David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253
HKB Knoxville Staff

Breast Augmentation

There are lots of reasons why women consider having breast augmentation surgery. Many tell us they just want to be able to buy a bathing suit that fits!

Despite some Hollywood stereotypes, the majority of women we see for breast augmentation in our Knoxville practice increase from one to two cup sizes to obtain the flattering figure they always wanted. Some come to us after they have had children and lost their breast size after breastfeeding. Others want to lift and reshape along with the enlargement.

You may not be surprised to learn that breast augmentation is our most popular plastic surgery procedure. Many women from Johnson City, Cookeville, Cleveland, and beyond choose Dr. Reath or Dr. Walker to perform their breast augmentation surgery in Knoxville, TN. They had lots of questions about breast augmentation that you might be wondering about as well.

Breast Augmentation Cost in Knoxville, TN

One thing that nearly everyone asks is how much breast implants cost, so we include our surgery prices right here on our website. Amazing, right? Here’s what you’ll want to know: The cost of a breast augmentation includes both surgical and anesthesia fees, breast implants, a post-surgical bra, our exclusive recovery kit, and all follow-up visits.

Implant Type Cost Discount Price
Saline Implants $4,989 $4,800
Silicone Gel Implants $5,989 $5,750
SoftTouch Silicone Gel Implants $6,489 $6,225

Discount: Great news! For our patients who would like to pay with a wire transfer or check instead of financing, we offer a discount.

How Do I Know If I Need Breast Augmentation or a Breast Lift?

An important thing to realize about breast augmentation pricing: It is possible that during your consultation Dr. Reath or Dr. Walker may recommend a breast lift along with your augmentation to achieve a pleasing shape and perkiness. It happens most frequently with women who have had children, but not always.

Standing in front of a mirror, look at your nipples in relation to the natural crease of your breasts. If your nipples are lower than your breast crease before surgery, adding implants without removing excess skin will make them more saggy. (Sad, but true.)

If this sounds like you, you may also want to look at the breast lift procedure page for before and after photos. The pictures give you a better idea of when a breast lift is needed and the great results when performed along with a breast augmentation.

Breast lift pricing ranges from around $6,300 to $8,600 depending on the amount of skin to be removed and the type of implant you choose. Silicone implants cost more than saline.

Can Breast Augmentation Address Breast Asymmetry?

It is normal for women to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other; however, there are many women who suffer from severe breast asymmetry. Feeling self-conscious is common. Finding clothes that fit is a major problem. (Imagine the difficulty picking out a wedding dress.) The good news is that breast asymmetry can be corrected. Breast augmentation on one side and/or a breast lift on the other side can be performed to even out the size and shape of the breasts. Here are photos of how our surgeons can correct breast asymmetry.

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David B. Reath, MD is renowned for his surgical skills and his commitment to public education. Practicing in Knoxville, Tennessee since 1986, his personal approach with patients is what truly sets him apart. He is proud to welcome Jessica V. Walker, MD to the practice.

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Breast Augmentation (Saline)
 Before & After Photos


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About Breast Augmentation Surgery

The good news is that breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure and does not involve an overnight stay in the hospital. The entire operation is done under general anesthesia and takes about an hour. At the end of the operation, patients are placed in a special bra to support their breasts. After recovery from the anesthesia, they go home in the care of their family.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

Helping our patients manage a speedy recovery is one of our primary missions. Here is a general timeline of what to expect during recovery and the related restrictions:

  • Check surgical sites, suture removal, begin massage & stretching: 1 week
  • Return to normal activities: 7 to 10 days
  • Back to work (nonstrenuous): 1 week
  • Sleep on your side or stomach (if desired): 2 weeks
  • Resume swimming, baths, hot tubs: 2 weeks
  • Wear surgical bra for one week. Wear whatever is comfortable after that.
  • Wear underwire bra (if desired): 6+ weeks
  • Resume activity:
    • Slow walking: 1 week
    • Weight lifting: 2+ weeks
    • Running & strenuous activities: 6 to 8 weeks
  • Achieve final results: 3 months

Because patient experiences vary, it is important to check with Dr. Reath or Dr. Walker before resuming any activities.

Breast Augmentation Recovery Kits

Our Surgical Recovery Kits are a great personal touch. Patients tell us that the recovery kits we include with their surgeries are an area that really sets us apart. Each recovery kit contains items hand-picked to make your recovery faster and more pleasant. We put together everything you’ll need after surgery so you don’t have to. People who have had surgery with other doctors are amazed that we include these kits at no charge for all of our surgery patients.

New! We now include medical-grade silicone shapes (which are medically proven to aid in healing and reduce the appearance of scars) in all of our breast augmentation recovery kits.

Not our patient? No problem! We’ll be happy to send you your very own recovery kit to make recovering so much easier. Just visit our new online store.
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Breast Implant Sizers: The Best Part of Your Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. Reath or Dr. Walker, you’ll be able to try on breast implant sizers in order for your surgeon to understand the results you want to achieve. Our patients say it is very helpful to them to visualize the way different implants will look and feel in their favorite clothes. We find that taking the extra time to work with breast implant sizers is far more helpful to patients than a computer imaging program like VECTRA which we don’t use. If you’re curious about computer imaging versus sizers, we wrote a blog about it:

What Size Breast Implant Should I Get? Why Sizers Are Better Than VECTRA®

Without a doubt, the most important question in the mind of women anticipating breast enlargement is what they will look like with a certain size implant. And, therefore, the choice of implant size is critical to being happy with the final result of your surgery. I mean, let’s face it: that’s what it’s all about. … Read more »

Your Breast Implant Choices

Some of the breast implants Dr. Reath and Dr. Walker use are filled with a saline solution (saltwater) and can be placed either over or under the chest muscle wall. However, 98% of our patients are choosing silicone breast implants which are now available. Silicone breast implants have a much more natural feel to them and are among the most studied devices in medical history.

Saline breast implants are FDA-approved for breast augmentation in women 18 years or older and silicone breast implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women 22 years and older. You can read more about silicone implants and the new SoftTouch highly cohesive gel implants (gummy bear breast implants) on the silicone breast implant page.

Breast Augmentation Incision Sites

Breast Implant incision sitesOur surgeons mainly use the inframammary incision placement (along the underside of the breast) for breast augmentation surgeries that don’t involve a breast lift. This allows the best view of the implant pocket for the plastic surgeon and makes the scar much less noticeable because it lies in the natural crease of the breast. It is by far the most common incision site used in breast augmentation.

Our surgeons never use the trans-axillary incision (under the arm) or the trans-umbilical incision (through the belly button). These techniques are not recommended by breast implant manufacturers either. We have more information about breast implant incision placement in our eBook or you can check out our blog:

Breast Augmentation: The Incision Decision

There are many important questions to answer and decisions to be made when considering breast augmentation. Such as saline or silicone? Over or under the muscle? What size implant? And, where to place the incision. This last question is one that I have been asked a lot, but as of yet I haven’t explained my … Read more »

Commonly Combined Procedures

Many women optimize their surgical results by combining breast augmentation with other plastic surgery procedures. Popular options include:

Combining breast and body procedures, often called a Mommy Makeover, improves multiple areas with a single surgery and recovery period.

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