The goal of breast augmentation is to create beautiful breasts that look and feel natural. Dr. Crofts uses silicone or saline implants to increase the size and projection of the breast. Dr. Crofts will discuss with you what implant shape, style, and fullness you want in order to achieve your ideal look. Breast augmentation alone does not change the breast’s basic shape, nor does it address breast sagginess (ptosis). In order to achieve their desired results, some patients may need lifting or reshaping of the breast tissue along with the placement of implants. Dr. Crofts will address these considerations with you during your consultation.
As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Crofts has performed thousands of breast augmentations He uses an open pocket technique to augment the breasts. This technique allows for the implants to move freely in the breast pocket, creating a more natural look and feel. We have several different silicone implants options, including the gummy bear implants, to tailor to each patient’s needs.
Breast augmentation and breast reconstruction are considered very safe.
Breast augmentation is not covered by insurance and is considered an elective procedure. Insurance may cover breast reconstruction with implants in cases of malignancy.
Breast augmentation may or may not be part of a mommy makeover. This is determined at the patient’s consultation based on their surgical goals and needs.
A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures. Although the procedures vary from patient to patient, popular mommy makeover procedures typically include breast augmentation and/or breast lift, liposuction, and abdominoplasty.
There are different incision sites for breast augmentation. The most popular incision is in the inframammary fold of the breast which is usually hidden nicely in the breast fold.
As breast implants are not lifetime devices, it is recommended they be replaced about every 10 years.
The price for a breast augmentation starts at $7,800. This price includes anesthesia, operating room facilities, and Dr. Crofts fees. The price varies depending on the type of implants you choose.
Breast augmentation alone does not change the breast’s basic shape, nor does it address breast sagginess (ptosis). In order to achieve their desired results, some patients may need lifting or reshaping of the breast tissue along with the placement of implants. During your consultation, Dr. Crofts will discuss implant ptosis and different types of breast lifts.
There are 2 basic types of breast implants. They are saline and silicone. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water known as saline. Silicone is a gel filled implant. They come in different shapes and sizes, but both saline and silicone implants have a silicone outer shell.
“Gummy bear implant” is a nickname for highly cohesive silicone implants. This implant gives more stability or shape as the silicone gel is more strongly crosslinked to provide structure.
The risk of sensation loss depends on the incision and surgical approach. Incisions in the inframammary fold tend to not cause sensation alteration as frequently. Some women may experience sensation changes after augmentation due to swelling and recovery, but after a few weeks, most of the changes will diminish.