Breast Augmentation/Mammaplasty

There are many personal reasons a breast augmentation may be considered; to fulfill goals of a fuller breast, to enhance body shape, increase breast volume after pregnancy or nursing, equalize the difference in breast size to gain symmetry, or reconstruction of breast after a mastectomy or injury. A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that improves the shape and size of the breast. It can be difficult when choosing the appropriate implant size and type, there are also many factors that need to be considered. Our surgeons will meet with you to go over the following: current breast size, breast height, breast width, breast projection, breast shape, pregnancy history, age, weight, and desired goal.

We offer our patients two different types of implant fill; Saline or Silicone. There are a few major differences between the two; saline is generally used for patients under the age of 22 and silicone can only be used for patients over the age of 22. The incision lengths are different; an incision for a saline implant is smaller than the incision for a silicone implant. Silicone implants feel more like breast tissue and give a very natural look, whereas saline implants give a firmer look, but may feel slightly artificial. Silicone implants may also be known as gummy bear implants. Different incision lengths and techniques may be used for this procedure. Incisions usually vary 3-5 cm in length and may be performed inframammary (through the fold of the breast), periareolar (around the areola), axillary (through the armpit), and umbilicus (through the belly button). For this procedure patients can undergo general anesthesia or twilight anesthesia. Twilight anesthesia is an IV sedation anesthesia in addition to a local anesthetic. A breast augmentation will take 1 to 2 hours to complete.

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Areas of Use
A breast augmentation procedure is done to enhance the shape and size of the breast. This procedure is designed to fulfill the patient’s personal desires and goals.

Expected Recovery
After a breast augmentation it may take 3 to 7 days before a patient can return to their regular daily activities. It may take 6 to 8 weeks before a patient can return to strenuous activity; such as running or lifting weights. Patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and a moderate amount of pain during the healing process. The pain will be controlled with oral medications. It may take up to 3 months for the implant to settle, during this time the patient should avoid wearing an underwire bra.

Duration of Effect
The FDA recommends implants should be replaced every 10 years and a MRI be administered every two years. A follow up with a physician and the surgeon should be done yearly.