6 Things To Consider Before Scheduling your Breast Augmentation


The Optimal Age for Improving your appearance can be rewarding at any age provided you have no underlying health conditions that impact the safety of surgery. However, there are some advantages to considering this procedures during a particular age range.  
For breast augmentation, anytime between the ages of 21-45 is ideal.
- Prior to having children you would want the implant under the muscle where it won’t interfere  with your ability to breastfeed.
- After children, you might require a combination of an augmentation and a breast lift because of the toll pregnancy, nursing and gravity takes on your body.

1. Recovery after Breast Augmentation: Planning Weddings, reunions, vacations and other special events are the perfect catalyst to want to look your best. Keep in mind, the physical and emotional aspects of recovery vary from person to person. Below are some general guidelines for recovery:

  • 7 day: light lifting (5 lbs.)
  • 10 days: resumption of office work
  • 2 weeks: lifting 15-20 lbs
  • 3 weeks: Light upper body workout
  • 4-6 weeks: resumption of normal routine

2. How Much Pain Should I Expect After Breast Augmentation: Most patients rate the pain associated with breast augmentation between a 5 to 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. In the nearly 1,000 augmentations that I have performed,  patients rate their pain between a 2-5. I attribute this lower pain level to the use of an oral muscle relaxer which his patients start the day before surgery and then continue for 2 weeks after.

3. Implant Size: Sizing options are determined by a patient’s height, weight and shoulder width, but truthfully most decide on a full C cup with upper pole fullness. Some general recommendations relative to the patient’s height are as follows:

  • 4’ll” – 5’4″    340-370cc    (C to C+ cup)
  • 5’4″  – 5’8″     370-420cc   (C+ to small D cup)
  • 5’8″ and above   400-480cc  (small D to mid D cup)
Simulation of the Breast Enlargement: Relative to the above findings it is helpful to place different sized implants into the patient’s bra and the size enhancement is then noted by the patient. I have my patients that a selfie of each size so that, if she desires, her significant other can review the various enhancement choices.

4. Breast Implant Types: The latest breast implants are superior to those of the past. Both saline and silicone can deliver beautiful, natural results and each has distinct advantages and disadvantages. In my opinion the high tension gel Silicone implants offer a more natural feel and appearance and have less of a tendency to show the rippling effect which is most commonly associated with the Saline implant.  

5. When the Best Time of the year is for Breast Augmentation: although this procedure can be done during any season, trends in plastic surgery suggest that spring and early summer seem to be the most popular times. Spring procedures are popular because patients are looking forward to looking their best during the upcoming summer months or they may be looking forward to feeling more comfortable while walking on a warm sandy beach during their spring vacation.

6. What is the fee for Breast Augmentation? The average cost for breast augmentation in the United States ranges from $4,000 to $10,000.  When looking at fees make sure that the fee includes all of the following:   
    • The cost  of the implants ($1,000-$1,500)

    • Anesthesia fee: ($600-$800)

    • Facility fee: ($800-$1,200)

    • My  fee can be accessed at our website 

* Is your doctor Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and is she or he a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
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Eau Claire Plastic Surgeon