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Gerald Imber, M.D.

EXCELLENCE AND EXPERIENCE IN PLASTIC SURGERY

Breast Augmentation

Based in New York City

Breast augmentation involves the use of implants placed beneath the breast to increase breast size. The procedure, in very much its current form, has been performed successfully since the early 1970’s. Nearly 300,000 women undergo the procedure annually. At our practice in NYC, breast augmentation is a highly sought out procedure. Internationally acclaimed plastic surgeon Dr. Gerald Imber is highly experienced in the field of cosmetic breast surgery. He focuses on providing natural-looking and personalized breast augmentation results.

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Everybody knows about breast augmentation. Breasts should look natural, move naturally, and not to look like half a cantaloupe stuck to your chest. I choose subglandular, not submuscular, implant placement for the above reasons. It’s simply more natural appearing.

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Good Candidates for Breast Augmentation

Good candidates for breast augmentation should be in good overall health, interested in enhancing the size of their breasts, and have realistic expectations regarding what is possible through breast enlargement surgery. If you are looking for a way to address breasts sagging and enhance the shape of your breasts, a breast lift may be a better option for you. Breast augmentation and a breast lift can also be performed at the same time.

During your consultation with Dr. Imber, he will examine your current health, go over your medical history and ask you about your reasons for undergoing breast augmentation so he can let you know if surgery is the right choice for you.

Breast Implant Types

Breast implants are made of silicone envelopes filled with either saline solution or silicone gel, which some people may find worrisome. The fact is that silicone is everywhere, and silicone gel implants have been extensively studied by government groups and scientific panels, and are deemed fully safe for use. This is good news. In my practice I favor silicone gel filled implants over saline filled, as they provide a generally more natural result.

Your Breast Augmentation will be performed in Dr. Imber‘s Surgery center located in NYC.

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Breast AugmentationThe implants push the natural breast forward and enlarge its projection and width. This can be achieved by placing the implant on top of the pectoralis muscles, in a natural plane just beneath the breast, or under the pectoralis muscles themselves. Why choose one over the other? The most common complication of breast augmentation is fibrous capsule formation. This happens when the body reacts excessively to the foreign body (the implant) and forms a thick internal scar around it. The result is a firm feeling breast. To mask this firmness, many surgeons place the implant beneath the pectoralis muscles. In effect, to hide the firmness with the muscle padding. To my way of thinking this placement is less anatomical, and too often results in a significant double hump deformity. I choose to place the implants above the muscle. If there is significant capsule formation it is usually easily dealt with, but the incidence of capsule formation requiring surgery is small. Neither method is perfect, but under the best of circumstances I find placing the implant under the breast and on top of the muscle to give undetectable, natural results…and that, after all, is our goal.

There are numerous methods for placement of implants and these should be discussed with Dr. Imber at your consultation. Additionally, there has been a rare but important side effect associated with formerly used textured implants and exceedingly rare with others called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This should be covered thoroughly in your consultation.

Breast Augmentation FAQ’s

What is a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation involves the use of implants placed beneath the breast to increase breast size. The procedure, in very much its current form, has been performed successfully since the early 1970’s.

What are the goals of a breast augmentation?

Breasts should look natural, move naturally, and not to look like half a cantaloupe stuck to your chest. I choose sub glandular, not sub muscular, implant placement for the above reasons. It’s simply more natural appearing.

What type of anesthesia will I receive?

Local or General Anesthesia.

How long will recovery take?

Everyone recovers differently and we assess progress at your post-operative appointment. There can be pain and discomfort post-operation but it varies for everyone.

Are there any non-invasive alternatives?

No, there aren’t any non-invasive alternatives for a breast augmentation. However, a less invasive alternative is a large volume fat transfer which involves more than one procedure and is generally only most acceptable for small augmentations.

Do I need any special garment or bindings?

After Breast Augmentation, a surgical bra is worn as a dressing.

Why do I need a board certified plastic surgeon?

A board certified plastic surgeon holds the highest levels of education and training needed to deliver the best results. This qualification is not easy to achieve, so by using a board-certified plastic surgeon, you also know they meet the standards of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Will there be any scarring?

Incisions can be placed under the breast, near the inframammary fold, around the areola, or under the arm. Scarring varies for everyone.

How much does a Breast Augmentation Cost?

Any question you have regarding procedure costs can be discussed during your consultation at Dr. Imber’s office.

He is very thorough, meticulous, detail oriented and you cannot negotiate services or anything with him. It’s his way or the highway. I had a lot of work done years ago long before plastic surgery was so common. My daughter went to him last year for lipo and he is exactly as thorough and precise as he was then. If you are a Botox junkie looking for quick fixes on the cheap, he probably won’t be right for you. His work is very subtle, understated, natural and undetectable.
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Incisions can be placed under the breast, near the inframammry fold, around the areola, or under the arm. Usually, the inframammary incision offers the best access, and is best tolerated.

After Surgery

After Breast Augmentation surgery a surgical bra is worn as a dressing to help manage swelling and provide additional support. There is pain or discomfort for 24-48 hrs that can be managed with over the counter medication. Swelling and bruising are also common following breast augmentation and will subside over time.  Most patients return to work in a week.

How Much Does A Breast Augmentation Cost in NYC?

The cost of an NYC breast augmentation can vary on a number of factors. Dr. Imber will meet with you in his New York City office to discuss all pricing and options.

Schedule a Consultation

Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for your breast augmentation in NYC. dr. Imber is a highly-skilled plastic surgeon who focuses on providing our patients with excellent care and natural-looking results from their breast augmentation.

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