast asymmetry, lumps in the breasts, or changes in implant position, or if you develop any breast pain, see your surgeon right away. Breast revision may be necessary to correct implant-related complications.
No. Breast implants are not associated with breast cancer and do not increase your breast cancer risk in any way. Because it may be more challenging to perform self-breast exams, you must see your doctor for routine mammograms and MRIs. Mammograms can still be performed with breast implants, and breast implants will not be damaged during the procedure.
Visit your local doctor and inquire about this medical procedure you want to have, then compare prices with Dr. José León, MD. You will be positively surprised!
Cost of the procedure: The final cost of this procedure is subject to variation and will be determined by Dr. José León, MD following a thorough assessment conducted during an initial onsite or online consultation. It is essential to recognize that individual results may vary from person to person. Contact us if you have any question.