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Breast Augmentation

Frequently referred to as a “boob job,” the best breast augmentation surgery relies on fat transfer or implants to increase the size of your breasts. Today, the process is safer than ever. When you have the procedure performed by top surgeons, your breasts look and feel natural, complete, and symmetrical. You have every reason to consider improving your appearance and your self-image on your terms. Visit the best breast augmentation surgeon in New Jersey and New York City at Rowe Plastic Surgery. Call today to find out how you can achieve your goals and enjoy the figure you’ve always dreamed of.

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Page Updated on Sep 7, 2022 by Dr. Norman Rowe (Plastic Surgeon) of Rowe Plastic Surgery

    What Is Breast Augmentation?

    Breast augmentation refers to the process of reshaping, filling out, and defining your breasts to meet your desires and expectations. If you’re seeking to improve your profile or return to a more youthful appearance, consider breast augmentation. If you’re unhappy with the way your breasts are formed or want to renew your breasts to their former shape and size, then NJ breast augmentation surgery may be an ideal solution.

    At Rowe Plastic Surgery in New Jersey, Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons, top cosmetic surgeons provide exceptional results that fill your needs and expectations for fuller, more beautiful breasts. Your highly rated, board-certified plastic surgeon provides a variety of breast augmentation services to help you achieve any number of objectives, such as:

    • Restoring volume to your breasts after a successful weight loss program
    • Bringing your breasts back to their natural shape following a pregnancy
    • Increasing the fullness of your bust
    • Providing symmetry if one breast is larger than the other
    • Improving the balance between your chest, waist and hips for a more flattering silhouette
    • Reconstructing your breasts after a mastectomy or other surgical procedure
    • Enhancing your confidence and self-esteem

    Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

    Taking the plunge to get a good boob job is a major step, but it’s a common procedure. Plastic surgeons don’t take your decision lightly, and neither should you. The most successful procedures are worth the time and resources, so you get a breast augmentation for the right reasons, such as:

    • Relieving the anxiety you’ve had for most of your life about the shape of your breasts
    • Increasing your self-esteem, allowing you to take risks and follow dreams you’ve put off for too long
    • Feeling more comfortable in your body
    • Being able to wear the fashions and styles you prefer

    You can experience more satisfaction from your breast augmentation if you do it for yourself and not to please someone else. This isn’t a procedure suggested as a short-term solution for situations like:

    • Landing a job
    • Fixing a relationship
    • Looking good for a vacation
    • Curiosity about how you’d look and be treated if you had bigger breasts

    That said, breast augmentation surgery in New Jersey is an excellent step forward in your quest for improved self-confidence. When you feel better about how you look, you act with more confidence.

    Who’s a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation Surgery?

    Because your breasts usually aren’t completely formed until you’ve reached the age of 18, you must wait until then before considering breast augmentation. Otherwise, you may be a good candidate for the procedure if:

    • Your breasts naturally are asymmetrical.
    • Your breasts never fully formed.
    • You have a sincere desire for a fuller, larger breast size.
    • You feel inferior because of your bust size.
    • You’re healthy both physically and mentally.
    • You aren’t breastfeeding or currently pregnant.
    • You have reasonable expectations from the procedure.
    • You seek improvement rather than perfection in your appearance.

    A wide range of women of all ages, ethnicities and occupations decide to get their breasts augmented. In fact, it’s one of the top five cosmetic surgeries in the United States, with nearly 200,000 breast augmentation surgeries performed in 2020 alone, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Reconstruction after breast cancer adds another 100,000 to the total.

    Why Choose Rowe Plastic Surgery in New Jersey and New York City?

    Dr. Norman Rowe, MD, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, combines his extraordinary skills with his knowledge of the latest and most innovative techniques to provide stunning, natural-looking breast augmentation.

    Dr. Rowe is a board-certified plastic surgeon with the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) who specializes in breast procedures, rhinoplasty procedures, and revision procedures. Breast augmentation surgery, also known as augmentation mammaplasty, is one of his most often requested cosmetic procedures.

    Dr. Rowe provides his patients with meticulous attention to detail, technical expertise, and commitment to excellence, safety, and results that look natural.

    By carefully considering his patients’ cosmetic goals, Dr. Rowe strives to provide superior breast augmentation results for women throughout New Jersey, including Montclair, Red Bank, Cherry Hill, Plainview, and Hamptons, as well as Park Ave and The Club House, NY. As a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a highly rated cosmetic surgeon on RealSelf, Dr. Rowe has been acknowledged for his excellent quality of care and treatment.

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    What Makes a Good Boob Job?

    During your consultation, your plastic surgeon clearly explains all the details of the procedure and what you can expect. Your satisfaction and recovery are much smoother when you go into the process fully informed. Augmentation can’t fix some aspects of your breasts, such as lifting your breasts if they’ve become saggy. You may need to undergo a breast lift in conjunction with the augmentation to get more lift.

    The results of your NJ breast augmentation also depend on the type and shape of the implants you receive. Your choices include:

    • Saline implants. Typically uniform in shape and firmness, saline implants come with fewer risks. If they break for any reason, the salt water is absorbed into your body with no side effects.
    • Silicone implants. These implants are the closest to the real thing in how they feel. Even if they leak, the silicone gel usually doesn’t cause the implant to collapse.
    • Structured implants. They’re filled with saline, although they’re placed in an inner mold that makes them feel more like natural breasts.
    • Gummy bear implants. These implants won’t lose their shape even if the shell is compromised. The consistency of the silicone gel is thicker, and breasts usually are firmer than with traditional implants.
    • Natural breast augmentation.  This process involves taking subcutaneous fat from other parts of your body and sculpting your breasts with the tissue. There are pros and cons of a fat transfer breast augmentation, but it provides additional body sculpting because it uses fat taken from another area of your body, like your abdomen.

    Is Breast Augmentation Safe?

    Breast augmentation is as safe as it’s ever been. And when you trust an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, you greatly reduce your risks. As with breast reductions, breast augmentation surgery is invasive, however, and it comes with some risks like any other surgical procedure.
    Silicone gel and saline implants are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to:

    • Increase your breast size
    • Reconstruct breasts after a trauma or cancer surgery
    • Repair breast deformities

    Implants aren’t created to last a lifetime, and you may require additional procedures to maintain their shape and position. Over time, your implants may shift or leak. But when you rely on the best surgeon in the New York City Metropolitan area, you receive the attention you need. The Rowe Plastic Surgery doctors operate under the safest conditions in a state-of-the-art facility that provides you with every accommodation for your comfort.

    What Breast Augmentation Sizes Are Available?

    Share your goals with your surgeon, which include the breast implant size you’re looking to use. Implants are measured by cubic centimeters (CCs), ranging from 80 CCs to as large as 800 CCs. The higher the number, the larger the breast size.

    The top breast augmentation surgeons in NJ and NYC gauge the size that’s right for you. The decision isn’t as simple as picking out a new outfit. The largest size isn’t necessarily the best choice. The best cosmetic surgeons:

    • Listen to your goals before making recommendations based on their years of experience
    • Advise you about the size that fits best and looks most natural with your body type
    • Take computer-aided design pictures so you can see what your breasts may look like after augmentation
    • Provide you with fake implants called sizers that you put in your bra to try out before you commit to a specific size

    What Are the Breast Augmentation Incision Options?

    Several incision techniques may be used during a breast augmentation procedure, including:

    • Inframammary
      Breast Augmentation Incision OptionsAn inframammary incision is made under the breast in the natural crease that occurs where the lower part of the breast meets the skin of the chest. An inframammary incision leaves a tiny scar that is often only 1-2 inches long. This incision not only offers the best scar concealment but also poses the fewest breastfeeding complications.
    • Periareolar
      A periareolar incision is made all the way around the areola’s outer edge, which helps disguise the scar with its natural pigmentation change. While there is always a chance of complications after surgery, there is extremely little chance that this type of incision will prevent you from breastfeeding.
    • Transaxillary
      Transaxillary incision creates the least visible scar as it is made in the armpit. This incision is the least invasive to the mammary gland, making it a preferred option for younger women who want to retain their ability to breastfeed safely and successfully.

    What Are the Breast Implant Placement Options?

    Breast implants can only be placed in one of two ways, including:

    • Breast Implant Placement OptionsSubmuscular implant palcement
      The outlines of the breast implant are typically less obvious when it is placed submuscularly (under the muscle) since it tends to provide less definition. Additionally, submuscular implants have been reported to interfere with mammography exam results less frequently.
    • Subglandular implant placement
      Based on the type and amount of breast tissue present, implant definition may be more prominent when placed subglandularly (on top of a patient’s muscles). Some patients favor subglandular placement due to the fact that the implant rests just below the breast skin.

    The best implant placement for your particular case will be determined by the goal you wish to achieve as well as the type and size of the implant.

    What Is the Breast Augmentation Consultation Like?

    Your initial consultation will consist of the following:

    • You will meet the medical team and get to know Dr. Norman Rowe
    • Your medical history, including past surgical operations, health issues, mammograms, breast biopsies, and current medications will be evaluated
    • A physical examination of your breasts will be performed. This will include an evaluation of the skin and soft tissue health of each breast, the base width of the breast, and the quality of the breast skin
    • Photographs will be taken to aid with planning. They will not be shown to other patients unless you give your written permission
    • If you have not yet completed your family, the surgeon will discuss how pregnancy and nursing may impact the outcomes of breast augmentation

    During the second consultation:

    • Dr. Norman Rowe will help you choose the breast implant that will provide the desired feminine silhouette
    • Dr. Norman Rowe will also go through his surgery plan with you, explaining to you how long your surgery will last, where your incisions will be, and what to expect throughout your recovery
    • You will also be tasked with completing the necessary paperwork for the procedure
    • The surgeon may recommend you to stop taking certain drugs before surgery based on your medical history
    • You may also be asked to abstain from smoking for eight weeks before and after the procedure

    If you are over the age of 35 or have a family history of breast cancer, you must have screening mammography before undergoing breast augmentation surgery. Dr. Norman Rowe may also conduct extra screening tests or request prior approval from your regular medical doctor for your safety.

    How to Prepare for Breast Augmentation?

    To ensure the best results from the procedure, your surgeon will provide you with a list of instructions to follow. A plastic surgeon usually requests that you:

    • Stop smoking and taking certain medications
    • Refrain from taking any blood thinning medications, including ibuprofen or aspirin
    • Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs
    • Make arrangements for someone to drive you home after the outpatient procedure and stay with you at least for the first 24 hours

    How Is the Breast Augmentation Procedure Performed?

    Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure carried out under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes the incision next to or below the breast. The implant is positioned either behind the breast tissue or under the chest muscle. The incision is then stitched and covered with a dressing. You will require a responsible adult to accompany you home after surgery. The average breast implant procedure takes 45 to 60 minutes, and the patient is kept under observation for an extra hour or two before being allowed to go home.

    How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

    It is critical to realize that breast implants are not intended to be permanent solutions. Although the lifespan of an implant varies, it typically lasts between 10 and 15 years before needing to be replaced. Patients frequently require replacement implants as a result of factors such as rupture, hardening, or the necessity of breast revision surgery.

    What’s Involved with Recovery?

    The procedure takes between one and two hours. Since you need to be given general anesthesia, you have to arrive an hour early. Plan to spend at least an hour more in recovery before you’re allowed to go home. Modern techniques have greatly reduced recovery time, so that you won’t be out of commission for long after a good boob job. Your recovery process includes:

    • Sleeping upright, usually in a recliner, for the first 48 hours after surgery
    • Returning to work within a few days, as long as you don’t do any heavy lifting
    • Waiting about two weeks before sleeping on your side
    • Avoiding raising your arms over your head for a couple of weeks
    • Reducing strenuous activity for two to three weeks
    • Wearing a bra 24 hours a day for at least four weeks
    • Resuming all your normal routines within about eight weeks

    Will I Have Noticeable Breast Augmentation Scars?

    Most breast augmentation scars initially could be red or pinkish, and the skin might feel a little inflamed. It’s crucial to keep in mind that scars can take up to a year or longer to heal completely, so it may seem like the scars will never go away. Your age, genetics, skin tone, and sun exposure can also affect how quickly scars heal.

    Can You Breastfeed with Breast Implants?

    The vast majority of women who get breast augmentations continue to breastfeed without any problems. Keep in mind that some women may struggle to nurse even if they have never undergone breast surgery. If you were able to do so previously, you should be able to continue breastfeeding after the surgery. We will utilize the best preservation techniques if you inform us during your appointment that you value being able to breastfeed in the future.

    Breast Augmentation FAQs

    • How much is breast augmentation? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of breast augmentation is about $4,500. This average usually doesn’t count all the other fees, which can include the anesthesiologist’s fees, operating room charges, prescription medications, blood test and imaging tests. Talk to your cosmetic surgeon about the additional fees during your consultation.
    • Does health insurance cover my augmentation surgery? Most insurance policies don’t cover breast augmentation, as it’s considered a purely cosmetic, non-medical procedure.
    • When can I sleep on my side after breast augmentation? Since sleeping on your side can damage your new implants or stress the stitches, you must wait until you’re fully healed before you can sleep on your side. Expect that process to take about two weeks.
    • When can I stop wearing a bra after my breast augmentation? Two weeks after your surgery, it’s safe to stop wearing the surgical bra. You need to continue to wear a sports bra or another non-underwire support bra all the time for another two weeks. Then you can stop wearing a bra at least some of the time, including at night.

    With so many options and decisions about breast augmentation, find an experienced surgeon with expertise and the demeanor to make you feel comfortable about the process. Contact Rowe Plastic Surgery in Manhattan, Plainview or Water Mill, NY or in Montclair or Red Bank, NJ for a consultation. Let an experienced plastic surgeon help you become the very best version of yourself.

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    Dr. Rowe and his Staff is simply amazing!

    The first thing I can say about Dr. Rowe and his Staff is simply amazing!! They are all so helpful and kind and willing to assist you with any issues, questions or concerns that you may have. From start to finish, Dr. Rowe and his staff were there to help in any way necessary. I had my surgery about a week ago and I am overwhelmed with how beautiful my breast augmentation turned out. I am more than satisfied with Dr. Rowe and his staff and would recommend him to anyone!

    Carlie Beshara

    Highly recommend this practice

    Had a fabulous experience for breast augmentation with Dr. Rowe and his staff. I was very apprehensive about the whole process as I wanted very small, natural implants, and was overwhelmed with information. But this staff and practice made the process seamless and helped me choose the RIGHT implant for ME and I am beyond thrilled with the stunning results. He also has a great technique for how he enters to minimize scarring - which is fabulous! From the selection to the surgery to follow up, I highly recommend this practice. A true professional practice, with a very happy patient.

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