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Many women may feel that their breasts are too small, lack enough volume or youthful contour, lack upper pole fullness, or are too droopy. Breast augmentation enhances your breasts by adding volume and fullness, giving them a more youthful and sensual shape and appearance that improves your breasts’ proportion to your body frame. Considered one of the best plastic surgeons in Saratoga Springs and in the Albany/Capital District region by locals and a “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly, Dr. Steven Yarinsky offers breast implants in a variety of sizes, shapes, and types that can help you attain fuller, more shapely breasts with results that look natural and beautiful. He has been helping women enhance their figures with breast augmentation since 1989!
In addition to offering implants from both Allergan® and Mentor® brands, Dr. Yarinsky has the most experience of any plastic surgeon in the Albany and Upstate New York area since 2012 doing breast augmentations with the Sientra® “Gummy Bear” gel implants. He has used Sientra® implants for over eight years—more than any other plastic surgeon in our geographic region. Sientra® implants have been shown in clinical studies to have the lowest rates of breakage and of capsular contracture (hard breast formation) of all available gel-filled “gummy bear” implant brands. Dr. Yarinsky offers the latest OPUS™ breast implants by Sientra®, which are designed to look and feel extremely natural without sacrificing shape retention. These implants are also protected under Sientra®’s Platinum20™ Product Replacement and Limited Warranty Program. This extensive coverage offers benefits such as free lifetime replacement if an implant ruptures and 20-year replacement for capsular contracture complications, late forming seroma, and double capsule. This is the best warranty in the business compared with only 10 years for the other implant companies.
Dr. Yarinsky is also the first in the Upstate New York, Capital District region to provide the new IDEAL IMPLANT® (“structured” or multiple layered saline) designed for those women who don’t want silicone gel and would prefer the top-of-the-line saline or salt water-filled implant. This wide range of implant options, along with his advanced expertise in performing breast augmentation, allows his patients to achieve beautiful results that align with their aesthetic goals.
“I can’t stress enough that the treatment I received before, during and after my procedure was far beyond my expectations. I have never meet nursing and office staff that were as wonderful as yours. Thank you so much for making me feel comfortable, confident and happy throughout my entire process. You are all awesome!!”
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I love my breasts! I have never in all my 42 years of living have ever been able to say that, let alone even claim to have breasts at all. You see, I was a 36A, wore a stuffed 36B (remember the Wonder Bra?) but now, thanks to Dr. Y, I am an absolutely beautiful saline 36C. They feel and look natural and I am enjoying them more than I ever imagined! Dr. Yarinsky is a master artist and his staff are an amazing group of truly caring people. Let’s face it, surgery is serious business and can feel scary at times. Dr. Yarinsky and his staff, namely Holly and Susan, were incredibly patient with me and so supportive that they managed to make me feel at ease throughout the entire process, and that is not easy, I am a worrier. From my pre-surgery appointment to surgery day and the recovery weeks at home and follow up visits they were there for me any time I needed them. I could not have been in better hands.
August 25, 2015
Each breast implant type can provide beautiful results for the right candidates. Implants are available from four companies: Allergan (Natrelle® brand smooth-walled saline, soft and firmer silicone gel), Mentor® (saline, more fluid and thicker/firmer varieties of silicone gel), IDEAL IMPLANT® (“structured” or multiple layered saline), and Sientra® (OPUS™ form-stable “gummy bear” round and shaped silicone gel implants).
“You were all truly amazing! Thinking about how kind, patient and available you all were to me and my mom was outstanding! I could not have imagined a better place experience then your office. I am thankful for you all every day, and I’m so glad I chose you for such a life changing experience!”
Read Dr. Yarinsky’s responses to 5 common myths about Breast Augmentation.
Dr. Yarinsky will help you determine whether saline, silicone gel, “structured” saline, or Sientra® OPUS™ “Gummy Bear” implants are best for your needs and desired appearance and outcome. Since there are many options to choose from, it is best to outline your cosmetic goals and expectations during your consultation with Dr. Yarinsky. He will also take into consideration the amount and firmness of your natural breast tissue, your chest measurements, skin quality, and pre-operative cup size to help make an informed implant suggestion suited to meet your unique needs and desires. When it comes to selecting the ideal breast implant there is no “one size fits all”. Therefore, scheduling a consultation with an expert breast surgeon like Dr. Yarinsky is incredibly important. New state-of-the-art Crisalix® 3-D and 4-D computer imaging may be used so that you can preview how great you might look with the implant type and size you choose.
Breast augmentation is considered a generally safe procedure when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon; however, any surgery has some degree of risk. Dr. Yarinsky will go over the various pros and cons of breast augmentation during your consultation, including the potential complications that can occur during surgery and outline the nature of your recovery. While typically rare, the risks of breast augmentation include among others, infection, loss of nipple sensation, capsular contracture (forming firmer breasts), fluid accumulation around the implant and implant rupture or leakage. Dr. Yarinsky will review these risks with you in detail in the process of answering all of your questions to ensure you understand what to expect and what to do if you suspect you are experiencing any problems after surgery. He encourages patients to express any concerns they may have before and after their breast augmentation and considers all questions you may have about your recovery important. Dr. Yarinsky has found that an educated and informed patient is empowered to experience a more comfortable recovery and be more satisfied with their result.
Although scarring cannot be avoided after breast implant surgery, Dr. Yarinsky uses meticulous surgical technique to minimize the appearance of these lines. He will place your incisions in inconspicuous locations to help you conceal the scars. If saline implants are selected, they will be filled after insertion to allow for a reduced incision size and, therefore, less scarring overall. Silicone implants are pre-filled which require longer incisions which result in slightly longer scars. In general, the amount and location of your breast augmentation scarring will ultimately depend on the incision technique used during your surgery. Commonly used incisions include around the areola and in the fold underneath the breast. Over the course of the first year, your scars will become less noticeable, gradually fading from pink to white, lightening and becoming flatter. Dr. Yarinsky will advise you on proper wound care after surgery and provide you with special topical treatment to help minimize the appearance of your final scars.
The average cost of breast augmentation can range from $7,900 to $11,900, which includes the surgeon’s fee, the price of anesthesia, operating room facilities, breast implants, and other related fees. The range in cost is related to implant types and brand, type of anesthesia used, the type of procedure done, and how long that procedure may take. Due to the added time and technical experience involved, there are additional expenses if a breast lift is performed with your augmentation. The cost of anesthesia, which is a “pass-through fee,” has recently increased due to a national shortage of anesthesia providers secondary to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since each patient has unique needs and aesthetic goals, Dr. Yarinsky customizes every breast enhancement to provide you with the best possible result. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Yarinsky is well-known and respected as an expert in breast enhancement by doctors and patients alike.
Dr. Yarinsky needs to examine you and evaluate your needs at your consultation to provide an accurate quote for your breast augmentation. Dr. Yarinsky performs your breast augmentation at his own Joint Commission-accredited surgery center for your convenience, comfort, privacy and cost savings over a hospital setting. Your quote includes all fees associated with the procedure, including the anesthesia, our surgical facility and nursing staff, implants, post-operative garments, and the surgeon’s fee.
While health insurance does not cover cosmetic breast augmentation, your insurance may cover pre-operative lab work and tests that may be needed, such as mammograms, prescriptions, and medical clearance from your primary care physician. Dr. Yarinsky’s staff will be happy to assist you with cosmetic and plastic surgery financing options, should you be interested.
Many breast augmentation patients can achieve enhanced results by including a breast lift as part of their procedure. This is most appropriate for women with breasts that are droopy or saggy in addition to being smaller than desired. Combining a breast augmentation with lift surgery is especially beneficial for those who have lost breast volume after pregnancy or after weight loss. By adding implants to restore this volume while lifting and tightening the skin of the breasts, patients can achieve a more youthful and shapely breast appearance.
In addition to combining breast augmentation with lift surgery, many women choose to add procedures like liposuction of other areas or a tummy tuck as part of a Mommy Makeover to enhance their overall figure. These procedures can sometimes be done on the same day as your breast enlargement for a single recovery, allowing you to regain your enhanced and more youthful pre-pregnancy figure.
Breast augmentation may be performed for women from their mid-teens and older when natural breast growth has peaked — which is generally considered to be at age 18. Whether a younger teen qualifies for a breast augmentation is usually made on a case-by-case basis, which includes evaluation of factors such as her level of physical and psychological maturity, if she has realistic expectations, and whether she has good parental and family support. The FDA has recommended breast augmentation using saline implants for women who are at least 18 years old and silicone gel or “gummy bear” implants for women who are 22 and older. If you are in your twenties or older, it is more important to ask yourself the following questions when considering having a breast augmentation rather than focus on the best age to undergo the procedure:
Regardless of your age, if you are interested in breast augmentation, you should always seek professional advice — ideally from a board-certified plastic surgeon who has many years of experience and a particular interest in breast enhancement like Dr. Yarinsky — prior to any treatment. Contact Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC and consult with Dr. Yarinsky to learn more about the best treatment options based on your particular desires and goals.
There are several factors that can determine how natural your breasts will look with breast implants:
Dr. Yarinsky has been named a “Regional Top Doctor” for the past nine consecutive years, in part, due to his dedication to helping patients achieve beautiful, natural results.
Yes. We will supply you with surgical bras to hold wound dressings in place. These must be worn day and night for several weeks, taking them off only to shower. This protective layer will cover your incisions, support your new implants to maintain their shape and positioning, and continue to minimize swelling. At four to six weeks after surgery, when Dr. Yarinsky recommends it, you may go bra shopping and begin wearing non-underwire bras — preferably with a front-facing clasp to ease stretching and movement.
The timeline for sleeping on your side (or stomach) after surgery will depend on the extent of your procedure and how quickly your body heals afterward. This is important to protect your incisions and alleviate pressure on your chest until your breasts have adequately healed. In general, you may need to sleep on your back for at least two to three weeks and avoid sleeping on your stomach for at least a month. Placing pillows on your sides and under your upper body can be a helpful way to stay in the appropriate position while asleep.
Yes. As your body adjusts to your new breast implants, any tightness and/or muscle spasms in your chest should subside naturally over the course of two to four weeks. You might be more prone to tightness if your implants are placed behind the muscle or if you have very small, tight breasts and have chosen to have larger implants. We provide you with muscle relaxants. While there are at-home remedies available, such as muscle relaxers and back massage techniques, that may help to lessen discomfort, it is always best to consult with Dr. Yarinsky if you have questions or concerns.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for you can be determined only at the time of your consultation with Dr. Yarinsky. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual. Most people are very happy with the results but no specific result can be guaranteed.
This procedure is most often done at our Joint Commission accredited office facility for your safety, convenience, comfort, and privacy, as well as to enhance your experience with continuity of care.