How Much Does a Breast Augmentation Cost?

Are you considering a breast augmentation in Portland but not sure what to expect and how much it costs? Breast augmentations are one of Dr. DeMars’ most commonly requested procedures and therefore receives the most questions, including questions about the price.

Hundreds of women have trusted Dr. DeMars to perform this procedure that many tell us it is a “priceless” investment in their own self-image and confidence. Price shouldn’t have to stop you from achieving your aesthetic goals; read below to learn about what price you can expect and how you can afford it.

Price of a Breast Augmentation

In general, the price of a breast augmentation procedure is between $6,000-8,000 dollars. This an all-inclusive price, meaning it includes the cost of the breast implants and surgeon, facility and board-certified anesthesiologist fee.  The cost of a breast augmentation procedure by Dr. DeMars can, however, vary depending on several factors including: breast implant type, complexity of the procedure needed, and if a breast lift is also needed.

For example, silicone breast implants are often more expensive then saline implants. There are different advantages and disadvantages to each type, which Dr. DeMars can explain to you during a consultation. You can also read up on choosing the right type of breast implant here.

The complexity of the procedure can affect the price. This includes revision breast augmentation surgery or removing outdated or ruptured breast implants.

Finally, during a consultation Dr. DeMars may advise that a breast lift in conjunction with an augmentation may be necessary to achieve the look you want. In this case, the price may be affected as well.

What to Be Aware Of

You may find some surgeons who offer breast augmentations for $2,000 – 4,000 dollars. This is often the case when the surgeon is a cosmetic surgeon, not a board-certified plastic surgeon. What is the difference? Get the details here.

Additionally, a surgeon who is quoting you that low of a price may not be including fees such as the facility fee or anesthesia fee. Be sure to ask!

How to Afford a Breast Augmentation

Plastic surgery is not just for the rich. Average women have been able to get the breasts they desire by financing their plastic surgery. Dr. DeMars’ office offers 100% financing through CareCredit which has 24, 36, 48, and 60 month plan options! Visit Dr. DeMars’ Financing page to learn more about this opportunity.

Periodically Dr. DeMars offers limited time  breast augmentation specials. Be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter or “like” us on our Facebook page to be updated on these quarterly announcements !

To get more of your breast augmentation questions answered, please call us at 503-253-3458 or visit our contact us page to schedule your consultation.

Botox in Portland: What You Can Expect

Have you been considering Botox® Cosmetic,  but are not sure what to expect? Here are some quick details about what Botox® is, how it’s used, and what Dr. DeMars’ Portland Botox® patients can expect:

  • Botox® Cosmetic is a non-surgical treatment for improving and preventing wrinkles.
  • It is often used on individuals ages 25-65 who have fine lines, and would like to slow down the aging process.
  • It works by relaxing the facial muscles so that repeated muscle movements that typically crease the skin and cause wrinkles are reduced or prevented. (I.e. furrowing of or raising the eyebrows, squinting, etc.)
  • After experiencing Botox® Cosmetic, you will still be able to make facial expressions.
  • Botox® Cosmetic results last about 3-5 months, and therefore should be maintained several times a year.
  • The treatment is an injection that can be used on different places on the face (or even different areas of the body.)
  • Botox® Cosmetic injections are nearly painless, though some patients may report slight discomfort that is temporary. A topical anesthetic may be used on the areas before the treatment.
  • The entire procedure generally takes about 10 minutes.
  • It may help delay or prevent the need for future more invasive plastic surgery in the future.
  • Over 11 million people have used Botox® Cosmetic.
  • Botox® Cosmetic should only be administered by a qualified physician or health care provider, such as Dr. Ronald DeMars.
  • The average price of Botox® Cosmetic is approximately $400 dollars but varies depending on the individual needs of each patient.

Interested in learning more about Botox in Portland? Dr. DeMars’ office has provided Botox® Cosmetic for several years and will be able to provide any information you need, as well as set up a time for you to come in and get the refreshed look you’ve been wanting!

Preparing for After Your Plastic Surgery Procedure in Portland

Often times, patients are concerned about how to prepare before their plastic surgery procedure, but forget to consider how they should prepare for after. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you have your procedure:

  1. Work – If your plastic surgery procedure will require that you have some recovery time, make sure you are aware of how much recovery time is typically needed before returning to work. Be sure that you have cleared this with your place of employment, requested days off as necessary, and have a plan in place for who will do your work in your absence or how it will be managed while you are gone.
  2. Childcare – If you are a parent, you will want to consider that you may be unable to properly care for your children for some time, depending on their ages and your procedure. Have appropriate childcare planned in advance.
  3. Driving Home – Most plastic surgery procedures are outpatient procedures, meaning you can go home on the same day. However, it is likely that you will need a driver who can take you home once you awaken from the anesthesia, as you will not be in a condition to drive. Plan to have a friend or family member take you home.
  4. Household Chores – You may be unable to accomplish certain household chores for a time after your procedure. If necessary, make arrangements for how this will be managed before your surgery.
  5. Support – You will likely need both emotional and physical support during your healing process. Make sure you have someone you trust and can depend on to be there for you during this time, whether it is someone to speak to, or someone who can help run an errand for you.

See Dr. DeMars’ video response about how to prepare for after plastic surgery here:

Other factors may need to be considered depending on what type of plastic surgery procedure you have completed. If you have questions about how to prepare for plastic surgery in the Portland area, feel free to call Dr. DeMars’ plastic surgery office at (503) 253-3458 and we can help address any concerns.

How I Decided to Become a Plastic Surgeon – Dr. Ronald DeMars

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Patients frequently ask me why I went into plastic surgery, one of the specialties that requires the longest training (9-12 years after college). From 3rd grade I was convinced I would be a surgeon. By the time I was in High School my mother was the office manager for one of the largest groups of plastic surgeons in the country and I grew to admire them. By college these surgeons were letting me watch their surgeries during summer vacations and I found the combination of art and science fascinating. As the years of training passed and I learned more about the specialty, I grew to appreciate the large variety of surgeries my specialty performed and the great creativity many of the doctors employed. Couple that with seeing the great pleasure the patients had in their surgical results and I was hooked. It is extremely gratifying to see the look on a patient’s face and their new confidence after a surgery.

After practicing for over 30 years I still learn new approaches and better techniques regularly and my fascination remains intact. It’s a blessing to be able to do what I enjoy. I hope you will reach out if you have any questions about our office or practice. My staff and I are here to answer any questions. Visit us at www.drdemarsmd.com or call (503) 253-3458.

Facts About the Mommy Makeover Procedure

The “Mommy Makeover” is a term commonly used to describe a combination of procedures used to help a woman’s body return to its pre-pregnancy condition. It generally includes a combination of two or three procedures that are done at one time, cutting down on cost and recovery time.

Do you know all the facts about the Mommy Makeover? Read below to find out.

 

How long must a woman wait after giving birth to have a Mommy Makeover surgery?

In general, a woman must wait at minimum six months after giving birth, however it varies for each woman. As abdominal muscles and tissues change and tighten, and breasts change shape and volume in the months post-birth, a doctor must wait until the changes have stopped so he/she can best identify what is needed to be done to accomplish the patient’s goals.

Additionally, all the baby weight gained during pregnancy must be lost, and a woman should have a BMI of 25 or less. She should also have completed breast feeding four months (or longer) prior to the procedure.

For most women, it takes a full year before all the aforementioned changes and requirements are complete.

 

Can you have children after having the Mommy Makeover?

Yes, you can have a normal pregnancy. However, it will alter the results of the surgery and may need to be completed again to re-gain the same (or similar) look. It’s also likely that you will be able to breastfeed, but is not guaranteed.

It is highly advisable to wait to have a Mommy Makeover until you are done having children.

 

What amount of pain can one expect?

Patients will normally be quite sore for about 3-4 days, and most women no longer need pain medications after the first week. Dr. DeMars’ office also offers pain pumps to make patients feel more comfortable during their healing.

 

How long is the recovery period?

If the Mommy Makeover includes a tummy tuck, most patients will need at least two weeks before returning to the majority of daily activities, such as driving, working (at a non-physical job), etc. If you have a more active job, you might need four-six weeks off work. You should also expect to refrain from exercising for at least 8 weeks, with the exception of light walks.

 

What are the most common combinations of procedures in the Mommy Makeover?

Most women have a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck. Occasionally, some women may also require a breast lift and/or liposuction to get their desired result.

 

Does a Mommy Makeover less than having the procedures done separately?

Yes. It costs significantly less and is therefore more efficient financially, but is also more efficient with your time since you will recover from everything at once. Many moms find that the time savings is just as important, if not more important than the financial savings.

 

Does it leave scars?

Yes, but depends on what procedures you have in your Mommy Makeover. With a breast augmentation you will have a small, hardly-noticeable scar around the bottom of the nipple or under the fold of the breast. A tummy tuck usually removes the majority of most stretch marks but will leave a scar in the pubic region that is hidden by bathing suits or underwear.

 

When is the best time to get a Mommy Makeover?

The best time to get a Mommy Makeover is when you are no longer planning on having additional children, and when you have at least two weeks to recover.

Most women opt to get the procedure in the spring months, in preparation for summer clothes and bathingsuit season. Many women also find this to be a calmer time of the year, since the holidays are over and children are still in school.

 

How often does Dr. DeMars do Mommy Makeovers?

Dr. DeMars is highly experienced in Mommy Makeover procedures and performs about 2-4 Mommy Makeovers each month.

 

If you are interested in the Mommy Makeover or have questions, call Dr. DeMars’ office at (503) 253-3458 to schedule your consultation. Please also visit the website here to learn more about Dr. DeMars’ office and staff: www.drdemarsmd.com                .

 

Common Breast Augmentation Questions

1.)    How do I choose the right breast implant size?

During your consultation, you should speak openly with your doctor about the general size and look you are hoping for. For example, if you have an A-cup and are hoping to be a C or D-cup, you can mention that to your doctor and he/she can help you decide what breast implant size is the best option for you. Many factors such as quality of skin, existing breast tissue, and location of nipples can all play a role. Your frame, or chest cage, should also be taken into consideration as it can play a significant role.

Another good way to show your doctor the look you are going for is to search photo galleries for women who have a very similar pre-operative breast size as you (also try to find one who has  the most similar chest cage size and body composition as you) who ended up with a size you like.

2.)    What should I expect during a breast augmentation consultation?

You should go into the consultation knowing three things:

a.)    Why you want the breast augmentation

b.)    What your and your family’s medical history is

c.)     What general goals you have for your breast size, shape and appearance

From there, you can expect your doctor to ask you several questions regarding the points above, and a breast exam where the doctor will consider many factors of your body and breasts including your body composition, chest cage size, quality of skin, nipple location, amount of breast tissue present, and more. The doctor will also likely take photos for your patient records. During this time your doctor should also discuss with you the different types of breast implants and different sizes, and the different breast augmentation techniques (under the breast, under the nipple, or in the arm pit). You will also learn about what to expect before, during and after the surgery.

The consultation is your time to ask any questions or discuss any concerns about the procedure, so be sure to speak up and ask whatever you’d like to know!

3.)    How should I prepare for surgery?

Your doctor will advise you on exactly what you need to know before your surgery, but in general you should refrain from smoking 1-2 weeks before your surgery, avoid specific medicines that could complicate surgery or the recovery (including ibuprofen and aspirin), schedule time off work if necessary, and arrange for a ride home post-operation and help at home for a day or two afterward.

4.)    What is the normal breast augmentation recovery time?

Everyone is slightly different, but in general you should expect at least 2 full days to rest. Most women are able to return to work after about 5-7 days, and are also able to take part in light activity at that time. Do not expect to be doing moderate or heavy exercise for at least four weeks after your surgery. You can expect the swelling to be completely gone within about 4-8 weeks.

5.)    How much pain should I expect?

Patients vary in how they experience pain. For most women the worst discomfort is over by the third or fourth day. Again, everyone is different and has varying levels of pain tolerance. Your doctor should be able to talk with you about pain medication or pain pump options. Be sure to let him/her know about any allergies to medications that you may have, or other medicines or supplements that you are currently taking.

6.)    Do I need to come to the office after my breast augmentation?

Yes. You can likely expect that your doctor would like to see you one week after the surgery and one month after the surgery to make sure that there are no complications and that you are healing properly.

7.)    How often will I need to get my breast implants replaced?

Breast implants should not be considered “lifetime devices” although they have the possibility to last a life time. In general, you might expect to have your breast implants replaced every 12-15 years, though some women’s may last longer or shorter.  Of course, if there is a breast implant rupture you will want to have them replaced. Saline implant ruptures are quite obvious as the implant will deflate and the saline gets absorbed, harmlessly, into your body. However, silicone breast implant rupture can go unnoticed.  The FDA recommends an MRI every 2-3 years for silicone implants to make sure that there is no  ( omit this….Capsular Contracture or) rupture. If the MRI shows no indication of a rupture, and your breast implants are still soft and normal looking, you may be able to go longer without having them replaced.

8.)    What happens if a breast implant ruptures/breaks?

When a saline breast implant breaks, usually due to blunt force or an old implant, it will likely deflate quickly as the saline solution leaks out of the implant shell. (It can leak slowly, in some cases, but is more rare.) Your breast will lose its size or shape, and your body will absorb the saline solution. This is almost always harmless. You will also need to have the silicone shell removed and a new implant replaced.

When a silicone breast implant breaks, it’s possible you may not even know! This is called a “silent rupture.” It can happen very slowly and sometimes it will not be noticed for years, or until the implant is removed. If it does happen, it is often harmless as the silicone usually does not make its way past the capsule (normal scar tissue) that has developed around the implant. If it does leak outside the capsule, it can make its way to other areas of the body where it cannot be removed. Therefore, refrain from mammograms as they can cause implants to leak or rupture and opt for MRIs instead.  Also, if you have silicone implants and notice any change in the size or shape of your breasts, or have any unusual feelings (pain, numbness, etc.) contact your doctor immediately.

9.)    What’s the difference between Silicone and Saline breast implants?

In general, silicone implants are a silicone envelope filled with silicone gel, a product that feels more like human fat. Because of this women often feel that silicone implants look and feel the most real. They are often slightly more expensive as well.  They are pre-filled and inserted at their exact size during the procedure. Silicone implants are available for women 22 and older.

Saline implants are also a silicone envelope, but are filled with sterile salt water. During the procedure they are inserted while empty and then filled to the desired size. They are generally slightly less expensive than silicone implants and are available for women 18 and older.

*Both breast implants are available to women of any age for breast reconstruction.

10.) Are breast implants safe?

Yes, breast implants are very safe and see very little complications. Like any procedure, there are some risks, such as capsular contracture (when the scar tissue distorts the shape of the breast), pain, infection, loss of breast or nipple sensation (usually temporary) or implant leakage or rupture. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you have any safety concerns regarding implants.

11.) What are the different options for how the breast augmentation is accomplished?

Breast implants can be placed in front of or behind the muscle. The incisions for this can be below the breast, at the edge of the areola (nipple), or less commonly in the armpit. The procedure may also be accompanied by one of several types of lift if necessary. The implants themselves come in a multitude of varieties with smooth or textured surfaces and several shapes. During your consultation, you and your doctor should discuss all of the details of each option so you can choose the one that is best for you.

12.) Can I still breast feed after a breast augmentation?

Not all women can breast feed, but if you were able to breast feed before the surgery, it would be unlikely you would lose that ability.

13.) What if I don’t like them?

It is very rare that a patient does not like their new breast look. However, if you are displeased for any reason with the size, shape or appearance of your new breasts, you should contact your doctor and discuss the options. If you prefer your original breast size, implants can be removed.

14.) Can you make my breasts look like [celebrity name]’s breasts?

It is always OK to bring photos of the look you would like, but with the infinite variety in the human form, it is unlikely that you will look exactly like someone else.

 

Dr. Ronald DeMars is a board certified plastic surgeon serving the Portland area. Many of his plastic surgery patients come from Beaverton, Gresham, Tigard, Vancouver, Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Seattle.

Do you have more questions, or would like to discuss your own individual specific questions with Dr. DeMars? Call his office at (503) 253-3458 to set up a consultation or contact Dr. DeMars’ office here. We look forward to hearing from you!

How to Choose the Best Sunscreen This Summer

Summer is in full-swing and you’re heading out to the river for the weekend…but did you pack the right sunscreen? The type of sunscreen you choose shouldn’t be taken lightly, as it can not only reduce your chance of getting a painful (and unsightly) sunburn, but more importantly it helps keep your skin from pre-mature aging and reduces your risk of skin cancer.

If you’re looking for a tan, remember that you can still get a decent bronze while using sunscreen but at least you will be protecting your skin.

Here are three tips for choosing the best sunscreen:

1.) Know the difference between “water resistant” and “waterproof”.

Although they might sound like they mean the same thing, they don’t. Sunscreen that is “water resistant” should only be used for activities where you might be lightly sweating or exposed to a little water, like if you’re boating. If you are going to be in the water or sweating excessively, you must choose a “waterproof” sunscreen. But regardless, remember that both will need to be re-applied. Waterproof sunscreen will provide protection for 80 minutes and water resistant will provides only 40 minutes of protection.

2.) Choose one with UVA/UVB protection, or is called “broad-spectrum.”

Did you know that there are different kinds of rays? UVA rays are responsible for the pre-mature aging effects on skin, while UVB rays can cause sunburns and skin cancer. Don’t sacrifice by choosing a sunscreen with only UVA or UVB protection; look for ones that have both or are called “broad spectrum.”

3.) Don’t go lower than SPF 15

Ideally, you should always use SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher, but make sure you never choose one less than SPF 15. According to the FDA, SPF 15 is the minimum recommendation for sunburn and skin cancer protection.

 

So, what is the sunscreen you should pick up at the store? Choose one that is SPF 30, broad-spectrum and waterproof. And re-apply every 1-2 hours!

 

If your skin has already suffered skin damage or has fine lines or wrinkles, consider calling 503-253-3458 to schedule a consultation with Dr. DeMars to discuss your options.

Mother’s Day Specials: Mommy Makeover and Eyelid Surgery

 

Attention Mothers!

As you know, being a mother is one of the most rewarding jobs, but it also takes a toll on your body. In honor of Mother’s Day, Dr. DeMars is offering a special on the Mommy Makeover and Eyelid Surgery during the month of May.  So, if you’ve been wanting to get your pre-pregnancy body back, or get rid of droopy eyelids or under-eye bags you’ll want to take advantage of this deal! Contact us here or call (503) 253-3458 to schedule!

What Is The Special?

Mommy Makeover:   

  • Abdominoplasty with Saline Breast Augmentation $12,040.00…a savings of $3,480.00!
  • Abdominoplasty with Silicone Breast Augmentation $12,790.00…a savings of $2,730.00!

*All surgery must be booked by May 31st, 2013 and completed by September 30, 2013. For patients with BMI  not to exceed 30%


Eyelid Surgery:

  • Upper or Lower Blepharoplasty Special:  $4,140.00…a savings of $1,095.00!
  • Quad Blepharoplasty Special $5,650.00… a savings of $1,360.00!

*Surgery must be booked by May 31st, 2013.

Contact us here or call (503) 253-3458 to schedule!

 

What is a Mommy Makeover?
The Mommy Makeover is designed to help women fix changes that happen to their bodies after pregnancy, such as deflated breasts, loose abdominal skin, separation of abdominal muscles, fat deposits, and more.

What is Eyelid Surgery?
Technically called Blepharoplasty, this procedure rejuvenates your appearance with more youthful looking eyes. Get rid of the sagging eyelids and/or the puffy bags and feel years younger!

QuickLift: What is it and is it Right For You?

Maybe you’ve heard about the QuickLift from friends or from browsing online; but what is it? To start, it’s one style of many types of facelifts. It is a true facelift but is slightly less invasive and requires less downtime than a traditional one.

The purpose of the QuickLift is to rejuvenate the lower half of the face for a more youthful appearance. The procedure tightens and lifts the cheek and jowl area. Here are some ways to tell if QuickLift might be a good option for you:

  • If you have loose, lax skin, especially around the cheeks.
  • If you have large smile lines around the mouth.
  • If the skin around under or around your neck is looser than you would like.
  • If you are interested in a more youthful appearance in the face from a less drastic procedure, or are a younger patient with early signs of aging.
  • If you have minimal time for recovery.

It is important to note that the QuickLift does not fix problems with the upper or lower eyelids and forehead areas. If you are a good candidate for the QuickLift but would also like to improve these other areas, you may need a separate surgery to get the results you are looking for. About half of the patients that visit Dr. DeMars for QuickLift also opt for an additional procedure for this purpose.

Still want more information, or would like to schedule a consultation? Call 503-253-3458 or visit our contact page.

 

 

What Questions Should You Ask During Your Plastic Surgery Consultation?

Just last week there was a story in the news about a Florida man pretending to be a plastic surgeon and  offering procedures from a rented motel room. Unfortunately, there were several victims who opted for his services and have now been suffering serious complications and infections. While it might seem obvious to some that receiving plastic surgery services from someone out of a motel room is not a safe idea, there are several less obvious but important questions people should ask their plastic surgeon before opting for any surgery.

 

Below are recommended questions to ask your plastic surgeon during your consultation:

  •  How often do you do this procedure/how many of them have you done?

Ask your doctor this question about the specific procedure(s) you are considering. This will give you a good idea about his/her experience, but is also important to ask because although the doctor might be experienced, he/she  might specialize in “Procedure A,” but might not do “Procedure B” as often or as well.

If a plastic surgeon is not certified with this specific board, do NOT go to this doctor. Becoming certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery requires that a doctor complete hours of work and prove his/her work up to a certain standard. This is one of the best ways to tell if a doctor is qualified.

  • Do you do the surgery in your own facility?[If so,] Is it a certified surgical facility?

Some surgeons do their surgery in a hospital. In this case, you know that the facility is up to par. If a surgeon (like Dr. DeMars) does it in his/her own facility, it must be certified. Don’t go to a doctor whose own facility is not certified as it may not meet up with certain health and safety standards.

  • Do you use a board certified anesthesiologist?

Having a board certified anesthesiologist is a must and should be a requirement for any surgeon you consider. In very simple terms, an anesthesiologist is the physician responsible for putting a patient to sleep for a surgical procedure. For this reason, having a highly qualified, experienced and certified anesthesiologist is very important.

  • If there is a serious complication from the surgery, do you have privileges at a local hospital?

If your surgeon’s practice is in his/her own facility, it is essential that he or she have access at a local hospital. This means that the doctor and the hospital have an agreement allowing the doctor to take the patient to that hospital if a complication were to happen during/after the procedure for any reason.

  • What’s your policy on handling complications regarding financial issues?

This is always good, basic information to know especially if you will be financing your procedure.

 

Be sure to ask your potential doctor all of these questions, and any others that you may have! Dr. DeMars is happy to answer any questions – feel free to comment on this post or contact his office if you would like to have any of yours answered.