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Breast Augmentation in Nashville, TN

What is Breast Augmentation?

Also known as breast enlargement, augmentation of the breasts is among the most commonly requested procedure for women who come to our practice. Being able to change the size and shape of the breasts helps a woman feel more in control of her appearance. Drs. MaDan and Hueneke offer breast augmentation with saline and silicone implants. When choosing an implant for your breast augmentation, consider:

  • Implant shape (teardrop or round)
  • Filler material (saline or silicone)
  • How you want your breasts to feel after you are completely healed
  • Implant texture
  • Implant size

Drs. Hueneke and MaDan will walk you through all your options during your private consultation, so you understand the main differences between the various types of implants. They may also help you to visualize how you will look after your breast augmentation.

What is the Cost of Breast Augmentation?

The average cost of breast augmentation does vary by patient. We can discuss the details of your cost for breast augmentation at the time of your consultation. For your convenience, Plastic Surgery Affiliates offers financing options for qualified patients.

What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?

  • Improves body proportions
  • Range of implant options
  • Enhances sense of femininity

What is the Recovery Time for Breast Augmentation?

After your breast augmentation procedure, you will experience various stages of healing. For the first few days, you will need to rest at home. This is an ideal time to enlist family and friends to help you with day-to-day tasks, such as eating, bathing, and using the restroom. You will feel tired and sore during this period of time, and Drs. MaDan and Hueneke may recommend a prescription or non-prescription pain medication to help you stay relaxed.

After the initial recovery time, you will need to limit your activities as required by our plastic surgeons. This protects the sutures and helps the tissues heal properly. You may be required to stay at home resting for one to two weeks.

In the months after your breast augmentation, the swelling gradually subsides. If, during this time, your breasts do not look as expected, understand that inflammation can mask the final results. You will also see the incisions start to heal and form a pinkish scar line. The scar will eventually change to a color that is slightly darker than your natural skin tone, but it will not disappear completely.

How long do breast implants last?

Implant longevity varies. The older the implants, the higher likelihood of implant rupture. Rupture rates are most often reported at 10 years. If you have breast implants, you will most likely have another surgery in your lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an alternative to breast implants?

Instead of placing silicone or saline implants, fat grafting can be performed to augment the breast. Liposuction is performed on an area of your choosing, the fat is processed and then placed in each breast. The viability of grafted fat varies, and you may require more than one procedure to achieve your desired result. The biggest risks of breast fat grafting is contour deformity and need for multiple procedures.

Do breast implants sag over time?

Breast implants do not counteract gravity. Breast implants do not stop the breasts’ natural aging. Often times, the breast implant can remain in good position, under the muscle, but the breast tissue itself continues to sag, hanging off of the implant. This can cause the “snoopy” deformity. A breast lift, or mastopexy, can often improve this deformity.

Which type of breast implant feels the most natural?

Classically, silicone implants have a softer feel compared to saline implants. There is usually less rippling and visibility with silicone implants. New, structured saline implants are being developed which can sometimes fool the experts!

What are gummy bear implants?

The term “gummy bear” refers to the cohesive nature of the silicone gel. A “gummy bear” implant is one which is highly-cohesive meaning the gel would not budge if you cut the implant in half with a knife. It would resemble the appearance of a “gummy bear” cut in half.

How long does breast implant surgery take?

The outpatient augmentation procedure usually takes less than 1 hour. The outpatient augmentation and lift procedure (augmentation mastopexy) takes around 2 hours. With either procedure, you are able to go home the same day. You should be up, walking around the house, but taking it easy the next day and throughout the recovery process.

What are the post-operative restrictions for breast augmentation or implant surgery?

Is breast augmentation painful?

The procedure causes more of a feeling of “soreness” than sharp pain. The pain may be the worst 1 - 3 days after surgery and consistently improving thereafter. Muscle spasm medication is often more effective than a narcotic at treating breast augmentation pain. Most patients are able to switch to anti-inflammatory medications (Tylenol, Advil) after the first 3 days.

How do you choose breast implant size?

Breast implant size range is best estimated by your individual breast width. We also use an insert sizing system in our office. This allows you to estimate breast shape/size while wearing clothes. With your breast width and desired insert size, we are able to determine the best size for you. It is also helpful to bring photos of what you think is “too big”, “too small”, and “just right”.

Can you be allergic to breast implants?

All implants have a silicone shell- even saline and structured saline. They are completely latex-free. There is no reliable evidence that any illnesses or allergies are associated with breast implants.

Silicone or saline?

Silicone has a more natural, softer feel. However, monitoring for implant rupture is more difficult with silicone implants. The FDA recommends an MRI within the first 3 years after breast implant surgery, and every other year after that.
Saline implants, while more visible and prone to rippling, are easier to monitor for rupture. If rupture occurs, your body simply absorbs the saline and your breast returns to its pre-operative size.
The structured saline implant gives you less rippling and visibility more similar to a silicone implant, but with the beneficial rupture surveillance of saline. Your body absorbs the saline and the breast returns to its pre-operative size.

Can breast implants last a lifetime?

There is no exact time-frame that a breast implant will last, but it will not last a lifetime. You can almost be guaranteed to have another surgery by choice or necessity. You may want to have smaller implants later on in life or may be forced to exchange them in the case of rupture or capsular contracture.

If you are looking for a plastic surgeon for your breast augmentation in Nashville, Brentwood, Hendersonville, Franklin, Smyrna and nearby areas of Tennessee, entrust your care to Drs. MaDan and Hueneke, plastic surgeons with more than 20 years of combined experience. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.