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What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation can accomplish a variety of aesthetic improvements, including increased breast volume, improved breast shape, improved breast symmetry, and of course, a boost in self-confidence. With breast implants in Charlotte, NC, with Dr. Pratt, volume is restored, which is the first step to a more youthful look. Breast implants can also help to facilitate a more optimal breast shape. Dr. Pratt believes that optimizing both size and shape is equally essential in producing truly exceptional results.

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What are the Different Types of Breast Implants Available?

  • Silicone breast implants are the most commonly used breast implant in aesthetic breast surgery. Silicone breast implants offer the distinct advantage of a more natural feeling implant that is not as prone to visible wrinkling through the skin.
  • Saline breast implants offer the advantage of being placed through slightly smaller incisions and the ability to physically add or subtract saline solution to achieve a particular look or firmness.
  • Breast implants, referred to as “gummy bear” or  “gummy implants,”  is a type of silicone implant known for its ability to maximize breast the outward projection of a breast implant through a form stable, highly cohesive gel filler – similar to what you would see on the inside of an actual gummy bear.

What are the Options for the Incision?

Dr. Pratt will meet with you in private for an in-depth consultation, discussing the pros and cons of each incision location. The following are discussed as options:


Here, the incision is made around the outer edge of the areola in a semicircle. Larger areolas, and women with very indistinct breast folds are excellent candidates for this approach.


The gold standard in approaches for breast augmentation. The incision is hidden within the natural breast crease.  A versatile incision that allows for maximal precision in developing the pocket where your breast implants will be placed.


In this case, the incision is made within the armpit through which an unfilled saline implant can be threaded. Although this approach keeps the incision off the breast, it is not without its limitations.

Before & After Breast Augmentation

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Getting breast augmentation was a long time coming. I was interested in getting a natural, proportionate look with the new Ideal implants and did a lot of research from plastic surgeons around the area for the results I wanted. Getting elective surgery is obviously a huge decision, and the most important factor is which doctor you choose. Dr. Pratt is very kind, warm, and caring. What I like about him is that he gives you very realistic expectations according to your body and doesn't prefer to use silicone due to its safety risks. Overall, I would definitely recommend going to Dr. Pratt if you are considering a BA.

Gabby T.

What Is the Cost of Breast Augmentation?

The price of breast augmentation depends partially on which type of breast implants are used. Other variables that can impact the total cost include the fee for anesthesia, the facility fee, fees for pre and post-operative care, and the cost of the surgical bra that’s worn during recovery. During your consultation with Dr. Pratt, he’ll be able to tell you the precise cost of your breast augmentation procedure, but typically it ranges from $6,500 to $7,600.

Who Makes the Best Breast Augmentation Candidate?

All candidates for breast augmentation in Charlotte, NC, should be healthy with no major medical issues, and they should be realistic in their expectations for their breast augmentation results based on a private consultation with Dr. Pratt.

  • You feel that your breasts look deflated
  • You feel that your breasts are sagging and have lost their shape and projection
  • Your breasts have become elongated, and the nipples droop below the breast crease
  • One breast hangs down lower than the other
  • You're looking for a more feminine silhouette
  • You are anxious to restore your figure after pregnancy

What are the benefits of breast augmentation surgery in Charlotte, NC?

  • A more attractive, youthful physique
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Improved wardrobe choices
  • A more balanced, proportionate figure
  • Restoration of your upper body after childbirth and nursing

What Will my Recovery be Like?

Soreness and swelling after breast augmentation surgery is natural and can last several weeks. You will receive ample pain medications to help alleviate your discomfort. You should take care to avoid any high-intensity exercise for four to six weeks. Dr. Pratt will provide you with a thorough aftercare plan detailing how to take care of your incisions and instructions on bathing, sleeping, exercising, sexual intercourse, and bra choices.

Breast Augmentation FAQs

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Dr. Pratt can perform breast surgery in such a way as to preserve your breastfeeding ability. Through the careful selection of the incision site and placement of your implants, Dr. Pratt can protect the nerves in the nipples, allowing them to continue to provide sensation after your surgery.

How long will my breast implants last?

Breast implants can last indefinitely as long as they remain soft and they do not migrate. The implant shell, however, may begin to lose structural integrity after about a decade. After ten years, there may be an increased risk of implant rupture or leakage. But this doesn’t mean that all women experience complications down the line. If the implants do rupture, a revision procedure can be performed to replace them.

Will I have scars from my breast augmentation?

Any time an incision is made, there will be a resulting scar. However, Dr. Pratt does everything possible to place your incisions in areas where they will be the least visible. Incisions can be made within the inframammary creases where they are hidden by the bra lines, or they can be created to encircle the nipples with the scars hidden nicely in the darker colors of the areolas. A third option is to place the incisions in the armpits where the scars are buried within the skin folds.

Why Choose Dr. Pratt for Breast Implants in Charlotte, NC?

Dr. Pratt is a down-to-earth, caring physician who focuses on providing natural results specifically tailored to the patient’s body type, lifestyle, and expectations. He listens in a heartfelt manner, creating a game plan that focuses on safety, aesthetic goals, and optimizing the longevity of your transformation. 

Dr. Pratt is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine, after which he completed his general surgery residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Pratt then continued his training with a prestigious plastic surgery fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Although his private practice is exclusively dedicated to cosmetic surgery, Dr. Pratt maintains plastic surgery hospital privileges with Atrium Health Care and regularly takes emergency room and facial trauma calls at Charlotte’s Level One Trauma Center in uptown Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Pratt has also had the privilege of serving as a medical mission worker in West Africa as well as Haiti.

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