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Breast Augmentation in Boston, MA

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What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a medical operation where breast implants are inserted to attain bigger, fuller, and more symmetrical breasts. Breast augmentation can be a suitable treatment choice for individuals with small breasts who want to increase their size, or for those who desire to regain breast volume lost due to weight fluctuations and breastfeeding.

Types of Implants Used in Breast Augmentation

Our patients have a very important decision to make before getting a breast augmentation. To get the most natural-looking result from breast augmentation Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Russo will help choose the type of implant to be used for your needs. There are two types of breast implants for breast augmentation: saline and silicone breast implants.

Saline breast implants

Saline breast implants use sterile saltwater. This is filled to fit the desired size, shape, and firmness of our patients. In cases when a saline implant leaks, the saline solution will be absorbed by the body and naturally expelled.

Silicone breast implants

Silicone breast implants, on the other hand, use an elastic gel. When used for breast augmentation, they mimic the same feel and movement of a natural breast.

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Benefits of Breast Augmentation

The most obvious and immediate benefit is larger breasts for your body.

This can allow you to be satisfied with your figure in new ways, including creating new proportions, changing your body profiles, and enhancing your overall feminine look. Bigger breasts can increase confidence, whether you go up one size or more, and help you become happier with your figure when you look in the mirror.

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The Shape of Implants for Your Breast Augmentation

In addition to the size and type of breast implants, you will also need to consider the shape you would like for your augmentation. The two shapes to consider are round and teardrop. Round breast implants are just like they sound, with precisely symmetrical sphere-shaped implants. Teardrop breast implants are a bit different in that they better copy the shape of a natural breast, with a narrower top and fuller bottom.

Note that if you choose teardrop implants, they include a textured underside which helps reduce the chance that they will slide out of place and make your breasts look uneven. During your consultation with Boston breast augmentation provider, Dr. Russo, he will cover each of your options’ respective benefits and drawbacks.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation in Boston?

To learn more about breast augmentation of all available shapes, types, and sizes, schedule a consultation with Boston breast augmentation expert, Dr. Russo. This will allow him to conduct an exam, review your medical history, discuss your concerns, and create a customized plan for what you want to be done. The best candidates for breast augmentation are not nursing, not pregnant, not experiencing breast growth, in good health, and are nonsmokers.

Your Breast Augmentation Procedure

Your surgery for breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, so you should be able to return home afterward.

You will be under general anesthesia during surgery, so you will first need to recover from that before being released to return home. During surgery, Boston breast implants provider, Dr. Russo will use the customized plan he made for you to make incisions in your breasts. He will insert the implants, place them, and then either fill them or shape them. Once done, the incisions will be sutured closed. Generally speaking, it can take up to two hours from start to finish for your breast augmentation.

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Breast Augmentation Recovery

Following a breast augmentation Boston patients will need to rest to allow their incisions time to heal. Our patients who have undergone breast augmentation are usually well enough to return to work a week after the procedure, but we advise that they take things slow and regulate their activities. You will need to avoid housework, driving, and heavy lifting as well.

It is normal for our patients to feel slight discomfort and tightness in the chest area. Patients are provided with oral medication to help manage the pain. Our Boston breast augmentation patients will be asked by our team to wear special garments to help stabilize the new breasts.

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Breast Augmentation


You will immediately notice the change in your enlarged breasts after surgery. However, you will need to wait up to six weeks for your final results, which will allow time for your swelling to fade and your body to adjust to the new size and weight of your implants.

This includes allowing your skin to heal and stretch, and the implants to soften and feel more natural. Still, it may take up to a year for your new breasts to feel like a natural part of your body. It’s important to wear a bandeau during this healing period to keep them in place so there’s no tugging on your incisions, particularly when you lay down. This will also help shape them. Wearing a bra both day and night will be especially helpful if you had much smaller breasts previously or asymmetry.

Consultation for Breast Augmentation in Boston

Patients who feel an increase in the size and shape of their breasts will make an improvement in their appearance usually come in for consultations for breast augmentation in Boston. Breast augmentation can do wonders for our patients in restoring the desired contours for their bodies that will give them revived self-confidence and a positive self-image.

If you are thinking about getting a breast augmentation in Boston, then look no further and schedule a consultation with Boston’s renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Russo. With his years of experience as a plastic surgeon in Boston, Dr. Russo can provide the best patient care as well as excellent results for his patients who went through a breast augmentation procedure.

Breast Augmentation FAQ

While you will be sedated during the procedure, once you wake up, you will immediately notice the extra weight on your chest from the implants. This is accompanied by aching, soreness, and even tightness in your breast as if you’ve overworked your muscles. These sensations are completely normal.

As you heal, you will continue to feel mild to moderate pain from bruising, swelling, and incisions. You can usually manage this discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers, but if you think you need something stronger, make sure to ask the doctor.

Because there will be incisions during the surgery in order to insert the implants, there will be scars left behind. However, Dr. Russo is an expert specialist in breast augmentation, so he makes the incisions to minimize the appearance of the scar or hide it altogether, such as your breast crease, underarm area, or around your areola. Over time, these scars will fade into fine lines that will make them even less visible.

The cost of breast augmentation will vary according to what size you get, what shape, and what specific type of implant. If you have breast augmentation for medical reasons, like corrective surgery after a mastectomy, your insurance provider should cover some or all of the costs. However, if you have breast augmentation as elective cosmetic surgery, then you will need to cover the costs yourself. You can apply for financing or inquire about payment plans if needed.

Like any surgical procedure, breast augmentation carries risks. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring, and changes in nipple sensation.

Yes, you will need someone to drive you home after the procedure because of the anesthesia.

Generally, patients can usually go back to their jobs in less than two weeks and return to a typical lifestyle within four to six weeks.

Doctors advise patients to sleep on their backs for a few weeks to protect their breasts after the surgery. This will help keep pressure off the area and aid in proper healing.

Breast augmentation is not considered a permanent procedure. While breast implants are designed to last for many years, they may eventually need to be replaced due to complications or changes in personal preference.

No specific age is considered "good" for getting a breast augmentation. However, it is generally recommended that patients wait until their breasts fully develop before undergoing the procedure.

Breastfeeding and pregnancy are still possible after the surgery. However, it is essential to discuss your plans with your plastic surgeon as they may impact the results of your procedure.

Breast surgery can sometimes affect nipple sensitivity. This can vary from patient to patient and may be temporary or permanent. Discussing this potential side effect with your plastic surgeon before undergoing the procedure is important.

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