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As a woman, there are many reasons you may want to have larger, fuller breasts. You might have always wished you looked better in clothing and swimwear. Perhaps your breasts have lost some of their fullness over the years due to pregnancy or the aging process. Join women from areas such as Saratoga Springs and Schenectady who choose breast augmentation in Albany, NY for a boost in confidence and a shapely, feminine appearance.

Cosmetic surgery should be a rewarding experience that leaves you looking great and feeling more confident. Request a free cosmetic consultationRequest a free cosmetic consultation with one of the surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group or call (518) 438-0505.

Is breast augmentation right for me?

The first step toward realizing your goal of having larger breasts is to meet with your plastic surgeon for a consultation to discuss your feelings and ensure you have realistic expectations. Your surgeon will explain the procedure in detail and review the various options that are available. You will be able to choose from a variety of types of breast implants. Your plastic surgeon will also discuss your options for incision and implant placement. Some women may require a breast lift in addition to their breast augmentation to attain the firm, full shape they desire.

For detailed information about breast augmentation, visit our specialty site All About Breast Augmentation.

Where are the incisions placed?

The options for breast augmentation incision placement include:

  • Along the inframammary fold where your breast meets your chest
  • In the underarm
  • Around the areola of your breast

Your surgeon will make a determination based on your unique anatomy, implant choice, and other factors to best suit your needs and to assure that scars are as discreet as possible.

Should my implants be placed under or over the muscle?

During breast augmentation surgery, your surgeon will create a space behind the breast tissue for the implant. This space, called "the pocket," can be placed in either of the following areas:

  • Beneath the muscle of your chest wall (submuscular placement)
  • Directly behind the tissue of your breast (subglandular placement)

For results that look and feel most natural, it's important that the upper edge of the implant is not easily seen or felt. Submuscular placement is usually a good choice for women who have little of their own breast tissue because the chest muscle helps cover the implant. This placement also reduces the possibility of capsular contracture and interferes less with mammograms over subglandular placement.

What happens during breast augmentation surgery?

Our surgeons typically perform breast augmentation surgery at a nearby outpatient surgical center using general anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The procedure takes approximately 1 hour to perform. You will be able to go home the day of your surgery; you will need to have an adult drive you and care for you for the first 24 hours.

What is recovery like after breast augmentation?

While healing rates vary from person to person, you can expect recovery to follow this general timeline:

First Few Days

As with any surgery, you may be tired and sore after your breast augmentation surgery. This is normal and will generally not last more than a day or 2. You will be able to return to work within a few days of your surgery. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe a pain medication to help control the majority of your discomfort, which may include a slight burning feeling in your nipples. This will subside as the bruising lessens and healing continues.

7 to 10 Days

If you have gauze dressings, they will be removed in several days and replaced by a surgical bra. Follow the guidelines your plastic surgeon gives you for wearing this. Your stitches will be taken out.

3 to 5 Weeks

Your breasts will be sensitive to physical contact during this time.

Next Several Months

Your scars will gradually fade, thin, and soften. Generally, this process takes a period of several months.

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surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group,
serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs,
Utica, and Albany area of New York.

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Meet Our Surgeons

Meet the expertly trained Albany plastic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group, serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Utica, and Albany area of New York.

Learn More  Request Your Consultation 

Other Questions About Breast Augmentation

Does breast augmentation affect breast examinations?

Not if the mammography is conducted by experienced technicians. More X-rays will be taken and in some cases ultrasound exams may be given to ensure the most thorough detection of any abnormalities. Always visit a certified radiology center for these types of exams.

Does insurance cover the cost of breast augmentation?

Not in most cases because insurance companies consider breast augmentation an elective surgery. The Plastic Surgery Group offers up to 100% financing for this procedure, as well as many other types of elective cosmetic surgery procedures.

How do I prepare for breast augmentation surgery?

During your consultation, we will give you detailed instructions to help you prepare for your breast augmentation surgery, including any medications you should avoid, what you should and shouldn't eat or drink, and information about smoking or medical conditions you may have. A breast lift may be required in addition to breast augmentation with implants to give Syracuse, Schenectady, and other NY patients the firm, full shape they desire.

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