Breast augmentation with breast implants can help women who would like to add volume and enhance the contours of their breasts. Whether you are dissatisfied with the size of your breasts, or if you have experienced a loss of breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss, breast augmentation can help you reach your goals. As one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed each year, breast augmentation has helped numerous women regain confidence in their appearance.
During the consultation we listen to your aesthetic goals and address any questions or concerns you may have about breast augmentation, help you understand the pros and cons of the procedure, as well as how breast surgery will affect your body, explain your options regarding how the surgery is performed, which includes incision location, breast implant types, and implant location. Depending on your specific needs and goals, other procedures, such as breast lift, can often be performed in tandem with your breast augmentation for an even greater enhancement to the breasts. Breast augmentation procedures are fully customized to your individual needs to help you achieve the most natural-looking results.
Candidates for Breast Augmentation
Although the main purpose of breast augmentation is to increase breast volume and size, there are a number of additional concerns that can be addressed with the procedure, including:
- Improve symmetry between the breasts
- Reposition the nipple and areola
- Restore lost volume after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss
- Enhance the breast shape
- Improve the fit of clothing or swimwear
- Boost self-confidence
In addition to exhibiting one or more of these concerns, the best candidates are typically those who are in generally good health without significant medical issues.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
A breast augmentation typically takes about one to two hours. The surgery begins with an incision made in one of the following areas:
- In the fold on the lower part of each breast
- Around the areolas (the darkened skin surrounding the nipple)
The approach used depends on your unique needs and goals and will be discussed during the consultation process. Once the incision has been made in the planned area, a pocket is then created either directly under the tissue or underneath the muscle. The implant is then placed inside the pocket and the incisions are closed.
Throughout the entire procedure, our experienced plastic surgeon pays close attention to aesthetic details, including symmetry and shape, to achieve the most natural appearance.
Silicone Gel Breast Implants
Silicone gel breast implants are composed of a cohesive silicone solution encased in a silicone shell. The implants are known for their natural feel. Silicone breast implants are approved by the FDA for use in breast augmentation, and breast reconstruction patients of any age. Advances in silicone breast implants over the last several years have led to implants that are more “form-stable” and able to hold their shape for results that can provide an excellent new contour, we use the best implants on the market.
In our Plastic surgery and reconstructive clinic, we perform this procedure with local anesthesia and IV sedation; in some cases it might be necessary to leave drainage for 24 to 48 hrs.
Following your breast augmentation surgery, medication is given to minimize pain and discomfort. You will experience the most soreness for the first two to three days, but this should subside to a moderate level for the remainder of the first week as it begins to fade, Minimal bruising and swelling are normal, but they should disappear gradually over time. A day or two post-surgery, patients are typically up and around but should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity. Sutures are removed within a week and scars typically fade gradually, often to the point of barely being noticeable. There may be some degree of firmness and loss in nipple sensitivity immediately after the operation, but the breast usually softens and sensitivity returns.
Most women are able to return to work after four to five days, depending on their jobs. For the first four to six weeks following your surgery, there will be some exercise and lifting restriction.