Changing the size and shape of your breasts with a breast augmentation is a fantastic way to transform the look of your entire torso. Furthermore, an appropriate-sized breast implant may allow you to feel more comfortable in your skin, boosting self-confidence and promoting a greater sense of youthful vitality. However, it is surgery, and it is not for everyone. This is why it is so important to book an in-person consultation, as any exemplary breast augmentation result will always come down to matching the right procedure to your individual anatomy, lifestyle, and needs.
Breast Augmentation / Breast Implant Before & After Photos
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary
Breast Implant Consultation in Boston
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sean Doherty has extensive experience in all areas of breast surgery, including breast augmentation. His goal with every Boston area breast implant patient is to deliver a safe, completely natural-looking, and long-lasting result. This always begins with an in-person consultation. During your meeting, Dr. Doherty will listen closely to what bothers you about your body contour. Together, you will review photos of breasts that you admire in order to ensure that the two of you are in synch in terms of your desired aesthetic. Then, he will perform a thorough physical exam, taking precise measurements, in order to assess your:
- Skin tone & texture
- Volume of native breast tissue
- Laxity of skin, if any
- Nipple position in relation to the inframammary fold or crease beneath your breasts
Based on this information, Dr. Doherty will present a treatment plan of breast implant options that suit your anatomy, lifestyle, and desired outcome. Depending on your needs, this may or may not include other procedures such as a breast lift, liposculpture, and/or fat grating.
Managing Expectations with Breast Implant Surgery
The purpose of your breast augmentation consultation is not just to devise an appropriate treatment plan but also to discuss what you can expect, both short-term and long-term, from your procedure. Many patients do not realize that no breast implant is perfect, nor do they last forever. Every choice is going to have pros and cons that you will need to weigh carefully. These include:
- Type of breast implant: silicone or saline
- Implant placement: above or below the pectoralis muscle
- Projection or how far the implant extends from your chest wall
- Breast lift to address severe sagging, if necessary
- Fat grafting to improve shape, if needed
It is important to understand that breast augmentation is not a one-and-done procedure for anyone. Your implants will need to be monitored and replaced at some point. Adjustments to your remaining breast tissue, also known as your breast envelope, may need to occur as well. How fast this happens may depend on:
- Weight gain/loss exceeding 10 lbs.
- Hormone changes such as menopause
- Changes in aesthetics
Are Breast Implants Safe?
Breast implants are very safe medical devices, but they do require oversight. Both breast surgeons and the FDA strongly recommend that you follow a monitoring pathway once your implants are placed in order to confirm the continued health of your implant. Yearly or bi-yearly visits with your surgeon are recommended. For patients that have silicone gel implants, it is also advisable to get an MRI 5 years after implantation and then every 2-3 years until the 12-15 year anniversary of your initial surgery. At this point, it is advisable that your implants be exchanged for a new set.
Breast Implant Illness (BII)
A breast implant is the most studied medical device in the world. The safety of breast augmentation has been proven time and time again in multiple scientific studies. However, there is a small subset of women who appear to develop an adverse reaction to their implants. This may manifest as capsular contracture, which is a hardening of the scar tissue that forms around any implant, including breast implants, but the condition known as Breast Implant Illness (BII) may also include a wide range of auto-immune like symptoms such as:
- Joint pain
- Brain fog
- Chronic fatigue
- Mood swings
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is devoting extensive resources towards understanding BII and why certain patients may be at risk. For now, the underlying causes are unknown, but it is not understood to be an allergic reaction or an auto-immune reaction. Every breast augmentation patient is given a product-specific Patient Decision Checklist with every breast implant device. This will include all up-to-date information on known or reported risks. Dr. Doherty and his team take safety seriously and will spend as much time as you need going through this list in detail, answering any and all questions.
Breast Augmentation / implant Real Patient Testimonial in Boston
Breast Augmentation Procedure
Dr. Doherty performs all of his breast implant procedures under general anesthesia in an accredited surgery center. He typically uses a smooth, round silicone gel breast implant because he feels that it delivers the most natural-looking result. Saline implants are also an excellent, safe, and reliable option. The decision of silicone versus saline is something that will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation. For the majority of patients, the implant is placed beneath the pectoralis muscle through an incision in the inframammary fold. Incisions on the breast heal extremely well, but a benefit of this placement is that if there is any residual scar, it will be hidden within the crease beneath your breast. This incision also has a lower risk of capsular contracture.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary
Recovery from Breast Implant Surgery
Due to the popularity of the breast augmentation procedure, patients sometimes forget that this is a surgical procedure that is going to require some downtime in terms of recovery. One of the key components of a happy result is making sure that your expectations are realistic. This is one of the reasons why Dr. Doherty spends so much time discussing all the ins and outs of the procedure, including the critical time period after surgery. Most patients describe the recovery as uncomfortable but tolerable. Oftentimes, this discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. However, it is not uncommon for a patient to require something stronger for the first few postoperative days. Dr. Doherty and his team will discuss the safest and most appropriate options before prescribing your pain medications.
You can expect to be sore, especially for the first 48 hours following your procedure. Dr. Doherty asks that you refrain from picking up anything over 10 lbs. for the first two weeks post-op. If you have young children, you will need to ensure that you have a plan in place in terms of childcare. The same goes for pets and other adults. While you may return to light cardio, such as walking, within 48-72 hours of surgery, he asks his breast augmentation patients to wait at least 4-6 weeks before doing any upper body exercises. It may take up to 3-6 months for all of your swelling to resolve, but you can expect to see a change in your body contour immediately and will achieve about 75% of your end result by 3 months.
Breast Augmentation Cost
How expensive your breast augmentation procedure is going to be will depend on the type of implant that you choose, as well as whether or not you will need any additional procedures, such as fat grafting, in order to achieve your ideal size and shape. In general, you can expect to spend anywhere from $10,000 and $12,000 for a breast augmentation alone with Dr. Doherty in one of his Boston area surgery centers. The cost of your breast implant procedure is something that he takes seriously, and he will always be upfront in terms of exactly what you can expect to spend in order to achieve your ideal size and shape breasts.
So, if the look of your breasts is not making you feel good in your skin, schedule an appointment to discuss how a breast augmentation may help. To find out more about a breast augmentation procedure with Dr. Sean Doherty at his Boston or Brookline office, contact us today or call (617) 450.0070 to schedule a consultation.
Why choose Dr. Doherty?
Dr. Doherty is a distinguished plastic surgeon with a solid educational background and extensive experience in the field. Graduating as Salutatorian from Dedham High School in 1989, he later earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art History with a Pre-Med focus from Columbia College, Columbia University. Dr. Doherty then pursued his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine and became a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in 2010.
With a focus on facial aesthetics, Dr. Doherty offers a wide range of procedures, including Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, Restylane, Sculptra, and Kybella injections, as well as breast augmentation, liposuction, and facelift surgery. He has also contributed significantly to the field by serving as Medical Director and Principal Investigator at Cynosure, Inc., and as a Trainer and Educator for Allergan, Inc., and Galderma. With his expertise, dedication, and board certification, Dr. Doherty is a compelling choice for those seeking exceptional results and personalized care in plastic surgery.