Breast Augmentation

in Albany, NY

Breast Augmentation

At a Glance

  • Recovery: 1-2 weeks of downtime 6 months for full results
  • Cost: View Pricing
  • Anesthesia: General
  • In-Op Length: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular and highly-requested plastic surgery procedures available. This procedure utilizes breast implants to increase the size and fullness of the breasts while improving the shape or symmetry as needed. Breast augmentation is a highly customizable cosmetic surgery, and results can range from dramatic to natural depending on each patient’s preference. Dr. Kayastha offers safe and high-quality breast augmentation procedures for patients in Albany, New York.

What is Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Breast augmentation is a surgery performed to increase breast size and improve breast shape. The procedure involves placing the implant behind the breast or chest muscle through a small incision. Over the years, breast enhancement has proven to be one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for women. The reason for breast enlargement differs for every individual, but each shares a common goal: to have a more attractive chest. Breast augmentation can also be combined with a breast lift for women who are concerned about sagging breasts and also want added volume.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

The best candidates for cosmetic breast augmentation in the United States are healthy women with realistic expectations about what can be achieved in breast surgery. Dr. Kayastha will listen to your concerns and goals carefully and clearly explain to you what is possible to achieve with breast augmentation.

Typically, if you are seeking plastic surgery procedures, it’s mostly due to the fact that you are unhappy with the size of your breasts. In some cases, you might want to regain shape and volume loss due to pregnancy or weight loss. Others may have breasts that are different sizes and would like them to be more proportionate to each other.

What to Expect

A breast augmentation will create fuller, more proportionate, and more symmetrical breasts that meet each patient’s unique aesthetic goals.


What to Expect

Before Treatment

Prior to your breast augmentation procedure, you will have a thorough consultation with Dr. Kayastha to discuss your goals and a plan for your surgery. This includes choosing the type of implants that will suit you best.


What to Expect

During Treatment

Breast augmentation is performed at the hospital under general anesthesia. Throughout the surgery, your health, safety, and comfort are top priorities. Some patients will need to remain in the hospital overnight after their surgery, but most breast augmentations are performed on an outpatient basis.


What to Expect

Immediately After

Swelling, tenderness, and bruising are all normal after breast augmentation. Bandages will be in place, and you will be required to wear a supportive surgical bra. In some cases, drains may also be used to reduce swelling. Most patients take pain medication as prescribed by Dr. Kayastha for about a week after surgery. Light activities, such as gently walking through your home, can be performed immediately after the procedure.


Customize Your Breast Augmentation

All breast implants have an outer silicone shell but have different filler materials. These are saline, silicone gel, and so-called “gummy bear” implants. Saline implants require a shorter scar than other implants, as they can be inserted prior to being filled with a sterile saltwater solution. However, they can be prone to visible “rippling,” which is why some patients choose silicone implants.

Another benefit of silicone breast implants is that they tend to look and feel more like natural breast tissue. On the other hand, there is less risk if saline breast implants rupture. Gummy bear, or form-stable, implants are a more recent development of silicone gel implants that is more cohesive, leading to a natural feeling with a lower risk for leak or rupture.


Today’s implants can be either smooth or textured, depending on the other options you’ve chosen. Textured implants allow the scar tissue that forms around any breast implant to essentially “grab” onto the implant more tightly, resulting in a firmer feel and preventing the implant from moving or rotating in the pocket. On the other hand, smooth implants move around freely, which isn’t a problem when they are circular but can create a dissatisfying appearance if the implants are anatomically shaped.


Implants can be either circular or teardrop-shaped, sometimes called anatomical. While most patients opt for the traditional round implant, a teardrop implant can help with specific cosmetic concerns, such as ptosis (sagging), or when a woman doesn’t have a lot of existing breast tissue.


One of the biggest concerns breast augmentation patients have is looking too large for their body type. While Dr. Kayastha understands this concern, this is actually a very simple issue to deal with. His expertise and experience performing breast augmentation procedures ensure that your implant size will be a natural complement to your figure, and he can recommend a maximum volume not to exceed, as well as a minimum volume to see a difference in breast size.

Breast Augmentation FAQs

How painful is breast augmentation recovery?

Your discomfort after breast augmentation will depend on the techniques used during the procedure as well as your general pain tolerance. Dr. Kayastha uses meticulous breast pocket incision techniques and carefully avoids any unnecessary trauma to your tissues to minimize inflammation and pain. You can expect the most discomfort in the first few days following your procedure. Pain during this time can be easily managed with prescription pain medication and ice packs.

What activities should I avoid after surgery?

In the first week after your breast augmentation procedure, you will need to avoid movements that could strain your incision sites, including raising your arms and lifting. Strenuous activities that involve forceful contraction of the pectoralis muscle should be avoided for two weeks after your procedure. Heavy exercise should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks.

How should I sleep after breast augmentation?

After your breast augmentation procedure, you can sleep in any position that’s comfortable. Many women find sleeping on their backs to be the most comfortable because it keeps pressure off the breasts. You might also want to have pillows on your sides or under your back to maintain your position and comfort.

How do you know if you have capsular contracture?

Every breast implant develops a scar capsule around it after its placed. This is a normal part of the healing process. Capsular contracture occurs when the normal reaction goes too far. In that case, the tissue deposited around the implant becomes thick and tight. This can make the implant appear misshapen and make the breasts firm to the touch, which is often associated with discomfort.

Can breast implants cause pain years later?

It is possible that a patient can have breast implant pain years after the procedure, but this is uncommon. Late-onset pain from breast implants is typically caused by the naturally forming scar tissue around the implant. The scar tissue can form a tight envelope around the implant that distorts it and causes pain. The treatment for this is to remove the scar tissue and replace the implants.

Do you have to replace breast implants every 10 years?

You do not have to replace breast implants every 10 years. This idea arises from the fact that manufacturer data shows most patients will replace their implants for one reason or another by 10 years after their initial surgery. However, this is not a universal reality, and many implants last even longer than a decade. If they look and feel fine and there are no problems, then you do not have to automatically replace your breast implants based on an external timeline.

Can I move my arms after breast augmentation?

Yes, you can move your arms after breast augmentation. Excessive strenuous activity should be avoided, as should any activity that causes pain. Heavy lifting and exercise should be avoided for 4-6 weeks and then only gradually introduced.

Do breasts sag after breast augmentation?

Yes, breasts can sag after augmentation. This normally occurs when patients have large implants placed or have generally lax tissues. Its also important to note that surgery of any kind cannot reverse the tissue sagging all over the body that comes with age.

Does getting breast implants make you gain weight?

No, getting breast implants does not cause you to gain weight. The only weight that is gained is due to the actual weight of the implants, which is minimal.

How dangerous is breast augmentation surgery?

Breast augmentation surgery is generally not considered a dangerous surgery. The best-qualified patients should have no fear of negative complications beyond the side effects experienced by anyone undergoing surgery, including the need for downtime. The safest breast augmentation procedures are performed by highly qualified, experienced surgeons like Dr. Kayastha.

Are breast implants under warranty?

Breast implants are generally under warranty. The type and extent of the warranty for any specific type of breast implant depends on the manufacturer, which may provide compensation for implants that experience complications within a given time frame.

Can you breast feed after breast augmentation

Yes, the function of the glands and ducts that facilitate breastfeeding should not be impacted by the addition of breast implants.

Can breast implants last 30 years?

Theres no specific life span for a given breast implant, although many last at least a decade if a patients aesthetic preferences dont change.

Do breast implants cause autoimmune disease?

In very rare cases, breast implants have been associated with autoimmune diseases.

Can fat be transferred to breasts?

Yes, fat transfer to the breasts is a great way to contour multiple areas of the body in a single treatment. Fat can be removed from a problem area like the abdomen or flanks and be re-injected to the breasts for subtle augmentation.

How do I know if my breast implant is leaking?

Depending on the type of implant, the symptoms that can indicate leakage include change in breast shape, change in sensation, a feeling of firmness, and a sudden loss of volume.

Does insurance cover breast implants?

Insurance does not typically cover breast implants, as breast augmentation is considered a cosmetic elective surgery. Breast implants used for breast reconstruction due to mastectomy or lumpectomy may be able to be covered by insurance.

How long are breast augmentation incisions sore?

Soreness at the incision site typically lasts about two to four weeks after a breast augmentation.

How long do breast implants last?

Breast implants placed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who knows how to make the procedure safe and effective typically last about 20 years or more.

Is there an alternative to breast implants?

For patients who only desire a moderate to minimal increase in their breast size and have enough excess fat elsewhere in their bodies, fat transfer breast augmentation can be a reasonable alternative to breast implants.

How do I prepare for breast implants?

Before breast implant surgery, you should fast for at least 12 hours, abstain from certain blood-thinning medications, and stop smoking at least 6 weeks prior to the procedure date.

How much does a boob job cost in Albany, NY?

Breast augmentation cost varies from $7500 to $9500 depending on a number of factors.

Why is breast augmentation so expensive?

Breast augmentation involves paying for implants, use of the hospital, anesthesia and the surgeons fee. The typical cost is $7500 to $9500.

How much does a breast augmentation cost?

Breast augmentation cost varies from $7500 to $9500 depending on a number of factors.

Can you breast feed after breast augmentation?

Yes, the function of the glands and ducts that facilitate breastfeeding should not be impacted by the addition of breast implants.

Will Cigna cover breast augmentation?

No, insurance does not cover breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is considered a cosmetic procedure. Exceptions may exist for cases of extreme asymmetry or other developmental problems.

Preparing for Breast Augmentation in Albany

Preparing for breast augmentation can be just as important as the surgery and recovery process when it comes to achieving your best possible results. During your consultation, Dr. Kayastha will give you specific and detailed instructions for your preparation. Some general considerations include:

  • Stopping or adjusting medications, such as blood thinners, as needed
  • Coordinating with a close friend, family member, or other caregivers who can assist you with transportation and care for at least 24 hours after surgery
  • Purchasing and/or packing essentials like comfortable clothing, medications, books, magazines, and other types of entertainment for your recovery period
  • Refraining from eating or drinking beginning at midnight before your procedure

Recovering from Breast Augmentation

After your breast augmentation, you will have a compressing bandage over the breasts as well as a supportive surgical bra. Some breast pain or discomfort is normal, so Dr. Kayastha will prescribe pain medications for the early stages of recovery. Some swelling and redness can also be expected. Most patients will require at least a week of downtime to rest and recover before they are ready to return to work or other normal activities. During this time, you should avoid any strenuous activity.

It is best to avoid exercise until about three weeks after your breast augmentation surgery. When you resume any strenuous activity, you should continue to wear a supportive surgical bra or sports bra and stick to lighter activities.

Breast Augmentation Results

While results from a breast augmentation are immediately noticeable, swelling will also be visible for several weeks. Residual swelling will mean that the final results will not be seen until about six months after the breast augmentation surgery. However, most patients find that their breasts will look and feel natural by about six weeks after the surgery. A breast augmentation will result in larger, fuller, and more youthful-looking breasts which are proportionate and balanced to your frame. Dr. Kayastha can explain expectations during a consultation.

Breast Augmentation in Albany, New York

Breast augmentation can be a great way to meet your aesthetic goals and boost your confidence. To learn more about breast augmentation, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kayastha. Call our Albany office at (518) 674-9060 or contact us online.


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Dr. Kayastha is a board certified plastic surgeon who serves Albany, NY and the entire Capital Region. Dr. Kayastha completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and graduated with distinction in all subjects. He then attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. During his time in Buffalo he also completed a fellowship in surgical pathology at Roswell Park. Following medical school Dr. Kayastha gained a much sought after position in the Michigan State-Grand Rapids integrated plastic surgery residency. After finishing residency training Dr. Kayastha completed a one year fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco. To round out his training before starting private practice Dr. Kayastha spent an additional 6 months learning from some of the best cosmetic surgeons in San Francisco. Dr. Kayastha is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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