Breast augmentation is more than being unhappy with your breast size and wanting to upgrade a cup size or two. It’s also wanting to lift breasts after weight loss or a pregnancy and correcting asymmetrical breasts. However, despite the many reasons to want breast augmentation surgery, the most important thing is that your procedure leaves you more confident and feeling better about yourself.
Also referred to as mammoplasty or breast enhancement, this treatment involves the placement of breast implants to enhance the size and shape of the breasts and improve body proportion.
Breast implants come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are filled with either saline or silicone. Dr. Scott will discuss your implant options, including the benefits and differences between saline and silicone breast implants, with you at your initial consultation.
“My Confidence Level is Way Beyond What I Thought!”
After breast feeding her children, this mother underwent breast augmentation to restore volume which greatly improved her confidence. She also shares her experience with Dr. Scott and his genuine care for her well being.*
YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION CONSULTATION
At the end of the day, your consultation should be about you. When you speak with a member of our medical team, we will listen to your medical goals and find the best solutions to help you reach them. We’ll discuss with you all of our treatment options including implant size and type, incision options and implant pocket position.
SILICONE VS SALINE BREAST IMPLANTS
There are two types of breast implants: saline and silicone. Each type consists of a soft, rubbery outer shell filled with either silicone or saline, which is a concentration of salt and water.
Each type of implant has different characteristics. While silicone implants are softer to the touch and feel the most natural, saline implants are less costly.
Saline implants are also safer when it comes to leaks or ruptures. Saline implant leaks are absorbed by the body, and the only side effect is that the affected breast returns to its previously smaller size. Silicone gel is not absorbed by the body, so ruptures to these types of implants are less visibly noticeable and potentially more dangerous.
However, the overall leakage rates are not significantly different between the current generation of silicone and saline implants.
FORM STABLE IMPLANTS
For breast augmentation, most practices only offer the choice of saline or silicone implants. At The Plastic Surgery Center, we stay on the leading edge of this procedure and offer the latest advancements in breast augmentation, including form stable implants. Also referred to as “gummy bear” implants, form stable implants are gaining popularity for their ability to create natural-looking results with a firm-yet-yielding silicone that is redefining breast augmentation procedures. Ask us about this exciting new option during your consultation.
BREAST FAT TRANSFER
Another option for women seeking breast augmentation is breast fat transfer, offering an improvement in the shape and fullness of the breasts using your body’s own fat. This option not only offers a more natural alternative to breast augmentation, but it also has the dual benefit of removing fat in areas where it is in excess and using it to increase volume where it is needed. Our medical team will discuss this option with you during your consultation.
LOCATION OF INCISIONS AND PLACEMENT OF BREAST IMPLANTS
The location of the implant is one of the most important aspects of breast augmentation.The implants can be placed either in the subglandular position (above the pectoralis muscle) or in the partial submuscular position (partially behind the pectoralis muscle).
The ideal location for you will depend on some variables, including lifestyle, a volume of natural breast tissue, the degree of preexisting droopiness, and sizing expectations. Implants are more often placed in the partial submuscular pocket than the subglandular pocket. Dr. Scott will help you in making this decision during your consultation.
BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY
There are a few places the initial incision is made, including the underside of the breast, in the armpit or around the areola. Once an incision area is decided upon, the implant will be inserted either above the pectoral muscle, or partially behind it. The entire procedure lasts around two hours and is typically done on an outpatient basis.
BREAST AUGMENTATION RECOVERY
Most patients will experience pain, numbness, and tenderness around the breasts following the procedure. However, each of these can be mitigated with the use of OTC medication. You will be able to continue your normal activities for about a week’s time.
Breast augmentation patients should continue to have mammograms after surgery. A special mammogram will be needed to see around the implants for the most accurate results. It’s also a good idea to have regular check up appointments with Dr. Scott to make sure the implants are continuing to work safely and effectively.
CONTACT THE PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER
Don’t let your bust take away from feeling good about who you are. Contact The Plastic Surgery Center’s medical team for your consultation about breast augmentation surgery.