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Breast Augmentation in Princeton, New Jersey

Dissatisfaction with breast size or shape can greatly affect a woman’s self-confidence and keep her from feeling her most beautiful. Because of this, breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available to improve a woman’s breast size, shape, and volume. With New Jersey breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Jill Hazen, patients can get the breast contour they want in a single, safe procedure.

What can Breast Augmentation do? 

  • Enhance the size or shape of the breasts
  • Correct breasts that are uneven or unbalanced
  • Add volume to breasts that have lost fullness
  • Improve the proportion and balance of the body
  • Increase a patient’s sense of femininity and confidence 

Before & After

What can I expect from my consultation?

Getting the breasts you want can be a transformative experience, especially if you’ve been unhappy with your breasts for a long time. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jill Hazen will work with you to deliver your desired results on an individual basis. This means having a consultation with her before your procedure. This consultation is incredibly important, as it’s where many details of your procedure will be determined and where you will be able to voice any questions or concerns. Dr. Hazen will go over your medical history, your lifestyle, and your desired aesthetic goals. 

Together, you and Dr. Hazen will determine al the details of your surgery, including: 

  • The size and shape of your implants
  • The type of implants you want
  • Where your implants will be placed
  • How much your breast augmentation will cost
  • The type of incisions that will be used, and their placement

What is the difference between saline and silicone implants?


There are two options for breast augmentation: saline implants and silicone gel implants. Each of these has its own particular set of advantages. Both saline implants and silicone gel implants are safe and effective for improving the size and shape of a woman’s breasts, and results can be seen almost immediately following surgery.


What are the pros and cons of saline implants?


Saline implants are filled with harmless saltwater, so if they accidentally rupture, the liquid is absorbed by the body without negative consequences. Unlike with silicone devices, it is easy to detect if your saline implants have deflated. Another advantage of saline implants is that they can be inserted into the breast capsules unfilled, requiring smaller incisions and thus less scarring. Finally, saline implants are less costly than silicone.


On the downside, saline implants look and feel less authentic than their silicone counterparts. Women who lack sufficient breast tissue will need to choose silicone implants rather than saline. If saline implants rupture, they immediately deflate, which can be unsightly and embarrassing. 


What are the pros and cons of silicone implants?


Silicone implants are frequently chosen for their natural appearance and convincing feel. They maintain their shape even when subjected to vigorous activity and will not deflate or rupture easily. For women with minimal breast tissue to cover the implants, silicone is the most viable option.


The downside of silicone implants is their cost. They are more expensive than saline implants. The incisions for silicone implants must be larger since the implants can only be inserted when they are already filled. Lastly, it can be difficult to detect a rupture with silicone implants, and clients will need to undergo regular diagnostic testing to make sure their implants are still functioning properly.


How does Breast Augmentation surgery work?

Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia. First Dr. Hazen will create a small incision in the natural fold of the breast.

The saline or silicone implant is then inserted through the incision before being closed. It will be placed either behind the breast tissue or underneath the chest muscle.

The procedure takes less than two hours, and small incision marks are hidden in the natural fold of the breast.

What is Breast Augmentation Recovery like?

It takes about two months to fully recover from a breast augmentation, although most patients are able to return to non-strenuous type work in a week. Dr. Hazen will let you know when you can resume exercising. You can expect mild swelling and/or bruising for up to a week following the procedure. After your surgery, you will be given a protective surgical bra to wear for about a week. After this, you can begin wearing a soft bra with no wire. Do not shower for 48 hours, and be sure to take short, frequent walks around your home every day to help your circulation. We recommend that a friend or family member stay with you for 24 hours post-surgery to assist you. Results can be seen almost immediately following your breast augmentation, and these results will continue to improve as you heal.

Who is a candidate for Breast Augmentation?

If you are considering getting a breast augmentation in New Jersey and the surrounding areas, you may be the perfect candidate. Ideal candidates for breast augmentation are those who:

  • Have fully developed breasts 
  • Are not happy with the size, shape, or unevenness of their breasts
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Are non-smokers in overall good health
  • Have realistic expectations for what a breast augmentation can do

What is the difference between saline and silicone implants?

A saline implant has a silicone rubber shell that is filled with sterile salt water after it is placed inside the breast. A silicone implant has the same outer shell pre-filled with a silicone gel. Both are considered safe choices, and Dr. Hazen will work with you at your consultation to determine the best choice for you.

How long do breast implants last?

While there is no exact timeline on how long breast implants last, the general consensus is around the range of ten years. While many implants last longer than this without issue, it is important to note that they do not last forever.

Can I breastfeed after a breast augmentation?

Most women are able to breastfeed without issue after breast implants depending on the type of incision used. Let Dr. Hazen know if you plan to breastfeed in the future so she can help ensure there no complications.

Will there be noticeable scars?

Breast augmentation does leave scars, but they are often small and tucked away under the crease of your breast. Dr. Hazen is a highly-skilled surgeon who will work to ensure that the incisions she makes are well-hidden. Scar size will also depend on the type of implant chosen. Because saline implants are filled after being placed in your breast, they require a smaller incision than silicone.

What can I expect immediately after surgery?

After breast augmentation surgery, a gauze dressing is used over the incisions. After this, the breasts will be wrapped with a bra or an elastic band. You may experience some pain and swelling around the area, but this can be treated with the prescribed medication.

When will I be able to return to normal activities?

Most patients are able to be up and about one to two days after surgery and return to work one-week post-op. More strenuous activity should be avoided for the first few weeks to not damage the implant placement or incision.

Breast Augmentation in Princeton, NJ at Hazen Plastic Surgery

Not only is breast augmentation one of our top procedures Hazen Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa; Dr. Jill Hazen also loves performing them. Known for her conservative and natural-looking results, Dr. Hazen is the expert you should trust your body to. She will determine the optimal recommendations for you, and she will personalize a treatment plan just for you. Board-certified in plastic surgery, Dr. Hazen has been in practice for 25 years and has been recognized by Healthy Living as one of the Top Doctors in New Jersey. Her nationally recognized expertise has been featured in many highly respected publications, including the New York Times and New York magazine. There are some results that only surgery can achieve, and if you are considering a breast augmentation in New Jersey, we welcome you to contact us to learn more. 

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