Breast augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgical procedures. Whether due to lack of adequate development, loss of volume due to pregnancy, or the natural aging process a breast augmentation procedure can enhance or restore a woman’s breast volume and shape.
Considerations when choosing Implants:
- Implant Size: Dr. Antimarino takes into consideration many important elements when choosing an implant such as a patient’s activity level, height, weight and body type. There are many different sizes and shapes of implants that may be used to best enhance a woman to reach her desired outcome. Furthermore, a well-proportioned breast will give balance and create curves that enhance a woman’s shape.
- Implants: There are two main types of implants available. These include silicone and saline. A consultation with Dr. Antimarino will best provide you with necessary information to determine the correct implant for you and ultimately increase your comfort level with the procedure.
- Position: Implants can be placed above and below the muscle. Dr. Antimarino prefers the sub-muscular placement of the implant as it has proven to have less complications and generally improved surveillance for breast cancer in this position.
How to choose your breast augmentation surgeon:
One great way to determine who you choose to do your breast augmentation is to use our “Checklist for Comparing Plastic Surgeons.” This checklist can be used as a guideline to evaluate our surgeon based on different criterea such as credentials, experience with the procedure and an evaluation for the operating facility.
It is important to verify that your surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This means the surgeon has met the high standards required in their training and passed a plastic surgery exam. Dr. Antimarino is certified by the ABPS, as well as a member of the American Board of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. You also should check your potential surgeon’s website for before and after photos.
What is the price of a breast augmentation procedure?
No surgery is exactly the same, so it is important to visit Dr. Antimarino for your complimentary consultation. During this consult, Dr. Antimarino will help you understand the surgery, as well as give you a price point. You can set up your consult here.
How do I prepare for surgery?
In your initial consultation with Dr. Antimarino, make sure to discuss your expectations for the procedure. This is the time to discuss your concerns and your goals as he will design a surgical plan specifically for you.
You may want to come in with a list of questions that you want to be answered before the procedure. This will eliminate any confusion and will provide you with the most comfortable experience at Bellissimo Plastic Surgery & Medi Spa.
Here are some FAQs for breast augmentation in Pittsburgh:
- Does a breast augmentation last forever?
On average, silicone implants will last 20+ years. The average lifespan of a saline implant is 10-15 years.
- Is there any risk to silicone implants?
There are few risks to silicone implants. They haven’t been linked to any autoimmune or systemic diseases. There is a chance of rupture or capsular contracture if you have had your implants for more than 10 years. Regular visits to a board certified plastic surgeon will allow the implants to be monitored appropriately for any signs of complications. Generally, silicone implants last over 20 years but the risk of capsular contracture increases with implants after 10 years.
- When do you need your implants replaced?
If you have had your implants for ten years, it is important to get routine examinations done by a board certified plastic surgeon every 1-2 years, and to call for an appointment if you have any pain or notice any changes. Some of the most common reasons for replacement are size change, rippling, wrinkling, asymmetry, rupture and capsular contracture. Dr. Antimarino will work with you to find the best replacement. You can learn more in our Breast Implant Education and Upgrade Program.
- What other procedures can mimic the effects of a breast augmentation without the implants?
Breast lift: In some instances a breast lift can be used as an alternative to a breast augmentation. This requires more extensive incisions and reshaping of the breast tissue.
Fat Transfer to Breast: This is another option that you may opt for in place of a breast augmentation. This procedure takes fat from one region of your body and places it in the breast using a liposuction technique. However, with this technique, several surgeries may be required to achieve your desired results.
Patients should bring a sports bra to their consultation appointment for implant sizing.
The use of Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or other supplements that may increase bruising should be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.
Lastly, you will also want to read through our patient resources, such as our note of privacy policies and surgeon checklist, to better educate yourself about the entire surgical process.
Breast Augmentation is an outpatient procedure and is unique to each individual patient. The procedure lasts approximately 1 ½ -2 hours and is done under general anesthesia in an accredited outpatient surgical facility. Our outpatient surgical facilities are Monroeville Surgery Center, Excela at Westmoreland and UPMC East Hospital. To get more information about outpatient surgical facilities, click here
What to Expect After Surgery?
The patient is discharged with a light dressing to the surgical site and a support bra in place. The bra is to be worn approximately 2 weeks. Post-operatively the patient may experience some mild swelling and minimal pain to the surgical site. Patients may return to work in approximately 5-7 days and resume light exercise within 3 weeks.
“Dr. Antimarino and his staff were amazing throughout the process of having my breast augmentation! The staff was warm and welcoming and appointment wait times were never longer than 5 minutes. Dr. Antimarino was very helpful at answering all of the questions and concerns that I had regarding my procedure. He is very knowledgeable and is the type of doctor that will always do what is in his patients’ best interests. My recovery was very short as I was able to return to work on Monday after having surgery on the previous Thursday. Four weeks post surgical my scars are barely visible and my breasts look proportional and natural. I’m so grateful that I went with Dr. Antimarino and his team!” – Real Patient
“Two months out from my BR (breast augmentation) to restore volume after pregnancy/breast feeding, and I couldn’t be happier. Dr Jeffrey Antimarino. Natrelle SRX 285/310. My goal was to recreate my pre-pregnancy look with a natural appearance. I got exactly what I hoped for. I couldn’t be happier with my choice of surgeon. The best of the best!” – Real Patient
“I had a breast augmentation with Dr. Antimarino just about 2 weeks ago. I am feeling wonderfull and confident about my breasts right now. Dr. Antimarino is super nice and patient with me. He does great job at breast surgeries. I really appreciate his care and support. Not only Dr. Antimarino but his staff are amazing and super super nice as well!!!!! I wanna thank them all for their help! They are wonderful. I am glad I chose the Bellissimo Plastic Surgery.” – Real Patient