Breast Augmentation Overview

Experience the transformative power of breast augmentation through our comprehensive Breast Augmentation Overview. This resource serves as your ultimate guide, providing valuable insights and information on every aspect of the procedure at Gartner Plastic Surgery in New Jersey.

Discover the range of options available to you, from implant types and sizes to incision techniques. Gain a deeper understanding of the surgical process, ensuring you feel confident and well-informed every step of the way.

Whether you’re seeking to enhance your natural curves, restore volume, or boost your self-confidence, our Breast Augmentation Overview is here to help you make informed decisions and embark on your personal journey to a more confident you.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves the placement of breast implants to enhance the size, shape, and overall appearance of the breasts. It is an effective solution for women who desire larger, fuller breasts or wish to restore volume lost due to factors such as pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. 

By carefully selecting the appropriate implants and tailoring the procedure to each individual’s unique goals and anatomy, board-certified plastic surgeons, such as Dr. Gartner, can create beautiful and natural-looking results.

How Does a Breast Augmentation Work?

Breast augmentation typically involves several important steps, beginning with a thorough consultation and evaluation of your goals, concerns, and medical history. During this initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your desired breast size, implant options, incision placement, and surgical techniques with Dr. Gartner. This personalized approach ensures that the treatment plan is tailored to your specific needs.

On the day of surgery, you will receive anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Dr. Gartner will then make an incision in the predetermined location, which may be in the crease beneath the breast (inframammary), around the areola (periareolar), or in the armpit (transaxillary). The choice of incision placement depends on factors such as your anatomy, implant type, and desired outcome.

Once the incision is made, Dr. Gartner will create a pocket within the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle (pectoral muscle) to accommodate the implant. The choice of implant placement depends on factors such as your anatomy, existing breast tissue, and the desired aesthetic outcome. Dr. Gartner will guide you through this decision-making process to ensure the best possible result.

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Types of Breast Implants

Breast implants come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, allowing for customization based on each patient’s unique goals and preferences.

  • Saline Implants: Saline implants consist of a silicone shell that is filled with a sterile saline solution (saltwater) during the surgery. One of the advantages of saline implants is that they can be filled after insertion, which allows for smaller incisions. In the event of a rupture, saline is safely absorbed by the body, providing visible indications.

  • Silicone Implants: Silicone implants are made of a silicone shell filled with a cohesive silicone gel. These implants offer a more natural feel and appearance, closely resembling the texture of natural breast tissue. They are available in various shapes, including round and teardrop (anatomical), to accommodate different aesthetic goals.

  • Gummy Bear Implants: Gummy bear implants, also known as cohesive gel implants, are a popular choice for breast augmentation. Made of a stable silicone gel, these implants provide a natural-looking result, maintain their shape, and offer a reduced risk of rippling or wrinkling. With customizable options available, gummy bear implants can help you achieve your desired aesthetic outcome with enhanced confidence.

During your consultation with Dr. Gartner, you will have the opportunity to discuss the advantages and considerations of each implant type and determine which option best aligns with your goals and lifestyle.

FAQ’s About Breast Augmentation

How Long Does the Breast Augmentation Procedure Take?

The duration of the procedure can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the case, implant placement, and incision type. Generally, breast augmentation surgery takes approximately one to two hours.

Will There Be Visible Scarring After the Procedure?

Incision lines are carefully placed in inconspicuous locations to minimize visible scarring. Dr. Gartner utilizes advanced techniques and works with precision to create well-hidden incisions. Over time, the incision lines tend to fade and become less noticeable.

Can I Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery does not typically interfere with the ability to breastfeed. However, it is important to discuss any concerns or specific goals related to breastfeeding with Dr. Gartner during your consultation.

How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Breast implants are not considered lifetime devices, and they may require replacement or removal at some point in the future. The longevity of implants can vary among individuals, and regular monitoring is recommended to ensure the ongoing health and integrity of the implants.

Is a Breast Augmentation Considered to Be Safe?

Breast augmentation is generally considered to be a safe procedure when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Gartner. While there are potential risks and complications associated with any surgical procedure, such as infection, bleeding, or adverse reactions to anesthesia, serious complications are rare. 

What BMI Should I Be at for a Breast Augmentation Procedure?

There is no specific BMI range universally recommended for a breast augmentation procedure. However, it is generally advised for individuals to have a BMI within a healthy range. BMI, which stands for Body Mass Index, is a calculation based on your height and weight and is used as an indicator of body fat. 


A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is often considered ideal, as it signifies a healthy weight and reduces the potential risks associated with surgery. However, it’s important to note that BMI is just one factor considered when evaluating a candidate for breast augmentation. Your overall health, body proportions, and specific goals will also be taken into account.

Will Breast Implants Affect Mammograms or Breast Cancer Detection?

Breast implants can potentially affect mammograms, as they may require additional imaging techniques or specialized views to ensure accurate breast cancer detection. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about the presence of implants during mammography screenings.

Can I Combine a Breast Augmentation with Other Procedures?

Yes, it is possible to combine a breast augmentation with other cosmetic procedures. Many individuals choose to combine breast augmentation with procedures such as breast lift (mastopexy), tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), or liposuction to achieve a more comprehensive transformation. 


The decision to combine procedures depends on various factors, including your overall health, aesthetic goals, and the recommendations of Dr. Gartner. Combining procedures can offer several benefits, such as reduced overall recovery time and cost savings by having multiple surgeries performed in a single operation. 


However, it is important to have a thorough consultation with your plastic surgeon to discuss your goals, evaluate your suitability for multiple procedures, and understand the potential risks and benefits associated with combining surgeries. Your surgeon will assess your individual circumstances and provide recommendations tailored to your specific needs.

What is a Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer?

Breast augmentation with fat transfer, also known as autologous fat transfer breast augmentation, is a surgical procedure that involves enhancing the size and shape of the breasts using the patient’s own fat cells. It is an alternative option for those who desire a modest increase in breast volume or wish to improve breast symmetry. 

The procedure begins with liposuction, where excess fat is harvested from areas such as the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks. The harvested fat is then processed and purified before being carefully injected into the breasts to achieve the desired augmentation. 

This technique offers a natural-looking and feeling result, as the fat cells integrate with the existing breast tissue. Breast augmentation with fat transfer is an innovative approach that combines the benefits of liposuction with the enhancement of breast volume, providing a potentially attractive option for suitable candidates.

Recovery and Results After a Breast Augmentation

After the breast augmentation surgery, you will be closely monitored and provided with detailed postoperative instructions. It is normal to experience some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort following the procedure. Pain medication and a supportive bra may be prescribed to help manage any discomfort and promote healing.

It is essential to follow Dr. Gartner’s postoperative instructions diligently, which may include avoiding strenuous activities, lifting heavy objects, or sleeping on your stomach for a specified period. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns you may have.

As the healing process progresses, you will begin to see the gradual improvement in the appearance of your breasts. Swelling will subside, incision lines will fade, and the implants will settle into a more natural position. It is important to keep in mind that individual healing timelines can vary, and final results may take several months to fully manifest.

Who is a Candidate for a Breast Augmentation?

Candidates for a breast augmentation are individuals who are looking to enhance the size, shape, or symmetry of their breasts. This procedure is suitable for those who are in good overall health, have realistic expectations, and are dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts. It is important to consult with Dr. Gartner to assess your individual circumstances and determine if breast augmentation is the right option for you.

Benefits of a Breast Augmentation

A breast augmentation procedure offers a range of benefits that can positively impact one’s physical appearance, self-confidence, and overall well-being. Some key benefits include:

  • Enhanced Breast Size and Shape: Breast augmentation allows for customized enhancement of breast size and shape, helping individuals achieve a more balanced and proportionate figure.
  • Improved Body Proportions: For individuals with naturally smaller breasts or those who have experienced changes due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging, breast augmentation can restore volume and improve body proportions, creating a more desirable silhouette.
  • Increased Self-Confidence: Augmented breasts can boost self-esteem and body image, leading to improved self-confidence and a positive impact on various aspects of life, including personal relationships and professional endeavors.
  • Clothing Options: With increased breast size and improved shape, individuals have a wider range of clothing options to choose from, allowing them to feel more comfortable and confident in their attire.
  • Symmetry Correction: Breast augmentation can address breast asymmetry issues, ensuring a more balanced and harmonious appearance.

It’s important to consult with Dr. Gartner to discuss your specific goals and expectations, as he can provide personalized guidance and help you determine if a breast augmentation is the right choice for you.

Book Your Breast Augmentation Consultation in New Jersey

Breast augmentation is a transformative procedure that offers individuals the opportunity to enhance their self-confidence, achieve a more proportionate figure, and embrace their desired aesthetic goals. By working closely with a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Gartner, you can navigate this journey with confidence, knowing that your goals, concerns, and safety are prioritized.

If you are considering breast augmentation, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gartner at Gartner Plastic Surgery in New Jersey. Together, we will create a personalized treatment plan that caters to your unique needs and empowers you to embrace the beauty and confidence you deserve. Take the first step today towards a more fulfilled and empowered version of yourself through breast augmentation!


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