Everyone wants a proportionate and appealing figure. However, if you are dealing with breasts that are too small for your body or have asymmetrical breasts that make wearing certain clothing items difficult or uncomfortable, you may feel self-conscious. A breast augmentation is a popular procedure option for increasing the size of the breasts, as well as correcting asymmetry for a beautiful, balanced figure. At our office, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Newman, maintains the skill and precision to help you achieve the body of your dreams.
Breast augmentation surgery is done to increase or restore the size of the breasts using breast implants. Additionally, breast augmentation can be done to restore upper pole fullness of the breast. As one of the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures today, breast augmentation has a long and successful track record for restoring balance to many patient’s figures.
There are many reasons why someone may consider breast implants. Women who believe their breasts are too small for their body, have breasts that have become smaller after having children of due to weight loss, or feel self-conscious wearing certain clothing items or bathing suits due to their breasts may be able to benefit from a breast augmentation.
The breast reduction procedure encompasses many factors, all of which will determine your results. Patients who are considering a breast augmentation must take the following things into account:
Today, the two most popular breast implants used in breast augmentation are saline and silicone. Saline implants are silicone shelled implants that are filled with a saline solution. These implants are filled after they are placed into their location, often requiring smaller incisions.
Silicone implants also have a silicone shell, but the implants come prefilled with medical grade silicone. Because they are prefilled, they often required a larger incision. However, many patients report that silicone implants feel the most similar to natural breast tissue.
When it comes to breast implants there are two basic shapes: round and teardrop. Round implants will provide more upper pole fullness than a teardrop implant, something that most women desire. Teardrop, or anatomically shaped implants, have a shape that closely mimics the natural shape of a breast. The shape that is right for you will depend on your individual aesthetic goals and the recommendations by Dr. Newman.
Where an implant is placed is a much-debated topic among plastic surgeons. The two most common locations are subglandular (above the muscle) and submuscular (beneath the muscle). A combination approach is how most augmentations are performed and is called Dual Plane Breast Augmentation. It’s called dual plane because part of the implant is beneath the muscle, and part is beneath the gland.
There are three incisions commonly considered in breast augmentation. These include:
This incision is created in the crease underneath the breasts, called the inframammary fold. This incision type includes a wider access point, allowing the surgeon to place larger silicone implants. Plus, the scars are easily concealed within the breast crease.
Peri-areola incisions are made around the outer edge of the areola, so scarring is hidden within the natural pigmentation.
Lastly, transaxillary incisions are located near the armpit. This technique leaves a small scar within the armpit but is desirable because it leaves no scarring on the breast itself.
The breast implant incision that is used during your breast augmentation procedure will depend on your individual anatomy, aesthetic goals, and Dr. Newman’s reccomendation.
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Following the breast augmentation procedure, patients will be placed in a surgical dressing that may include a support garment. Bruising, redness, and swelling are to be expected, and any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication.
Overall, downtime following breast augmentation varies based on the invasiveness of the procedure. Most people can return to work in a few days to one week, depending on the nature of the job. For instance, someone wanting to return to an office job at a desk may be up to returning to work in one to two days. However, if someone wants to return to a job stacking shelves or as a yoga instructor, there will be more downtime. Be sure to follow Dr. Newsman’s post-op instructions to ensure a smooth and safe recovery.
If you are interested in learning more about the breast augmentation procedure, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Newman.