BREAST AUGMENTATION (AUGMENTATION MAMMAPLASTY) OVERVIEW
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Every person has their own unique vision of what the “perfect body” looks like, and in some cases may be able to achieve that vision through diet, exercise, or non-surgical treatments. For many people, however, achieving the “perfect body” may include changes that are frustratingly resistant to non-surgical corrective measures. The breasts play a vital role in our self-image and understanding of what the “perfect body” should look like, but unfortunately, are nearly impossible to alter effectively or permanently without surgery.
Luckily, breast augmentation surgery can give everyone the naturally-beautiful profile that they have always wanted. Breast augmentation (or augmentation mammaplasty) provides a customizable solution for individuals who are unhappy with the natural size and shape of their breasts. Some people may believe that their breasts are too small for their frame, while others may feel that their breasts are too large. Breast augmentation surgery can restore symmetry to breasts that are or have become uneven, or restore volume to breasts that have lost volume and begun to sag due to aging, pregnancy, or significant weight loss. For others, breast augmentation surgery can reconstruct breasts lost to mastectomy. Whatever the reason, modern breast augmentation is a safe, popular procedure that can be uniquely tailored to fulfill the specific aesthetic ideals of each patient.
OPTIONS FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular forms of plastic surgery in part because it is so easy to alter the procedure to meet every individual’s unique aesthetic goals. At the most basic level, breast augmentation surgery involves the use of implants to alter the natural shape and size of the breasts. However, implants come in a wide range of materials, sizes, and shapes and can be matched to each patient’s preferences and desired look.
Implants can be either silicone or saline. Silicone implants offer the most natural “look and feel” and are less likely to wrinkle over time, but do come with added health risks should the implant rupture or leak. Saline implants involve smaller incisions and can be filled to match specific size requirements, but do have an increased risk of rippling or wrinkling. Each type of implant can come with a smooth or textured surface and is offered in a wide range of sizes (measured in cubic centimeters, rather than bra sizes). Implants can either be teardrop (anatomical) or round in shape, and have either a high or low profile. Higher profile implants will create a more prominent breast silhouette, while lower profile implants will have a more subtle silhouette.
While the type, size, and shape of the implant will have a drastic impact on the final results, there are a number of surgical details that are just as important to ensure a successful outcome. For instance, there are two options for the placement of the implant. In a submammary (subglandular) placement, the implant is placed between the chest muscle and breast tissue, while in a submuscular placement, the implant is inserted under the chest muscle. This decision will impact the look and profile of the breasts, and may also impact the risk of post-operative complications such as capsular contracture.
Lastly, the surgical plan must include one of four choices for incision placement. The choice of incision placement is often dictated by the specific implant selected and chosen placement site. Incisions can be made below the curve of the breast (inframammary), around the lower half of the areola (periareolar), near the underarm (transaxillary), or around the navel (transumbilical). While this range of choices may seem very technical and highly daunting, Dr. Seify will review all of your options to help you understand how each choice will affect the outcome, assist you in making selections that will fulfill your unique goals, and address all your questions and concerns to ensure that you are 100% comfortable with the surgical plan and the final results.
BREAST AUGMENTATION RECOVERY
Breast augmentation can be performed as an outpatient procedure. It generally lasts between 1-2 hours, depending on the options selected and whether other procedures are performed simultaneously. The patient will receive general anesthesia or IV sedation during the procedure, and will require someone else to drive home and provide assistance for several days after the procedure. Most patients will experience mild to moderate discomfort after the surgery, and pain medication may be required. Follow-up visits will be required at seven days, fourteen days, six weeks, and three months after surgery.
Most patients find that breast augmentation requires a recovery time of two- to four-weeks, depending on their respective state of health and ability to heal. Patients can usually return to work within a week of the surgery and resume all but the most strenuous activities within two weeks. Activities involving vigorous use of the arm and/or chest muscles, or that raise blood pressure or heart rate, should be avoided until advised by your surgeon.
CONTACT NEWPORT PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
Dr. Hisham Seify, along with his staff at Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Associates, is dedicated to providing a warm, welcoming atmosphere where you will feel comfortable sharing your goals and discussing whether breast augmentation is the right step for you. Dr. Seify will listen carefully to your goals and concerns, and will walk you through all of the options to ensure that the final results are exactly what you were expecting and hoping for.
There are always potential risks associated with breast augmentation, as with any surgical procedure, but Dr. Seify is a Board Certified plastic surgeon who prides himself on using state-of-the-art technology and techniques to minimize risk, complications, and discomfort as much as possible both during and after the procedure. If you would like additional information about breast augmentation surgery, please contact the Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery office today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Seify.