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Raleigh Breast Augmentation Plastic Surgeons

Receiving a breast augmentation is the quickest, most effective ways to increase the fullness, symmetry, and overall appearance of your breasts. That is why numerous women come to North Raleigh Plastic Surgery to help enhance the appearance of their breasts, improve their figure, and significantly boost their self-confidence. Through breast augmentation, Dr. Ortiz and Dr. Jones have assisted thousands of women in acquiring the look and figure of their dreams and can deliver the results you desire.

the Ideal Candidate for Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation is often chosen by individuals who wish to improve their breast appearance, address issues such as asymmetry, or restore breast volume lost due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can take a toll on the breasts and many women find themselves longing to achieve the fullness they once had. Likewise, women who have suffered an injury or have undergone a mastectomy may need breast augmentation.

The ideal candidate for breast implant surgery are individuals in overall good health, who maintain a healthy weight, and have realistic results about increasing the size of their breasts through augmentation.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure that offers various benefits to individuals seeking to enhance their breast appearance. Whether it’s to increase breast size, improve symmetry, or regain lost volume, breast augmentation can have a positive impact on self-confidence and body image.

Enhanced Body Proportions

Breast augmentation can create a more balanced and harmonious overall body shape. It can help women achieve an hourglass figure and improve the balance between their upper and lower body.

Improved Symmetry

Breast asymmetry is a common concern for many individuals. Breast augmentation can help correct noticeable differences in breast size and shape, resulting in a more balanced appearance.

Boosted Self-Confidence

Many people experience increased self-esteem and confidence following breast augmentation. Feeling better about one’s appearance can lead to improved self-image and a more positive outlook on life.

Restoration after Pregnancy and Weight Loss

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss can lead to changes in breast size and shape. Breast augmentation surgery can help women regain their pre-pregnancy or desired breast appearance.

Clothing Choices

Breast augmentation can expand clothing options and allow individuals to wear outfits they may not have felt comfortable in before the surgery. It can enhance the fit and look of various clothing styles.

Psychological Benefits

Beyond physical changes, breast augmentation can have a profound psychological impact. Many patients report increased satisfaction with their bodies and improved overall well-being.

“Dr Ortiz is a skilled surgeon with a beautiful personality and a friendly and knowledgeable staff. We were in good hands for the entire process. Today was the final visit and the breast surgery results were better than I ever imagined. I recommend you go see Dr Ortiz for all of your plastic surgery needs! And if you need to talk to me personally, I will gladly do so. Get your work done by Dr Ortiz and you will love your results!”

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Types of Breast Implants

Silicone gel and saline breast implants are the two materials used in augmentation. These materials look and feel a little differently in the body so the type of implant you choose will likely come down to personal preference.

Silicone Gel Implants

Silicone breast implants offer a remarkably natural feel and appearance, making them a preferred choice for many individuals seeking breast augmentation. These implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a silicone gel that closely mimics the texture and softness of natural breast tissue. What sets silicone implants apart is their ability to provide a realistic look and feel, allowing patients to achieve a more authentic breast contour. Patients often appreciate the naturalness of silicone implants, which can boost their self-confidence and satisfaction with the results. It’s worth noting that silicone implants have received FDA approval for individuals aged 22 and older. This age requirement is in place to ensure the safety and suitability of the implants for adult patients. Additionally, individuals with silicone implants may need to schedule regular visits to their plastic surgeon for ultrasounds or MRIs to monitor the functionality and integrity of the implants over time.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants offer a different approach to breast augmentation. These implants consist of silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline). The filling of saline implants can be done either before they are placed or after they are inserted into the body. Saline implants are known for providing a uniform shape and firmness, which can be appealing to some patients. These implants have received FDA approval for patients aged 18 and older, making them an option for a slightly younger demographic.

Choosing the Size and Shape of Breast Implants

In addition to different materials, breast implants are also available in a few shapes: round and teardrop. Teardrop implants are very natural looking while round implants tend to look a little less natural.

Choosing the size and shape of breast implants is a significant decision in the breast augmentation process, as it directly impacts the final result and satisfaction of the patient. When considering breast augmentation, it’s crucial to work closely with your breast implants surgeon to determine the most appropriate size and shape based on your individual goals and body type.

Body Proportions

A harmonious result is achieved by considering your existing body proportions. Your surgeon will assess your height, weight, chest width, and overall physique to recommend implant sizes and shapes that complement your natural body contours.

Personal Goals

Clearly communicate your aesthetic goals and expectations with your surgeon. Whether you desire a subtle enhancement or a more dramatic change, your surgeon can help you select implants that align with your vision.

Natural Appearance

Many patients aim for a natural-looking enhancement. In such cases, silicone implants are often preferred due to their realistic texture and feel. The shape and size should be chosen to create a balanced and authentic appearance.

Projection and Profile

Implants come in various profiles, including low, moderate, high, and extra-high. The profile determines how far the implant extends from the chest wall. The choice of profile can influence the final shape and fullness of the breasts.

Breast Width

Your natural breast width plays a role in choosing the right implant. The implant’s base width should match or closely approximate your existing breast width to avoid an unnatural appearance.

Cleavage and Gap

The distance between the breasts, known as cleavage, is another factor to consider. Your surgeon will help determine the optimal implant size and shape to achieve an appealing cleavage while avoiding an excessive gap.

Shape Options

Breast implants shape and placement options including round and teardrop (anatomical). Round implants provide fullness in both the upper and lower parts of the breast, while teardrop implants mimic the natural slope of the breast for a subtle, tapered look.

Choosing Between Breast Implants vs Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Fat transfer breast augmentation involves using your body’s own fat to enhance breast size and shape, providing a natural look and feel. This procedure has the added benefit of simultaneous liposuction in areas with excess fat, offering a more sculpted appearance. It’s a minimally invasive option with smaller incisions, leading to quicker recovery and minimal scarring. However, it may result in a more subtle increase in breast size and might require multiple sessions, making it suitable for those seeking a modest change.

On the other hand, breast implants allow for precise control over size and volume, making them a preferred choice for individuals desiring a specific breast appearance or substantial size enhancement. Breast augmentation with implants offer predictable and long-lasting results but require a surgical procedure with associated incisions and recovery time.

The choice between the two methods depends on individual aesthetic goals, body type, and preferences. While fat transfer provides a natural look and minimally invasive approach, breast implants offer more significant size options and are suitable for those seeking precise and substantial changes.

Consultation and Assessment for Breast Augmentation

During your consultation with Dr. Ortiz or Dr. Jones, your breast augmentation surgeon will discuss your goals, the nature of the breast augmentation, cost, and what you can expect in regards to recovery, complications, and scars. During your consultation, your breast augmentation surgeon will determine the type of incision needed, the best implant shape for your body, the best breast implant placement for your desired look, and recommend the best type of breast implant for you.

Surgical Technique is Used for Breast Augmentation

In this one-day, outpatient procedure, Dr. Ortiz or Dr. Jones will increase breast size and improve symmetry, resulting in larger, more symmetrical breasts.

Step 1: Incision Placement

Your surgeon makes incisions in predetermined locations, which can be in the inframammary fold (underneath the breast), around the areola (periareolar), or in the axillary (armpit) area. The choice of incision site depends on the patient’s anatomy and implant type..

Step 2: Implant Placement

There are two primary locations for implant placement: submuscular (Under the Muscle) and subglandular (Over the Muscle). For a submuscular placement, the implant is positioned beneath the chest muscle, offering additional coverage and a more natural appearance. This placement is often chosen for thinner individuals with less breast tissue. Submuscular implant positioning is placed between the chest muscle and the breast tissue. This option is suitable for patients with adequate natural breast tissue.

Step 3: Closure and Dressing

After implant placement, your surgeon meticulously closes the incisions with sutures and may apply surgical tape or adhesive to support the healing process. Dressings are applied, and in some cases, surgical drains may be inserted temporarily.

Recovery Process Following Breast Implant Surgery

Since you will be coming out of anesthesia, you will need someone to drive you home from the center and stay with you for 24 hours after your breast augmentation surgery. You will be on narcotic pain medication for around 2 days following the surgery and NSAIDs are recommended for any pain after this time.

You will be able to drive once you have stopped taking narcotics and most patients are able to return to work in 2-3 days. You will wear compression garments for 6 weeks and you should avoid strenuous activity and exercise for the same length of time. During recovery, it is important to sleep on your back or side.

Expected Results of Breast Augmentation Surgery

After a breast augmentation, your breasts will be elevated (you may have heard people refer to this as “riding high”) for approximately 3 months after the surgery. Around the 3 month mark, the implants will “drop” and settle into place.

Breast augmentation results are typically long-lasting, and patients can enjoy the benefits of the surgery for many years. However, it’s essential to follow post-operative care and attend regular check-ups to ensure the longevity of the implants.

The enhanced breast appearance after breast surgery often leads to improved self-esteem and body image, positively impacting overall well-being.

What Procedures Can Be Combined with a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation can be combined with various other cosmetic procedures to achieve a more comprehensive transformation or address multiple aesthetic concerns simultaneously. Some of the common procedures that can be combined with breast augmentation include:

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Breast augmentation is often combined with a breast lift to address sagging or drooping breasts. This combination can provide a fuller and lifted breast appearance.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Patients seeking both breast enhancement and abdominal contouring may opt for a breast augmentation and tummy tuck combination.


Liposuction can be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation to contour other areas of the body, such as the hips, thighs, or abdomen.

Facial Procedures

Some individuals choose to combine breast augmentation with facial rejuvenation procedures like facelift, neck lift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, or rhinoplasty for a more comprehensive makeover.

Buttock Augmentation

Patients looking for overall body enhancement may opt for a combination of breast augmentation and a buttock lift, butt lift with auto augmentation, or Brazilian Butt Lift to achieve balanced proportions.

Buttock Augmentation

Patients looking for overall body enhancement may opt for a combination of breast augmentation and a buttock lift, butt lift with auto augmentation, or Brazilian Butt Lift to achieve balanced proportions.

Body Lift

A body lift procedure can be combined with breast augmentation to address loose skin and contouring of multiple body areas, especially after significant weight loss.

Body Contouring

Depending on individual goals, patients may choose to combine breast augmentation with body contouring procedures like thigh lift and arm lift.

What Questions Should You Ask Your Breast Augmentation Surgeon?

When considering breast augmentation surgery, it’s crucial to ask your surgeon a series of important questions to ensure you make an informed decision and feel confident about the procedure. Here are some key questions to ask your breast augmentation surgeon:

  • How Many Breast Augmentation Procedures Have You Performed?
  • What Are the Different Types of Breast Implants, and Which Do You Recommend for Me?
  • What Size and Shape of Implants Do You Recommend for My Goals?
  • Where Will the Incisions Be Made, and How Will Scarring Be Minimized?
  • What Are the Risks and Complications Associated with Breast Augmentation Surgery?
  • Can You Show Me Before-and-After Photos of Previous Patients?
  • What Is Your Policy on Revision Surgery, if Necessary?
  • Can You Provide References or Patient Testimonials?
  • What Are the Alternatives to Breast Augmentation, and Should I Consider Them?

Breast Augmentation Surgery FAQ’s

The cost of a breast augmentation depends on the type of implant you choose and whether there is any manipulation of the areola. Even with these variables, breast augmentations with North Raleigh Plastic Surgery typically range between $9,325 to $10,660.

On the day of your surgery, you can expect to be at the surgery center for around 3 hours. The procedure takes approximately 1 1/2 half hours and the remaining time will be spent administering anesthesia and preparing you to go home.

Our licensed anesthetist administers IV sedation for breast augmentations.

Some scarring after breast augmentation surgery is completely normal. The incisions for breast augmentations are placed in inconspicuous areas to prevent visible scarring, however, most patients have a 1-2 inch scar in the crease on the underside of their breast. In some cases, incisions can be made around the areola where scarring is hidden by the natural change in pigmentation.

Breast augmentations are extremely safe procedures with just 5% of patients experiencing complications. The most common complications are infection at the incision site, hematoma, and unsightly scars. Your Raleigh plastic surgeon will discuss complications and address any concerns at your consultation.

You will have a minimum of 3 appointments with your surgeon after your breast augmentation:

  • one appointment a week after the surgery,
  • one appointment at 2 months post-surgery,
  • and the final appointment at 6 months after surgery.

If you need to see Dr. Ortiz or Dr. Jones at any time between these appointments, please call us at 919-532-2270.

The cost of your breast augmentation includes all pre-op and post-op appointments, the surgery and surgical materials, as well as any post-op compression garments.

We require a payment of 25% of the total cost upfront to secure your surgery date. The remaining balance must be paid in full no later than two weeks before the surgery takes place. While most cosmetic surgeries are not covered by insurance, we offer a cash discount and accept Care Credit and all major credit cards.

Contact Our Raleigh Breast Augmentation Surgeons Today

Whether you are only considering receiving a breast augmentation or are ready to take the next steps towards this procedure, we encourage you to contact our Raleigh plastic surgery center today.

Dr. Ortiz and Dr. Jones have successfully assisted countless women in enhancing the appearance of their breasts and can certainly do the same for you. They will address any concerns you may have, educate you on the entirety of the procedure, and leave you feeling more confident about your figure than ever before.

To schedule your personalized consultation at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery, give us a call at 919-532-2270 or fill out the contact form below to get started.

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