22 years-old girl looking for breast enlargement surgery, preferably in San Francisco

Hi, l am Xiaoyu, a 22-years-old Chinese student living in Berkeley. Even though my mother has normal-size breast, mine is still very small (A) as compared to my peers. l find it very strange, even though l try to eat better food. l decide to turn to surgery. May l know how much does the surgery cost? How long is the procedure? How long does it take to recover? Thank you so much!

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22 years-old girl looking for breast enlargement surgery


If you have small or asymmetrical  breasts then and you are not happy for this situation; then you can be a good candidate for breast augmentation operation. As it was also mentioned above,  small breast can be something that woman might want change. However choosing the right operation is the most important step in the planning of the operation. Therefore understanding the needs and the expectation of the patient is the most important thing and it needs a successful evaluation.

22 years-old girl looking for breast enlargement surgery, preferably in San Francisco

Thank you for your inquiry.  The cost for Breast Augmentation including implants, operating suite, anesthesia and surgery would be $6,500.  the procedure takes 1 1/2 -2 hours to perform.  You should be able to be back in class  within 4-5 days, but exercise and workouts are postponed for 2-3 weeks.
Hope this was helpful.

Fred Suess, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Basic Information on Breast Augmentation Desired

    The questions of how much does it cost, how long is recovery, and length of procedure will vary from one plastic surgeon to another, as it does for all cosmetic surgery procedures.
Factors to consider other than cost are board-certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, specialization in cosmetic surgery as shown by membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, good before-and-after pictures and patient testimonials.
    We include in our fees the use of the Keller Funnel (125) which cuts down the bacterial colonization of the implant by a factor of 20 compared to inserting the implants by hand, and bacteria on the implant are thought currently to be implicated in the development of capsular contracture. An expandable sizer is used prior to implant placement (63) to make sure the pocket is properly expanded so no further tissue manipulation is needed after the implants are placed. We also include Cosmetassure cosmetic procedure insurance which insures against the cost of complications for all cosmetic procedures (172). We feel this gives an added level of performance and security to our patients and are  worth the additional cost. 
   Our usual recovery time is 4 days or less, for normal activity, as defined by being able to lift your arms well enough over head to wash your hair, lift normal-weight objects, and drive. Most patients go back to sedentary type jobs in 4 days.
 A very meticulous surgical procedure with cautery dissection and a secure closure  takes about 1.5 hours.

Robert M. Lowen, MD
Mountain View Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

22 years-old girl looking for breast enlargement surgery, preferably in San Francisco

The price of a breast augmentation can vary from 3,000 or 4,000 dollars to as high as 8,000 dollars. It really is all over the place. If breast enhancement is what you desire you can have that. The procedure is usually one hour or less. Recovery occurs in different phases. The initial 2-3 weeks you are sore and swollen. By weeks 3-6 you should be up doing your daily routine. Limitations are usually no strenuous exercise for 6 weeks and no heavy lifting for 6 weeks. This varies amongst surgeons.

Richard J. Brown, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

22 years-old girl looking for breast enlargement surgery, preferably in San Francisco

Breast enlargement surgery cost varies from surgeon and location. You should book an in person consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals, options and prices. Best of luck. 

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 415 reviews

22 years-old girl looking for breast enlargement surgery, preferably in San Francisco

The cost of the surgery will depend upon the demand for the surgeon and type of implant selected.  I would search for the board certified plastic surgeon who you feel is most likely to give you the best results and who performs hundreds of these procedures each year. I would look at patient reviews as well as before and after photos on that surgeon's website.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Breast augmentation

Thank you for your questions and you are not alone as many women your age and older seek augmentation to enhance their breasts and improve their self esteem.  I would ;call ASPS for the names of experts in your area and go on some consults.

Dr. Corbin

Frederic H. Corbin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

Pricing in San Francisco

Xiaoyu, thanks for your question. You can determine the cost of breast enlargement surgery in San Francisco for silicone, saline or gummy bear shaped implants, by clicking on the Web Reference link below. Best of luck.

Breast augmentation in a 22 year-old owman

Once you reach age 22, you will not have an increase in breast size.  Breast augmentation is an option.  Like anything else, price varies with region of the country and with experience of the surgeon.  Do not settle for the lowest price, which many times indicates someone who is not a board-certified plastic surgeon.  Research carefully and consult with members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, who are board-certified and specialize in aesthetic plastic surgery. 
Below is a result on a young woman of Asian-American descent. 

Francisco Canales, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Breast augmentation

Healthy living does not affect breast size.  The breast augmentation operation varies in price from $5000 to $7000.  The procedure should be less than 1 hour.  The recovery is about one week off from work.

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