Many women consider breast augmentation to improve the appearance of their breasts. Some women with a naturally modest breast size may want a fuller, shapelier look, while others want to restore lost volume after pregnancy or nursing.
Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Evan Sorokin understands that selecting breast augmentation can be a highly personal, often difficult decision. To get help in a caring, pressure-free environment, request a consultation with him today.
Women trust the experience and skill of Dr. Evan Sorokin. Named a Top Doc by Philadelphia Magazine year after year, Dr. Sorokin is also known as “The Breast Doctor” due to his passion for breast enhancement surgery. Few plastic surgeons will outright tell you that there is a particular procedure on which they focus their practice, as they are afraid of scaring away potential patients interested in other procedures. Dr. Sorokin specifically tells patients that this is the procedure he does the most of year after year, and he has developed a patient following from near and far.
Choosing Breast Augmentation
Women have been trying to enhance the look of their breasts for over 100 years. In addition to the long history of breast implants, “falsies” and other padded devices have taken up where Mother Nature left off. Women have tried injecting many different substances directly into their breasts and have unfortunately been subjected to dubious and outright dangerous options over the years by unscrupulous hucksters. Thankfully, Dr. Sorokin’s breast augmentation patients have better options than ever before. Saline implants, structured saline implants, cohesive silicone implants, and gummy bear highly cohesive implants are available to safely enhance your breasts!
As you probably know, both silicone gel and saline implants are widely available for most breast augmentation surgeries. For a long time, due to unfounded claims about a link between silicone implants and autoimmune disorders, silicone implants fell out of favor in the United States. After over a decade of research and technological advances, silicone implants are again FDA approved as safe medical devices. Silicone is fast becoming the preferred implant type for women from New Jersey and Philadelphia choosing breast enlargement with Dr. Sorokin. Silicone gel breast implants have been labeled as safe and effective devices by the FDA, and you can choose to use them with confidence that they are one of the most rigorously studied medical devices in the history of the United States. In addition the “Ideal Implant” structured breast implant is in between saline and silicone in terms of feel. If you still have lingering doubts, you can learn more about the safety of silicone gel implants by coming to see Dr. Sorokin, who will show you actual implants and explain the history of these devices.
But implant material isn’t the only decision you’ll need to make about breast augmentation. Some women who visit Delaware Valley Plastic Surgery struggle to select the “right” breast implant size, while others want to learn more about surgical methods that can help minimize the appearance of scarring. During your consultation, Dr. Sorokin will set aside time to answer every question, address every concern, and review your goals so that you can choose a carefully tailored augmentation procedure for pleasing results in the months and years to come.
Why Choose Dr. Sorokin?
Dr. Sorokin’s most frequent surgery is breast augmentation. He was called “The Breast Doctor” by a happy patient who needed a revision from surgery performed by another surgeon and the name has stuck. He performs breast enhancement surgeries hundreds of times every year. When Dr. Sorokin initially started his practice, he performed the full range of plastic surgery procedures from cleft lips to hand surgery to wound reconstruction to breast and body. However, he quickly realized that his true passion was for breast enhancement and has directed his energies toward breast procedures. Patients throughout New Jersey looking for breast enhancement have responded well to a surgeon that focuses mainly on the breast and have been willing to drive hours for this specialization. Word has spread and now it is very common for patients to come to us from Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Connecticut and recently we have been catering even to an international clientele.
Your Breast Enlargement Surgery
When looking for a breast surgeon, why wouldn’t you choose a doctor that focuses on breast surgery? Dr. Sorokin’s breast augmentation patients appreciate that he offers the following advantages:
- Rapid recovery breast augmentation
- Use of newest surgical technology including Keller Funnels
- Extensive experience with both saline and silicone gel implants including Gummy Bear implants
- Access to all available breast implants
- Up to 4 different incision location options
- Low complication rates
- Private out of hospital American Association of Accredited Surgical Facilities AAAASF suite
- Anesthesia care by board certified physician anesthesiologists
- In-depth care following surgery with regular follow-ups to track your progress
- Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Dr. Sorokin maintains high standards for his practice and is committed to helping you achieve a beautiful result. He makes an effort to perform surgery in a way that helps you get back to living your life and enjoying your new look in a matter of days, not weeks. He has received training from esteemed surgeons across the country and refined his technique through thousands of successful surgeries. While no surgeon can guarantee a result without risks of complications, Dr. Sorokin will do all he can to minimize your risks. While he wishes he could eliminate all risk, of course this is impossible. Still, when complications do occur you will have a partner in healing whose goal is to get you through whatever bumps in the road may come your way.
Still not quite sure why so many women choose breast enlargement with Dr. Sorokin? We invite you to come experience the quality care the practice has to offer when you request a consultation online or call the office to schedule your appointment. Delaware Valley Plastic Surgery is conveniently located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with easy access from Highway 295.
Breast Augmentation FAQ
Women considering breast augmentation at the New Jersey practice of Dr. Evan Sorokin often have many questions. There are numerous considerations and decisions, and you can feel overwhelmed even if you’ve done your research. To help streamline the process, Dr. Sorokin has compiled a list of answers to the questions he hears most frequently about breast augmentation.
To find out how breast augmentation can enhance your look, request a consultation with Dr. Sorokin, a board-certified plastic surgeon and breast specialist, at our office in Cherry Hill, or you can call 856-797-0202.
Are silicone or saline implants better?
Silicone and saline are the 2 implant materials approved for use in the United States today. Dr. Sorokin tells patients that neither saline nor silicone implants are better, but that they each have different advantages. Though some doctors and patients may express a preference for one or the other, they each come with their own set of pros and cons. At his practice in New Jersey, Dr. Sorokin’s breast augmentation patients can choose from both materials.
Silicone implants are approved for patients age 22 and older. Today’s cohesive gel implants are not liquid silicone, but rather a thick gel and require routine MRIs to monitor for rupture. The FDA tells patients to get an MRI 3 years after augmentation and then every 2 years as the most reliable way to detect a rupture. Since silicone implants were once taken off the market in the U.S., they continue to have what Dr. Sorokin calls a “safety stigma” despite their approval by the FDA and all of the research that has proven them to be safe. Silicone breast implants carry a diminished risk of complications such as rippling, and most people believe that silicone implants feel and look more natural than saline. Dr. Sorokin uses a device called the Keller Funnel to place silicone implants, which he believes reduces the risk of capsular contracture and allows for a smaller incision.
Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. In the event of a rupture, the saline is naturally absorbed by the body. This is why safety has never been a concern with saline breast implants. They are approved for patients age 18 and older. Saline implants are empty when inserted into the body and filled once they’re in place, enabling the surgeon to use a smaller incision than would be needed for silicone. Since they are filled with saline after insertion rather than coming in standard prefilled sizes, this also allows more flexibility to adjust for small asymmetries from one side to the other.
Learn more about the differences between these implant materials.
What can I expect during recovery from breast augmentation?
Individual recovery experiences can vary depending on the patient, the implant placement, what type of implant is used, and a number of other factors. Rapid recovery techniques allow a very quick return to normal activities. Dr. Sorokin does not want patients to stay in bed after breast augmentation. Rather, light activity is encouraged immediately. Arm exercises are prescribed to start on the day of surgery. Dr. Sorokin encourages patients to be up and about the very next day. A prescription for pain medication will be provided, but most patients are able to switch to over-the-counter drugs within a few days. Women who work office jobs usually feel well enough to return to work after 3 or 4 days. For jobs such as hair stylist or nurse, he recommends taking off about a week. Light exercise at the gym is allowed as early as 10 days after Dr. Sorokin clears each patient’s healing progress.
Dr. Sorokin uses rapid recovery techniques for women receiving breast implants at his New Jersey practice. Using specialized equipment and techniques, he’s able to reduce pain and downtime. Dr. Sorokin acknowledges that different people have different pain tolerances, and while 95% of his patients recover quickly, some people take a little bit longer.
We give clear written instructions to all of our patients, and it’s a good idea to plan ahead and review these instructions. Stocking your refrigerator with some ready-to-eat meals and arranging for help with kids, chores, and pets is a great idea! Specialized bras, implant positioning straps, special breast implant pillows and other ideas described on various websites on the Internet are not advised and, in fact, can hurt recovery more than help. Before following recommendations of unknown websites, please discuss with our office.
Dr. Sorokin’s breast augmentation patients consistently tell us how much easier their recovery was than they expected it to be.
What are the risks associated with breast augmentation?
All surgery carries some degree of risk. Though they are minimal, surgical risks include infection, bleeding, and excessive scarring. Risks that are specific to breast augmentation include:
- Capsular contracture: This occurs when scar tissue develops around the implant, causing the breasts to feel hard and uncomfortable.
- Deflation: No implant is a life-long device. These devices are manmade and may leak. If one lives long enough with the implant, the implant may need to be replaced.
- Rippling: More often seen in subglandular (over-the-muscle) placement, rippling occurs when the outline of the implant is visible through the breast skin, causing a rippled appearance.
- “Bottoming out”: This term refers to what happens when the implant migrates lower than its original placement, gradually falling beneath the breast crease.
- Asymmetry: No woman has 2 identical breasts. Dr. Sorokin tells patients that they are “more like sisters than twins.” During different times of the month and throughout the years, breasts change size and shape. Dr. Sorokin guarantees all patients that some degree of asymmetry will exist and that a small amount of asymmetry is normal and expected. Larger degrees of asymmetry occasionally do occur during the healing process and could require revision.
- These complications are not common, and the risks can be diminished when breast augmentation is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Should I wait until I have children before having a breast augmentation?
Not necessarily. Though it’s no secret that pregnancy and childbirth can alter a woman’s body, the results of a breast augmentation are not usually affected by the process. If you’re considering breast enlargement in New Jersey and you’d like to breastfeed in the future, be sure to discuss your plans with Dr. Sorokin prior to your surgery. He will customize your procedure to maximize the possibility of future breastfeeding. The presence of implants will not affect the safety or quality of the milk you produce.
Can I combine a breast augmentation with another cosmetic procedure?
Yes. If you’re considering a breast augmentation and another procedure, such as a tummy tuck, it might be prudent to combine the procedures into a single surgery. Combining surgeries saves you time in the long run and maximizes results. Consult with Dr. Sorokin to decide whether a combinational procedure is right for you. Also, you can learn more about your options by visiting Dr. Sorokin’s main site or liposuction specialty site.
What will my scars look like?
This is an impossible question to answer. Scarring is a normal result of injury to the skin. Dr. Sorokin uses the techniques of plastic surgery to minimize scarring. In addition, he recommends scar-care products in order to optimize the results of the scar as it matures during the year after surgery. Unfortunately every person scars differently and some people scar worse than others. The scar is a tradeoff for the improvement in size and shape of the breast. Following aftercare instructions and keeping the incision clean and dry during recovery will also help to minimize scarring. Read more about incisions on our surgical technique page.
Can breast augmentation correct breasts that are asymmetrical?
Yes. Most women have breasts that are naturally asymmetrical, although the degree can vary. Severe cases of asymmetry can be improved with breast implants. Some breasts are not only asymmetrical in size but also asymmetrical in shape and will require a breast lift in order to obtain better symmetry. Depending on the patient’s needs and wishes, Dr. Sorokin can insert different sizes of implants and possibly combine this with a breast lift to ensure that both the size and shape of the breasts match up after surgery.
How do I decide on size?
Size can be a difficult thing to decide upon. Many women know they want to be “larger” but are unsure as to how large they want to be. Dr. Sorokin is often told to “make me proportional” or “just a little bigger,” however these are vague descriptions and more precise understanding is essential prior to surgery. Throughout the U.S. one of the most common regrets is “I wish I had gone bigger.” Dr. Sorokin suggests several methods to determine what size implant you will get:
- Vectra 3-D imaging: This is a 3-D surgical simulation system. The computer is able to simulate different sized implants on a 3-D photo of each woman’s body.
- Sizers: We have a system of sizer implants which simulates in a bra what different sized implants will look like.
- Photos: Dr. Sorokin recommends that patients find some photographs of breasts that they love. This can come from our photo gallery or it can come from a magazine such as Playboy™. The adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is true here as showing Dr. Sorokin a photo of breasts you like helps him understand your goals. He can never replicate any given photograph in terms of size or shape, but it certainly helps guide him through the implant selection process.
How much does it cost?
Cost is an important consideration and we like to present a clear explanation of all costs and fees to our patients. Our package costs for saline implants are around $6000, while for silicone around $7000. We may not be the lowest price in the area, but we certainly aren’t the highest either. We do however believe we offer a great value. For instance, all blood work and testing is done in house to save you not only extra cost, but extra time! Costs included in the package price that we will give each patient include:
- Surgeon’s fee (based on what needs to be done and how long it will take)
- Anesthesia fee (based on amount of time)
- Facility fee (operating room, nurses, sterile and non-sterile supplies)
- Implants (price varies for saline versus silicone)
- Preoperative labs and testing
- Postoperative bras and dressings
Additional costs include the cost of postoperative prescriptions, medical clearance if needed, mammograms if needed, and pathology testing of any breast tissue sent to an outside pathologist for testing if needed.
While we can give you an estimation on the telephone of what average procedure costs are, it is much better to meet with you so that after consultation and examination exact costs can be determined. We can then discuss options including financing and answer any questions that you may have.
Individual results may vary.