In the United States last year over 300,000 breast augmentations were performed. Historically it has been the most common cosmetic surgery, only to be the surpassed by liposuction.
If you are displeased with the size, shape, and/or position of your breasts, which may be due to any number of factors such as underdevelopment, pregnancy, extreme weight loss, heredity, trauma, and/or breast cancer, breast enhancement may be an ideal procedure for you. Also known as “augmentation mammaplasty,” this surgical procedure is routinely performed to increase volume and fullness, correct congenital deformities, trauma, or mastectomy results and provide a more proportionate figure to improve the patient's confidence and self-image.
This procedure can be commonly performed with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) as part of the “mommy makeover. Utilizing either saline and silicone gel-filled implants, Precision Medical surgeons can help patients achieve the shapelier breasts they desire after fully evaluating their concerns.
Once you’ve decided you want breast implants, choosing a surgeon for your breast augmentation is the most important decision to make. You want to feel confident that the doctor will listen to what you want and give you a beautiful result, while also treating you with the utmost respect and care.
Working with the Precision Medical plastic surgeon during the consult, there are three decisions that the patient must make including the incision site (below the breast, around the areolar, or through the axilla), the choice of the implant: silicone or saline and the placement of the implant either above or below the muscle. Implant shells also come in both smooth and textured versions. It’s important to note that the texturing cannot be felt through your skin. The texture simply provides a surface that adheres to the breast tissue. While textured implants can be more prone to rippling, they may have benefits over smooth.
Our doctors typically perform breast augmentation using implants because most women want more than just a minor increase in breast size. With more breast implant options available than ever before, our surgeons use their expertise to help patients navigate the range of choices. Our surgeons listen closely to patients describe their aesthetic goals and recommend implants that will best suit a patient’s physical characteristics and meet those goals.
Breast Augmentation (also called Breast Enhancement or Breast Enlargement) can increase the size of your breasts and also reshape them, however if you feel that your breasts are sagging, a breast lift procedure can be combined with your breast augmentation so that the breasts are lifted to a higher place on the chest, as well as increased in size.
This outpatient procedure typically requires about an hour to complete and is performed under general anesthesia. After the chosen incision is made, a pocket is created within the breast tissue, and the implant is placed either under or over the pectoral muscle. If a saline implant is used, the shell is inserted first, and the implant is then filled with the saline solution and closed. When the implant is in its proper place, the incision is closed, usually using stitches that dissolve on their own.
After an appropriate amount of time resting in our recovery room, you can go home with the help of a friend or family member. You should not drive for 24 hours after your breast augmentation due to the effects of the anesthesia.
By increasing breast size by one or more cup sizes, results will be noticeable immediately following surgery. Discomfort may be experienced within the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery, and pain medication may be required.
Although patients can go back to work after a few days following the removal of the dressings, swelling from the procedure will usually subside within two to four weeks or longer following surgery. Physical activity (exercise) may also be resumed three to four weeks after surgery, and scars from the procedure can take up to one year to fade.