Breast Augmentation is one of our most popular procedures. With advanced breast implants, you can add volume and fullness to the breasts with beautiful, natural-looking results. Our experienced plastic surgeons have collectively performed thousands of successful breast surgeries, and they understand that every woman chooses breast augmentation for reasons that are unique and individual to her.
Silicone Implants are breast implants that are filled with a silicone gel. Many patients find that silicone breast implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue. This type of breast implant has been FDA-approved for patients over the age of 22.1 Silicone breast implants are made of a silicone outer shell and are filled with a thick, silicone gel that holds its shape even if punctured and/or leaks. Silicone breast implants are less likely to ripple and can be more advantageous for patients that have less natural tissue to work with, such as exceptionally thin women or those who are undergoing breast reconstruction.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Only a board-certified plastic surgeon such as our doctors are qualified to determine if someone is an appropriate candidate for breast augmentation. Nevertheless, in general, suitable breast augmentation candidates include those who:
- Desire larger or fuller breasts
- Desire a greater degree of cleavage or of outward projection from the chest wall
- Desire breasts that appear higher up on the chest wall
- On the whole, have a positive self-image, but are frustrated with certain aspects of their breasts
- Are in good physical and mental health overall
- Have sensible expectations for the outcome of breast augmentation surgery, and are seeking aesthetic improvement — not necessarily perfection
- Are pursuing breast augmentation of their own volition
- Are not breastfeeding (Women who are currently nursing should wait 12 weeks after they have stopped breastfeeding to undergo breast surgery, so their true breast size can be established.)
What to Expect from Breast Augmentation Surgery?
During a breast augmentation surgery, breast implants are placed either beneath the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle. Based on your anatomy and cosmetic goals, your plastic surgeon will determine which option is best for you. There are several surgical breast augmentation techniques our plastic surgeons can use to perform your procedure, including the following:
- Inframammary Incision: An incision made in the breast fold (the crease where the bottom of the breast meets the chest).
- Periareolar Incision: An incision made in a “U” shape on the bottom half of the areola (the darker-pigmented skin surrounding the nipple).
- Transaxillary Incision: An incision made in the armpit.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Traditionally requires considerable downtime and discomfort. The first 24 to 48 hours after surgery usually involved considerable pain and discomfort. Bandages were required for as long as 10 days, during which patients were unable to return to work and had to avoid any activities more strenuous than simply moving around the house.
In the second to third week of recovery, most of the side effects of surgery will have improved significantly. You will see very little (if any) bruising, and swelling will have diminished enough for you to get a rough idea of what your final results will look like. Although your breasts will still be sore, and you will probably still be required to wear a surgical compression bra, you should be feeling well enough to engage in most daily tasks. Exercise and demanding physical activities should still be avoided at this point, however, as the body still requires time to strengthen its tissues within the breast.
Roughly one month after surgery, your life should be almost completely back to normal and you will have an accurate idea of what your breasts should look like from the augmentation. There may be some residual swelling and soreness, and the incisions will still have relatively new scars, but you will be healed enough to truly start benefiting from the results of your augmentation.