In 2016, Americans spent approximately 8 billion ($8,000,000,000) on cosmetic surgery procedures ranging from breast augmentations, liposuction, facelifts, buttock augmentations, facial implants to botox. Of all the procedures, breast augmentation, also known as Mammoplasty, was the most popular and sought after procedure.

What is a breast augmentation surgery procedure?

Breast augmentation surgery is a procedure in which the patient’s breast is enlarged by inserting a breast implant into the breast or by transferring fat from another part of the patient’s body to the breast. Implants can be silicone or saline. Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel, while saline implants are filled with sterile salt water.

Why do people undergo a breast augmentation surgery procedure?

People undergo the procedure for various reasons. Some procedures are simply cosmetic, while others have a medical basis. Some of the many reasons why people increase the size of their breasts include:

  • See and feel better about themselves
  • correct symmetry of the breast
  • Fix nipple or areola
  • Breast reconstruction after breast cancer or other trauma
  • clothes fit better

What should you do BEFORE your procedure?

Like any surgery, this is a major procedure that requires planning. The first task is to find the right surgeon for the job. It is important to note that not all doctors are certified to perform this procedure. Only board certified surgeons can legally perform the procedure. Yes, it sounds silly to mention this fact, but many patients have suffered at the hands of doctors, who were not board certified to perform cosmetic surgery.

Size Matters. One of the tough decisions you also have to make is determining how big you want your new breast to be. Some people prefer a noticeable increase in size, one that is easily recognizable, while others prefer a “natural” or less imposing look.

How much does the procedure cost?

Once you find the doctor that meets your needs, research the costs of your surgery. Depending on where you live, procedures typically cost between $3,000 and $4,000. You can start by researching three or four surgeons and their prices.

If you plan to take time off work, be sure to budget for it. In addition, there are movement restrictions once the surgery is finished. For example, you cannot participate in any intensive exercise that involves a lot of movement. Your surgeon will also give you a list of things you can’t do with your hands, so make sure you’re prepared to have someone do them for you, or plan ahead.