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Breast Augmentation: Price, Trends & Other Common Questions

Woman's chest in a white bra with gloved hands holding breast implants out to her

Breast augmentation consistently remains one of the top plastic surgery procedures in America. This popular treatment can add volume to the breasts and create flattering, feminine curves. However, many women have questions when they begin first researching this procedure. How do they choose the right breast implants? And how much does breast augmentation even cost?

If you’re in the Richmond, VA, area and considering breast implants, this blog is meant for you. Here are the answers to a few common questions we receive from our own breast augmentation patients.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that enhances the appearance of the breasts. Is it commonly used to increase the size of naturally small breasts or replace volume lost after pregnancy. Our practice uses the latest FDA-approved breast implants to create beautiful, satisfying results. Implants come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and materials.

How do I choose the right breast implants?

Choosing the right breast implants depends on several different factors. Your age, body type, and desired results all affect your decision. Fill material and implant shape are two of the most important details. Saline implants are more affordable, but silicone gel provides a more natural look and feel. Round implants create more fullness, whereas teardrop-shaped implants mimic the shape of a real breast.

Each patient is unique, so there is no single type of “best” implant. During your private consultation, you’ll work together with your doctor to determine the best option for your needs.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

In the Richmond area, the price of breast augmentation averages around $6,500. It can range from $3,325 to $9,650, depending on the type of implants used, your doctor’s experience level, and where your surgery is performed. 

Is breast augmentation painful?

Like any surgery, breast augmentation comes with a slight amount of discomfort, but it is not a painful procedure. You may experience bruising and tightness around the chest area while your implants settle into place. An elastic bandage or sports bra can provide support and minimize potential swelling. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication to keep you as comfortable as possible. 

How long is breast augmentation recovery?

You will require around a week of rest after your breast augmentation. Supportive garments or drainage tubes may be needed for about two weeks after surgery. Discomfort will start to fade after 5 days, and you can return to work within a week. Refrain from vigorous activity, like weight lifting or running, for around 4 weeks after your procedure.

Curious about the type of results that are possible with the surgery? Browse our before-and-after gallery to see examples from real breast augmentation patients. 

If you’re in the Richmond area and would like to learn more about your treatment options, please request a consultation online or contact our offices at (434) 924-1234 (Charlottesville) or (540) 932-5771 (Fishersville).

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