Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is a procedure that increases the size of the breasts using implants. The procedure can be used to correct size asymmetry between breasts or give breasts a boost in volume and projection.
Fuller breasts can help improve a woman’s self-image and build her self-confidence. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, breast augmentation may be right for you.
Your Breast Augmentation Consultation
Consult with a skilled plastic surgeon to find out if you are a good candidate for a breast augmentation procedure. It’s important that you inform your doctor of any medical conditions or drug allergies you might have.
Talk to your doctor about the various types of implants available to find out which would be best for you. Stay informed regarding all the pros and cons of each type.
Your doctor will advise you on the required blood tests that you need to take before the surgery. You will also be advised about whether or not you need to stop taking any medications that you are currently on.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Breast augmentation surgery will require you to be under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. These will ensure that you are numb to any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
The procedure involves the surgeon making incisions in one of three preferred areas. The incisions could be made along the border of the areola, on the fold under the breast, or in the armpit. Another option may be the transumbilical incision, which involves an incision in the navel and the use of an endoscope. For this option, only a saline implant can be used, since it can be filled after insertion.
The implant, which can be either a saline solution or silicone gel contained in a flexible shell, is then inserted through the incision. The implant can be placed under the pectoral muscle or over it depending on your doctor’s preference.
Once this step is complete, layered sutures are used to seal up the inside of the breast tissue at the incision points, while outer skin can be sutured or sealed with surgical tape. You will notice the results immediately after surgery, and your breasts will be fuller and better defined.
After your breast augmentation surgery, you will need to experience a period of downtime and recovery. During this process, it will be vital that you pay close attention to your plastic surgeon’s post-surgical care instructions and follow them closely. Doing so will ensure that your recovery process is as comfortable and short as possible and that your chance of post-surgical complications is low.
During your healing period, you will experience a degree of swelling and bruising. These will fade over the course of the next few weeks. You will need to take a small amount of time off of work and may be able to return in under a week.
Contact Our Office
To find out more about your breast augmentation options and the post-operative care process, contact the office of Dr. Lawrence Glassman for a consultation. Dr. Glassman is a board-certified plastic surgeon and will be happy to help you reach your aesthetic goals.