When a woman undergoes breast augmentation, it is for the purpose of changing the look and feel of her breasts, as well as increasing the breasts’ size. Some women undergo this procedure for medical reasons, such as breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. Other women choose to have this done for aesthetic reasons: they may perceive their breasts as underdeveloped, two different sizes, or changed significantly after childbearing or weight loss.
Your first step is to talk to your surgeon about the best course of action for your unique situation. Your surgeon will ask you about your medical history and upcoming life events, such as a major weight loss or becoming pregnant.
Breast augmentation is performed using a prosthetic breast that is filled with either saline or silicone. Saline is sterile salt water. These implants can be filled up to a pre-determined size and can be modified on the day of the surgery to adjust size. Silicone implants are filled with an elastic gel and are pre-filled to a set size. The latest form of silicone implant is called a “gummy bear” implant, because when cut in half the implant retains its shape and is stable, much like the candy gummy bears do. These implants keep their anatomic shape and tend to look more natural than the traditional round implants.
The implant can be inserted in several different locations, depending on where the incision is placed. The most common area is in the crease under the breast. However, some women also choose an incision around the areola and nipple area or even under the armpit via a small incision. The implant is then placed in one of two locations: between the breast tissue and the pectoral muscle, or between the pectoral muscle and the chest wall.
On the day of the procedure, you will be given a local anesthesia for your comfort. Depending on the implant type, incision location, and placement location, the procedure will not last more than three hours. After the surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze and will need to be handled carefully during the healing process, since they will be tender and may have some bruising in the days following. It is generally several days before you can resume normal activity.
For more information about a breast augmentation, call our office at (702) 671-5110 or schedule your appointment online today.