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FAQs on the Most Common Types of Breast Enhancement Surgery

There are different types of breast enhancement surgery, including breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast reconstruction and breast lifts. To help you make more informed decisions, here are some frequently asked questions about the different types of breast enhancement surgery.

What’s the difference between saline and silicone implants?

  • Breast implants come in two different types: saline and silicone.Saline implants are filled with a sterile salt-water solution. These implants are approved for women 18 years of age and older. Saline implants look and feel less natural than silicone implants, but they give good results, especially when placed under the muscle. Saline implants are less expensive than silicone implants.Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel. They look and feel more natural than saline implants, especially the new generation of “gummy bear” implants. Silicone implants are recommended when a woman has little breast tissue to conceal the implant, especially when placed over the muscle. Silicone implants are FDA approved for women 22 years of age and older.

What size implant should I get?

  • It all comes down to the question, how big is too big? When the breast implant is too big for the woman’s frame and physique it will look unnatural. You should discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon and he or she will help you to choose the best implant size for you.

How long do breast implants last?

  • In most cases implants can last for decades without needing replacement.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

  • The cost of breast augmentation varies depending on where you live, what doctor you use, what type of implant you choose and how extensive the work will be. Only your plastic surgeon can give you an answer. Book a consultation with your plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and ask for a quote.

How do I know if I need a breast reduction?

  • A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that can relieve physical and psychological symptoms caused by large, heavy breasts. It can also improve your appearance.If you are experiencing emotional issues or a loss of self-esteem, or if you are unable to perform certain activities because of your large breasts, breast reduction surgery may be the solution. It can also help alleviate back pain and poor posture. Breast reduction surgery will also help to resolve issues like rashes between or under your breasts and deep grooves in your shoulders from your bra straps. If you are experiencing any of these issues, breast reduction surgery may be the solution.

How do I know if I need a breast reduction or a breast lift?

  • You may need a breast reduction or a breast lift – or you may need both. Often, the two procedures are done together. The choice of procedure(s) depends entirely on the result you want to achieve.If your breasts are too large, breast reduction surgery can reduce your breast size by removing excess skin, fat and glandular tissue.The objective of a breast lift is to improve the shape of the breasts, especially if they are sagging due to pregnancy, breastfeeding or aging. This procedure also corrects the position of the nipples when they are pointing downward. Unlike a breast reduction, a breast lift does not make the breasts smaller. It repositions the breasts, raising and firming them.

What is breast reconstruction?

  • Various issues can cause dramatic breast changes. Mastectomy to treat breast cancer removes one or both breasts, while aspirations and removal of non-cancerous lumps and cysts create scarring and dimpling. Trauma may also result in unwanted breast changes. Breast reconstruction is used to replace a woman’s breast after it has been removed due to cancer or another condition. It can also be beneficial in achieving symmetry after a lumpectomy or partial lumpectomy.

To find out if breast enhancement surgery is right for you, contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation. Port City Plastic Surgery serves Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant and Summerville, South Carolina from two locations in Charleston and Daniel Island.


2683 Lake Park Drive
Charleston, SC 29406


125 River Landing Drive
Suite 101
Daniel Island, SC 29492