There are many reasons why women decide to undergo breast augmentation surgery. Some want to increase their breast size, while others have lost their breasts due to cancer or other health issues. Whatever the reason, choosing a Colorado Springs plastic surgeon who can help you achieve your goals is essential.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon in Colorado Springs
When choosing a plastic surgeon for your breast augmentation, it’s important to do your research. You want someone who is qualified and has experience performing this procedure on patients like yourself. Ask around for recommendations from friends or family members who have had similar surgeries; you’ll find that word of mouth is the best way to find a good doctor!
Breast Augmentation Procedure in Colorado Springs
The procedure itself takes about two hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Most patients will need stitches after their surgery, but these will dissolve over time without having to be removed later on down the road. Patients can go back home within 24 hours after surgery without any restrictions on activities during recovery period (such as driving/working out). If there are any questions about what activities should be avoided during this time frame please contact us directly at [email address].
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KNOW HOW MUCH DOES BREAST AUGMENTATION COST YOU?
Although it would nice to have a simple menu for breast augmentation prices like your favorite coffee shop, plastic surgery is much more complicated. “How much do breast implants cost?” is one of the most common questions for any plastic surgeon. Generally, we can say breast augmentation costs around $5950 to $7950. There are many different factors that influence price, for instance, saline is cheaper than silicone, and the new shaped/contoured silicone implants are on the higher end of the fees of $7950; but that is a little too simple.
Breast augmentation continues to be the number one cosmetic surgery procedure performed in the United States. The cost of breast augmentation is an important issue for most patients. This article is designed to help answer questions regarding the cost of a breast augmentation, including what affects that cost and how to choose the right plastic surgeon for your breast augmentation surgery.
Breast Augmentation Surgery Expenses
With the re-introduction of silicone implants and the addition of anatomic (gummy bear) implants, the price of breast implants has increased significantly and this increased price is passed on to the patient. The price of anesthesia medications and other supplies used in the surgical suite have also increased so operating room fees have climbed; once again this is passed on to the patient.
What Else Impacts the Cost of a Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation cost may vary from surgeon to surgeon. Interestingly enough, although the price for a breast augmentation may have gone up some over the last decade, the increase in price has been more due to the expense of performing the procedure rather than a significant increase in surgeon fees.
Other than the differences in types of implants, the breast augmentation surgical procedure is fairly standard and doesn’t change much from patient to patient. Some patients may require a breast lift at the time of their breast implant procedure and this is reflected in increased operating room time and an increase in fees for the surgeon, anesthesia provider and the operating room fee.
You Get What You Pay For
So the question remains as to difference in cost for the procedure from surgeon to surgeon and whether the consumer should be wary of the discount surgeon. There are many reasons why price may vary, the primary one being where the surgery is performed. Many surgeons will perform the surgery in their in-office accredited surgical suite (like at Murphy Plastic Surgery) which helps to control costs, a saving which can be passed on to the patient. A hospital or surgery center is typically a more expensive option for the surgeon. Many hospitals will charge a stocking fee for implants, which may up to double the cost of the implants for the surgeon and in turn, the patient. Anesthesia fees are typically higher at these locations too. These increased fees, which have no impact on the quality of the procedure are passed on to the patient.
There is value in the time a surgeon spends with his or her patients. A discount surgeon may save money by limiting the time they spend with each patient. I can think of one surgeon in particular who has all of his patients sign a form stating that they understand that they will not see him for any follow-up visits for at least six weeks after their operation unless there is a problem. His nurses do basically all the follow-up care, which may seem fine, but remember that these are the most important six weeks of the recovery. Is that really the kind of care you seek? At Murphy Plastic Surgery we maintain a schedule to check in on the recovery of the patient.
Choosing The Right Plastic Surgeon
The choice of a surgeon needs to be based on more than the lowest cost. We are talking about surgery and every surgery should be taken seriously. A more experienced, and possibly more expensive surgeon is able to help you to make the best decisions about your breast augmentation. Another issue we run in to when it comes to less experienced surgeons is re-operation. We sometimes see patients who went to one surgeon and come to us after a mistake to fix the problem. If this is the case, we are more than happy to help. If you’re a new patient, we suggest Contact Us first.
Will your breast implants last a lifetime?
Deciding to have breast implants is a major decision. It is an investment designed to help you achieve the feminine curves you desire, often helping to boost your self-image. That said, you should not plan to have your breast implants for an entire lifetime.
Breast implants do not last forever, and there are many reasons why women will choose to have their implants removed, usually anywhere from 10 to 20 years after their initial surgery. Before making the decision to have implants, your plastic surgeon will go over how to care for your implants and the necessary checkups you should attend to help your implants last longer.
The average lifespan of breast implants
Breast augmentation is an effective way to enhance the appearance of your breasts. While generally safe and designed to be long-lasting, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that implants are not considered to be “lifetime devices.”
On average, today’s implants are designed to last more than a decade, with the chance of rupture increasing by one percent each year. So, the older your implants are, the greater your risk of rupture or other complications.
In many cases, breast implants can remain in good shape for 20 years or more. Every patient is different, and the life of your implants will depend on your body and how you take care of your implants.
Reasons for breast implant removal or replacement
There are several different complications that can affect how long breast implants last and when you need to replace your implants. These can include:
- Breast Hardening or Capsular Contracture: This occurs when scar tissue hardens around one or both implants. This scar tissue can cause tightness in the breasts, pain, tenderness and changes in breast size and shape.
- Saline Implant Rupture: When a saline implant ruptures, it will deflate quickly like a balloon. Due to a hole or tear in the implant, saline will leak out and be harmlessly absorbed by the surrounding tissue. As the saline leaks, the breast will lose size and shape, eventually looking dramatically different than the other breast. The risk of a saline leak is rare in the first few years, but the risk increases by one percent every year.
- Silicone Rupture: Often referred to as a “silent rupture,” a silicone breast implant rupture is quite different. Silicone implants have a thick silicone gel inside that often stays within the implant or surrounding tissue even in the event of an implant rupture. Because of this, it is often difficult to tell when a silicone implant ruptures. You may notice reduced breast size, uneven appearance, or changes in breast sensation, such as tingling, swelling, burning or numbness.
- Rippling: In some cases, implants can develop wrinkles or ripples. You may be able to feel these ripples and, in extreme cases, the ripples may be noticeable through the skin.
- Changes in Position: While breast implants can change your appearance, they cannot stop the aging process. As you age, gravity will still take its toll and you may develop breast sagging. Extreme changes in weight can also contribute to position changes. When this occurs, you may consider a breast lift or implant replacement in order to return your breasts to the desired appearance.
- Personal Choice: Some women want to change up the appearance of their breasts sometime after their initial surgery. This may mean a revision surgery with larger or smaller implants, or even the removal of the implants entirely.
Replacing or removing your breast implants
You have a few options for breast implant removal. You and your plastic surgeon can decide on simply removing the implants, removing the implants while also performing a breast lift, removing the implants and hardened scar tissue that has formed or an implant replacement with or without a breast lift.
Your plastic surgeon will discuss your options based on your goals, anatomy, and existing breast implants in order to help you choose what will work best for your desired results.
Proper care of implants helps prolong the lifespan
Proper care for your breast implants can help to improve their longevity, and this care begins during your breast augmentation recovery. For example, your plastic surgeon will advise you to wear a support garment or surgical bra during recovery. If you do not follow these guidelines, the lack of support can lead to increased sagging over time.
You should always follow your plastic surgeon’s guidelines for annual checkups, as well as performing regular self-checks. If you have silicone implants, the FDA recommends getting an MRI three years after the initial surgery and then every two years after that. Taking proper care of your implants can help you extend the life of your new look and give you more time before you are likely to require breast implant replacement.