Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation using breast implants can add natural-looking size and shape to the breasts for more youthful, long-lasting results. Dr. Brandow offers breast augmentation for the Philadelphia and Jersey shore areas.

Breast implants can benefit women who are born with naturally smaller breasts and who would like to increase breast size through breast implants. Additionally, breast augmentation can add symmetry to uneven breasts. Your breast implants can be carefully customized to best complement your body type. Breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Brandow will work with you to choose which breast implants best fit your procedure goals.

Dr. Brandow has successfully placed thousands of breast implants during his plastic surgery career. He is dedicated to providing high level care for breast implant patients undergoing breast augmentation at the Brandow Clinic. Dr. Brandow only uses saline implants when performing breast augmentation to ensure patient safety. When undergoing breast augmentation, Dr. Brandow will discuss and evaluate your goals, as well as your desired implant size and shape. In some cases, breast implants can be accentuated with breast lift surgery.

Who is a candidate for breast implants?

  • Women who desire larger breasts.
  • Women with a moderate degree of breast sagging and smaller breasts, whose problem can be solved with breast implants.
  • Women who have one breast that is noticeably smaller than the other.

Intended Results of Breast Augmentation

Breast implants can achieve larger, shapelier breasts and promote a more positive self-image. Breast augmentation may be ideal for patients who lose weight and want to regain their definition, as well as those who have experienced changes in breast shape after pregnancy or breast feeding.


Breast Implants / Augmentation Procedure Description

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Breast implant surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. A certified cosmetic surgeon, such as Dr. Brandow, will make a small incision under the breast, around the nipple or under the arm and a saline implant will be inserted under the breast tissue or under the breast tissue and the underlying muscle. Each technique has its advantages depending on your individual breast augmentation procedure.

This photo shows the small underarm incision made by Dr. Brandow for the implant insertion during the TABA (transaxillary) procedure. The photo was taken 2 months post-op. Learn more about breast implants in Philadelphia.


Breast ImplantsHow safe are Breast Implants?

Recent studies confirm the safety of saline breast implants. Should the implant leak, the saline (salt water) solution is safely reabsorbed by the body. If you are considering breast implants, Philadelphia has some of the best breast augmentation surgeons available. Dr. Brandow will carefully discuss all aspects of your breast implant surgery with you.


Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Article Published By Dr. Brandow

Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Article Published by Dr. Brandow

Recuperation and Healing After Breast Surgery

After breast augmentation surgery the patient goes home in an elastic bra. The bra helps hold the breasts in the correct position. Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication. Sutures are usually removed in 7-12 days. Light activities can be resumed as tolerated. Aerobic activities can be started in about 3 weeks. Moving or sliding the implants within the breast pockets during the postoperative period may reduce the frequency of wrinkling.


Other Options to Enhance Breast Implants

Breast augmentation surgery is often combined with breast lift surgery. If the breasts are sagging in addition to being small, a combination of breast implants and a breast lift can create beautiful, youthful-looking breasts.

There are numerous factors that can contribute to physical changes in breast shape over time, including the natural aging process, pregnancy and breastfeeding. As a result, the breasts may begin to sag or droop, leading to a loss of firmness and definition. Breast lift surgery can raise the breasts and achieve a firmer-looking result. Breast implant surgeon Dr. Brandow can further discuss if a combination breast augmentation and breast lift procedure is right for you during your consultation at our Philadelphia / New Jersey offices.


Insurance Guidelines for Breast Implants in Philadelphia

Breast implants are considered cosmetic and therefore are not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.


Note

The specific risks and the suitability of breast implants for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.


Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL):

Women with saline and silicone gel breast implants may have a very small and possibly increased risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) in the scar capsule adjacent to the implant. ALCL is an extremely rare cancer of the immune system which can occur anywhere in the body. The National Cancer Institute estimated 1 in 500,000 women per year in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALCL. ALCL in the breast is even rarer with approximately 3 in 100 million women in U.S diagnosed per year. Breast augmentation surgery is a procedure that requires meticulous planning and an understanding of patient anatomy. Dr. Brandow, our Philadelphia breast surgeon, is committed to helping you understand all aspects of your breast augmentation and is dedicated to listening and addressing any questions or concerns you may have.