About the Procedure
Have you ever wanted to enhance your breast appearance but were unsure which option is best for you? Many women seeking improvements are able to select from a wide range of breast procedures to best suit their individual desires and needs. One of the most popular options offered at our Henderson office is a breast augmentation with breast implants. Dr. Shah has sat down with many women who are unhappy with their size, shape, or overall appearance and are seeking a solution. Once they come in for their initial consultation, women are joyous to start their journey for the breast appearance they’ve always desired. Although plastic surgery can offer immediate solutions, it is important to have a healthy self-image and realistic expectations for your procedure. Be sure to dial 702.805.2058 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shah and learn more about Breast Augmentation!
Breast Augmentation Patient at Signature Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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 incision location.
Who are the best candidates for breast augmentation?
The choices for a breast augmentation may seem daunting, but Dr. Shah of Signature Plastic Surgery & Dermatology will walk you through each of your options during your consultation. He offers his patients the opportunity to have complete peace of mind and satisfaction in the journey to their new appearance. During your consultation, depending on your breast tissue and desire for size, Dr. Shah can help you decide which type of implant is best for you.
How to choose your breast implant size?
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.
What kind of breast implants are there?
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, 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 are filled with sterile salt water. Unlike silicone implants, which are pre-filled at the factory, saline implants are filled once 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 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. 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.
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.
How Should I Prepare For Breast Augmentation?
Patients can do a few things to maximize their breast augmentation experience. These include:
- Get in good physical shape. Weight affects the size and shape of the breasts. The augmentation procedure is best done when you've maintained a stable weight and have not breastfed in the past 6 months.
- Get informed. Ask lots of questions before your surgery! The more informed you are, the more comfortable and confident you may feel during the planning and recovery stages of care.
- Adjust medications. Our office may provide you with a list of medications and supplements to avoid before your procedure. It is important to inform your doctor of any prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, or supplements you are taking.
- Stop smoking. The chemicals in cigarettes are detrimental and can increase the risks associated with surgery as well as recovery.
- Get emotionally prepared. As exciting as it is to get the body you've dreamed of, change can be difficult. Spend time connecting with the fact that you will look different and that your clothes will fit differently even if your enlargement is subtle.
- Set aside a few days to rest and relax. It is important to take the recovery process slow and not rush back to work or other activities.
What Kind Of Anesthesia Is Used For Breast Surgery?
Breast augmentation procedures are performed with general anesthesia. A board-certified anesthesiologist oversees the consistent delivery of anesthetic medication via an IV. Your vital signs are monitored the entire time you are under anesthesia and for a brief period in the recovery area. Because you will be groggy as you come out of anesthesia, you will need to have a loved one drive you home and stay with you for the rest of the day.
What Do Breast Augmentation Scars Look Like?
At first, breast augmentation scars may look red and slightly raised. Once the skin has closed, you may begin a scar treatment program. We can discuss this during your post-op visit. It can take a full year for surgical scars to fade to a more subtle appearance, and some scars continue to fade over many years. Breast surgery incisions are made in areas where resulting scars can be hidden with undergarments or a bathing suit.
What Are The Risks Of Breast Augmentation?
In general, breast augmentation is considered very safe. It is a relatively conservative procedure performed in the superficial plane of the body, away from vital organs. Risks associated with this procedure include infection, anesthesia risks, fluid or blood accumulation beneath the skin, capsular contracture around an implant, prolonged pain or numbness due to nerve disruption, and a poor cosmetic outcome. Patients are encouraged to take their time choosing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform their augmentation procedure.
Can You Breastfeed After Having A Breast Augmentation?
During breast augmentation surgery, implants are placed between your breast mound and the chest wall. This situation avoids interference with the mammary glands or breast ducts that make and deliver milk. While the augmentation procedure tends to leave vital structures intact, there is no guarantee that future milk supply will be sufficient to support breastfeeding. The vast majority of patients who have breast augmentation are able to breastfeed in the future.
How Soon After Giving Birth Can I Get A Breast Augmentation?
Surgeons typically prefer that patients wait at least three to six months after giving birth to have breast surgery. The breast change during pregnancy, and can continue to do so for several months afterward. This is especially true if you breastfeed. Waiting for your hormones, weight, and breast volume to stabilize after delivery reduces the chances of changes occurring after your augmentation procedure.
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.
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.
Combining A Breast Lift With Augmentation
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.
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
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 for 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.
What To Expect During Your Breast Augmentation Consultation
At the consultation, you will discuss the following with Dr. Shah:
- Your surgical goals
- Implant type
- Incision placement
Dr. Shah will sit with you in our Henderson office to discuss 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.