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FAQs - Breast Augmentation

Considering a breast augmentation or breast implants? Find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions here.

Breast Augmentation Questions

What is a breast augmentation?

In the simplest terms, a breast augmentation is a change in the volume of the breasts. This is achieved with either a prosthesis (implants) or fat grafting (suctioning fat from other areas of the body, like love handles, and relocating it to the breasts.)


What happens at my initial consultation?

During your consultation with Dr. Ortiz, he will discuss your goals, the nature of the breast augmentation, cost, and what you can expect in regards to recovery, complications, and scars. He will discuss the implant options and you will be able to “try on” different implant sizes using special garments.


How much does a breast augmentation cost?

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 typically cost between $6,000 and $7,000.


What are your payment terms?

We require a payment of 25% of the total cost up front 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.


What are the different types of breast implants?

Silicone and saline are the two materials used in breast implants. 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. 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.


What is included in the cost of the procedure?

The cost of your breast augmentation includes all pre-op and post-op appointments, anesthesia, the surgery and surgical materials, as well as any post-op compression garments. Prescription pain medication is not covered in the cost of surgery and is not dispensed by North Raleigh Plastic Surgery.


What should I expect after a breast augmentation?

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.


How long does a breast augmentation take?

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.


What kind of anesthesia will be used?

Our licensed anesthetist administers IV sedation for breast augmentations.


What is the recovery process like?

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 the 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.


What kind of scars will I have?

The incisions for breast augmentations are placed in inconspicuous areas to prevent visible scarring. Most patients have a 1-2 inch scar in the crease on the underside of their breast, although incisions can be made around the areola, where scarring is hidden by the natural change in pigmentation.


Are there complications with a breast augmentation?

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. Dr. Ortiz will discuss complications and address any concerns at your consultation.


How many post-op appointments will I have?

You will have a minimum of 3 appointments with Dr. Ortiz 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 at any time between these appointments, please call us.


Contact North Raleigh Plastic Surgery to Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation Today!