Breast Augmentation, or Breast Enlargement, is a surgery to enlarge the size and enhance the shape of a woman’s breast for women who are unhappy with the size of her breasts. This procedure can also correct the loss of volume in the breast tissue after pregnancy, weight loss or can help achieve symmetry when there is a difference in breast size. Breast Augmentation is one of the most common surgical procedures performed by our board certified plastic surgeons in our AAAASF accredited on-site surgery suite. Our doctor’s expertise is the most valuable resource to help you understand the benefits of the surgery, your options and outcome every step of the way.
Your personal motivation for surgery is one of the most important considerations in your decision making process. Our goal is to make sure we understand your needs, to making sure you understand the process and what to expect from surgery. Our surgeons will discuss implant size, shape, incisions and recovery as part of your consultation in addition to many other aspects of the procedure.
When visiting Prima Center for Plastic Surgery for a consultation, your experience begins with a photographic session using the Vectra XT. The Vectra XT is simply a camera that uses several different angles to merge the images captured together to compose a single 3-D image of you. This 3-D image creates a starting point for you and your plastic surgeon. For plastic surgery patients, understanding what to expect from your procedure can be difficult simply from a doctor’s explanation alone. And while seeing before and after photos of the procedure having been performed on other patients can give you a general idea of the expected outcome, visualizing those same results on yourself can be difficult. It is for this reason that our practice offers the 3-D Imaging with the Vectra XT to our patients considering most surgical procedures. Through the use of 3-D Imaging, our doctors are able to reduce your uncertainty of results by providing you with before and after simulations of what to expect from your specific procedure. You and your surgeon will be able to experiment with different looks. Once you have decided on the appearance you want, this simulation will provide a basis for your surgical plan. Because you have already seen the result, you can be confident in the outcome of your procedure.
Breast augmentation is a relatively safe procedure; however, like any surgical procedure, there are certain risks and specific complications which will be explained at the time of your consultation. To date, there is no evidence that breast implants effect pregnancy or birth defects. There is also no evidence that breast implants cause breast cancer. It is however known that breast implants may make getting a mammogram more difficult. Special mammograms may need to be done or extra views may need to be taken to ensure a good mammographic study.
Breast augmentation is performed as an outpatient. Either in our AAAASF accredited In Office Facility or in the outpatient section of the hospital. General anesthesia is usually preferred. We use only board certified M.D. Anesthesiologists at Prima Center for Plastic Surgery. There are several acceptable locations for the surgical incision. The incisions are made in such a way as to be as inconspicuous as possible. Possible locations include around the areola and in the crease beneath the breast. Endoscopic equipment may be use to perform the procedure. This allows the implant to be placed with a minimal incision. The surgical procedure usually takes one to two hours to complete. Most of our patients will be able to return to work within a few days, depending upon the nature of their job.
Important information about breast augmentation:
- Location: Office or Outpatient Surgical Procedure
- Vectra 3D imaging: Available at Prima Center for Plastic Surgery, educational imaging system to assure accurate implant selection and sizing.
- Anesthesia: General anesthesia is preferred — given by an Anesthesiologist
- Implants: Silicone gel implants and saline filled implants are available in multiple configurations and volumes.
- Length Of Surgery: One to Two hours
- Location of incision: Peri-areolar or inframammary crease (beneath the breast)
- Location of the pocket: Under the muscle of the chest wall (pectoralis major) preferred
- Rupture of Implants: The manufacturers report a 1.1 to 2.2% rupture or deflation rate over the first 10 years.
- Warrantee: All manufacturers offer a limited warrantee for the implants. Please check with the manufacturer for your specific warrantee terms and additional information.
We look forward to answering all of your questions and making sure you are an educated, confident patient when considering breast implant surgery.
Actual patient – Breast Augmentation