Breast Augmentation

All about breast enlargement surgery in Asheville, NC

If you wish for fuller, larger breasts and more feminine curves, you are not alone. More than 300,000 women in the U.S. had breast augmentation in 2015 to help them achieve the breast contour they desire. Along with enhancing breast shape and size, breast augmentation surgery can help balance your proportions for a more flattering figure.

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With more than 20 years of experience performing cosmetic breast surgery, Dr. Conway specializes in providing beautiful results while emphasizing natural symmetry and balanced proportions.

Why have breast augmentation?

There are many reasons women choose to have breast augmentation beyond having larger, more shapely breasts. Many have the procedure to help them improve breast symmetry, correct tubular breast deformity, or improve clothing options if a small chest has made it difficult to find clothing that fits properly. Others wish to restore breast volume following pregnancy or weight loss. Following breast augmentation, patients commonly experience a positive shift in self-confidence and greater appreciation for their bodies.

In the end, however, the “why” behind breast augmentation is incredibly personal, and our highest priority is to respect your unique “why” and make sure every step of the way that we are helping you achieve your goals.

Choosing breast implants with confidence

If you have done a little bit of research into breast implants, you have likely noticed that there are literally dozens of options for size, shape, and filling material. On the whole, it is wonderful to have so many choices, because it means that we can find an implant that fits your unique body very well. However, the vast selection can seem overwhelming at first for patients who are new to the experience of choosing breast implants.

The good news is that you are not alone in this process. Dr. Conway will explain to you the most suitable choices based on your body shape, your desired size increase, your lifestyle, and how you imagine looking after breast augmentation. Quite often, there is more than one “good” option for a patient, so your consultation will include a sizing session where you can evaluate different implant shapes and sizes and try different implant volumes with a special bra to help you choose the look you like best. Our nurse and patient coordinator will be happy to give you feedback “woman-to-woman” if you like, and you may bring a friend or family member with you for support.

Breast implant options

Dr. Conway is experienced in performing breast augmentations using saline and silicone implants, as well as the latest generation form-stable silicone implants. All can offer a very natural-looking augmentation; what matters is what option will best suit your needs.


Saline implants

Composed of a silicone shell filled with sterile saline solution, saline implants have been used safely and successfully for decades. Since they can be filled to a precise volume, saline can be a great option for achieving very close symmetry.

Silicone gel

Gel implants feel quite similar to real breast tissue and have a natural “give” despite their strength. As round implants, these are a popular choice for women desiring a fuller upper portion of the breast.

Form-stable silicone

Commonly referred to as “gummy bear” implants, form-stable silicone implants have a teardrop shape that mimics the natural slope of a breast. While still pliable, form-stable implants will hold their shape in any position for a consistent, natural look.

Implant placement

Breast implants are either placed beneath the breast tissue and on top of the pectoral muscle (subglandular placement), or beneath both the breast tissue and pectoral muscle (submuscular or partial-submuscular placement). Factors determining breast implant placement include your current breast size, the degree of enlargement you desire, and implant type. Dr. Conway will go over the most appropriate placement option for you during your consultation.

Breast augmentation incisions

Many patients are curious what the scars from breast augmentation will look like. This depends on the incisions that are made during surgery to place your breast implants. The most common incisions are the inframammary incision, made along the bottom crease of the breast, and the peri-areolar incision, made around the outer edge of the areola. Resulting scars from either incision are easily concealed by a bathing suit top, and often fade to where they are barely conspicuous even without clothing. Dr. Conway will explain the incisions best suited for your procedure during your consultation.

How much does breast augmentation in Asheville cost?

The cost of breast augmentation varies somewhat for each individual patient, based on the extent of the procedure (i.e., whether or not Dr. Conway is performing a breast lift at the same time), the implants to be placed, and other factors. On average, breast augmentation costs range from $4,000 to $6,000, depending on the type of implants selected. At your consultation, you will be given an all-inclusive fee quote that covers surgical fees, operating room fees, implant costs, and anesthesia costs. We offer several financing options to help you pay for your procedure.

Basics about the breast augmentation procedure

Your surgery will take place in our AAAASF accredited on-site surgical suite. Upon arriving for your surgery, one of Dr. Conway’s nurses will greet you and escort you to the pre-op area to prepare for your procedure. When you are ready, Dr. Conway will check in with you and make final preparations for surgery. He will be happy to answer any last-minute questions you have at this time.

For your breast augmentation, anesthesia is administered by a board certified MD anesthesiologist for your safety. Dr. Conway will place your pre-selected breast implants using the incision site discussed during your consultations. Following surgery, you will rest in our recovery room for another hour or so, until you are ready to go home.

Recovering after breast augmentation

Most patients find breast augmentation recovery goes more quickly and smoothly than they expected. The first day or two after surgery, you will be groggy and sore. Dr. Conway will prescribe pain medication to help keep you comfortable.

Within 2 or 3 days, you will be able to resume most non-strenuous daily activities. Driving can be resumed after you are no longer taking prescription medication, and patients with sedentary jobs typically are back to work within 1 week.

Light exercise can be resumed after about 2 weeks, and most patients are back to their normal routines about 4 weeks following surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Conway will go over details of the recovery as they pertain to your lifestyle and situation. Following surgery, he is available 24-7 by phone to answer any questions that you may have.

Contact Dr. Conway for more information

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation, please feel free to give our office a call. Our friendly staff will be happy to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Conway at our comfortable, private Asheville practice.

Call Dr. Conway today for your personal consultation 828.210.9333