Breast Augmentation is a surgical procedure performed to enlarge the breasts by inserting a breast implant either behind the breast tissue, or partially or completely under the chest muscles. Incisions are made to keep scars as inconspicuous as possible, usually under the breast, around the lower part of the aureola, or in the armpit. The method of implant selection and size, along with surgical approach for inserting and positioning breast implants, will depend on your preferences, your anatomy and your surgeon’s recommendation.
GALLERY 1 | Breast Augmentation
The procedure takes 1-2 hours. You will either go home the same day or stay overnight in the hospital depending on your individual needs.
Return to non strenuous work within 3-7 days. Most swelling, bruising and soreness is gone within 6-8 weeks. Return to strenuous activities in 8 weeks. Final bra size can be determined within 10-12 weeks. Scars are placed either around the aureola or beneath the breast to hide them and will continue to fade following surgery for up to 2 years.
GALLERY 2 | Breast Lift and Augmentation – Abdominoplasty
Is Breast Augmentation Right For Me?
Women choose breast augmentation for different reasons. Some women desire a fuller breast to improve fitting in bathing suits or clothing, increased cleavage, or to improve breast asymmetry. Breast augmentation can be very satisfying but you should understand your options and how they would achieve your desired goals. It is also important to understand the implications and limitations of breast augmentation. There are different types of breast implants as well as different incision locations to place the implants. We would be happy to discuss if breast augmentation is right for you during a personal consultation.
GALLERY 3 | Breast Augmentation – Tubular Breast Deformity
What Breast Implant is best for me?
When choosing your breast implant there are many considerations taken into account. First there are two different types of implants which include saline and silicone filled. Both have been approved by the FDA and are considered safe. Each implant has different qualities that may make them desirable.
Saline implants have a silicone shell filled with saline water. When a saline implant develops a tear, the saline leaks and deflation can occur. A saline deflation is noticed when a breast spontaneously decreases in size because as the saline leaks, it is simply reabsorbed into the body. Although this is harmless, it does require replacement with a new implant. Implants often have a warranty for replacement of the implant itself and this may be used to go towards the cost of re-operation. Silicone implants on the other hand are filled with silicone gel. What makes today’s generation of silicone gel filled implants better than their predecessors is the cohesive nature of the silicone gel inside the implant. Cohesive means the gel maintains the same shape, even if there is a tear in the shell. New generation silicone gel implant ruptures appear to be less common and less symptomatic than first generation silicone gel implants. It is typically believed that silicone gel implants feel softer and have a more natural feel when compared to saline implants, but there are other variables to take into account such as amount of tissue covering the implant, amount of natural stretch to the skin, and chest width. To gain a better understanding of which implant you would prefer, schedule a consultation at Clinique Dallas at the American Institute for Plastic Surgery.
What Size implant should I choose?
When coming for your breast augmentation consult you will often have a breast size that you would like to achieve. Goals may be to have fuller breasts, perkier breasts, or may just want to fill out your bathing suit or clothing. Understanding what breast augmentation can and cannot achieve is important when considering breast implant size.
Choosing the appropriate implant size is critical for patient satisfaction and for prevention of long term complications that could result from choosing an implant too large or heavy for the supporting breast tissue. An appropriately sized implant will give years of enjoyment and provide for stable augmentation.
GALLERY 4 | Simple Breast Augmentation
During your consultation measurements of your chest and breast will be taken as well as checking your skin thickness and elasticity. These measurements will be used to determine a range of implant sizes that will be best for you. Next we allow you to try different breast implant sizes to best determine which size of breast augmentation you desire.
What incision is best for my augmentation?
Breast augmentation with implants requires a small incision for insertion of the implant. This incision can be placed beneath the breast at the fold, at the lower border of the Nipple and areola, or at the axilla. Based on your anatomy and personal preference some incisions may be preferred to others. We would be happy to discuss your options during a personal consultation.
GALLERY 5 | Breast Augmentation
Can I have a breast augmentation to lift my breasts?
When the nipple position is near its ideal location, a breast implant can be used to help fill a sagging breast. However, with age and often following childbirth the breast size and shape will change. These changes that occur after childbirth are seen as a shrinkage or flattening of the breast and drooping of the nipple position. Once the nipple starts to become lower on the breast, the only way to “lift it back up” is to actually undergo a breast lift. The breast can be lifted through a variety of methods and an implant may be used to increase breast volume where depletion has occurred depending on the desired goals of lifting with or without augmentation. We use different techniques to lift the breast depending on the patient’s anatomy, amount of lift desired, and patient’s preference for scar location. Call and schedule an appointment to discuss which form of breast lift might be best for you.
What are potential complications of breast augmentation?
The complications after breast augmentation are very rare but definitely possible, and should be reviewed before proceeding with surgery. The most important reason being, to prepare for the unexpected, should it happen. Complications can range from minor to major and from short term to long term. It is very important to return for proper follow up in clinic or keep in touch with your surgeon if you have any questions or concerns.