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Average cost of breast augmentation in pennsylvania

We wrote this post with you in mind.

Whether you’ve had implants for years, or you’re thinking about going under the knife—or even if you’re just wondering how much it costs and what to expect—we want to make sure you are informed and prepared before you make any decisions.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the average cost of breast augmentation in Pennsylvania, what’s involved in the surgery, and what problems could arise if things go wrong.

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Improving your Recovery after Breast Augmentation Surgery

Tips and techniques for recovery after breast augmentation. Knowing what to expect after your surgery can help reduce anxiety and improve your healing. You can help improve your surgical results by following your post-operative instructions closely. Here are some ideas to help.

About Breast Augmentation Recovery

Undergoing breast augmentation surgery is an extremely personal decision. While it may take you some time to come up with a decision, the results of the procedure can have a significant impact on your self-esteem. But before you finally achieve your desired aesthetic goals, there are several factors that need to be considered in the postoperative phase and the lack of understanding of what to expect during the recovery period can make you anxious. Let’s take a look at the different phases of breast augmentation recovery for you to get a glimpse of what to expect postoperatively.

What are the Best Types of Breast Augmentation Surgery?

There are two main types of breast augmentation:

  1. Cosmetic breast implant surgery: This surgical procedure alters the size and shape of the breasts by using a silicone or saline implant that is inserted behind the breast tissue or below the pectoralis muscle (chest muscle).
  2. Breast reconstruction surgery: This surgical procedure reconstructs or rebuilds one or both breasts using breast implants or fat tissue from another part of the body of the patient. Breast reconstruction surgery is usually performed in patients who had surgical removal of the breasts to prevent the spread of breast cancer.

For best results in extremely saggy or droopy breasts, breast augmentation can be combined with a breast lift (mastopexy).

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How long is the Recovery Time after Breast Augmentation?

It’s important to keep in mind that every patient is unique; therefore, the recovery time may vary from person to person.

In general, a full recovery should be achieved after 6 to 8 weeks.

As a general guide you can fly or drive after a few weeks, back to the Gym and Exercising after 3-4 weeks, and a Spray Tan after 4-6 weeks

After your surgery, Dr Gittos will assess your overall health status and provide you with a more detailed breast augmentation recovery timeline.

When can I return to work after a Breast Augmentation?

Your ability to return to work will depend on your health and ability to heal

  • Light work – working from Home, computer work or light office work – within 1 -2 weeks
  • Moderate work – Moving and LIfting things – within 3 to 4 weeks
  • Strenuous work – Heavy duty work – within 6 to 8 weeks

What can you expect during the Breast Augmentation Recovery Period?

Immediately after breast surgery, you will likely feely groggy due to the effects of the general anesthesia. If the breast implants were inserted under the pectoralis muscle, you may feel a tight sensation or muscle ache in your chest. As your chest muscle stretches and relaxes, these discomforts will gradually decrease.

After a few hours, you may experience a reduction in sleepiness and breast soreness. Your surgeon or nurse will wrap your operated breasts with a special bra or an elastic bandage to support the healing breasts and prevent trauma to the incision line. Once the health care team has evaluated your health condition and there were no untoward signs and symptoms, you will be then discharged from the hospital. However, it is required that you request someone to drive you home because you may still experience confusion and weakness.

In the first 3 to 5 days, you’ll probably experience the most discomfort. To alleviate the pain and swelling, your surgeon will advise you to take the prescribed medication. You may also notice minor bleeding at the surgical site, which is normal. However, if uncontrolled bleeding is present, consult your primary care provider immediately.

After 1 week, the pain at the surgical site may become tolerable and you will less likely depend on your pain medication. With your surgeon’s approval, you may gradually resume your activities of daily living. It is recommended to avoid strenuous activities and religiously wear your support bra for better cosmetic results.

In the next few weeks, minimum breast soreness and swelling may still be present but these will not cause significant discomforts. While you may feel that you almost recovered, caution is still needed with regards to heavy lifting and vigorous activities like running and performing high-intensity exercises. If you have a physically-demanding job, you need to take a few days more off work to allow your breasts to heal. See Recovery Exercises after a Breast Augmentation.

After 2 months, the surgical incisions should fully heal with no signs of bruising, bleeding, soreness, or redness. You may still need to wear a support bra during this time but you can get back to work and resume your normal activities. Your surgeon will let you know what activities will work best for you to prevent complications.

 

What can you do to improve Recovery Time and reduce scarring after Breast Augmentation?

The success of breast augmentation surgery will depend on how well you heal. To improve recovery time after breast augmentation, adhere to the following self-help strategies:

  1. Follow closely the instructions from your surgeon and the support team
  2. Rest adequately
  3. Wear support bras as instructed to reduce breast pain and swelling.
  4. Take your pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications to manage discomfort.
  5. Apply prescribed medications for your surgical incisions to prevent infection (As directed)
  6. Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothes to promote comfort and prevent injury to the incision site.
  7. Avoid strenuous activities to prevent tension on the healing wound.
  8. Maintain sterility – do not pick at your wound or bandages – to avoid risk of infection
  9. Consider Increasing the intake of nutritional and protein-rich foods to accelerate the wound healing process.

Can you still Breastfeed after Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery done by a plastic surgeon rarely affects your ability to breastfeed. In fact, a 2019 study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal found that women who gave birth after primary breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants were able to breastfeed their infants without complications. [1]

What are the possible Risks and Complications of Breast Augmentation?

In addition to the risks of general surgery, Just like all types of breast surgery, breast augmentation poses potential risks and complications, such as:

  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Breast numbness
  • Breast pain
  • Incorrect position of implant
  • Scarring around the breast implant (capsular contracture)
  • Scarring that changes the breast shape
  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Breast cellulitis
  • Breast or nipple sensation changes
  • Breasts appearing to merge (symmastia or uniboob)
  • Implant is seen or felt through the skin
  • Leakage of breast implants
  • Undesired or poor cosmetic results
  • Breastfeeding problems
  • Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL)

Dr Mark Gittos will discuss your Risks and Complications in consultations prior to surgery

Is Breast Augmentation with Implants Safe?

The safety of the Breast Augmentation procedure depends on your surgeon, the quality of your surgery and on your breast implant. For instance, the use of implants with higher or more cohesive gel is associated with a lower risk of rupture or break. [2] Your surgeon will decide which breast implants will best suit your body anatomy and desired cosmetic results.

Want to know more about breast augmentation and the types of breast implants that will work best for you? Send in an enquiry form below or call us today.

  1. Improving your Recovery after Breast Augmentation Surgery

Tips and techniques for recovery after breast augmentation. Knowing what to expect after your surgery can help reduce anxiety and improve your healing. You can help improve your surgical results by following your post-operative instructions closely. Here are some ideas to help.

The success of breast augmentation surgery will depend on how well you heal. To improve recovery time after breast augmentation, adhere to the following self-help strategies:

  1. Follow closely the instructions from your surgeon and the support team
  2. Rest adequately
  3. Wear support bras as instructed to reduce breast pain and swelling.
  4. Take your pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications to manage discomfort.
  5. Apply prescribed medications for your surgical incisions to prevent infection (As directed)
  6. Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothes to promote comfort and prevent injury to the incision site.
  7. Avoid strenuous activities to prevent tension on the healing wound.
  8. Maintain sterility – do not pick at your wound or bandages – to avoid risk of infection
  9. Consider Increasing the intake of nutritional and protein-rich foods to accelerate the wound healing process.
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Breast numbness
  • Breast pain
  • Incorrect position of implant
  • Scarring around the breast implant (capsular contracture)
  • Scarring that changes the breast shape
  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Breast cellulitis
  • Breast or nipple sensation changes
  • Breasts appearing to merge (symmastia or uniboob)
  • Implant is seen or felt through the skin
  • Leakage of breast implants
  • Undesired or poor cosmetic results
  • Breastfeeding problems
  • Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL)

Dr Mark Gittos will discuss your Risks and Complications in consultations prior to surgery

Is Breast Augmentation with Implants Safe?

The safety of the Breast Augmentation procedure depends on your surgeon, the quality of your surgery and on your breast implant. For instance, the use of implants with higher or more cohesive gel is associated with a lower risk of rupture or break. [2] Your surgeon will decide which breast implants will best suit your body anatomy and desired cosmetic results.

Want to know more about breast augmentation and the types of breast implants that will work best for you? Send in an enquiry form below or call us today.

Further Reading – Medical References:

Finding a Breast Augmentation Surgeon in Auckland

For many women in New Zealand, having breast augmentation is a life-changing experience. There are many qualified doctors, but it is always best to find one who is experienced in breast augmentation procedures. Breast implants come in many different shapes and sizes, and there are various insertion techniques, so find a reputable practitioner who can give good advice on the right implants for you. Before considering breast implants, it is wise to find a surgeon who is also up to speed with new non-invasive techniques for boosting the breasts, so you can investigate all the options before deciding on permanent surgical implants. PLease avoid choosing a cheaper overseas option that lacks the ongoing support that a New Zealand surgeon provides.

Always Look for an experienced surgeon that you feel comfortable with and get a second opinion.

About Dr Mark Gittos FRACS (Plast) – New Zealand Plastic Surgeon 

Practice locations in Herne Bay Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty – Kerikeri, Whangarei, New Plymouth & Tauranga

Dr Mark Gittos is a leading Specialist Plastic Surgeon and operates a practice in Herne Bay, Auckland and in the UK. The practice focuses on both surgical and non-surgical procedures, each designed to help restore, improve or change a physical characteristic or problem. The first step in every case is to talk through your personal requirements and explore all the options, before deciding on the most effective solution.

Dr Mark Gittos offers high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results and is highly experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4000 Surgeries in the last 26 years.  With worldwide expertise Dr Gittos is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men & women. 

Naturally, before any treatment is begun, we will explain clearly the advantages and risk factors; so that you have the information you need to make an informed decision that is best for you. Visit the practice to find out more.

NEXT STEPS

Please NOTE: Dr Gittos only performs surgery on non-smoker patients with a BMI less than 30. To check your BMI please visit the NZ Heart Foundation website. For help giving up smoking before surgery visit the Smoke Free website

Do your Research

  • Read the Website and Blogs relevant to your procedure
  • Browse our Frequently Asked Questions including how to choose a Surgeon for your procedure
  • Download and read the FREE Guides to Surgery

What to Bring to your Plastic Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • Dress in simple clothes as you may need to undress for examination
  • Bring your medical referral and any relevant medical documents or test results

MENTOR ®  Breast Implants: Find the best breast implant

Posted on August 16, 2020by Dr Mark Gittos – FRACS(Plas)

Mentor Breast Implants in New Zealand

Quality Breast Implants and Breast Surgery by Dr Mark Gittos Plastic Surgeon NZ

So, you’ve been thinking of getting boob job or breast implant surgery? Then you’ve probably heard of MOTIVA and MENTOR Breast Implants, two very well-known and trusted implant brands. Dr Gittos only uses the BEST quality implants for surgery and over many years, MOTIVA and MENTOR implants have always provided excellent results. These brands are considered top of the line and are trusted by plastic surgeons and women worldwide.

With all the variety in brand names, sizes, and shapes, you’ll likely to get very confused when looking up breast augmentation. If your plastic surgeon has recommended MENTOR implants, this article will help you learn more about this reputable brand. Many other cosmetic doctors use cheaper less reliable brands of breast implants which Dr Gittos avoids.

Mentor Breast Implants - Best Mentor Breast Implant Surgery NZ

What are MENTOR Breast implants?

MENTOR implants are one of the top breast implant brands available in New Zealand and are always a favourite choice for women and plastic surgeons alike. With over 40 years of experience in manufacturing breast implants, MENTOR has always provided outstanding results that fit every woman’s desire, with uncomparable safety and longevity. Numerous studies have shown that women who have MENTOR implants are extremely satisfied with the results. The implants come in different shapes, types, textures, and sizes to fit every woman’s needs.

What are the different types of MENTOR implants?

MENTOR currently offers both silicone and saline breast implants here in New Zealand, all approved for use in breast enhancement or reconstruction. Your doctor will recommend one of these based on your desired look, your current breast anatomy, and a number of other factors. MENTOR offers two silicone implants (the round and the anatomical implants), and a saline implant:

MENTOR Silicone MemoryGel® and Memory Shape ® Implants:

MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants

MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants – 

The soft, natural feel women want, using Mentor’s proprietary cohesive gel and available in a wide range of sizes and profiles.

MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implants

MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implant –

 Projection, performance and peace of mind. A teardrop-shaped design helps create your desired look with long-lasting results.

These implants are manufactured from the latest generation of medical-grade silicone, and they come in various sizes, shapes, and projections. They come prefilled with the special MENTOR silicone gel, which is a uniquely formulated material designed to mimic the natural feel and consistency of normal breast tissue. This gel is neither liquid nor semi-liquid, and is rather a cohesive gel manufactured to ensure suitable elasticity and maximum integrity. Two shapes of implants are available : the round implant and the anatomical or teardrop breast implant. Depending on a combination of factors, Dr Gittos might recommend one of these implants to give you your desired look. Your normal anatomy, breast shape, size, and other factors all play a role in choosing the correct implant for you. The key difference between the two implants is their shape. The round implant is, as the name suggests, round in shape, while the anatomical implant is teardrop-shaped; narrower at its upper pole and wider at the bottom. This implant greatly resembles the look of natural female breasts and your doctor might recommend it if it fits your desired look.

MENTOR® Saline Breast Implants

MENTOR® Saline Breast Implants – 

An implant with a firmer feel compared to gel-filled implants, using a sterile saltwater solution similar to fluid found in the human body.

MENTOR Saline implants are filled with sterile saline water (water and salt), a solution that highly resembles our normal body fluids. The implants are delivered empty and contain no saline initially. Once the plastic surgeon puts them into place, they fill them with saline to reach the desired breast size. The filling tube is then removed, and the implant automatically seals itself. MENTOR saline implants are available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and projections to fit every need.

For more information about Mentor Implants – visit their informative website.

Are MENTOR Saline or Silicone breast implants best for me?

Both the silicone and the saline implants have a silicone outer shell, however, the filling is different. Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel, while saline implants are filled with sterile salt water.

Saline implants have the advantage of requiring a smaller circular incision since they are deflated initially during insertion. Filling the implants intraoperatively also allows the surgeon to adjust the size more freely during surgery.

Silicone implants, on the other hand, give a softer, more natural feel that resembles that of normal breast tissue, all thanks to the cohesive gel that fills them. Moreover, there are several “firmness” options that you can choose from. Overall, silicone implants are considered safer and more durable than saline implants.

In the end, the choice of implant should be done after careful discussion with Dr Gittos in which you’ll discuss which implants are best to achieve your desired look and feel.

Are MENTOR implants better than MOTIVA implants?

MOTIVA implants have been in use in Australia & NZ since 2016, and soon after their debut in the market, they became one of the most commonly used implants by top plastic surgeons in the country. MOTIVA implants are top of the line silicone breast implants manufactured with extremely high standards to ensure longevity and quality. That being said, the comparison between MOTIVA and MENTOR can be unfair to both implants, as they both truly are the best in the market. The choice between the two is not a matter of quality and rather depends on which one your surgeon thinks would deliver the specific desired outcome you’re asking for. All we can say is that in terms of implant quality, integrity, and durability, both MENTOR and MOTIVA deliver outstanding results.

What are the advantages of MENTOR implants?

  • MemoryGel® is a groundbreaking technology in breast silicone implants
  • Unparalleled breast fullness and firmness, especially if you have a flat chest or breast atrophy after nursing.
  • Excellent outcomes if used for breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery
  • Results are apparent almost immediately after surgery
  • A Lifetime warranty is available from MENTOR on all their breast implants implanted in New Zealand, which provides free replacement implants in case of a qualifying rupture (conditions apply)

If you’re considering getting a boob job, come visit us. Tell Dr Gittos how you want your new breasts to look and feel, and he will help you find the implant is best for you. Call to set up an appointment today.

DOWNLOAD the Mentor Memory Gel and Memory Gel Xtra Smooth Round Sizing Matrix

About Dr Mark Gittos FRACS (Plast) – New Zealand Plastic Surgeon 

Practice locations in Herne Bay Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty – Kerikeri, Whangarei, New Plymouth & Tauranga

Dr Mark Gittos is a leading Specialist Plastic Surgeon and operates a practice in Herne Bay, Auckland and in the UK. The practice focuses on both surgical and non-surgical procedures, each designed to help restore, improve or change a physical characteristic or problem. The first step in every case is to talk through your personal requirements and explore all the options, before deciding on the most effective solution.

Dr Mark Gittos offers high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results and is highly experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4000 Surgeries in the last 26 years.  With worldwide expertise Dr Gittos is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men & women. 

Naturally, before any treatment is begun, we will explain clearly the advantages and risk factors; so that you have the information you need to make an informed decision that is best for you. Visit the practice to find out more.

NEXT STEPS

Please NOTE: Dr Gittos only performs surgery on non-smoker patients with a BMI less than 30. To check your BMI please visit the NZ Heart Foundation website. For help giving up smoking before surgery visit the Smoke Free website

Do your Research

  • Read the Website and Blogs relevant to your procedure
  • Browse our Frequently Asked Questions including how to choose a Surgeon for your procedure
  • Download and read the FREE Guides to Surgery

What to Bring to your Plastic Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • Dress in simple clothes as you may need to undress for examination
  • Bring your medical referral and any relevant medical documents or test results

Book your Initial Surgery Consultation

  • A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
  • Email us or Call on 09 529 5352 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
  • Book a consultation with Dr Gittos by paying the Consultation Fee – $325 incl GST

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Please contact us to arrange to book a consultation with our Specialist Plastic Surgeon or to speak with our Patient Care Advisor.

Send an enquiry form

For many women in New Zealand, having breast augmentation is a life-changing experience. There are many qualified doctors, but it is always best to find one who is experienced in breast augmentation procedures. Breast implants come in many different shapes and sizes, and there are various insertion techniques, so find a reputable practitioner who can give good advice on the right implants for you. Before considering breast implants, it is wise to find a surgeon who is also up to speed with new non-invasive techniques for boosting the breasts, so you can investigate all the options before deciding on permanent surgical implants. PLease avoid choosing a cheaper overseas option that lacks the ongoing support that a New Zealand surgeon provides.

Always Look for an experienced surgeon that you feel comfortable with and get a second opinion.

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