How Much Do Implants Cost?

How Much Do Implants Cost?

Breast augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed in the US. However, the operation is not normally covered by health insurance, so patients have to be aware of the different cost components, and the cost of the implants is one of the most important factors. So how much do breast implants cost.

Cost considerations in breast augmentation surgery
The cost of breast augmentation is influenced by various factors including the surgeon’s fees, operating room fees, anesthesia fees, and of course, the cost of implants.

How much do breast implants cost
Breast implants are available in a variety of sizes, textures, and shapes. The two most common types are saline and silicone implants. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water, and are generally cheaper than silicone implants, which are filled with silicone gel. Both implants have a solid silicone outer shell.

Saline breast implants cost an average of $800-$900 per pair, while silicone implants cost approximately $1,800-$1,900. However, there can be significant variations in cost, depending on the location of the practice (learn more).

The price of silicone implants also differ, as advanced options such as the cohesive silicone gel implants are generally more costly.

Another factor that will influence the price of implants is the shape. Tear drop shaped implants are typically more expensive than the traditional round implants.

When undergoing breast augmentation, patients should be sure to choose implants that are the right size and fit for their figure, so cost should not be the determining factor.

Would you like more information on breast augmentation surgery? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Orange County area, Kyle Song, MD, Irvine, CA is our featured board certified plastic surgeon.

You can reach Dr. Song at www.kylesongmd.com, or by calling (949) 528-8213.

Do Breast Implant Sizers Accurately Demonstrate Final Results of Surgery? Is there a better solution?

Is breast augmentation better done above or below the muscle

If you are considering breast augmentation with implants, choosing your breast implant size, is one of the most important decisions you will have to make. Breast implant sizers are useful tools in getting the right size implant, but do breast implant sizers accurately demonstrate final results of surgery? Or is there a better solution?

What are breast implant sizers?
Breast implant sizers are implants that you can try on in the surgeon’s office to help guide your choice regarding breast implant size. The sizers are placed inside the bra, and help to give you some idea of what your breasts will look like with implants of different sizes.

Do breast implant sizers accurately demonstrate final results?
Some surgeons see breast sizers as a helpful way to estimate the final results, as they assist with selecting the implant that is likely to give the aesthetic outcomea patient desires. But could there be something better?

The Illusio Difference
At Song Plastic Surgery, we use the innovative Illusio system to give you an accurate snapshot of what you will look like after breast augmentation.

Illusio is a 3D imaging system that uses cutting-edge technology known as augmented reality. With Illusio, the screen acts as a virtual mirror, because it provides you with a realistic view of how your body would look with different breast shapes and sizes. This makes it easier to decide which breast implant would be right for you.

If you desire to have natural-looking, shapely breasts after breast augmentation, contact Dr. Kyle Song, of Song Plastic Surgery, Irvine, CA. Dr. Song is a skilled and highly experienced plastic surgeon, who will tailor a plan using Illusio to ensure that you achieve your aesthetic goals.   Call 949-701-4454 to schedule a consultation.

What are the causes of capsular contracture?

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The elation some women feel after undergoing breast augmentation often turns to frustration in a few short months because of capsular contracture. Capsular contracture refers to the hardening of the capsule that surrounds the breast implant. It is one of most common side effects of breast augmentation. But what are the causes of capsular contracture, and how can it be prevented?

Causes of capsular contracture
It is generally believed that capsular contracture is caused by low grade bacteria. The bacteria may adhere to the implant from the patient’s skin, or from the nipple duct. There is often a great deal of contact between the implant and the skin, as the surgeon has to manipulate the pre-filled gel implant into the prepared implant pocket through a small incision. During the process the potential for contamination is great.

There is also a theory that capsular contracture is caused by the implant coming in contact with blood in the implant pocket. The best surgeons therefore adopt good surgical techniques that minimize bleeding around the implants.

Preventing Capsular Contracture
There is always going to be the risk of capsular contracture after breast enhancement, but the threat can be reduced by:

  • Minimizing contact with the breast implant. Due care should be taken when removing the breast implant from the sterile packaging and inserting it into the prepared breast pocket during surgery. Some surgeons use a Keller Funnel (sterile paper funnel) for this purpose. The implant goes directly from the packaging into the implant pocket via the funnel. There is no contact with the surface of the skin.
  • Irrigating the implant pocket with antibiotic solution during surgery.
  • Placing the implant below the pectoralis major muscle (submuscular placement).

If you would like more information on the causes of capsular contracture, contact Song Plastic Surgery, Irvine, CA, for more information. Call 949-701-4454 today, and set up a consultation with Dr. Kyle Song.

The best solutions for breast implant rippling

Will Nipple Reduction Surgery Scars Be Visible

Even women with the most beautiful breasts may have rippling after breast augmentation, just take a look at some of the celebrities on the red carpet if you need convincing. While some amount of rippling is expected, it is not a problem for women with an adequate covering of breast tissue. For women that don’t have this buffer, the ripples show through the skin, so they have to find solutions for breast implant rippling.

What is breast implant rippling? It refers to the creases and wrinkles that sometimes show up on the bottom and sides of breast implants.

Causes of breast implant rippling

If there is not enough soft tissue and breast tissue over the breast implants, then rippling may occur after breast augmentation. It may also result from weight loss, or deflation of the breasts. Saline implants typically ripple more than their silicone counterparts. For this reason, smaller silicone implants are recommended for women with thin skin, because there is an increased risk of rippling at the sides when implants are overfilled.

Solutions of breast implant rippling

There are several surgical solutions that can be used for breast implant rippling. However the option chosen will depend on the specific case, as well as the type and placement of the implants.

Options:

  • May require a change in the location of the breast implant. In cases where the implant was placed above the muscle, they may have to be repositioned below the muscle.
  • If the implants are saline, then they may have to be replaced with silicone implants.
  • The use of acellular dermal matrix graft to improve coverage.

If you have signs of creases in your implants and would like solutions for breast implant rippling, then contact experienced plastic surgeons Dr David Dorfman and Dr Kyle Song for a consultation. South Coast Plastic Surgery is located in Irvine, CA. (Orange County) . Visit their website at www.SocoPlasticSurgery.com .

Irvine Shaped Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today. Breast shape and size is often negatively impacted by weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging, leaving some women unhappy with the appearance of their breasts. As a result, women in Irvine and other cities across the US opt to undergo breast augmentation, and an increasing number of plastic surgeons are choosing shaped breast implants.

Breast augmentation is designed to increase the breast size, and this is usually done with the use of implants. These implants are usually round or tear-shaped.

Round Implants

Round implants have traditionally been used for breast augmentation. They are available in different profiles, with the choice depending on the desired outcome. Round implants are circular in shape, and tend to give the upper part of the breast a fuller appearance. These have been favored by plastic surgeons because they don’t wrinkle easily, as do the shaped implants which have a textured outer shell. In addition, if these implants rotate, it does not affect the shape of the breasts.

Shaped Implants

Shaped or anatomical breast implants provide a well-needed alternative to round shaped breast implants. The anatomical implants slope downward, creating a similar look to the normal breast. For this reason, the breasts appear quite natural after the procedure. Anatomical implants have a textured shell and are usually silicone-filled. The silicone gel is thick and sticky and soft to the touch. Shaped implants need to be precisely positioned; therefore surgery should be performed by a surgeon with the necessary skill.

Women desiring to undergo breast augmentation should do the necessary research about these implants, and also consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. If you are looking to increase breast volume and want to create a natural outcome, then ask your Irvine surgeon about shaped breast implants.

Why an Accredited Outpatient Surgery Center is Critical

If you are contemplating doing cosmetic plastic surgery in Orange County, there are a range of options open to you. However before deciding on the procedure you’d like done, it is important to understand what the surgery is all about, as well as the risks involved. Another very important consideration is the facility at which surgery will be performed.

Ideally, you should opt to have surgery done at an accredited outpatient surgery center. Preferably one that has the services of an anesthesiologist, rather than a certified nurse anesthetist. These are some of the factors that can ensure you safety, as well as the quality of the cosmetic procedure being performed.

Here are some other things to remember if you are considering cosmetic surgery:

  • The facility should be an accredited outpatient surgery center. Some cosmetic surgery centers make much of the fact that they are located in close proximity to a hospital, but if the facility is not accredited then don’t let that influence your decision. However, if the center has received the endorsement of a leading body, and is also recognized for its safety and high quality care, then that is a good option for you.
  • Opt for a facility that has an anesthesiologist rather than a certified nurse anesthetist. An anesthesiologist is known for providing high quality of care, and has the necessary training to deal with complications that may arise during the surgery. This is not to say that the certified nurse anesthetist does not provide quality care, but because the anesthesiologist is a physician, he is exposed to more comprehensive training.
  • Know what to expect going in. Speak to your cosmetic surgeon and anesthesiologist, so that you know what to expect in terms of the procedure, recovery time, as well as possible risks and complications. The surgeon will also determine if you are in good health, and are a good candidate for the procedure you wish to do.

If you reside in the Orange County Area and wish to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure, then contact Kyle Song, M.D. of Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, California for your consultation.

The Difference Between Shaped and Round Implants

Women who opt to undergo breast augmentation in Orange County face 2 major decisions. The right shape and size breast implant to choose. The shape of the implant is particularly important, as it influences how your breasts will feel, and how they will look. Generally, the plastic surgeon will determine whether the shaped or round implants should be used.

Some women may not fully appreciate the difference between the shaped and round implants, and that’s why the plastic surgeon will carefully explain the variances. The selection will be guided by the look a woman wants to achieve. With the right implants, it is possible to get natural looking breasts that will maintain their appearance for a long time.

At Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, California, Dr. Song and his expert staff ensure that patients are provided with the indispensable information they need about breast implants, so they can make informed choices.  This is important, because the results of your breast augmentation surgery can be impacted by the type of implants selected.

Round Implants

Women undergoing breast augmentation in Orange County have traditionally chosen round implants. Round breast implants are soft to the touch and round in appearance. They are very popular in fashion magazines, and also among celebrities. Round implants look a lot like the natural breasts and move naturally from side to side when you are lying down. They are usually filled with saline or silicone.

Shaped Implants 

Shaped implants like the Natrelle 410 are very popular because they are ‘form stable’. That means they hold their shape, and they also closely resemble the natural contour and shape of the breasts. So if you don’t want round implants, and prefer an alternative that looks so natural that your friends won’t be able to tell that you’ve breast augmentation, then the shaped implants are the ideal choice. In addition, the shaped implants don’t cause scarring, and this will prevent the breasts from hardening.

Both shaped and round breast implants are available at Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, California, so why not call them up for consultation. Dr. Song also sees patients in Orange County.

What Is A Mommy Makeover?

If you are a new mom then certainly nothing can compare to the delight of just giving birth to your little bundle of joy. No doubt being a mother is a role you love and cherish. But childbearing does take a toll on your body, and while you love your new role, there’s a part of you that’s not happy with all the changes that have taken place in your body. If you long to get your body back, then a mommy makeover can help.

What’s a mommy makeover? A mommy makeover refers to a series of cosmetic surgeries that are designed to make you look and feel brand new The staff of Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, California will be happy to give you all the information you need about a mommy makeover. Song Plastic Surgery also serves the greater Orange County and is led by the experienced plastic surgeon Kyle Song, M. D.

What can you expect from a mommy makeover? At Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, California, they know what takes to get your post baby body looking like new. So they deal with the features that new moms are always asking for help with, such as:

  • Droopy/ Sagging Breasts. Childbearing and breastfeeding can cause breasts to sag. If your breasts were previously perky, but have now lost volume and are loose and hanging down, chances are you feeling self-conscious about how they look. You may need to have  breast augmentation to enhance breast size, a breast lift to give the breasts a fuller look, or both.
  • Excess Belly Fat. Liposuction is another common mommy makeover procedure that is done to get rid of that stubborn belly fat that just won’t go away after you’ve had your baby. Just imagine the total body transformation that can be yours with a mommy makeover. It will get you looking and feeling a lot better from head to toe.

Song Plastic Surgery is one of the premier cosmetic surgery centers in Orange County. If you want to update your look, and regain your shape, then  a mommy makeover may be the ideal solution for you. You can set up a consultation with Dr. Song at his offices to discuss the procedures that may be right for you. Be sure to let him know what your expectations are, and the areas that you would like fixed with a mommy makeover.

If you are a new mom, then it’s likely that you’ve been so busy with your baby that you have given little thought to how you look. So why not pamper yourself.  Dr. Song and the staff of Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, California, are there to do just that, because they take pleasure in helping to make you feel beautiful and attractive once again.