Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery each year, and with good reason. As we strive to be our best selves, for many women a breast augmentation can greatly improve their body image and confidence. If you feel that genetics didn’t give you the breast profile you want or that childbearing took a negative toll on your body, then breast implant surgery with a board-certified plastic surgeon is an excellent option. Patients in New York City choose Dr. Diktaban for his experience and the excellent results he provides for plastic surgery procedures including breast augmentation.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is sometimes called breast enhancement, breast enlargement, augmentation mammoplasty, or breast implant surgery. This plastic surgery procedure aims to enhance the size, shape, symmetry, and proportion of the breasts with the use of implants. Additionally, breast augmentation can sometimes be performed using fat transfer techniques, called natural breast augmentation.

Breast augmentation is a very customizable and effective way to enhance your figure, improve the fit of your clothes, and achieve the cleavage you’ve been wanting.

Breast Augmentation Candidates

The best candidates for breast enhancement surgery are those looking for fuller, rounder breasts and are healthy enough to undergo surgery. It’s important that your breasts aren’t subject to change because of things like puberty or breastfeeding, since this can affect your results. Many patients benefit from a breast lift at the same time as breast augmentation, and Dr. Diktaban can determine your best options. During a breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Diktaban, you’ll discuss your health history and expectations for breast augmentation.

What Happens During Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia and is typically an outpatient procedure, so patients will need to arrange a ride home after their surgery. There are many options in terms of the type of implant or incision technique that patients can determine during their consultation with Dr. Diktaban.

Implant Type

If you opt for implants, you’ll have some factors to discuss about the implant type and size. The traditional choices for implant type are saline or silicone, and Dr. Diktaban can help determine the right kind for you. There are pros and cons of each type—for example, saline implants can be placed with a smaller incision while silicone implants are less prone to visible rippling. Conversely, silicone implants can offer a more natural feel while saline implants come with a lower price.

Choosing between implant types depends on factors such as Dr. Diktaban’s recommendation, your age and health, and your personal preference. In addition to choosing your implant type, you will choose the proper implant size. This depends primarily on your body type as well as your desired appearance. The goal in choosing an implant size is to create a larger breast that is still proportionate with your body while meeting your aesthetic goals.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel which tends to feel more like natural breast tissue compared to other breast implants. In case of rupture, the silicone remains within the outer shell or the breast scar tissue capsule. While this does not cause the implant to collapse, the silicone must then be removed through surgery. Silicone breast implants are approved for patients who are at least 22 years old. Firmer silicone gel implants known as “gummy bear implants” are also available.

Saline Implants

Saline breast implants are composed of an outer silicone shell filled with sterile salt water. These implants are approved for patients who are 18 and older, and in case of rupture the saline is safely absorbed by the body. Saline implants are generally less expensive, but also tend to be slightly less natural-looking or feeling compared to silicone implants. Some saline implants are pre-filled, while others are filled with the saline solution after the shell is placed during your surgery.

Incision Pattern and Placement

There are generally three types of incisions that can be used to place implants. Each has its benefits, and one may be a better option based on your unique breast size, shape, and position. As with any surgery, you can count on some incision that is necessary to make the pocket and allow insertion of a breast implant. Dr. Diktaban can ensure you that the incision will be placed in the optimal location for healing and reduced visibility.

Periareolar Incision

Some breast augmentation patients are good candidates for an incision around the areola for inserting breast implants. This incision is used when a patient does not have a well-defined breast crease or when a patient is prone to scarring. In this technique, Dr. Diktaban makes an incision around the lower half of each areola, through which he can insert a breast implant, while concealing any scar in the natural delineation between the breast skin and darker areola.

Inframammary Incision

The most common incision technique in the US is beneath the breast fold, in the inframammary crease. This incision provides Dr. Diktaban the most direct access to the breast pocket where the implant will be placed. Candidates for the inframammary incision should have well-defined breast folds and have a history of favorable scarring. The scar from an inframammary incision is easily concealable in underwear and swimwear.

Transaxillary Incision

A less well-known approach to breast augmentation with implants is with an incision located in the underarm, so there will be no scarring on the breast or torso. This is the incision used in Dr. Diktaban’s “scarless” breast surgery, although not everyone is a good candidate for this technique.

“Scarless” Breast Augmentation in New York City

Dr. Diktaban is one of the leading plastic surgeons in the Upper East Side area to offer “scarless” breast augmentation, a specialized method developed in the ’90s associated with many different endoscopic techniques that entered the plastic surgery field at that time and are still successful.

During a scarless breast augmentation, a small incision is made within the armpit (where most women shave or laser remove axillary hair). The implants are inserted into the shaped pocket using a no-touch technique with the Keller Funnel. This option comes with the benefits of virtually NO visible scarring around or on the breasts.

The amount of discomfort is exactly the same as with breast incisions that are placed on the breast. The scarless breast approach can also be combined with other plastic surgery procedures like a breast lift or mastopexy operation. During your consultation, Dr. Diktaban can determine if the “scarless” technique is right for you.

Implant Placement

Once your chosen incision is made, a pocket is created for the implant within the breast tissue. Implants can be placed either on top of the chest muscle or underneath it. Placing the implant on top of the muscle can result in greater projection but more visible rippling. On the other hand, placing the implants below the muscle can create a more natural look and feel but require a more extensive recovery.

Natural Breast Augmentation

If you opt for fat transfer breast augmentation, then you can count on a less-invasive procedure. It begins with liposuction on an area of your body where you have some excess fat. Once the fat tissue is removed, it’s processed and injected into the breasts to create more volume and projection.

Preparing for Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia, which can carry risks and side effects that can be mitigated by careful preparation and following Dr. Diktaban’s instructions. Restrictions and lifestyle changes usually involve avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and blood thinner medications for a prescribed period leading up to your scheduled surgery.

The day before the procedure, the anesthesiologist that will be administering the anesthesia for your procedure will call you with last-minute instructions and ensure you’re following the doctor’s directions. You will likely need to avoid eating anything after midnight the day before the procedure.

Preparation also involves creating a recovery game plan, not only scheduling time off work and arranging for caregivers to help you recover, but also creating a space in which to rest comfortably. This includes wearing loose, comfortable clothes and gathering reading or entertainment materials to have on hand.

Breast Augmentation Procedure

On your surgery date, you’ll arrive at our beautiful and fully accredited operating suite with your caregiver. After checking in and being prepped for surgery, you’ll be placed under anesthesia while Dr. Diktaban performs your agreed-upon procedure. Depending on the incision type and specific surgical plan, breast augmentation can take between one and two hours, after which you will be taken to a recovery room and be looked after until you wake up. Once you’re stable, we will send you home with your caregiver and detailed instructions for recovery, including restrictions on activity and how to help the implants settle into place in the most natural way.

Breast Augmentation Recovery and Results

Recovery from breast augmentation with implants can take several weeks. Recovery for natural breast augmentation with fat transfer can take less time, but you should still avoid heavy activity in both cases. You’ll be fitted with a special supportive surgical bra to wear during your recovery and will receive instructions to follow for medications and caring for your incisions. Some soreness is expected during the recovery period, but Dr. Diktaban can prescribe medication so you feel comfortable as you heal. Typically, patients take a week to two weeks after the surgery to rest and recover before they return to work or school. It can take a few months before swelling fully dissipates and your final results settle in, but the result is fuller, more prominent breasts.

Schedule a Consultation

Breast augmentation is an amazing way to refine your figure and boost your confidence. Dr. Diktaban is a premier provider of breast augmentation NYC, with over 35 years of experience and having performed hundreds of plastic surgery procedures. His commitment to excellence, safety, and natural-looking results has earned him rave reviews and To learn more about your options for breast enhancement, contact our state-of-the-art New York plastic surgery office by calling or filling out our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are breast implants under warranty?

All 3 manufacturers approved to sell breast implants in the United States warranty them. It is important to keep the identification card that comes with your implant (serial number).

Can I move my arms after breast augmentation?

You can gently and smoothly move your arms after breast augmentation surgery but avoid heavy lifting and quick exaggerated movements.

Can breast implants cause pain years later?

It is unlikely for breast implants to cause pain years later. If pain develops years later then it behooves you to be evaluated by a doctor.

Can you breast feed after breast augmentation

You should be able to breast feed after breast augmentation. The implant is not placed into the breast tissue. It is placed beneath your breast tissue or beneath your chest muscle.

Do breast implants cause autoimmune disease?

There are allegations that implants cause autoimmune diseases but statistics do not bear that out.

Do breasts sag after breast augmentation?

Breasts can sag over time because of breast/soft tissue related changes secondary to hormonal levels, age, weight loss, weight gain and the onset of different diseases.

How do I know if my breast implant is leaking?

Anyone with breast implants needs to periodically be evaluated to assess the integrity of the implant. That can be done with the following tests of the breasts: ultrasound, mammogram and MRI.

How do you know if you have capsular contracture?

The body forms a capsule around the implant that contracts or tightens around the implant resulting in a firmer feel to the touch.

Is getting a breast augmentation worth it?

Breast augmentation surgery enhances a womans bodily proportion that enhances beauty and confidence.

Is there an alternative to breast implants?

Fat transfer to the breasts is a very good alternative to enhance a womans breast size with the added benefit of shaping her body with liposuction.

Can fat be transferred to breasts?

Fat transfer to the breast is a suitable option to enhance a womans breast size with the added benefit of shaping her body with liposuction used to harvest the fat.

Does getting breast implants make you gain weight?

The only weight gain attributed to breast implants is from the actual weight of the implant. If one gains additional weight then other issues need to be addressed.

Does insurance cover breast implants?

Implants for strictly cosmetic reasons will not be covered by insurance. Implants for reconstructive reasons can be covered by insurance but one needs to check with their insurance company.

How painful is breast augmentation recovery?

In general, implants placed beneath the breast are less painful then implants placed beneath the chest muscle. It is the release of the chest muscle that results in more discomfort or pain.

How do I prepare for breast implants?

There are several ways to prepare for breast implant surgery. Every surgeon has their own preparatory regimen that you should follow.

Can breast implants last 30 years?

Some people have reported having breast implants last several years. A breast implant should not be considered a lifetime medical device. You need to be checked periodically by a plastic surgeon. And your plastic surgeon might recommend a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI of the breasts.

Is breast enlargement possible without surgery?

Breast enlargement can only be done with surgery using a breast implant or transferring your own fat to the breast area. There was a device called the BRAVA that would expand the breast with a vacuum. That device is no longer being sold.

What are Natrelle breast implants?

Natrelle breast implants are a type of implant manufactured by Allergan. Sientra and Mentor are the two companies that manufacture breast implants.

Whats the safest breast implant?

All three companies that manufacture breast implants make safe products. There have been reported cases of ALCL associated with textured implants in the recent years.

How long are breast augmentation incisions sore?

Breast augmentation incisions are really not the source of soreness. The skin incision is like a papercut. It is the release of the pectoralis muscle that results in the soreness much more than the skin incision. In addition, the released muscle then gets stretched by the implant which leads to soreness in the early phase of healing.

Will Cigna cover breast augmentation?

Every insurance company has different guidelines and criteria for covering any procedure. It is best that you or your surgeons office check your coverage. Breast augmentation for cosmetic reasons is rarely covered by insurance.

how much does breast augmentation cost?

There is a very wide range of costs for a breast augmentation. The cost will involve the surgeons fee, the implants, the anesthesia fees and the operating room fees. Just to list a range: $3000-$20,000. I know that that is not really helpful but those numbers have been quoted.

What can go wrong with breast implants?

Implants themselves can rupture which entails damage to the outer shell of the implant. In that case, a removal of the ruptured implant is usually warranted and a decision can be made to replace them, leave them out or transfer fat to the breasts. There are other conditions that can develop such as: malposition, infection, capsular contracture.

What is the average cost of a breast augmentation?

There is a very wide range of costs for a breast augmentation. The cost will involve the surgeons fee, the implants, the anesthesia fees and the operating room fees. Just to list a range: $3000-$20,000. I know that that is not really helpful but those numbers have been quoted.

What is the difference between a breast augmentation and breast implants?

A breast augmentation refers to enhancing the breasts with implants or your own fat. Breast implants are medical devices that are used in a breast augmentation.

Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS
Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

For over 35 years, Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS, has made it his life's work to enhance the natural beauty of his patients in the Upper East Side and surrounding areas of New York City. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Diktaban provides the ideal blend of realistic, aesthetic, and safe cosmetic treatments and procedures.