Seattle Plastic Surgery Center

Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Augmentation

Q: Why has breast augmentation become so popular in the United States? A: More than 350,000 women had a breast augmentation in 2008. Aside from the sociological reasons, breast augmentation is popular because….
  • a) American women are dissatisfied with the size and shape of their breasts and
  • b) Breast augmentation is a very predictable and effective procedure for changing aesthetic characteristics of the breasts.
Q: Have we seen a dramatic increase in the use of silicone implants since their return to the market? A: Just 3 years have passed since restrictions were lifted on silicone implants, so that’s still difficult to measure. 2009 statistics haven’t been publicized yet, but so far saline implants are the most common choice for surgeons in the United States. Q: What type of surgeon is most qualified to perform breast augmentation? A: This can be a controversial issue, but many agree that a board-certified plastic surgeon is the most qualified. It’s still recommended that you evaluate each surgeon on an individual basis. Q: In what part of the country is breast augmentation the most expensive/inexpensive? A: The national average cost of breast augmentation is around 4000 dollars. In certain areas where demand is higher or the cost of living is higher, you can expect to pay more. Check out this chart on RealSelf.com that outlines the cost of breast augmentation in each state. Q: Is it true that breast implants do not last a lifetime? A: According to Baltimore plastic surgeon Jeff Horowitz MD, there is no implant “expiration date.” If you remain pleased with your appearance and no complications arise, it is possible that your implants may last a lifetime. Q: Is it true that natural fat can be used for breast augmentation? A: It is possible, but this method is still being studied. Most surgeons agree that fat grafting for breast augmentation is not as predictable and not as effective as methods using silicone or saline breast implants.