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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?

Breast Augmentation in Charleston, SC

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?

Breast Augmentation in Charleston, SC

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.

Breast Augmentation in Charleston, SC


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.

Breast Augmentation in Charleston, SC

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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?

Breast Augmentation in Charleston, SC

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

Are breast implants under warranty?

Breast Implants are usually under warranty. The warranty varies depending on the implant manufacturer. Most manufacturer warranties cover the cost of the implants themselves. Under certain circumstances, some associated surgical costs to replace the implants are also covered.

Can breast implants cause pain years later?

Some patients develop a capsular contracture following a breast augmentation, which can be painful. A contracture can occur several months, or even years, after surgery. If you are experiencing pain years after surgery, its best to be evaluated by a plastic surgeon.

Do you have to replace breast implants every 10 years?

There is no requirement to replace breast implants every ten years. As long as you are not experiencing any issues related to your breast implants, they do not have to be replaced.

Can fat be transferred to breasts?

Fat transfer to the breasts is an option for breast augmentation. However, your body has a tendency to reabsorb fat, so generally a breast augmentation with implants is a better option with more certain, longer-lasting results.

Does insurance cover breast implants?

Insurance does not cover the cost of a cosmetic breast augmentation procedure. Insurance companies will cover the cost of a breast augmentation if it is related to breast reconstruction due to breast cancer.

Can breast implants last 30 years?

Breast implants can certainly last 30 years. However, the breast implants on the market today are a better quality than breasts implants made 30 years ago. Many patients chose replace their implants due to changes in their breasts as they age or because they want the newer type of implant. However, breast implants can last a lifetime.

Does getting breast implants make you gain weight?

Getting breast implants will not make you gain weight. The weight of the implants themselves is not enough to move the scale very much. Diet and exercise following is still the key to weight gain and weight loss.

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!