There are many choices to be made prior to breast augmentation, and the process may seem daunting. Our plastic surgeons… Read More
Fuller, more shapely breasts can make women feel more beautiful, youthful, and self-confident. This is why the talented breast augmentation specialists of Regional Plastic Surgery Center strive to create natural-looking breast enhancement results based on the unique needs and cosmetic goals of each patient. Our plastic surgeons offer a wide array of breast implant types, shapes, and sizes, and use only the most advanced breast augmentation techniques to deliver optimal results.
If you are considering a breast enlargement, we invite you to explore the informative paragraphs below to answer some of your questions. For a one-on-one consultation with an experienced, award-winning plastic surgeon, please contact Regional Plastic Surgery Center today.
What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a popular procedure in which breast implants are placed, either above or below the chest muscle, to create the appearance of larger breasts, improve breast symmetry, and enhance breast shape. For the most natural-looking and long-lasting results, our plastic surgeons prefer breast implant placement below the chest muscle, which also reduces the risk for complications such as rippling or capsular contracture. Using a variety of breast implant types, shapes, and sizes—combined with advanced incision strategies and implant placement techniques—our Dallas plastic surgeons execute highly customized surgical plans designed to deliver breast augmentation results that look and feel as natural as possible.
What Can Breast Augmentation Do?
Women choose to undergo breast augmentation for a variety of personal reasons. Most breast augmentation candidates wish to address one or more of the following cosmetic concerns:
- Small breasts or diminished breast volume
- Asymmetry between the breasts
- Irregular shape of the breasts
- Breasts that are disproportionately sized with the rest of the body
The size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts—as well as the proportions of the figure—can all be improved with breast augmentation. For the majority of our patients, breast augmentation surgery also has the added benefit of boosting self-confidence and self-esteem. Oftentimes, breast augmentation candidates are mothers who have lost substantial breast volume due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. It is common for these women to incorporate a breast augmentation with breast lift surgery to achieve comprehensive rejuvenation of the breasts.
Types of Breast Implants
Breast implants come in a broad array of shapes, sizes, textures, and materials to suit your needs and goals. Each type of implant offers a range of benefits, and the more you know about what is available, the easier it may be to determine which option is best for you.
Saline breast implants are comprised of a saline (saltwater) solution, so in the rare event a tear or rupture occurs, the body will harmlessly absorb the filling. Saline implants come in many sizes and shapes, and they can be filled after insertion to create the most symmetrical and aesthetically appealing outcome possible. Saline implants can be placed in patients 18 years of age or older, and they may be best for individuals who have an ample amount of breast coverage. Saline implants are lower in cost than most other options.
Due to the softer, more responsive feel that mimics the texture of natural breasts, most patients prefer silicone implants. For breast reconstruction after mastectomy, our surgeons are more likely to recommend silicone than saline for a more natural-looking result. Made of a thick silicone gel that significantly reduces the risk of leakage, silicone implants are associated with a lower risk of capsular contracture—a condition wherein scar tissue develops around the breast, making it feel hard—and rippling. As a result of the unique composition, silicone implants come pre-filled, and they typically require a larger incision than saline. If you are 22 years of age or older and have a thin frame with little breast tissue coverage, silicone may provide a better outcome.
Anatomically Shaped Cohesive Gel
In addition to round implants, shaped variations are also available. One of the most popular of the shaped styles is the anatomical cohesive gel—or “gummy bear”—implant. Made of strong cohesive silicone gel, these textured implants have a teardrop shape that is designed to resemble the natural contours of a woman’s breasts. The “gummy bear” implant may also retain its shape better than other implant types, and studies have proven a reduced risk of rippling or rotation. As with round silicone implants, you must be 22 years of age or older for anatomically shaped cohesive gel implants. Your surgeon may recommend the “gummy bear” implant as an option in your breast reconstruction.
There are many factors that play a role in determining the best implant for your anatomic indicators and desired outcome. Our experienced plastic surgeons can help you find the right option based on a comprehensive evaluation and collaborative consultation.
The Pre-Surgery Breast Augmentation Consultation
Prior to breast augmentation surgery at Regional Plastic Surgery Center, our patients meet with one of our highly skilled breast augmentation surgeons for a private consultation. It includes an examination of the unique characteristics of the patient’s breasts, including size, shape, and skin elasticity. When you arrive for you initial consultation, one of our board certified plastic surgeons will discuss your concerns and cosmetic desires in thorough detail. They will then take this information and create a customized treatment plan that can optimize your results. Your safety is our top priority. If there is sagging of the breasts, our cosmetic surgeon may recommend a breast lift procedure be performed at the same time as the breast augmentation procedure.
Your Breast Augmentation Expectations
At our plastic surgery offices, patients should carefully describe their expectations to the surgeon during their private consultation. The appearance of the breasts that the patient desires after breast augmentation surgery affects the size of the breast implants used by the surgeon. Our surgeons will work closely with each patient to select the most appropriate implant size and shape, as well as determine which surgical technique will work best for the patient’s desired outcome.
Preview Results with Vectra 3D Imaging
With our Vectra 3D imaging system, patients can view three-dimensional renderings of how their breast augmentation results may look. This advanced technology allows patients to virtually “try on” various sizes and types of implants to make well-informed decisions about their new figure. Vectra 3D can also show patients a “preview” of how their breast augmentation results may look when combined with a breast lift. This technology serves as a valuable tool for both the patient and the surgeon, facilitating doctor-patient communication that can ultimately lead to the most satisfactory results.
Your Medical History
During the consultation with the breast surgeon, it is important to be candid regarding medical history such as previous breast surgeries, biopsies, mammogram results and family history of breast cancer. Although there is no evidence that breast implants could lead to breast cancer, there are surgical techniques that our surgeons can use to lessen the risks that breast implants could interfere with future mammograms.
Weight Loss and Pregnancy
Pregnancy and weight loss can alter the shape of the breasts. As such, it is important to discuss any weight loss or pregnancy plans with your surgeon. There is no evidence that breast implants negatively affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed.
Your Breast Augmentation Surgery Plan
Because of the consultation given prior to surgery, our patient and her surgeon will determine the desired size of the implants. Our breast augmentation patients can also consult our surgeons concerning breast implants placement. Most patients will benefit more from placement under the chest muscle wall, while others may attain improved results with placement on top of the muscle.
We offer a variety of breast implants for patients undergoing breast augmentation procedures at our surgical facility.
The Breast Augmentation Surgery Procedure
Prior to the breast augmentation procedure, our cosmetic surgeon provides detailed preoperative instructions. Patients who smoke will be instructed to stop smoking well in advance of the breast augmentation surgery. Medications – such as aspirin – that are associated with bleeding should also be avoided. Our breast implants patients may also be asked to have a pre-surgical mammogram.
Breast enlargement is usually performed as an outpatient surgery. Our breast augmentation patients are under general anesthesia for the entire breast augmentation procedure. Typically, our surgeons recommend that breast implants be placement below the chest muscle for natural-looking, long-lasting results. Submuscular positioning offers many benefits including optimal implant coverage and reduction of implant complications such as rippling and/or capsular contracture. Additionally, placement below the muscle can also improve the accuracy of mammograms, which is a concern for many women. When possible, our surgeons use very small incisions to reduce the appearance of visible scarring for our patients.
Incisions are made as discreetly as possible, usually underneath the breast near the crease, in the armpit, or in the areola area. Spaces are created for the breast implants either above or below the pectoral muscle, and then the chosen breast implants are inserted into these spaces.
What to Expect for Breast Augmentation Recovery
Most of our breast augmentation patients are up and about within a day or two and can shower within two to seven days. Stitches are usually self-absorbable and do not need to be removed. Bruising and swelling are common but fade away rather quickly. Residual swelling usually disappears in a few months. Although arm movements are restricted, most breast augmentation patients return to non-vigorous work and activities within a few days. Our cosmetic surgeon will decide when vigorous activities can resume.
Breast Augmentation Surgery Risks
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with breast augmentation. At our facility every possible precaution is taken to ensure patient safety and reduce the chances of complications occurring. Risks include bleeding, infection, and an adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Sensitivity of the breast or nipple may occur but usually returns to pre-surgical levels in a short time.
Breast Augmentation Surgery Results
Once healing has occurred, breasts will be fuller and shapelier. Although saline breast implants will last a long time, eventually they will leak. Leaks sometimes occur because of trauma to the chest, but usually the breast implant simply wears out. When this occurs, the body simply absorbs the saline, which is merely a saltwater solution. Our breast augmentation patients know when a breast implant has ruptured, as there is a noticeable change in the appearance of the chest area. If sagging or shape changes occur due to aging and gravity, additional surgery can remedy this.
Most women are very happy with the results of their breast augmentation. We encourage you to view our gallery of breast enlargement surgery before and after photos.
Contact Us for a Consultation
If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation with breast implants, please contact Regional Plastic Surgery Center today to schedule a one-on-one consultation. In addition to explaining your breast enlargement options, our plastic surgeons can also help you determine whether you are a liposuction or tummy tuck candidate. The talented plastic surgeons of Regional Plastic Surgery Center are also regarded as foremost breast reduction and breast lift experts.