Dissatisfaction with current breast size, the loss of breast volume after weight loss or pregnancy, the natural process of aging, and breast asymmetry are just a few of the aesthetic issues that prompt women to consider breast augmentation. You can add natural balance and fullness to the breasts and feel more confident about your overall appearance with breast augmentation.
Also referred to as augmentation 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.
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Your Breast Augmentation Consultation
The consultation is an opportunity for you to evaluate your prospective surgeon. For one, it is important to choose a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). You should also ensure that your procedure will be performed at an accredited surgical facility, such as the Joint Commission, AAAHC or AAAASF. Ask your friends, as well as other doctors you know and trust, for a referral.
It is important that you are given ample time to feel comfortable that your surgeon fully understands you and your unique goals, and you should be able to leave your consultation with all of your questions answered.
Dr. Scott will listen to your goals, expectations and concerns during the consultation. He will be able to discuss all options and details associated with your breast augmentation procedure. He will provide you with his recommendations, but also listen to your personal preferences. This will include, but will not be limited to, implant size and type, incision options and implant pocket position.
Silicone vs Saline Breast Implants
There are basically two types of breast implants: saline and silicone. Each type consists of a soft, rubbery outer shell filled with either silicone or saline (a physiologic concentration of salt and water). The silicone implants of today are filled with a much more cohesive gel than the previous generation of silicone breast implants.
Each type of implant has different characteristics. Silicone implants are softer to the touch and feel the most natural, but saline implants are less costly. Leaks or ruptures to saline implants become obvious, as the saline is absorbed by the body and 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 obvious. The overall leakage rates are not significantly different between the current generation of silicone and saline implants.
Location of Incisions and Placement of Breast Implants
It is also important to consider where to place the implant. 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 a number of variables, including lifestyle, volume of natural breast tissue, degree of preexisting droopiness, and sizing expectations. Today, breast 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.
The most commonly used approach is called the inframammary incision, in which an incision is made where the underside of the breast meets the chest. Another option involves placing the incision in the lower portion of the pigmented areola. Less commonly, “transaxillary incisions” are made in the armpit.
At The Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Scott will educate you thoroughly on these topics and help you make the right decisions for yourself.
Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation (enlargement) surgery typically begins with an incision on the underside of the breast, in the armpit or around the areola (the dark-pigmented region surrounding the nipple). The implants will be placed either behind the chest muscle or directly beneath the breast tissue, depending on the placement that you and Dr. Scott have decided upon before the procedure. Incisions are made as carefully and discretely as possible to minimize any visible scarring. The entire procedure typically lasts two hours or less and is usually performed under general anesthesia. Breast augmentation can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Some discomfort and pain can be expected after breast augmentation surgery, but this can be controlled with medication. Patients will also experience some degree of swelling, bruising and a sensation of numbness around the breasts and nipples during the first few weeks after the procedure. Most patients are able to resume normal daily activities within a week following surgery. Breast augmentation patients should continue to have mammograms after surgery, and a special mammogram will be needed to see around the implants for the most accurate results.
Contact The Plastic Surgery Center
Breast augmentation with implants can help you attain your aesthetic enhancement goals, giving you fuller breasts and beautiful contours. Please contact The Plastic Surgery Center to schedule a consultation. Dr. Scott will be happy to discuss all aspects of the procedure and answer any questions you may have.