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Breast augmentation is a popular choice among women who feel that their breasts are naturally too small or for women who have lost volume in their breasts due to a recent physiological change (pregnancy or weight loss). A customized set of implants can help you achieve the physique you’ve always wanted.
What Are Your Needs?
Most women consider breast augmentation because their breasts are too small in proportion to their body. Implant size can be chosen to provide either the subtle or dramatic size increase you are looking for.
Poorly shaped or undefined breasts can make you feel self-conscious about the profile of your body. The implants chosen to enhance your body type can create the slope, cleavage, and overall shape your bustline needs.
Asymmetry of the breasts is often characterized by one breast being larger than the other. In other cases, one breast may sit lower than the other. Unbalanced breasts can be corrected by tailoring your implant options.
Designing Your Breast Augmentation
- Implant material plays an important role in creating the look and feel of your breasts. You will work with your surgeon to determine the best type of implant for your needs.
- Saline – FDA approved for women over 18. The size of saline implants can be adjusted, as they are filled during the placement process.
- Silicone – FDA approved for women over 22. Silicone implants are commonly preferred because they better simulate the look and feel of natural breast tissue.
- Other factors – Your surgeon will work with you to choose other specific aspects of your breast implants, such as shape, texture, profile, and size. These aspects will be tailored to your body type and will be discussed during your consultation.
- Incision placement impacts the visibility of scarring and the type of implant that can be placed. Some incision locations may limit the size of the implant that can be placed.
- Periareolar – Incisions are created around the outer border of the areola.
- Inframammary – Incisions are placed along the natural lower breast crease.
- Transaxillary – Incisions are located within the armpit.
- Influencing factors – The ideal incision for your surgery will depend on the implant type, size, and placement chosen for your surgery. These options will be discussed during your consultation.
- Implant placement depends on the implant material and your aesthetic goals. The location of where your implants are placed can have an impact on the length of your recovery and the final positioning of your breasts.
- Subglandular – Implants are placed over the muscle but under the breast tissue.
- Subpectoral – Implants are placed under both the muscle and the breast tissue.
- Ideal positioning – The best placement for your implants is decided on an individual basis. Factors to consider when choosing implant placement include the slope of your breasts, the tissue thickness, and your level of daily physical activity.
Combining Implants With Breast Lift
- Breast lift surgery is commonly combined with implants to treat minor to severe laxity that may be present at the time of surgery. Sagging breast tissue is often seen in patients who:
- Have had children
- Have undergone significant weight loss
- Have begun to develop age-related droop
- Combination benefits – Undergoing a breast lift with your augmentation provides additional support to the implants and helps to prevent malposition complications in the future.
For most women, recovery from breast augmentation surgery takes two to four weeks. Bruising and swelling will persist for several days, but this will subside over time. You will need to limit your physical activities, especially those of the upper body, during your recovery. Dr. Grazer will clear you to resume your regular exercise routine when you are ready. Most patients find that their breasts settle into their final position after eight to 12 weeks, and final results are usually seen at six months.
The extent and visibility of your scarring will vary depending on the location of your incision. Dr. Grazer’s suturing techniques help to minimize scar formation. However, genetics can play a role in scar development. In any event, scarring is likely to fade over time.
The cost of a breast augmentation reflects the techniques used and the type of implants chosen for surgery. Anesthesia fees, surgical fees, and facility fees also impact the final price of your surgery. Dr. Grazer will provide you with a detailed quote following your consultation.
Faq's About Breast Augmentation
Q. What type of anesthesia is used during breast augmentation surgery?
Dr. Grazer typically uses IV sedation during surgery to ensure the patient’s safety and comfort. You will feel better and recover more quickly with IV sedation than if you had general anesthesia.
Q. Will implants affect my ability to breastfeed?
Certain placement techniques and implant sizes have been known to impact a woman’s ability to nurse. Please express your concerns with Dr. Grazer during your consultation.
Q. Will I lose breast sensitivity following surgery?
While numbness and sensitivity loss occur initially following surgery, most women regain sensation over time.
Q. Will I have to replace my implants in 10 years?
If your implants are in good condition and you are still satisfied with your breast appearance, there is no need to replace your implants at 10 years.