Breast Augmentation FAQ
We know you will want to feel confident and well informed before your breast augmentation procedure. This means doing research and gathering all the information you need before you make a final decision about your procedure. Therefore, Dr. Stridde has provided answers to a number of questions often asked by the women who visit him from Bellevue and Seattle for breast augmentation.
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Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos
Breast Augmentation Case 47
This is a 24 year old Seattle breast implant patient who came to see us because she was very unhappy with her small breast size. She is a petite woman so special attention was taken to ensure that the size and type of implant would appear natural and proportional to her slight frame. 275 cc smoot...
Breast Augmentation Case 81
Our 26 year-old Kirkland WA patient complained of both her lack of breast volume and her breast shape. She had previously done a thorough research of both saline and gel implants and requested gel implants. After trying on several different gel implant sizes and shapes during her consultation she...
Breast Augmentation Case 32
Our 28 year old Seattle breast implant mother of two was concerned with loss of volume after her pregnancies. Prior to surgery she was a small A cup and wished for a moderate increase that was both natural appearing and would provide a more porportional balance to her body. 320cc smooth round gel...
Breast Augmentation Case 38
Our 22 year old Seattle breast augmentation patient was not only unhappy with her small breasts but also that one breast was significantly smaller than the other. Dr. Braden Stridde of Puget Sound Plastic Surgery surgically placed Allergen smooth round moderate profile saline implants, 330c...
Breast Augmentation Case 154
This is a 28 year old woman who travelled from Texas for a breast augmentation procedure. She requested that the implants appear as natural as possible and would be proportionate to her slim, athletic physique. Sientra Textured Shaped Gel Implants were selected 350 cc. Implants were placed under...
Is breast augmentation the right procedure for me?
Candidates for all types of plastic surgery, including breast augmentation – should be in good physical health. Your reasons for breast surgery are as unique as you are. Many women choose breast augmentation to increase the size or improve the shape of their breasts. Others have breast enhancement surgery to correct asymmetry.
How do I choose a breast augmentation surgeon?
First, consider the doctor's qualifications. To do so, look for one who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the most respected plastic surgery board in the country. For details, visit The Importance of Board Certification. Make sure you are comfortable talking openly with the doctor and feel that you are heard. Ask to see the doctor's before-and-after photos. If you like the results you see on patients similar to you, that is a sign you will be happy with your results. Positive reviews on reputable websites are helpful as well.
How much does breast augmentation cost?
At our practice serving Seattle, Bellevue, and surrounding areas, the cost of breast augmentation ranges from $6,500 to $8,300 depending on the type of implant that is used. These prices are fully inclusive of OR fees, anesthesia, and all before-and-after care. For the highest quality results and care, do not choose a surgeon based on price. Instead, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has current experience performing breast augmentation procedures on a range of patients.
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How long will my surgery last?
On average, breast augmentation takes 1 to 2 hours to perform depending on the complexity of your procedure. Dr. Stridde will give you a more accurate time estimate during your consultation.
Where will the incisions be?
The incisions will be as small as possible and located where they can be easily concealed by clothing. The exact position of the incisions will be determined by a number of factors, including the size and type of implants used and your particular body structure. You and Dr. Stridde will discuss the options available for you during your consultation and make the decision together.
Should I choose saline or silicone?
This is one of the major decisions you will make in preparation for your breast augmentation procedure, and it's a decision best made during a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Stridde. Many factors will affect your choice of breast implants. For example, silicone implants often look and feel more natural than saline implants, but saline implants can usually be placed through smaller incisions. Each patient has her own preference, and Dr. Stridde will help you decide by recommending what he feels is best for achieving your individual goals.
Browse videos and before-and- after photos, and review your consultation using TouchMD, a free, personalized online tool offered by Dr. Stridde to enhance your patient experience. The secure, password-protected Web access allows you to share your experience with family and friends.
What can I do to prepare for my procedure?
Dr. Stridde will provide detailed preparation instructions before your surgery. However, here are some general guidelines that apply to everyone: Prior to having breast augmentation surgery, it's always a good idea to stop smoking, have a mammogram and avoid blood-thinning agents such as anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin and some herbal supplements.
Can I combine breast augmentation with other procedures?
Yes. Breast augmentation is often performed in conjunction with other procedures to maximize the results and minimize recuperation time. Breast augmentation patients often decide to combine the procedure with a breast lift, which helps correct sagging and skin laxity. Breast enhancement surgery combined with other body contouring procedures is known as a Mommy Makeover. Dr. Stridde can help you determine your best options during your consultation.
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Can the unsatisfactory results of past breast surgery be repaired?
Very often, yes. Dr. Stridde performs numerous breast revisions, or "breast rescue procedures", as he likes to call them. He has developed a reputation in the Seattle area as the "go-to" surgeon for breast revision – especially for the more challenging cases. In fact, other physicians frequently refer their breast revision patients to him.
What can I expect following my procedure?
In general, you'll go home after your breast augmentation wearing a special post-surgical bra to aid healing. You will also be given prescriptions for medication to manage any pain. Some degree of discomfort, swelling and fatigue is normal. Having a friend or family member around to help with daily tasks can be a big help. You'll need to wear a support garment for a few weeks, but you should be able to go back to work in 3 to 7 days.