Breast augmentation, or breast enlargement, is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the breasts by increasing breast size and correcting breast deformities using saline or silicone gel breast implants.
Although breast augmentation is the procedure of choice for 1) enlarging breast size or 2) restoring breast volume, many women exhibit significant sagging of the breasts, which can only be corrected with a breast lift.
Is breast augmentation right for you?
Many women seek breast augmentation surgery because they simply desire bigger breasts and a fuller bustline, however breast augmentation can also create more balanced body proportions, enhance cleavage and correct breast asymmetry and tubular breasts.
During consultation, Dr. Weston will evaluate your health and medical history and talk with you about your goals for breast augmentation.
Depending on a number of factors, including your skin quality, breast tissue characteristics and chest measurements, Dr. Weston will help you choose the breast implant size that’s right for you. You will also be able to try on breast implant sizers (air-filled implants) to get an idea of how different implant sizes will look after surgery.
Additionally, Dr. Weston will help you make decisions about the type of breast implants you choose, including:
- Implant material – silicone or saline
- Implant projection – high, moderate plus or moderate profile
- Implant placement – submuscular (under the pectoral muscles) or subglandular (over the pectoral muscles)
- Incision location – inframammary (under the breast fold), periareolar (along the border of the areola) or transaxillary (along the armpit)
What to expect during breast implant surgery
Once you and Dr. Weston have discussed all of your breast augmentation options, you will be placed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation.
Dr. Weston will make inconspicuous incisions then create pockets over or under your pectoral muscles to hold your breast implants. After your breast implants have been inserted, layered sutures are used to close incisions in the breast tissue, and sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape is used to close the skin.
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Remember that each patient's anatomy and goals for breast augmentation will vary, so results will vary as well.
Breast augmentation recovery
Breast implants with submuscular placement typically cause more downtime and discomfort immediately following surgery (about two to four days) as compared to breast implants with subglandular placement, which require about 24-48 hours of downtime after surgery. Breast implants placed under the muscle may also prohibit patients from heavy lifting (over 25 lbs.) for up to four weeks after surgery.
Moving around and returning to normal activities as soon as possible after surgery will help speed breast implants recovery and reduce soreness, however you will probably need help with household tasks and childcare the first few days after breast augmentation surgery.
You should be able to return to work within one week of surgery, return to normal daily activities and light exercise within two weeks, and resume vigorous activity within four to six weeks post-op. Bruising and most swelling should also be resolved within six weeks.
It takes about three months to complete the breast augmentation recovery period and judge your final results. If breast revision surgery is needed, it is usually performed no sooner than three to six months after the initial breast augmentation surgery.
Scars from breast augmentation will continue to mature and fade for as long as a year. To reduce the appearance of scarring after any surgical procedure, protect scars from the sun while they are pink and still healing.