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Breast Augmentation in Philadelphia

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Breast Augmentation

For many women, dissatisfaction with their breasts is a persistent and devastating problem. Fortunately, our Philadelphia breast augmentation with Dr. Stark can enhance the size, shape, fullness, and symmetry of the breasts while also improving the overall proportion of the figure.


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At StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center our goal is to choose the ideal breast implant based on each patient's body and desired outcome. Since every patient is unique and no two breasts are the same it is important to create an individualized plan for each patient. Using carefully chosen breast implants, Dr. Stark regularly achieves remarkable results for his breast augmentation patients.

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What is Breast Augmentation?

Also called augmentation mammoplasty or a "boob job", breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures worldwide and an especially popular procedure at StarkMD Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon in Philadelphia, Dr. Stark develops a trustworthy surgical plan for every patient. Call to schedule an appointment to learn more about what options are available to you.

Breast augmentation can be used to address a number of different conditions. The most common being naturally small breasts. Breast implants can improve loss of volume and sagging from pregnancy, weight loss and aging. Many women also have asymmetry, where one breast is smaller than the other. Breast implants can help correct this breast asymmetry. Breast implants can also help in congenital breast shape deformities such as tuberous breasts.

How does breast augmentation work?

Breast augmentation surgery typically involves placing implants behind your breast tissue or under your chest muscles. The implants are filled either with a saline solution or with a synthetic material known as silicone. Incisions can be made in such a way as to minimize scarring and scar visibility.

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Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation can be designed to:

  • Increase breast fullness
  • Increase breast projection
  • Improve the proportionality and symmetry of your figure
  • Restore breast volume lost after pregnancy
  • Create "perkier" breasts after pregnancy
  • Correct breast asymmetry
  • Be combinable with other procedures such as breast lift

Additionally, many women report a boost in their self-confidence following breast augmentation.

Breast Augmentation Candidates

Please factor the following information into your decision about pursuing breast augmentation.

  • An MRI examination is needed three years after breast augmentation, and every two years following that. This requirement is in place so that any leaking or rupturing of your implants are screened for and detected.
  • Some find that getting a mammogram can be more challenging following their augmentation.
  • Remember that augmentation will not correct severely drooping breasts, a condition that may require a breast lift procedure. However, another possible options for those who want to correct the size and shape, as well as breast sagging is a breast augmentation with lift.

Generally, you are a good candidate if you have one or more of these concerns:

  • You have some degree of asymmetry between the breasts
  • You have breasts that are too small for your liking
  • You don't like the shape of your breasts
  • You want fuller, more prominent breasts
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At what age can you get breast augmentation?

You must have fully developed breasts before augmentation surgery can be considered. The FDA requires women to be at least 22-years-old to get silicone breast implants and at least 18 to receive saline implants. Most women who seek breast augmentation are in their 20s or 30s, but there is no set "top end" age restriction.

Selecting the Right Plastic Surgeon

The safety and success of your breast augmentation is dependent on your plastic surgeon's skill, training, and experience more than any other factors. Dr. Ran Stark is double-board certified plastic surgeon, fellowship-trained, widely regarded as one of the country's preeminent plastic surgeons. Dr. Stark's goal is always to provide you with the best plastic surgery Philadelphia has to offer.

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Breast Augmentation Consultation

During your initial consultation for a breast augmentation Philadelphia double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Stark, will discuss factors that make a patient a good candidate for a breast augmentation. He will review your goals, perform a general examination of your breast tissue and take specific measurements. Based on your goals and measurements Dr. Stark will review different options of implants with you; a variety of sizes, shapes, fill and placements.

Finally using Vectra H2 3D imaging software you will be able to see what your breasts will look like with the selected implants. Since every breast augmentation is tailored to each individual's desire and anatomy. Dr. Stark will use his assessment and breast measurements to help you decide which implant and approach are best.

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Breast Implants

Generally we use two types of breast implants for breast augmentation surgeries at StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics Center. Silicone implants have become more popular in the past decade and are more widely used now. The reason for this is that they result in a more natural appearance with less rippling than the saline implants produce.

Rippling occurs when the wrinkled edge of the implant can be seen or felt under the skin. Additionally, silicone implants feel more natural and soft to the touch, and camouflage better with existing breast tissue. This type of implant has been used for many years with great success. Saline implants have a silicone outer shell filled with a saltwater solution. They are slightly less expensive than their silicone counterparts however they are heavier and firmer and tend to cause less natural-looking results with more rippling.

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Other Types of Breast Implants

Round implants (either saline or silicone) tend to be the most common shape of breast implants, in part because they do not rotate. Round implants typically are beneficial for patients who want to achieve more fullness at the top of their breasts.

But keep in mind that other implant shapes and textures are available. So-called gummy bear implants, also referred to as anatomical breast implants or teardrop implants, are among your and your surgeon's options and can help provide additional volume to the tops of the breasts for an overall fuller appearance.

Fat Grafting

Fat transfer breast augmentation, or fat grafting breast augmentation, uses fat harvested from other body areas to enhance your breasts. While this type of augmentation is not as dramatic as those achieved with implants, many women like the more modest and natural-looking results.

Another option for women looking for a natural augmentation is fat grafting to the breast. During this procedure, Dr. Stark uses liposuction to remove fat from other parts of the body and places it meticulously into the breast tissue creating a naturally fuller effect. This way, the patient benefits from body contouring as well as breast enhancement during one surgical procedure. When discussing if breast fat grafting is right for you with Dr. Stark, you must understand that your result will change in appearance after several months as only 50-60% of the fat that is placed in the breast will survive.

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How is breast augmentation

Breast augmentation is typically performed in about an hour using general anesthesia. Breast augmentation is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, but you may need to stay overnight in a hospital in some cases.

During your breast augmentation, incisions must be made through which to place your implants. Types of incisions Dr. Stark will consider include:

Inframammary fold

This incision is made in the crease beneath the breast, just at the skin fold. Scarring from this incision is largely hidden by the breast itself.


A transaxillary incision is made in the armpit, another excellent tactic for reducing the visibility of scars.


This incision is made around the lower part of the areola.

Because Dr. Stark has perfected his technique for our Philadelphia breast augmentations, he is able to perform the surgery with very minimal trauma leading to a quick and relatively painless recovery. In most cases, Dr. Stark uses a small inframammary incision below the breast and creates the perfect pocket for your implant. A funnel is used to place the implant into the pocket in the most sterile and compact manner possible. Breast implants can be placed under the breast tissue or behind the chest muscle. During your consultation with Dr Stark, you can discuss which one is right for you.

In most cases, Dr. Stark will place your implant behind the deeper chest muscle or pectoralis. This provides more covering tissue to conceal the implant and better resists sagging after recovery. This placement may also assist with the effectiveness of mammograms. However, for some women, placement of the implant just under the breast tissue will better attain their goals for the size and shape of the breasts.

After your selected implants are aligned and placed properly, Dr. Stark will close your incisions surgical tape or sutures. Next, he will apply dressings to your incision sites, and you will likely have some post-surgical drainage tubes.

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Designing your breast implant in three dimensions

During your consultation, we will use the Vectra H2 3D imaging system to create a digital model of your body and breasts.

The Vectra H2 3D imaging system uses 3D cameras that photograph all around your body and then create a detailed digital model that we can use to plan your breast augmentation in detail. The system is designed to assist both plastic surgeons and patients in determining the best size and type of implants and will provide you with a real understanding of how your breasts will appear after augmentation surgery.


Visualize the difference with the Vectra H2 3D Imaging System

Vectra H2 allows you to compare what you will look like with different implants using side-by-side 3D models, as well as in bathing suits and other clothing on top of your new breasts using Vectra's powerful viewing tools. Your personalized 3D images will also be available from the comfort of your home using the ViewMyConsult® patient portal, allowing you to review them with your significant other or anyone else whose opinion matters to you.

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Your patient experience

Dr. Stark will ensure you feel comfortable the minute you walk into StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center. His friendly staff, comfortable exam rooms and warm bedside manner will immediately put you at ease. We understand surgery can be emotionally difficult and ultimately the key to a successful surgery is alignment of your goals with those of your doctor.

Breast augmentation consultations at StarkMD Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery allow the time and comfort each woman deserves to discuss her desired outcome. As with any surgery, health is of the utmost importance and Dr. Stark will ensure you are taking any necessary supplementation and stop any medications that may interfere with surgery. In addition, Dr. Stark's considerable skill and finesse come through to minimize scarring with every closing suture.

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Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation

Take it easy for a few days, and make sure you have someone to help you around the house. You will likely have some temporary swelling around your incisions. Dr. Stark will direct you to wear a surgical bra for up to several weeks and schedule a follow-up appointment, during which time your sutures or surgical tape will be removed, along with your drainage tubes.

We understand life is busy! When considering surgery, an important component is "down-time" or how much time it will take to recover. Dr. Stark's extensive surgical training along with cutting edge technology allow his Philadelphia breast augmentation patients to return to normal life almost immediately post-operatively.

Smaller incisions, precise dissection and new insertion devices help minimize trauma therefore causing less pain post-operatively. His breast augmentation patients are typically able to go out the following day and back to work or regular activity within two to three days.

Considering your breast augmentation options:

Every body is different and requires personalized work. Dr. Stark can help guide you to the best procedure that fits your individual body type.

Sometimes, due to pregnancy or aging, breast sagging may be addressed with a breast lift in combination with breast augmentation surgery. A composite breast augmentation combines implants with fat grafting for ideal results in some women. Call to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Stark to discuss your options.

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You will notice immediate results, but it may take weeks or months before the full benefits of your breast augmentation are realized. Part of the reason is that it takes time for the breasts to "drop" and settle following surgery. One "result" is that you may need to buy new clothes to showcase your new contours!

Breast Augmentation FAQs

Is breast augmentation painful?

Most patients report that the procedure and recovery are much less painful than anticipated. While over-the-counter drugs are typically sufficient for pain management, Dr. Stark can prescribe stronger medication as appropriate.

Are there risks?

All surgeries come with risks, such as infection, excessive bleeding and scarring, adverse anesthesia reactions, and allergic reactions to medications or surgical materials. Risks specific to breast augmentation include:

  • Changes in breast and nipple sensation
  • Implant leakage
  • Changes in implant positions

Have a thorough conversation about risks with your surgeon before scheduling your breast augmentation.

How long do breast implants last?

Typically, breast implants can last for up to ten years or more before needing replacement.

Can I breastfeed following breast augmentation?

Many women are able to successfully breastfeed following augmentation, but others have described it as "difficult" or "challenging."

Will my nipples get larger following breast augmentation?

In most cases, the areolas do not change significantly in size. They might stretch slightly because of the increased volume of the breast, but significant size changes are rare.

Will I have scars after breast augmentation?

Yes. But the breast augmentation scars will be few, tiny, and virtually unnoticeable. Dr. Stark's advanced surgical skill and eye for aesthetics enable him to hide incisions in your natural skin folds, which helps hide or reduce the appearance of the scars.

How many cup sizes will I gain?

Breast implants are sized by volume, as measured in units of cubic centimeters (CCs.) The number of cup sizes you gain will be determined by the bra size and breast shape you are starting out with, the size of your torso, and more. So, there is no accurate rule for a "per cup" size increase. Discuss your goals with Dr. Stark, and he can size your implants accordingly.

How long will it take for my breasts to "drop" following breast augmentation?

If your implants were placed underneath your chest muscles, they may seem to rest high on your chest at first but will then drop and settle into their optimal position in a couple of weeks.

What's the difference between breast augmentation and breast implants?

"Breast augmentation" refers to any procedure that enlarges your breasts. Breast implants are a means of augmenting the breasts. So, breast implants can be used during breast augmentation, but breast augmentation doesn't necessitate their use.

What if I don't like my augmentation? Can I have revision surgery?

Yes, you can. And remember that implants generally need to be replaced every decade or so anyway.

Will my insurance pay for my breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is considered a cosmetic procedure, and as such, your insurance will typically not cover the costs. However, there are occasional medically necessary procedures, such as implants inserted after a mastectomy. Your surgeon's office will help you determine if you qualify for insurance benefits.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

Costs will vary according to the extent of your procedure. But breast augmentation typically costs between $5,000 and $10,000 on average. Go over all costs with your surgeon before your surgery.

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Meet the Doctor

Ran Stark, M.D. is double board-certified Philadelphia plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He completed more than 10 years of additional training and residencies after completing his medical degree to become one of the foremost plastic surgeons Philadelphia and the surrounding area has to offer.

His keen attention to detail, artistic eye, and practiced hands help him give his patients consistently exemplary results - but the difference is also in his manner. Dr. Stark makes your goals his own. He will always do the utmost to help you uncover the greatest version of yourself.

A two-time winner of Philadelphia's Choice Award, Dr. Stark is among America's most accomplished and respected plastic surgeons. He is committed to treating each patient "with skill and sensitivity from consultation through recovery."

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To learn more about our breast augmentation procedure, your next step is a consultation with Dr. Ran Stark. Please call our office to set an appointment.

Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Ran Stark brings decades of experience and training to each consultation. When you meet with Dr. Stark, he takes the time to give you information and options, so you can have confidence in your decision to move forward with the best procedure for you. Confidence. Personalized care. Impeccable results. That’s the Stark Difference. Discover that difference yourself by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Stark today.

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