What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a procedure that involves using breast implants or fat Transfer to increase the size of your breasts, to restore breast volume.
Breast augmentation with Dr. Shah involves many decisions, beyond just the decision to move forward with the procedure. Decisions such as implant type, implant size, projection, even the incision location all need to be made. The choices may seem daunting, but Dr. Shah will walk you through each of them so that you’re satisfied with your choices.
Ideal Candidate for Breast Augmentation
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. Dr. Shah can meet with you to discuss your goals for your surgery as well as discussing how breast augmentation in Las Vegas and Henderson can enhance your breast size and correct the common problem of volume reduction which occurs after pregnancy.
Types of Breast Implants
There are two types of implants offered at Signature Plastic Surgery:
- Silicone Gel Implants
- "Gummy Bear" Implants
- Saline Implants
Silicone Gel Implants
Silicone implants are named for the medical-grade silicone that fills the implant shell (which is also made of silicone). The silicone implant due to the gel it feels more like natural breast tissue.
Silicone Gel Implants Before and After Photos
Gummy Bear Implants
The is the newest on silicone implants are called highly cohesive, and have been given the name “Gummy Bear” or "Tear Drop" implants due to their consistency. The consistency of the gel inside the implant is thicker than traditional silicone gel implants. These implants are also firmer than traditional implants.
Saline implants use the same silicone shell, but it is 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. It also allows Dr. Shah to adjust the implant size once actually in place.
Saline Implants Before and After Photos
Silicone vs. Saline Implants
If a saline implant ruptures, the body simply absorbs the salt water. But, if a silicone implant ruptures, it rapidly deflates completely, leaving the patient with one implanted breast and one breast that is the former size. Also, the ruptured shell will still need to be removed and replaced.
Choosing The Right Breast Implant Shape and Size
The decision of breast implant size is up to the patient. This is measured in cubic centimeters (cc’s). Your available shapes are 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 Breast Augmentation Incisions
When it comes to your incisions, you will decide two things: where the incisions will be and if the implants will be placed atop or below the pectoral muscle. Again, this comes down to personal preference, but the thinking is that implants placed under the pectoral muscle look more natural. Plus, they are far less likely to show rippling (with saline).
- Inframammary incision: this will allow an incision along the lower part of the breast.
- Transaxillary incision: this incision is through the axilla.
- Periareolar incision: this is the incision around the areola of the breast.
Of the three incision locations, there will be scarring except with the transaxillary method, where the implants are placed behind the pectoral muscle through vertical incisions in the armpits.
Breast Implant Placement
After making incision Dr. Shah can place the select implant either subglandular under the breast tissue for someone with good size breast tissue or submuscular where the implant would be placed under the muscle. If you have no or minimal breast tissue this would be ideal. After placing the implant, the skin will be sutured and that will be less visible with time. Next, Dr. Shah will help you in determining the best location for your incisions.
How Long Do Breast Implants Last?
The lifespan of your breast implants is quite variable. Most women expect to have to replace their implants every 10 years or so, although they can last longer. Implant durability is increasing, however. Still, you should not expect that you will have only one set of implants during your life.
Breast Augmentation Before and After Gallery
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Recovery from breast augmentation surgery is not difficult. 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. Upper body exercise can be resumed in six weeks.
Can I Combine a Breast Lift With Breast Augmentation?
Because breast lifts return the breasts to a higher position on the chest, and since volume has usually been lost due to breastfeeding, many women opt to include augmentation along with their breast lift. Otherwise, some women feel as if they lose half a cup size with a breast lift alone.
What To Expect During Your Consultation
During consultation depending on your breast tissue and desire for the size, Dr. Shah can help you decide options that are best for you.
We understand that every patient’s goals for plastic surgery is different and that is why we offer a wide range of different services and in depth consultations so that all of your goals will be met. With his experience, skill, and careful surgical artistry, Dr.Shah will help the look you have been wanting for. He offers his patient the opportunity to have complete peace of mind and satisfaction in their new appearance after their breast augmentation has been completed.