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As teenagers, most girls cannot wait until their breasts come in. Unfortunately, some women’s breasts never develop to the extent they want, and even if they do, the breasts are likely to change after pregnancy or weight loss. This lack of development or shift in appearance can affect a woman’s self-image and confidence, leaving her wanting more.
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure designed to increase the size and improve the shape of the breasts. Whether you were born with small breasts or have lost volume from aging, breastfeeding, or weight loss, breast augmentation can give you the larger, more shapely look you desire.
Who Can Benefit From Breast Augmentation?
- Women with naturally small breasts
- Women who lost breast volume from pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss
- Women with asymmetrical breasts
- Women hoping for wider availability of clothing options
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What Can Be Achieved With Breast Augmentation?
Many women want to increase the size and shape of their breasts, but they still want to look natural. By customizing your implants and your surgical techniques, breast augmentation allows you to increase the fullness of your bust while maintaining natural-looking breasts. Women desiring a bust that appears natural often choose silicone implants that are placed beneath the pectoral muscle since the muscle provides extra tissue coverage to camouflage the implant.
Rounder, Fuller Breasts
While some women want to maintain a natural look, other women desire more noticeable cleavage and curves. Just as implants can be customized to look natural, they can also be customized to provide voluptuous volume and shape. Women hoping for significant fullness should choose round saline-filled implants. These add more volume to the upper pole of the breast for a rounder appearance and more prominent cleavage.
More Symmetrical Breasts
Most women have some degree of breast asymmetry, but this asymmetry is usually not noticeable to the naked eye. For women whose asymmetry is readily noticeable, breast augmentation can correct this by enlarging one or both breasts. Different-sized silicone implants will allow the breasts to even out in appearance and provide balance, or, if you choose saline implants, the surgeon can adjust the volume of each implant during surgery.
A Wider Availability of Clothing
Standard clothing sizes are tailored to what is considered to the standard body shape. This includes space for cleavage that not every woman naturally has. Breast augmentation allows flat-chested women and women with smaller or deflated breasts the chance to create well-balanced proportions between their breasts and bodies. This balance increases the availability of clothing, restores confidence, and improves self-image.
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Breast Augmentation Surgery Options
What Types of Breast Implants Are Available?
Your breast implants are customized to you based on your aesthetic desires and body frame.
- Saline: A sterile saline solution fills a silicone shell.
- Silicone: Silicone gel fills a silicone shell.
- Round: The implant is spherical in shape and smooth in texture
- Anatomical (teardrop): The implant is thinner at the top and thicker on the bottom—mimicking a natural breast. This implant has a textured surface to ensure that it does rotate in the breast pocket.
What Is the Best Incision for Breast Augmentation?
Implants are inserted through one of the following incision methods. The best one for you will depend on your goals and implant type.
- Periareolar incision: The most popular choice, this incision circles the areola and is difficult to detect because it coincides with the line of pigment change.
- Inframammary incision: This incision runs along the natural crease below the breast where the breast meets the top of the ribcage.
Implant Placement Over the Muscle vs. Under the Muscle
Implants are inserted either above or below the chest muscle.
- Subglandular implant placement:
- A breast implant pocket is created between the breast tissue and the pectoral muscle.
- This placement just below the glandular tissue is appropriate for women who have sufficient natural breast tissue to cover the implant, and it is the preferred placement for professional bodybuilders and weight lifters since the implants aren’t compressed when the chest muscle is flexed.
- However, subglandular placement may be prone to visible rippling in patients with thin natural tissue.
- Submuscular implant placement:
- The breast implant pocket is created beneath the breast tissue and the pectoral muscle.
- This placement is ideal for women who have a small amount of natural breast tissue.
- Submuscular placement is often believed to provide a more natural look and feel to the breast.
Should I Combine a Breast Lift With My Breast Augmentation?
Breast lift surgery can be performed in combination with breast augmentation for women with excess skin, sagging tissues, or nipples that point downward. This is more common in women who choose breast augmentation following pregnancy or weight loss.
Breast lift surgery elevates the breasts by tightening and securing glandular tissue, removing excess skin, and repositioning the nipple-areola complexes.
Other Concerns About Breast Augmentation
How Long Does Recovery From Breast Augmentation Take?
While you can return home shortly after your breast augmentation, you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you.
Your breasts will be wrapped in a compression garment/surgical bra. This dressing should be worn around the clock to reduce swelling, promote blood circulation, and ensure that the implants settle in the breast correctly.
Most women can resume work after three days as long as they avoid heavy lifting and are off of narcotic pain medication. Women should avoid strenuous exercise for at least four to six weeks.
How Much Pain Can I Expect After Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia to prevent pain, but some discomfort will develop in the hours and days following the procedure due to the bruising and swelling. Prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication, pain pumps, and cold compresses can help to alleviate any discomfort. Many women feel a stretching sensation that feels like sore muscles. You can limit your pain and soreness by avoiding lifting, pulling, and pushing heavy objects for the first few weeks.
Where Will My Breast Augmentation Scars Be?
As with any surgery, scars will occur from breast augmentation, but they will be located in inconspicuous places, can be covered with bras and bathing suits, and will fade over time. You can help reduce the visibility of these scars with topical creams and silicone strips.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
The cost of your breast augmentation varies significantly depending on the techniques you choose as well as your surgeon’s geographical location and the inclusion of other fees (e.g., anesthesia, operating room, and follow-up visits). Our pricing at PREMIERE Center of Cosmetic Surgery is all-inclusive; there are no hidden fees. At your initial consultation, we will discuss the total cost of your procedure and the options available for financing.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost surgeon’s fee for breast augmentation is $3,824.
Frequently Asked Questions
Women considering breast augmentation are unhappy with the aesthetic appearance of their breasts, whether that is due to naturally small breasts or breasts that have altered with pregnancy or weight loss. These women want to increase their breast size, correct their asymmetry, or restore their breast volume and shape. Candidates should be in good health, have realistic expectations about their augmentation, and not smoke.
You will be asked to stop smoking and stop taking any blood-thinning medications or herbal supplements, including aspirin and NSAIDs, to reduce your risk of complications. Before your breast augmentation, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours to help with household chores and day-to-day activities. You will want to fill any prescriptions, prepare meals, and have a recovery space ready ahead of time.
Silicone implants are the most popular choice when it comes to breast implants. Silicone implants are thought to look and feel more natural than saline implants, and silicone implants have a lower rupture rate. Silicone implants are FDA approved for women over the age of 22.
While the majority of women choose silicone-gel implants, both silicone and saline are safe and produce similar results. Saline implants require a smaller incision than silicone because the surgeon fills the saline implants after they are inserted into the breast. These implants are traditionally considered to create a more augmented appearance. Saline implants are FDA approved for women over the age of 18.
Gummy bear implants are the most form-stable implants available on the market. These implants are made of a highly cohesive silicone-gel substance that makes them reminiscent of gummy bears. Unlike previous versions of silicone-gel implants, gummy bear implants do not leak if they are cut or punctured. These implants are available in round and anatomical shapes and have a lower risk of wrinkling or folding due to their thickness. And although gummy bear implants are thicker than previous versions, they look and feel very natural.
Breast augmentation is very safe when performed under the watch of skilled surgeons like our staff at PREMIERE Center. Unfortunately, the risk of local complications is still present. These potential complications include:
- Harmful interactions with the anesthesia
- Blood clots
- Prolonged wound healing
The ability to breastfeed varies between women even without breast implants. That being said, most women can still breastfeed after undergoing breast augmentation because the connections between the milk ducts and the nipples are not usually damaged.
There is no evidence of any link between breast implants and breast cancer. Women with breast implants should still perform monthly breast self-examinations and undergo their scheduled mammograms and MRIs.
Your implants will be long lasting, and their aesthetic appearance is not expected to change drastically over time. Breast implants are not considered permanent, however, and may need to be replaced due to age or complications.
Implant complications can arise at any time. The most common of these complications are capsular contracture, implant rupture, and implant displacement.
- Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue capsule around the implant tightens and squeezes the implant.
- Implant rupture is when the shell of the implant weakens and allows the inner contents to escape into the breast pocket.
- Implant displacement is when the implant moves out of the breast pocket, which often distorts the breast appearance.
These implant complications require the removal of the implant with or without replacement. Should you experience any physical pain or aesthetic distortion with your implant, make an appointment with PREMIERE Center right away.