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 areola, 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.
The Best Candidates: Women who desire more fullness and volume to their breast due to the feeling of their breasts being too small, after weight loss, or after having children.
- Breast Augmentation takes about 1 hour.
- Outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia.
- A small incision is made underneath the breast also known as the Inframammary Fold, and the implant is placed underneath the Pectoralis Muscle.
- Sutures are internal and dissolvable.
- The Patient will wear a post-surgical bra following surgery. A soft cotton sports bra without molded cups or underwire can be worn.
- Smooth Round Saline or Silicone Filled Implants are available.
Sub-glandular placement of the implant overlies the pectoralis major muscle. Some patients with ample skin and breast tissue may be candidates for sub-glandular breast implant placement
Breast implants are often placed beneath the pectoralis major muscle. Implants placed beneath the muscle are often less palpable, less visible, and may have less capsular contracture.
- Discomfort is Mild to Moderate. Pain Medication will be prescribed.
- Restrictions include:
- One Week: No driving, Cannot Lift More Than 5lbs.
- Two Weeks: Slowly Start to increase normal activities
- Four-Six Weeks: No Restrictions
- Scars are permanent, but should fade over time. Avoid Tanning Incisions.
Risks of Breast Augmentation Surgery:
- Seroma: a fluid collection
- Hematoma: a collection of blood that has to be removed by the surgeon.
- Sensory Changes of Breast and/or Nipple.
- Capsular Contracture
- Delayed Healing, most common in smokers
- Reactions to anesthesia