What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a procedure that involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts or restore breast volume. Breast augmentation involves many decisions, beyond just the decision to move forward with the procedure. These decisions include implant type, implant size, projection, even the incision location.
The choices may seem daunting, but Dr. Shah, of Signature Plastic Surgery, will walk you through each of them during your consultation so that you’re satisfied with your choices. He offers his patient the opportunity to have complete peace of mind and satisfaction in their new appearance.
Breast Augmentation Candidates
Many women seek an enhanced appearance through breast augmentation. They may be unhappy with the size, shape, or overall appearance and they are seeking solutions that will allow them to feel a sense of satisfaction. Although plastic surgery can offer immediate solutions, it is important to have a healthy self-image and realistic expectations for your procedure.
Gummy Bear Implants
There are three types of implants Signature Plastic Surgery offers. The first is gummy bear implants. These are the newest silicone implants and go by the name “Gummy Bear” or “Tear Drop” implants due to their consistency. The consistency of the gel inside the implant makes it thicker and firmer than traditional silicone gel implants.
Silicone Gel Implants
The second implant option we offer is silicone implants. Silicone implants are named for the medical-grade silicone that fills the implant shell. Additionally, the implant shell is made of silicone. Due to the gel, the silicone implants feel more like natural breast tissue.
Lastly, we offer saline implants. Saline implants use the same silicone shell as the silicone gel implants, but they are filled with sterile salt water. Unlike silicone implants, which are pre-filled at the factory, saline implants are filled once in place in the breast pocket. Because of this, saline implants require smaller incisions to place and allow Dr. Shah to adjust the implant size once in place.
Silicone vs. Saline Implants
The main difference between these two implants is the consequence of an implant breaking. If a saline implant ruptures, the body simply absorbs the salt water. But, if a silicone implant ruptures, it rapidly deflates completely. This results in the patient having one breast intact implant and one breast that is the former size. The ruptured shell will need to be removed and replaced.
Choosing Your Breast Implant
The decision of breast implant size is up to the patient. This is measured in cubic centimeters or cc’s. Patients can choose their preferred shape, round or teardrop. Teardrop shapes are thought to better reflect natural breast shape and they are less likely to rotate once in place. You will also decide on the projection of your implants. This is generally how much of the implant shows itself higher on the chest.
Types of Augmentation Incisions
When it comes to your incisions, patients can decide where the incisions will be and if the implants will be atop or below the pectoral muscle. This comes down to personal preference, but it is commonly thought that implants placed under the pectoral muscle look more natural and far less likely to show rippling when choosing saline implants.
- Inframammary incisions are along the lower part of the breast.
- The transaxillary incision is placed through the axilla and has no associated scaring
- A Periareolar incision is around the areola of the breast.
Breast Augmentation Before & After Gallery
The Breast Augmentation Consultation
During your consultation, depending on your breast tissue and desire for the size, Dr. Shah can help you decide options that are best for you. You will discuss your surgical goals, implant type, incision placement, and any concerns you have. We understand that every patient’s goals for plastic surgery are different which is why we offer a wide range of different services and an in-depth consultation. With his experience, skill, and careful surgical artistry, Dr. Shah will help you achieve the look you have been waiting for.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
First, Dr. Shah will make incisions in the appropriate spots, depending on the chosen implants. After making incision Dr. Shah can place the implant either subglandular, under the breast tissue or submuscular, under the muscle. The placement will largely depend on the amount of existing breast tissue. After placing the implant, Dr. Shah will suture the skin and the scars will fade over time.
Breast Augmentation Patient Testimonial
“Everybody at the office is so helpful and extremely nice! I first became a client two years ago when I got breast augmentation. The experience was great, and they would call to check on me after surgery just to make sure I was doing OK. I have since referred multiple friends, and everybody has left extremely satisfied. My breasts look, and feel so real people cannot even tell. I highly recommend Signature Plastic Surgery! You will not be disappointed!” – Lexie L. March 2018
The Lifespan of your Breast Implants
The lifespan of your breast implants varies based on the patient and implant type. Most women expect to have to replace their implants every 10 years or so, although they can last longer. However, implant durability is increasing. Still, you should not expect that you will have only one set of implants during your life.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Recovery from breast augmentation surgery is minimal. There will be some pain and discomfort for two or three days, but it is totally manageable. You’ll be able to return to work in four or five days. Impact exercise will have to wait about one month, but you can get back to non-impact activities in just a week or so. Six weeks later, patients can resume upper body exercise.
Combining Cosmetic Procedures
Many women choose to include a breast lift with their breast augmentation procedure. Breast lifts return the breasts to a higher position on the chest. Since volume has usually been lost due to breastfeeding some women feel as if they lose half a cup size with a breast lift alone.