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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.

Silicone breast implants

Silicone breast implants use an elastic gel. This silicone gel closely resembles the texture of natural breast tissue, helping the implants mimic the same feel and movement of natural breasts with a softer feel and more natural breast profile. Silicone implants also maintain their shape well, minimizing the risk of rippling or wrinkling that can sometimes occur with saline implants.


Because of the highly cohesive silicone gel used in silicone implants, they are sometimes referred to as gummy bear breast implants. They offer a natural look and feel with a reduced risk of rupture and capsular contracture compared to traditional implants. Their thicker gel consistency maintains shape and minimizes rippling, providing long-term durability and stability. Due to their benefits and consistency of quality, Dr. Russo exclusively uses gummy bear breast implants for Breast Augmentation.

Natural Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer

For those seeking a subtle enhancement with natural-looking results, natural Breast Augmentation using fat transfer may be an option. This procedure involves harvesting excess fat from areas such as the abdomen or thighs via liposuction, purifying the fat, and strategically injecting it into the breasts to enhance volume and contour. Fat transfer breast augmentation offers the added benefit of simultaneous body contouring in donor areas, creating a harmonious, balanced silhouette.

Selecting a Breast Implant Size

Breast implant size, measured in cubic centimeters (cc's), correlates with cup size, with approximately 150 to 200 cc's equating to an increase of about one cup size. However, individual factors such as chest and breast dimensions can influence the final outcome. During your consultation, Dr. Russo will guide you in selecting an implant size that aligns with your aesthetic goals and proportions, ensuring natural-looking results that complement your body shape.

The Shape of Implants for Your Breast Augmentation

There are a number of different shapes and textures that can be used for Breast Augmentation, including round implants, teardrop implants, smooth implants, and textured implants.

Round implants are symmetrical and sphere-shaped. They provide fullness and projection to the upper portion of the breasts, offering a significant enhancement to the cleavage. Teardrop implants have a narrower top and fuller bottom, with a more gradual slope. Smooth implants have a smoother surface, where textured implants have a rougher more textured surface.

Dr. Russo only offers round implants with a smooth surface. This is because teardrop and textured implants have recently been found to be linked to higher risks of BIA-ALCL, a rare form of lymphoma. Round implants with a smooth surface are safer, providing a smooth, full enhancement to the breasts.

Breast Implant Approach and Scar

During Breast Augmentation, the choice of incision site can impact scarring and overall aesthetic outcomes. The method Dr. Russo employs is known as the Inframammary Fold. Using this method, an incision is made within the natural crease beneath the breast, resulting in a well-concealed scar that is easily hidden by bras and swimwear.

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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.

Breast Augmentation offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Enhanced Breast Size: Achieve larger, fuller breasts that complement your body proportions and enhance your overall feminine silhouette.
  • Improved Symmetry: Correct breast asymmetry and achieve more balanced, proportionate breasts for enhanced aesthetic harmony.
  • Boosted Confidence: Enjoy increased self-confidence and body positivity as you achieve the breast size and shape you desire.
  • Clothing Fit: Experience greater clothing options and improved fit, as Breast Augmentation can enhance the way clothes drape and flatter your figure.
  • Restored Volume: Address loss of breast volume due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or aging, restoring a youthful, rejuvenated appearance to the breasts.

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 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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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.

How much does Breast Augmentation cost?

The cost of Breast Augmentation will vary according to the size and specific type of implant used. 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.

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.

Breast Augmentation involves increasing breast size and volume using implants or fat transfer, whereas a breast lift, or mastopexy, is aimed at lifting and reshaping sagging breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. While Breast Augmentation primarily addresses volume concerns, a breast lift is ideal for individuals experiencing ptosis (drooping) of the breasts.

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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