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Breast Augmentation in Charlotte, NC

Breast augmentation must be carefully tailored for each individual patient. Fortunately, this is more possible today than ever before due to technology. New cohesive silicone gel implants feel completely natural, do not leak, and can be fabricated into shaped devices. Furthermore, adjustable implants are available when you are not sure what size you want to be. While all these options are safe, we will guide you in choosing which implant and surgical approach is best for you.

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Recovery Info

You will experience swelling, possible bruising, and discomfort during the early post-operative period. You may shower the next day and begin walking at that time. You may return to work within a week or so, but vigorous activities—particularly those involving arm movement—should be avoided until you are fully healed.

Cost of Breast Implants in Charlotte, NC

Breast implants are prosthetic devices that are surgically inserted to change the size or shape of the breasts. This procedure is the most popular elective cosmetic surgical procedure performed in the United States.

What Are Breast Implants Made Of?

The vast majority of implants in use today are constructed of a silicone elastomer shell that is filled with either saline or silicone gel. Both types are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cosmetic or reconstructive applications.

Aside from the filler used, implants are offered in a variety of shapes, sizes, profiles, and textures. When you are discussing your objectives for the surgery, we are able to recommend the style and size that are most appropriate to meet your needs. Breast implant size is measured in cubic centimeters (cc), and available sizes vary from around 100 cc to over 800 cc.

Breast Implant Cost

The cost associated with breast implants varies by patient, physician, and location. On the patient level, the costs are affected by physiology, extent of the augmentation, and type of implants. The average cost in the United States for breast implants is $3,543 according to the 2012 survey by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This average, however, does not include anesthesia, facility costs, medications, post-surgical garments, pre-operative lab tests, and other related expenses, so your total cost for breast implants may range from $5,000 to $7,000. After your consultation with our surgeons, you will be provided with a detailed estimate for your breast implants that includes all related expenses. The Refine Institute accepts CareCredit, United Medical Credit, and Medical Financing.com as financing options for your breast implants.

Breast Augmentation Facts and FAQs in Charlotte, NC

Breast augmentation (mammoplasty) is the process of inserting implants to enlarge the breasts, balance disproportionate breasts, or restore breast fullness.

Breast augmentation is one of the most affordable and common procedures performed by members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Here are some breast augmentation facts and FAQs:

I always see photos of women who have breast implants and their breasts are huge. Is this the only option for breast augmentation?

Many women undergo breast augmentation to have large, full breasts. This is not, however, the only outcome for breast augmentation. Ultimately, the goal of breast augmentation is to improve the proportion of your breasts and body, so if you are a petite woman, you may need only a slight increase in your bra cup size.

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Your breast implants may affect the sensitivity of your nipples and the increased size of your breasts may result in greater engorgement. In most cases, however, women are able to breastfeed, and the typical complications with breastfeeding are related to the placement of the incision during your breast augmentation. Women who have scars due to incisions around the areola may experience difficulties when breastfeeding. At The Refine Institute, typically uses an infra-mammary incision which avoids the nipple and typically eliminates any concerns regarding breastfeeding.

Can the breast implants shift and affect the symmetry of my breasts?

Your breast implants may move only slightly, which is normal and typically not noticeable when viewing your breasts. Your breast implants, however, should not move a significant amount.

Can I still have mammograms after breast augmentation?

Breast implants do interfere with the ability of mammograms to show your entire breast tissue. In general, implants that are under the muscle interfere less than those that are placed on top of the muscle. Placing the implant under the muscle allows the mammogram to show approximately 90% of your tissue versus the 75% that is visible when the breast implant is on top of the muscle. Most breast cancers, however, are first detected through self-examination, and your breast implants do not interfere with the effectiveness of self-examination.

Silicone vs. Saline in Charlotte, NC

Choosing between silicone and saline breast implants is mostly a matter of personal preference, but understanding the subtle differences between the two types of implants can help you make a decision that helps you feel confident about your breast implants.

Silicone and saline breast implants are both designed with silicone shells. The difference between the two types of breast implants is that silicone breast implants are filled with silicone and saline breast implants are filled with saline. Most women prefer silicone gel breast implants due to the more natural look and feel they provide over saline. Today, however, both types of breast implants are safe for use, but silicone breast implants are approved only for adults over the age of 21, whereas saline implants are approved for persons over the age of 18.

A few of the differences between silicone and saline breast implants are as follows:

  • Silicone implants generally require slightly larger incisions because the implant is already filled with silicone, whereas saline implants are filled after insertion.
  • Silicone more closely resembles the feel of the fat tissue that occurs naturally in the breast.
  • Silicone breast implants provide a more natural breast shape and appearance, whereas saline breast implants can appear stiffer than silicone breast implants.
  • Silicone implants typically cost more than saline implants.


 The Refine Institute provides personalized care to residents of Charlotte, Concord, and the surrounding communities in North Carolina and South Carolina with state-of-the-art technology for optimal health, aesthetics, and patient satisfaction. To receive more information or schedule a consultation, call 704-931-8048 to speak with our friendly staff.

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