Breast Enhancement

Frequently Asked Questions
Breast enhancement helps women achieve larger, firmer breasts through the insertion of breast implants. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia at the Auburn Surgery Center. “The Perfect Breast” means something different to each person; during your consultation with Dr. Tobin, he will listen closely as you describe the breast size and contour you believe to be your perfect fit. Dr. Tobin will: explain the surgery, options and possible risks and complications; have you look through a photo book; try on “sizer implants”; and, take before photos for your medical record. We recommend you bring a list of any questions or concerns to your consultation.

How is breast enhancement performed?
During the procedure, a small incision is placed either underneath the breast just above the crease or around the lower edge of the areola. A saline or gel implant is placed either behind the breast tissue or under the muscle depending on the size, contour desired and the patient’s preference. Dr. Tobin will work with you to determine which size, shape and type of implant is ideal for your body. The procedure may take from 1 to 2 hours. You can be up and about within a day, but strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided for approximately 3 to 6 weeks. Dr. Tobin will give you more specific restriction information during your consult.

How much does a breast enhancement cost?*
Our breast enhancements include:  Surgeon's Fees, Breast Implants, Garment Fee, Surgery Center, Anesthesia, and 1 year of post-op office visits.

The cost of surgery with saline implants starts at $4,010, with silicone/gel implants starts at $4,640, and with Memory Shape implants starts at $5,480.   The price will increase if a periareolar (around the nipple) incision is chosen, or if extra time in the operating room will be required.  

Does the price change if I go under or above the muscle or with the size I choose?
No, the price is only affected by the above factors.

Is there a consultation fee?
Yes, the consultation fee is $100 and is due at the time your appointment is scheduled.  We can accept payment by phone with a credit card.  Should you need to cancel your consult, we can refund your $100 if you give a 24-hour cancellation notice.  If you have surgery within 30 days of your consultation, the $100 will be applied to the cost of your surgery.

Who is the best candidate for a breast enhancement?
Women who are over the age of 18 and are not satisfied with the breast size and/or shape. This can include women whose breasts never developed to a satisfactory size with puberty or who have lost considerable amounts of weight including post-pregnancy weight loss.

What is the recovery period for breast enhancement?
The recovery time varies for each woman. However, many women return to nonstrenuous work within 3-7 days. You will be unable to swim, use hot tubs, or take tub baths for 2 – 3 weeks or until sutures are removed. You will not be able to lift anything heavier than 3-5 pounds for the first week after surgery and then nothing heavier than 15 pounds for two more weeks. Other individual restrictions and recovery expectations will be discussed during your consultation.

What size will I be after breast enhancement?
We do not focus on bra or cup sizes in our practice because every implant will look different in every woman. It is virtually impossible to predict what size a certain implant will make you. Dr. Tobin recommends you let the way you look and feel with our “sizer implants” be your guide instead of a specific bra or cup size.

Does the surgery have to be paid for up front or do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, all cosmetic surgeries must be paid for in full 7 days BEFORE surgery. For your convenience, we offer two wonderful financing options.  Applying is quick and easy and can be done online or by phone:

Option 1) Prosper Healthcare Lending  - you may access online or call 1-800-625-7412 ext. 2 

Option 2) Care Credit - you may access online or call 1-800-677-0718  

Will my insurance cover a breast enhancement?
No, we do not accept insurance for breast enhancements or any cosmetic surgeries.

*Prices are subject to change. Patients are given an exact surgical cost at their consultation.


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Breast Augmentation BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
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General Information

Varies for each patient.

Starting at $4,010 and up*  This includes:  Surgeon's Fees, Breast Implants, Garment Fee, Surgery Center, Anesthesia, and 1 year of post-op visits. 

No, insurance not accepted for this procedure.

Non-Strenuous Work in 3-7 days (details left)

$100 (see conditions left)

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