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Breast Augmentation in Charleston, SC

If you want fuller, perkier, more youthful, more balanced or more natural-looking breasts, breast augmentation from Port City Plastic Surgery in Charleston, SC, may be a good procedure for you. If you feel your breasts, have lost shape or volume with time, after having children, or as part of the aging process, breast augmentation can help you regain a more youthful shape. If your breasts have always been small, breast enhancement surgery can help you achieve the curves you want. Whether you want to enhance your breast size to correct breast asymmetry or sagging or reduce volume, we can help. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse offers breast augmentation for patients who live in Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and the surrounding communities in South Carolina.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation enhances the breasts, adding volume via silicone or saline breast implants. The results are fuller, firmer, and proportional breasts. Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the U.S. Breast implants are placed using techniques which minimize scar visibility.

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How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost in Charleston?

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The cost of a breast augmentation procedure the average price is $5,475. The exact price will depend on several factors, such as the type of breast implants selected, and will be discussed before your procedure during your consultation with Dr. Widenhouse. We accept cash, checks, and major credit cards, and offer financing options.

What Types of Breast Implants are Used?

At Port City Plastic Surgery, we use MENTOR® breast implants. MENTOR® believes that choosing breast implants is a personal, important and life-changing experience that can empower women to own each day on their own terms. We trust MENTOR® breast implants, as their innovations are backed by solid research, high-quality design, and thorough testing. Their increasingly popular MemoryGel® breast implants have made waves in breast augmentation for providing a soft, natural feel in a wide range of sizes and profiles, so women can get the best breasts that truly fit their form.

What To Expect After Breast Augmentation?

Today’s patients at Port City Plastic Surgery don’t want to look “done”. They appreciate feeling fuller and more balanced, but essentially just want to be a more blossomed version of themselves. Dr. Widenhouse is an expert in the art and science of creating a natural look for his breast enhancement patients.

Will I Have Scars After Getting A Breast Augmentation?

You will have scars following breast augmentation, but we take great care to strategically place incisions to cover scars as much as possible. Dr. Widenhouse will determine what the best placement is for incisions during your breast augmentation. Incisions may be located in the armpit, the fold beneath each breast, or surrounding the areola.

When Will I See The Results?

Women who receive breast augmentation tend to be very happy with the results. According to a recent survey conducted by the ASPS, about 99 percent of women receiving breast surgeries like breast augmentation said they would have the procedure again.

After breast augmentation, you’ll experience some swelling, which makes it difficult to immediately visualize the results of the procedure. Also, breast implants are positioned higher on the chest during the procedure, allowing them to settle naturally. You’ll be able to see the results of your breast augmentation approximately six months after surgery.

What Are Possible Complications Of Breast Augmentation?

There are possible complications associated with breast augmentation, which include:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Breast implant rupture
  • Wrinkling
  • Asymmetry
  • Breast Pain

How Long Will The Results Of A Breast Augmentation Last?

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Breast implants have an approximate lifespan of 20 to 25 years. This timeframe may be affected by a number of factors, such as experiencing complications or the desire to alter the appearance of the breasts.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation

At Port City Plastic Surgery, we help our clients get a good sense of how they will look post-surgery through a combination of techniques we recommend, including our Mentor Volume Sizing System. According to Dr. Widenhouse, “the Mentor Volume Sizing System is great for those considering breast enhancement surgery. It helps create confidence, and patients who use it have a higher level of satisfaction post-surgery.” Dr. Widenhouse will work with you to evaluate your body type and breast enhancement surgery goals to help inform the best possible outcome. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, his years of experience with the art and science of breast augmentation surgery – plus his hundreds of happy patients – inform his ability to help you make the best choice.

Who Is The Ideal Candidate For Breast Augmentation?

A good candidate for breast implants is at least 18 years old for saline implants. She should not be pregnant or nursing and does not have untreated malignant or pre-malignant cancer of the breast.

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What Do I Need To Do Before Breast Augmentation?

For many women, the decision to have breast augmentation surgery begins with “wish pictures.” Looking at our Before and After Gallery can give you a realistic idea of the results other patients have achieved with Dr. Widenhouse.

To learn more about breast augmentation at Port City Plastic Surgery in Charleston, South Carolina, please call or email plastic surgeon Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse today.

Given the popularity and positive outcomes of breast augmentation surgery today, there are many styles, sizes, and shapes available allowing for maximum customization, including breast implants that can give you a natural look, or the ability to really stand out in a crowd. We offer gummy bear breast implants. These are cohesive silicone implants; the newest generation of breast implants that look and feel more natural than traditional implants.

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There are many factors to take into consideration while contemplating breast augmentation. During your consultation with Dr. Widenhouse, the two of you will discuss what is involved with this type of procedure, and together, you will make decisions regarding:

  • Selecting a silicone or saline implant
  • Selecting the size of your breast implant
  • Selecting the incision site
  • Selecting the placement of the breast implant

At Port City Plastic Surgery, Dr. Widenhouse evaluates each patient’s breast body type and frame size to help inform the best possible outcome. The type and style of implant chosen depends on your current breast and chest wall dimensions, your age, whether or not you have had breast augmentation surgery before, and your personal preferences for natural-looking or more high-profile breasts.

After a thorough examination and review of your medical history, Dr. Widenhouse will be able to determine what surgical procedure and implant is best for you.

What Should I Expect On The Day Of My Breast Augmentation?

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Breast augmentation, also known as breast enlargement or augmentation mammoplasty, is a procedure that uses breast implants to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. It is the most popular plastic surgery procedure performed according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Breast augmentation is performed in our accredited surgical center. We have an anesthesiologist on staff that allows us to perform breast augmentation using IV sedation.

During breast augmentation surgery, breast implants are placed either beneath the breast tissue or beneath pectoral muscles. Dr. Widenhouse utilizes techniques which keeps scar visibility at a minimum, so as not to mar the appearance of the breasts.

How Long Does It Take To Perform Breast Augmentation?

At Port City Plastic Surgery, a breast augmentation procedure typically lasts one to two hours. After the procedure, you will recover briefly at our facility before being released to go home. You must bring along someone else to drive you home due to the use of IV sedation.


Breast Augmentation FAQs

Will I lose sensation in my nipples after breast augmentation?
A complete loss in nipple sensation following a breast augmentation is very rare. In most cases, patients experience temporary changes in sensitivity that return to normal within a few months of surgery. These changes can include reduced sensitivity, increased sensitivity or a loss in sensitivity.
Where will the incisions for breast augmentation be placed?
The location of the incisions for your breast augmentation will depend on the implants you are receiving and your treatment goals. Possible incision locations include the armpit, the creases beneath the breasts and the perimeter of the areolas. In any case, the incisions are placed carefully to ensure that any scarring is well-hidden.
What can I expect after breast augmentation surgery?
The breast augmentation recovery can take between one and two months. In the days immediately following surgery, you may experience significant discomfort, swelling and soreness in the breasts. During this time, it is encouraged that patients take pain medication and rest as much as possible. About one week later, patients can begin returning to work and other normal activities. However, exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for at least a month after surgery.
Will a breast augmentation fix sagging breasts?
Breast augmentation is not an effective solution for sagging breasts. In fact, in some cases, breast implants can worsen sagging by adding more weight to the breasts. The most effective solution for sagging breasts is a breast lift, which lifts the breasts without using implants and increasing breast size. If you are interested in both lifting the breasts and enhancing their size, you may want to combine your breast augmentation with a breast lift.
When can I return to work and exercise after breast augmentation?
Patients can expect to return to work approximately one week after their breast augmentation surgery, although some patients may choose to wait longer depending on the demands of their job. Exercise and other strenuous activities will need to be avoided for at least one month after treatment in order to allow the muscles in and around the chest to heal completely. However, light walking is encouraged in the meantime to facilitate blood flow and accelerate healing.
What’s the difference between breast augmentation and implants?
The difference between breast augmentation and implants is that breast augmentation is a general surgical procedure performed to enhance the shape and size of the breast. It can be done using various techniques, one of which is breast implants. Breast implants are the artificial devices inserted into the breasts to enhance the size while maintaining the look and feel of natural breast tissue.
Can I keep my breast implants forever?
Breast implants are not intended to last for a lifetime, but they do last for many years. Most implants are FDA approved for 10-20 years. After this time period, or if you notice any changes in the quality of your implants, it will become necessary to remove and replace your breast implants.
Can you breastfeed with breast implants?
It is certainly possible to breastfeed with breast implants, but it’s not guaranteed. Each person is unique, and the ability to breastfeed will depend on the size and location of the implants, as well as the surgical techniques used to place them in the breasts. While breastfeeding with breast implants is safe and often possible, you should discuss the possible effects of breast implants on breastfeeding with your doctor prior to surgery.
Should I get breast implants before pregnancy?
It is generally recommended not to get breast implants before pregnancy. During pregnancy, the breast tissue often enlarges, which can make the results of breast implants unpredictable. Furthermore, depending on the techniques involved, breast implants can impact your ability to breastfeed. Most patients choose to wait until after pregnancy to receive a breast augmentation, at which time many patients also benefit from a breast lift and related procedures.
Do you wear a bra after breast augmentation?
Immediately after breast augmentation, you should plan to wear a compression bra. These stabilize and cushion the breasts so that they can heal properly. You should also consider wearing a bra once healed, as larger breasts are more vulnerable to the effects of gravity, which will cause drooping and sagging. However, you will be free to choose the type of bra you wear, and how often, once the breasts are fully healed (6-8 weeks).

Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse is passionately committed to reflecting your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, our team offers full body plastic surgery, emphasizing overall health and wellness to the residents of Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and the surrounding communities in South Carolina. Contact Port City Plastic Surgery today!