Breast implants are used to augment the size of your breast. They also help in defining the shape of your breast. There are both saline and silicone filled implants available, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. During your consultation, Dr. Johnson will take a series of breast measurements and she will help you determine which shape and size is most appropriate for your body type. We work with Natrelle by Allergan, Sientra, and Mentor implants. You can try the Natrelle Breast Implant Simulator online. And see our breast implant before & after photos and FAQs below.
Breast implant before & after photos
Breast augmentation with silicone implants case #1Age: 39. Height: 5' 3".
Weight: 115 pounds.
After photos were taken 6 week after surgery.
Breast augmentation with silicone implants case #2Age: 24. Height: 5' 3".
Weight: 135 pounds.
After photos were taken 7 weeks after surgery.
Breast augmentation with silicone implants case #3Age: 32. Height: 5' 4".
Weight: 120 pounds.
After photos taken 6 weeks after surgery.
Breast augmentation with silicone implants case #4.Age: 35.
After photos were taken 4 weeksafter surgery.
Breast augmentation with saline implants case #5.Age: 32. Height: 4' 11". Weight: 108 pounds.
After photos were taken 5 weeks after surgery.
Am I a good candidate for a breast implants?
During your consultation, Dr. Johnson will provide you with her expert opinion as to whether implants are a good option for you. She will inform you of which size and shape would fit you best. The risks, benefits and possible complications of surgery will all be discussed. Once you are fully informed, you will be able to determine whether having breast augmentation surgery is for you.
How should I prepare for a consultation?
If you have friends or family who have had breast implant surgery, ask them about their experience. Keep in mind that no two people are alike and what works for one person may not work for the next. Also, research on trusted internet sites can be very informative. Viewing photos of women with a body type similar to yours can be helpful when considering sizing options. At the time of your consultation Dr. Johnson will also provide you with a variety of different sizes to trial.
Will I be seen by the surgeon?
Yes. Dr. Johnson will meet with you and she will discuss all your surgical options. Dr. Johnson will provide you with the necessary information so that you feel confident and comfortable with your surgical decision.
Will I be charged for an initial consultation?
Yes. There is a $100 cosmetic consultation fee for your initial visit. If you choose to have surgery with Dr. Johnson the $100 consultation fee will go towards the cost of your surgery.
Are there different types of breast implants?
Yes. There are a few different brands that are FDA approved, Natrelle by Allergan, Mentor, and Sientra. All implants are filled with either silicone or saline. The implants can be either smooth or textured. There are also different shaped implants, such as round or anatomical. And finally, the projection of the implant can be low, moderate, or high.
Where is the breast implant placed?
There are two locations to place breast implants. They can be placed under your chest muscle, called submuscular placement, or placed over the muscle but under the breast tissue, called subglandular placement. During your consultation Dr. Johnson will discuss with you the pros and cons of each procedure and she will recommend the best option for you.
Where will my incision be?
The most common sites for incisions are: inframammary, periareolar, and transaxillary. The inframammary incision is placed at the breast fold. A periareolar incision is made around the nipple/areola complex. A transaxillary incision is made under the arm.
What is the surgical process?
The surgery is performed at a hospital. During surgery you will receive general anesthesia. The surgery will take between 1-2 hours. Once you are awake you are taken to the recovery room for another 1-2 hours and then discharged home.
What is the recovery process?
The first couple of days you may feel pressure and tightness of the chest due to the implants. You will notice that the pressure decreases with each passing day. You are sent home on pain medications which will decrease your discomfort. We will recommend that you wear a sports bra after surgery to provide support. We also request that you do no heavy lifting for at least one month following surgery.
Are there risks involved with breast implants?
Yes, there are risks with any surgical procedure. The most common risks with breast implants are rupture, capsular contracture (firmness of the scar tissue that develops around the implant), or the need for another operation due to asymmetry, implant malposition, hematoma/seroma or unsatisfactory results. Other risks are pain, changes in nipple sensation, infection, or breastfeeding difficulties.
Where will my breast implant procedure be performed?
Dr. Johnson has hospital privileges at both Baystate Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, MA. The procedure can be done at either hospital.
Are the surgical facilities accredited?
Yes. Dr. Johnson performs breast augmentation surgery at Baystate Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center, both are in Springfield MA. They are both accredited by the Joint Commission and awarded the Gold Seal of Approval.
How much do breast implants cost?
The best way to determine the cost of your breast implants is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Johnson. For comparison purposes, projected by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' Average Plastic Surgery Fees for the US, the cost of Breast augmentation (Augmentation mammaplasty) is about $3,388, and the average surgical fee for Breast lift (Mastopexy) is $4,286. Pioneer Valley Plastic Surgery fees are generally comparable to national rates and in some cases may be higher or lower. Fees generally vary according to and patient needs. These fees are averages only. Fees do not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses. ASPS Procedural Statistics represent procedures performed by ASPS Member Surgeons certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery as well as other physicians certified by American Board of Medical Specialties-recognized boards.
Does my insurance cover breast implants surgery?
No. Increasing and enhancing the size and shape of your breasts is a cosmetic procedure. The insurance companies do not deem this procedure medically necessary and therefore it is not a covered procedure.
Is breast augmentation with implants considered a cosmetic procedure?
If you are placing implants because you are not satisfied with the size and shape of your breasts, augmentation is considered a cosmetic procedure. However, if you have breast asymmetry from a congenital breast deformity, a traumatic injury to your breast, or a deformity from breast cancer surgery, your insurance carrier may consider it medically necessary and therefore not a cosmetic procedure..
Can I finance my breast implants?
Yes. We offer patient financing through CareCredit, which is a part of GE Capital, one of the nation's most credible and trusted financial partners. You can apply securely online by filling out a CareCredit Online Credit Application, or by calling (800) 365-8295. A decision is usually made within minutes of receiving your application.