Self Confidence Benefits Post Breast Augmentation

How Breast Augmentation Can Improve Self Confidence

Self Confidence post breast augmentationBreast augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure for enhancing breasts either by enlargement, reduction or reconstruction of the breast area. The majority of breast augmentations come in the form of enlarging breasts with saline or silicone implants.  The benefits in confidence a patient experiences post breast augmentation surgery are substantial. Not only does breast augmentation help boost a patients physical appearance, the benefits oftentimes help a patient’s emotional state.  Self-esteem can negatively affect one’s quality of life, more so than anyone can imagine.

Enhanced Confidence

Breast augmentation has also been proven to improve relations between partners. Individuals who have undergone the surgical procedure usually feel great about themselves; their partners experience enhanced intimacy too. Additionally patients who undergo surgery will feel more confident in what they wear, and how they carry themselves throughout the day. Psychologically, individuals will more than likely be able to drop all of their ill feelings towards themselves and really just be able to focus on living a carefree and enjoyable life, away from isolation and discomfort.

A Discussion

If a family member or a close loved one is considering breast augmentation, perhaps sitting down to discuss the facts and reasoning will allow them to be more supported in their decision. Nine times out of ten, self confidence levels skyrocket through the roof and you see a ‘whole new person’ after the surgery has been completed. Breast augmentation should be looked at as an enhancement for an individual to feel great about themselves and be able to exude the beauty that you already see in them.


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Our surgical suite is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) and is recognized as the gold standard of outpatient cosmetic surgery centers.  The mission of AAAASF is to provide patients with the assurance that they are choosing a facility that provides the highest quality of care.  We meet and exceed stringent national standards for equipment, operating safety, personnel and surgeon credentials. We work with experienced board certified anesthesiologists and CRNAs.

Misconceptions About Breast Augmentation and Lift

The Facts About Breast Augmentation and Lift

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There are many misconceptions that surround breast augmentation and breast lift procedures, and this blog will go over a few of them and hopefully give more insight into what is okay to believe and what isn’t.

Breast Lift and Augmentation Simultaneously is only One Procedure

Many are led to believe that if they have chosen to get both an augmentation as well as a lift – at the same time, they will only undergo one procedure. This is false – breast augmentation and breast lifts are two very different procedures; therefore, they will be conducted as such. They are somewhat opposite procedures – while one makes the breast larger, the other lifts and minimizes sag. Depending on the patient and what the surgeon decides – it may not be suggested to undergo these two at the same time, rather, let the body heal in between.

Incisions Around the Nipple Lead to No Scars

With any surgical procedure, there is going to be the possibility of scarring. It also depends on how advanced your plastic surgeon is, and how your body heals. Are there some incision areas that camouflage scarring better than others? Absolutely – but it is not said that just because you choose an incision around the nipple, there will be no scars. If these are concerns of yours from the beginning, it is important to discuss the best options for you, with your surgeon prior to making any decisions.

These are the most common misconceptions about the breast augmentation and lift procedures together – while they have some on their own, the most important thing is to find out all the information you can about the procedures while finding a trusted surgeon whom you feel very comfortable with discussing your concerns, goals and future plans. They are highly trained and experienced professionals who know human anatomy very well and can take a look at your body, skin type, consider age, and history – while guiding you down the safest path to achieve the results that you are looking for.

Breast Reduction Helps Back Pain

Breast Reduction Can Alleviate Back Pain


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Even though some individuals, and doctors even, may think that undergoing a breast reduction procedure is a radical form of treatment, it doesn’t go unsaid that it can help tremendously. Depending on one’s breast size, there are numerous problems/issues that can come up. There are many women worldwide who have openly complained about their breast size causing persistent back pain, and think that getting a breast reduction will naturally balance out their body.

Aesthetic Alteration vs. Pain Relief


There lies a thin line between helping reduce pain or just helping someone feel more comfortable with their body. There are a few indications that breast reduction for pain relief would be a good option. Depending on the size of the breasts and how tall the patient is, will help determine if the pressure/weight from the breasts is throwing everything else off balance. Some patients can be very ‘top heavy’ where as the breasts are placing a lot of stress on the Thoracic Spine and Kyphotic Curve in the back. Patients who have much smaller frames, will notice a lot of pressure in their middle back region. Some women may experience most of their pressure and/or strain in their shoulder region which can slowly start to cause deformities in their posture due to the weight and pressure.


Affecting Exercise

Many patients that have very large breasts find it very difficult to partake in strenuous activity and exercise because the constant movement can become extremely painful in the breast area. That constant movement in the front in combination with the already aching muscles in the back, people would just rather not partake in strenuous activity and spare themselves some pain.

The largest concern with mammoplasty, is that it is a highly invasive procedure that takes patients a while to recuperate from. Many tests and discussions should be had with your health physician about the risks, advantages, healing time and so forth before just undergoing the breast reduction procedure. There may be alternative options that don’t require surgery.


Breast Reduction Plastic Surgery Services – Charleston SC

We provide a wide range of Plastic Surgery services, including Labiaplasty at our office to help you feel and look naturally beautiful. Schedule your consultation at our cosmetic surgery center with Dr. O’Neill by Plastic Surgery Charleston, SC.  Call today to schedule a consultation.

Free Treatment of Radiation Tattoos

To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, O’Neill Plastic Surgery is offering a special for breast cancer survivors: FREE treatment of radiation tattoos! If you or someone who love beat breast cancer, celebrate your success with O’Neill Plastic Surgery to remove the reminders of traumatic radiation. This offer lasts through October 2015!

PicoSure Radiation Tattoo Removal

remove radiation tattoos with picosureRadiation is a treatment that is used to help fight breast cancer. When undergoing radiation therapy, one of the most important aspects of the treatment is precision. The use of tattoos is an important aid in helping to make sure treatments are going to be done precisely, the same way each day.

We at O’Neill Plastic Surgery are all too familiar what the body may endure during breast cancer treatment. Because of this we constantly support the strong women who undergo breast cancer treatment by providing them with the option to have their radiation tattoos removed for free. With the use of our PicoSure laser we are able to provide quick, effective treatments to help forget the past and move towards a brighter future!

The PicoSure is from the tried and tested CynoSure family of lasers, so you know you’re getting trusted, approved, highly sophisticated system for quick results. The PicoSure is the most advanced laser treatment available for safe and effective tattoo removal.

Get Your Free Radiation Tattoo Treatment

Take advantage of our special offer today by calling 843-881-2130 or contacting us online to schedule your consultation and appointment. We’re only offering special treatment through October 2015, so call today before it’s too late.

Can I Finance Breast Implants?

Cost is one of the major questions when it comes to getting plastic surgery, but it doesn’t have to be. We work to make breast augmentation affordable for our Charleston patients, so you can feel beautiful and confident without the hassle of a big bill. We offer financing and flexible payment options to suit your unique needs.

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Costs Associated With Breast Augmentation

The actual cost of a breast augmentation procedure varies depending on your cosmetic goals and surgical needs. There are many factors that go into the final cost, including the cost of the implants, hospital and anesthesia fees, medical tests, surgeon’s fee and more.

Meet with Dr. O’Neill and our friendly staff to discuss your needs and get a definite idea of how much your breast augmentation will cost. In your consultation with Dr. O’Neill, we will discuss the costs involved and go step-by-step through the procedure to ensure that you understand every single detail.

Financing Breast Implants

Plastic surgery can be affordable for you with the right planning and options. We expect cash, check, credit cards, and offer flexible financing through CareCredit. CareCredit is a health care credit service, that is very similar to a credit card.

  • Low Monthly Payments
  • No Interest Financing (if paid within 3 months or with fixed, low interest financing)
  • No Up-Front Costs, Pre-Payment Penalties, or Annual Fees

Appointments Available in Charleston, SC

If you’re interested in learning about breast augmentation financing, and your options for getting breast implants reach out to our team at (843)881-2130 or contact us online. Schedule an appointment to meet with Charleston plastic surgeon, Dr. O’Neill to talk through your best options, costs, and long-lasting, beautiful results. We are conveniently located on Daniel Island in Charleston, SC.

Dr. O’Neill was voted the Best Plastic Surgeon in Charleston, SC by City Paper readers for both 2014 and 2015!

What Are Breast Implant Profiles?

Anyone interested in breast implants has read about or heard the term “breast implant profiles,” but we’ve found that there is still some confusion about what those actually are. There are many personalizations and choices that need to be made prior to surgery to ensure that your breast augmentation is custom to you and your cosmetic goals.

The breast implants that we use offer three different types of profiles: high, moderate plus, and moderate, as shown in the graph below:

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Depending on your body type and your goals, Dr. O’Neill will sit down with you to help you understand the technical details of each type of implant profile, shape, and size. Plastic surgery is a very personal experience so don’t be scared to ask questions and do your research! Learn about the profiles below:

Moderate Profile

Moderate Profiles tend to be wider but less full on top, which are sometimes better for women with a wider chest and more breast tissue. Moderate profiles usually look more natural as they do not have the upper pole fullness that the high profile provides.

Moderate Plus Profile

Breast implants with moderate plus profiles are a step above moderate, slightly fuller than the most natural look. They will be fuller on top and still wide, so women report more cleavage with the profile.

High Profile

The high profile projects more than moderate profiles, so even if they aren’t larger, they can appear larger. High profile implants can be described as have the “Push-Up Bra” effect. Women with very little breast tissue and a small chest wall typically feel more comfortable with the high profile implants since they are not as wide, and won’t feel as bulky for petite women.

Interested in Breast Augmentation?

Ready to schedule a consultation? Sit down with our board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Patrick O’Neill to learn about your options and schedule your surgery. Our plastic surgery center is conveniently and privately located in Charleston, SC on Daniel Island. Contact us online or call today at 843-881-2130. Our experienced team is standing by to answer all of your questions and help you look the way you’ve always wanted!

Which Type of Breast Implant Is Right For You (Silicone vs. Saline)?

The two types of breast implants are saline and silicone. This means that your breast implant, or the sac that is surgically placed under your breast tissue, is filled with either saline or silicone gel. Depending on your overall goals for feeling and look — you must decide which implant is right for you.

In your consultation with Dr. O’Neill, he will discuss in detail the difference and how he can meet your body image goals. In the meantime, we’ve put together some quick information to help you make more informed decisions.

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Silicone Gel Breast Implants

  • FDA Approved
  • Feels More Natural
  • Predictable Results With Set Fill Volume
  • Two Shell Surface Options (Smooth vs. Textured)
  • Three Profiles – Moderate, Moderate Plus, and High Profile

Saline Filled Breast Implants

  • FDA Approved
  • Filled with Saltwater Solution
  • Slightly Firmer Than Silicone Gel
  • Placed in the Body Without Fluid, Then Filled to the Predetermined Size
  • Two Shell Surface Options (Smooth vs. Textured)
  • Three Profiles – Moderate, Moderate Plus, and High Profile
  • Size Can Be Adjusted For Up To Six Months After Surgery (with adjustable saline implant line)

Schedule A Consultation in Charleston Today!

If you are considering breast implants, it is important to know all of your options. Visit Dr. O’Neill and his expert plastic surgery team to discuss your breast augmentation questions, concerns, and end goals. Our office is conveniently and privately located on Daniel Island in Charleston, SC. Call today at 843-881-2130 or contact us online.

Breast Augmentation Vs. Breast Lift

Many women are interested in enhancing the contours of their body using breast surgery. Breast augmentation is our most popular procedure by far, but some women may find that breast lifts can give them what they’re looking for. Dr. O’Neill performs both procedures in our Charleston, SC plastic surgery clinic, but we wanted to go through the basics to help you narrow down your options.

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These are two separate procedures performed for two different reasons, but they can be combined into one surgery to see the benefits of both, described below.

Breast Augmentation

Procedure - Breast augmentation is the procedure used to increase the size of a woman’s breasts using implants. Dr. O’Neill uses small, easily hidden incisions below, to the side, or through the nipple (depending on your needs) to insert an implant of the desired size. Augmentation should not be performed when a woman wants to only correct sagging breasts.

Recovery - After surgery, patients should accept pain, soreness, and swelling for a few weeks, but most woman can return to work and light activity in a matter of days. Lifting is typically restricted for up to six weeks after surgery. Scars from surgical incisions should fade over the course of a year.

Results – After swelling has gone down, women can expect an enhanced, larger appearance at their desired cup size.

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Breast Lift

breast lift patient charleston scProcedure – To correct sagging and improve the position and shape of breasts, the breast lift procedure should be selected. Dr. O’Neill performs these lifts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding skin and tissue. Breast lifts can also reduce an enlarged areola. Breast lifts do not increase the size of small breasts.

Recovery - Swelling and discomfort should be expected for the first month after surgery. The incisions are sometimes different depending on the degree of lifting required as well, but incisions should fade over the course of a year.

Results – Women can expect breasts to be raised and firmed with the procedure. The new breast contour and shape should refine after 1 to 3 months with healing.

Schedule A Consultation Today!

Are you interested in either of these procedures, or both? Give our plastic surgery team a call at 843-881-2130 or contact us online. Our office is conveniently located in Charleston, SC on Daniel Island.


Get Ready For Bikini Season With A Breast Augmentation

It may seem way too early, but in terms of plastic surgery, it is time to start thinking about summer and beach season! If you’re uncomfortable with how you look and feel in your bathing suit — you may want to consider plastic surgery. A breast augmentation can be an easy way to feel more confident about your body while looking great in a bikini.

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Why Get Breast Implants Now?

So you’re thinking — it’s not time to worry about looking good in a bikini yet! That’s okay–but if you’re thinking about breast augmentation, it will take a few months for you to fully heal, so now is actually the best time to get implants. After your surgery, swelling, bruising, and tenderness will last about a month. With care and your follow-up appointments, you should be fully healed and feeling more comfortable within two months of your surgery.

Scars from breast augmentation are very minimal, hidden under the fold of the breast, under the arm, or in the nipple, and typically fade with time. Browse through our before and after images to see how breast augmentation affects the breasts!

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Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation Today!

If you’re interested in getting breast augmentation this spring call us today! Dr. O’Neill will walk you through the process of getting implants, as well as healing, to make sure we understand your expectations and goals. Call our plastic surgery office convenient located for you in Charleston, South Carolina at 843-881-2130 or contact us online

Top Questions To Ask Before You Get Breast Implants

Thinking of a getting a new look in 2015 with breast implants? Breast implants can improve a woman’s breast shape and size, breast proportions, body contours and proportions, and even self-confidence and the way that clothes fit. Even with all the benefits, we want all of our patients to be completely informed before making this life-changing decision. There are some questions that we field almost daily that we want to share with potential patients. breast implants charleston sc

Breast Implants FAQ

What Type Of Implants Do You Use?

We use silicone or saline implants, depending on the patients needs and expectations.

Will My Breast Implants Look and Feel Like Natural Breasts?

Most of our patients feel that silicone implants feel more like natural breasts than saline implants. Dr. O’Neill strives for the best augmentation procedure with natural looking and feeling results. View some before and after images of Dr. O’Neill’s patients in our before and after breast implant image gallery.

What Are Common Complications Associated With Breast Implants?

Typically, patients may be concerned with:

  • breast pain
  • changes or loss in breast/nipple sensation (temporary or permanent)
  • implant rupture
  • scar tissue

How Much Do Breast Implants Cost?

Costs are a huge factor of any plastic surgery procedure. They include surgeon’s fees, hospital costs, anesthesia fees, and more. cites that the average of cost is around $4,000, but it can vary depending on the your personal details and other costs listed.

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Scheduling a Consultation For Breast Implants

You may have other questions depending on your unique situation, like if your family has a history of breast cancer, concerns about pregnancy and breastfeeding, if you have another medical condition, or if you want to combine procedures with something else. Use these questions as a guide to think about other things you care about to ask during your breast implant consultation with Dr. O’Neill. To learn more about breast implants and to ask your own questions, schedule a consultation at our Charleston, SC plastic surgery clinic, conveniently located on Daniel Island. Call now at 843-881-2130 or contact us online.