Breast Augmentation
Available In Pittsburgh, PA or Columbus, OH  

Breast augmentation, for many women, is not about simply increasing the size of the breast.   It’s about improving self-confidence; it’s about creating a more feminine silhouette; correcting an unsymmetrical breast or restoring volume and fullness that was lost after having and nursing children.*

No matter what the reason is for wanting breast augmentation, Pittsburgh and Columbus residents can rest assured that our board-certified cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons understand your motivation and will provide you with an array of options -- from size, shape, profile and even type of implant -- to help you decide on the best breast implant for you.


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Breast Augmentation in Pittsburgh

When you are ready to learn more about breast augmentation, Pittsburgh clients will meet with a surgical consultant to discuss the many breast augmentation options available — from size, shape to the different types of surgery for breast augmentation. Pittsburgh-based, board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dominic Brandy, MD, performs surgery in our state-licensed and nationally accredited, AAAHC outpatient surgery center located in Mt. Lebanon, PA.

Breast Augmentation in Columbus

Following a private consultation to determine the best type of breast augmentation, Columbus clients will meet with board-certified plastic surgeon, Fernando Colon, MD. Dr. Colon performs breast surgery in our nationally-accredited (AAAHC) surgical center or at the Riverside Outpatient Surgery Center.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast Augmentation is a surgical procedure that alters the size and shape of the breast for cosmetic or aesthetic reasons. Breast augmentation may include enlarging the breast with breast implants or fat transfer to the breasts (re-LIPO-sition®); or it may be changing the shape of the breast through a breast lift with or without breast implants.

How to Choose: Breast Implant Size, Shape and Type

Breast implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. During your private surgical consultation, our consultant will help you determine the best breast implants -- silicone, saline or cohesive gel silicone, commonly referred to as the “gummy bear” implants -- for your needs.

What are Silicone Breast Implants?

Silicone implants are pre-filled with a soft silicone gel that is considered biocompatible to the body and has been used for many years in medical devices. This type of silicone gel allows the silicone to remain intact in case of a rupture and reduces the risk of the gel migrating from the breast area.

Most women favor silicone implants because they offer a more natural look and feel and provide a more natural, more rounded and fuller shape.

  • Rounded, fuller shape
  • Implant is pre-filled

What are Gummy Bear Breast Implants?

Gummy bear breast implants, or cohesive gel silicone implants, are becoming a popular option for women wanting the natural feel of silicone breast implants with the natural shape of saline implants. Gummy bear implants marry the shape of saline with the feel of silicone to achieve the soft, sloping, teardrop shape of a natural-looking breast.

FDA-approved in 2013, the gummy bear implant is made from a highly cohesive form of silicone gel; since the gel holds it shape when cut in half (just like the gummy bear candy), the popular nickname “gummy bear” implant was coined.

  • Gentle slope, teardrop shape
  • Pre-filled cohesive silicone gel
  • Mimics the shape and feel of a natural breast

Gummy bear breast augmentation in Pittsburgh is performed by Dominic Brandy, MD, board-certified cosmetic surgeon, in our state-licensed and nationally-accredited, AAAHC outpatient surgery center located in Mt. Lebanon, PA.

What are Saline Implants?

Saline breast implants offer a natural breast shape with a gentle slope in the upper area and fullness in the lower portion of the breast. Saline implants are filled with sterilized saline solution. The saline solution used in breast implants has the same salt concentration as the cells within the body, presenting no health risk to the patient even in the unlikely event that the implant ruptures.

  • Gentle slope with lower fullness
  • Saline solution
  • Implant filled during surgery

What is a Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation?

A fat transfer breast augmentation (or re-LIPO-sition®) is a two-step surgical procedure that first removes fat from one area of the body, typically the abdomen, through liposuction surgery. Then, the fat is purified and transferred to the breasts through a very methodical injection technique which restores volume and fullness without the use of breast implants.

For women interested in Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation, Pittsburgh is your surgical destination. Fat Transfer is performed by board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dominic Brandy M.D., in our state-licensed and nationally-accredited, AAAHC outpatient surgery center located in Mt. Lebanon, PA.

What is Stem Cell Assisted Fat Transfer?

Stem cell assisted fat transfer is an optional, highly recommended, add-on treatment that patients may elect as part of the Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation procedure to help enhance augmentation. Stem cells are present in body fat; the same body fat that is removed during the liposuction procedure described above.

Using a special enzymatic technique, some of the harvested fat is purified until only stem cells remain. These stem cells are then added back to the original fat that was removed. The original fat and added stem cells are then injected into the body part in need of augmentation using Dr. Brandy’s proprietary topography technique.

Adding purified stem cells to the fat transfer increases the fat survival rate from approximately 50 percent to 85 percent because the number of stem cells present in the fat has increased. Another benefit of stem cell assisted fat transfer is there is no longer a need for overcorrection because of the stem cells’ natural augmentation effect.

As a result, stem cell assisted fat transfer patients experience a less-exaggerated fullness in the initial two-week post-op period. The stem cells also stimulate the development of new blood vessels to the fat transfer; six months after the procedure, the transferred fat will have developed a healthy blood supply and will begin to grow — subtly enhancing the volume and fullness of the fat transfer, which will continue 6 to 18 months following the procedure.

What is the Cost of Breast Implants?

The cost of breast implants will vary depending on the type of implant selected, whether it is a silicone, gummy bear or saline, and if the implant is placed over or under the muscle during the surgery. The cost of your breast implant surgery will be outlined during your surgical consultation.

Once the type of breast implant is selected and it is determined if it is going to be placed under or over the muscle, an accurate cost for breast augmentation can be determined. Breast augmentation financing options are available to clients in both Pittsburgh and Columbus.

What is the Recovery From Breast Implant Surgery?

Each person will experience a different recovery from breast implant surgery as everyone heals at a different rate. However, most women experience some degree of discomfort after surgery which can be effectively managed with the proper pain medication.

Following breast surgery, you will wear a compression garment for one month to help reduce post-operative swelling. In addition, you will be asked to refrain from overhead lifting during that same time.

It is normal for breast tissue to swell following surgery, so the new breasts may look too large immediately after. This swelling gradually subsides in two to three weeks, resulting in a more natural look. In some cases, it may take up to 12 weeks or longer.*

Depending on your occupation, you may find that you are able to return to work within a week of having surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does nipple sensation return after breast augmentation?
Many women do experience a temporary loss of sensation in the nipple and surrounding breast tissue. The loss of sensation occurs from nerve damage during the surgery. As the body heals itself, the nerves also heal and sensation is restored. However, in a few cases, the loss of sensation may improve but not reach the same level as before the surgery or it may become permanent*.
What are the affects of breast implants on lactation and pregnancy?
Women with silicone implants do not risk exposing their breast-fed children to excessive amounts of silicone. The Institute of Medicine concluded “No evidence of elevated silicone in breast milk or any other substance that would be harmful to infants (was found in women with silicone gel-filled breast implants).” They also determined “…that evidence for health effects in children related to maternal breast implants is insufficient or flawed.” However, breastfeeding difficulties have been reported following breast surgery and breast reduction surgery.
How will breast implants affect having a mammogram?
Mammography can pose a problem for women with breast implants. Mammograms produce an image of the inside of a woman’s breast by compressing the breast. This can present a risk of rupture to the scar around the implant or a rupture of the implant itself. However, the current recommendations for getting screening/preoperative mammograms are no different for women with breast implants than for those without implants.
Are there risks associated with Cosmetic Surgery procedures?
Men and women of all ages choose cosmetic surgery for a number of reasons and the process of deciding to have elective cosmetic plastic surgery is highly individualized and very personal. This decision can offer lasting improvement not only to an individual''s physical appearance, but also to his or her self-confidence and self-esteem. However, choosing to have any type of elective surgery, including cosmetic surgery is not without risk and potential complications.
How Does Adding Additional Stem Cells to the Fat Help The Result?
It is widely believed that it is actually the stem cells contained within the fat, not the fat itself that create the majority of the volumizing and augmentation effect of the fat transfer treatment. Six percent (6%) of the fat that is harvested for fat transfer is made up of stem cells and every cc of fat that is removed contains approximately 1.5 million stem cells. With stem cell assisted fat transfer, we reserve 60 cc’s of fat which we purify using a special enzymatic technique that results in an additional 90 million stem cells that are added to the fat transfer procedure. Adding purified stem cells increases the fat survival rate from approximately 50 percent to 85 percent because the number of stem cells present in the fat has increased. This survival rate has been confirmed by MRIs and CAT scans and verified by clinical outcomes.

Alternative Treatments

Breast Lift
Breast Lift offers women the option of lifting and reshaping the breast without the use of breast implants, and may be a more natural option for women wanting to change the shape of their breast but are not comfortable with the idea of implants.

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