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Procedure Profile: Breast Augmentations

Cold as it may still be right now, we’re only a few months away from summer, which means now is the most popular time of the year for women to seek breast augmentations.

Dr. Noonan discusses desired results with a patient here

Dr. Noonan discusses desired results with a patient

“While the procedure is common throughout the year, as soon as spring arrives and hints of warm weather start, we begin meeting many new potential patients for breast augmentations,” according to The Plastic Surgery Group’s Dr. John Noonan. “Everyone is excited for summer and many women who choose the procedure are very ready to feel comfortable in their vacation clothes. ”

Want to fit in your summer dresses or bathing suits better this year? Want to feel more comfortable about your curves and chest? Here are few things you should know about breast augmentations.

1. What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is the surgical procedure used to enlarge and shape women’s breasts, most commonly using breast implant devices, such as saline or silicone gel-filled implants. Augmentation changes the size, look and feel of the breasts.

Breast augmentation is pursued by women for a variety of reasons, such as post-mastectomy reconstruction, recovering lost shape and mass due to pregnancy, and increasing the size of naturally small breasts.

2. What procedures might typically be paired with breast augmentations?


Patient who underwent a breast lift procedure

While the procedure increases the size and changes the shape of breasts, it does not lift existing breast tissue, thus breast augmentations are quite often paired with a breast lift (mastopexy) procedure to eliminate sagging.

Other body contouring procedures, such as tummy tuck and liposuction, can be done at the same time as your breast augmentation. If you’re considering doing more than one procedure, our doctors can help identify what procedures will work best to achieve the results you desire, how long your surgical procedures will take and what to expect while recovering from multiple procedures.

3. What will be discussed during my consultation for a breast augmentation?


Great example incorporating a tummy tuck into the augmentation

When you meet with your doctor for the first time, many factors of undergoing the procedure will be discussed. If it is determined you are a candidate for breast augmentation (both physically and mentally prepared to undergo the process), size, type and placement of the implants will be discussed. Your doctor will also go over the options for incision placement, as well as discuss any concerns you have, such as breast feeding after augmentation.

4. What can I expect during recovery from my breast augmentation?

Soreness and discomfort is expected during the first two days, and it generally takes a few days before a patient returns to work. While pain medication will be prescribed, discomfort and limited soreness will likely limit your physical activity for the first week. Swelling will appear for three to five weeks, and your chest area will remain sensitive during this time.

5. Where can I find before & after photos to help me decide what kind of results I want and who I want to perform my procedure?

There are plenty of resources online to help you make your decision! We recommend checking out and, which have before & after photos and reviews for many plastic surgeons, including our own! In Albany, breast augmentation patients choose to view our own catalogue which features work from all of the doctors at The Plastic Surgery Group. Take a look here.

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