Breast augmentation surgery has come a long way over the years, and today’s procedures offer more options and flexibility than ever before. With advances in surgical techniques and implant materials, women can now achieve their desired breast size and shape with an expectation of safety and precision. South Shore Plastic Surgery of New Jersey is thrilled to offer the most modern options and comfortable of experiences.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your figure, restore lost volume after pregnancy or weight loss or improve your confidence and self-esteem, breast augmentation surgery could be a good option. Let’s explore what to expect during the procedure and recovery time, so you can decide whether breast augmentation surgery is right for you.

Understanding Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgery to enhance your breasts’ size, shape or fullness. It’s typically performed using implants, but fat grafting is another viable option. This procedure can boost self-esteem, restore breast volume lost after pregnancy or weight loss and achieve better symmetry between breasts.

Selecting the Ideal Implant Type

Each type of implant offers unique benefits and drawbacks. Here are the most popular options:

Saline implants

Filled with sterile saltwater and can be adjusted during surgery. They typically have a firmer feel and can be inserted through smaller incisions.

Silicone implants

Filled with silicone gel and tend to offer a more natural look and feel. However, they require a larger incision and have a higher risk of complications.


Cohesive silicone gel implants that are “form stable” to hold a teardrop shape, mimicking a more natural breast shape.

Fat Grafting/Fat Transfer

A rarer option where a liposuction surgery is performed first to harvest fat from the patient’s abdomen, buttocks, flanks or thighs. It’s then purified and placed into the breasts for a very natural look.

Determining the Perfect Size and Shape

Choosing the perfect implant size and shape is a critical and fun aspect of achieving the desired outcome in breast augmentation. You may have a goal in mind at first, but your detailed consultation will secure your final choice based on many factors.

First, consider your body proportions by choosing a size that complements your natural proportions will help you maintain harmony between your upper and lower body, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Another important consideration is your lifestyle. Reflect on your activity level and how having larger breasts might impact your day-to-day life. For example, consider the potential impact on your exercise routine, clothing choices and overall comfort.

And think about your long-term goals when selecting a breast size. Your desired breast size may change as you age or undergo life events such as pregnancy or weight fluctuations. Consider these potential changes and how they can affect your life. By carefully considering these factors, you can achieve the most satisfying results from your breast augmentation procedure.

Exploring Incision and Placement Options

Breast augmentation can be performed with various incision and placement options. Understanding these options is essential to making informed decisions about your procedure and achieving the desired outcome.

When it comes to incision locations, there are several common sites where surgeons may make an incision to insert the breast implant. One option is the inframammary fold, which is located beneath the breast. This incision site allows for precise implant placement and leaves a scar hidden in the natural breast crease. Another option is the periareolar area, which involves an incision around the nipple. This approach can result in minimal scarring but may be less suitable for certain implant types or sizes.

The axillary region, or the armpit, is another potential incision site that can leave no visible scars on the breast but may pose challenges in implant positioning and revision surgeries.

In addition to the incision location, implant placement is another crucial factor to consider. Implants can be positioned above (subglandular) or below (submuscular) the pectoral muscle. The choice between these options depends on factors such as your anatomy, the type of implant selected, and your desired appearance. Subglandular placement may offer a more natural look for patients with sufficient breast tissue. In contrast, submuscular placement may provide better support and a lower risk of complications for those with less natural tissue.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

To find the ideal surgeon, consider the following:

Board Certification

Ensure the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or an equivalent organization.


Choose a surgeon specializing in breast augmentation who has performed numerous successful procedures.

Before and After Photos

Review their portfolio to assess their work and ensure their results align with your aesthetic goals.


A good surgeon will listen to your concerns, answer your questions and collaborate with you to develop a customized treatment plan.

Preparing for the Actual Breast Augmentation Procedure

Proper preparation is crucial for ensuring a smooth surgery and successful recovery during breast augmentation. One of the first and most important steps is a comprehensive medical evaluation. This will involve undergoing a thorough examination, during which you should provide your surgeon with your complete medical history, including any medications you are currently taking. This information will help your surgeon assess your suitability for the procedure and make any necessary adjustments.

Another critical aspect of preparation is quitting smoking at least six weeks before surgery. Smoking has been shown to hinder healing and increase the risk of complications. Quitting ahead of time gives your body the best chance to heal properly after the procedure.

Also, you need to avoid certain medications leading up to the surgery. Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements should be discontinued, as they can increase the risk of bleeding during and after the operation. Your surgeon may provide you with a list of medications to avoid and suggest alternatives if needed.

Lastly, arranging for support during your initial recovery period is vital. Enlist the help of a friend or family member who can drive you home after surgery and assist with daily tasks as you recover. A reliable support system will allow you to focus on healing and help ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery process.

Post-Surgery Care and Recovery

Adhering to your surgeon’s post-operative instructions is critical for a successful recovery after breast augmentation. It is essential to prioritize rest during the initial weeks following the procedure. Make sure to get plenty of sleep and avoid engaging in strenuous activities, as this will allow your body to heal and prevent any unnecessary strain on the surgical site.

Wearing a supportive bra, such as a surgical or sports bra, is another essential step in recovery. Your surgeon will provide specific guidance on the bra’s type and duration of use. This support will help minimize swelling, maintain the shape of your breasts, and promote healing.

Effectively managing pain and swelling is also vital during recovery. Follow your surgeon’s recommendations regarding prescribed pain medication and take it as needed to alleviate discomfort. In addition, using ice packs can be an effective way to reduce swelling and further ease any pain you may be experiencing.

Lastly, attending all follow-up appointments with your surgeon is of utmost importance. These appointments allow your surgeon to assess your healing progress and address any concerns or complications that may arise. By diligently following your surgeon’s post-operative guidelines and maintaining open communication, you can ensure a smooth and successful recovery after your breast augmentation procedure.

Book Your Breast Augmentation Consultation in New Jersey!

Breast augmentation with Dr. Vasisht can help you feel more confident about your body in public and private. If you’re considering this surgery, call South Shore Plastic Surgery today at 856-784-2639 to schedule a consultation with Southern New Jersey’s breast enhancement expert.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a breast augmentation surgery take?

The surgery usually takes one to two hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the procedure.

How long does the recovery from breast surgery take?

The recovery process varies from person to person, but most patients can resume normal activities within a few weeks. Expect to take one to two weeks off work for post-surgical rest and recovery.

How long will my breast implants last?

Breast implants typically last between 10 and 30 years, depending on the type and brand of the implant and the patient’s lifestyle factors. Expect to monitor your breast health for the timing of replacement or reconstruction.

Can I breastfeed after getting breast implants?

Breast implants usually do not affect a woman’s breastfeeding ability. Depending on your incision location and implant placement, there may be a slight increase in the risk of breastfeeding difficulties which can be considered at the time of surgery.