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Breast augmentation, a popular cosmetic procedure, enhances the size and shape of the breasts. It is designed for individuals seeking to improve their breast appearance, whether due to personal preferences, reconstructive purposes, or natural changes. Dr. Z, our board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in performing this transformative surgery.

Enhance The Volume
& Shape Of Your Breasts

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure aimed at enhancing the volume and shape of the breasts. It involves the placement of implants or fat grafting to achieve the desired results. This procedure can address concerns such as small breast size, asymmetry, or loss of volume due to pregnancy or weight loss. By customizing the implant size, shape, and material, patients can achieve a more proportionate and balanced figure, boosting their confidence and self-image.

Breast Augmentation Corrects:

  • Small breast size
  • Asymmetry
  • Loss of volume due to pregnancy or weight loss
  • Lack of sufficient breast projection

Your Breast Implant Options

Saline Implants

Saline implants are filled with a sterile saline solution. They offer several advantages, including adjustable volume during surgery, a lower cost compared to other options, and a smaller incision size. In the event of implant rupture, the body safely absorbs saline. However, they may feel less natural and have a higher risk of rippling than silicone implants. Dr. Z can provide detailed information and guidance to help you make an informed choice.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel. They offer a more natural look and feel, reduced risk of rippling, and a variety of shapes and sizes to choose from. Silicone implants are generally preferred for their aesthetic outcomes. However, they require a slightly larger incision for placement, and in case of rupture, the gel may not be absorbed by the body. As such, individuals with silicone implants must get annual MRIs to ensure no leakage.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation:

  • Enhanced breast size and shape
  • Improved self-confidence and body image
  • Restored breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss
  • Increased clothing options and ability to fill out clothing
  • Reconstructed breasts after mastectomy or breast trauma
  • Customized implant options for personalized results

Other Considerations for Breast Augmentation

Implant Size & Shape

Choosing the right implant size and shape is crucial for achieving desired results in breast augmentation. Implant size is determined by factors like body proportions, existing breast tissue, and individual goals. You can select from various sizes to achieve the desired volume and proportion. Additionally, the shape of the implant, such as round or teardrop, can affect the final appearance. Dr. Z will guide you in making informed decisions.

Incision Locations:

  • Inframammary: The incision is made in the crease beneath the breast, providing direct access for implant placement. It offers flexibility for implant sizes and shapes while the resulting scar is concealed within the natural breast fold.
  • Periareolar: The incision is made around the lower edge of the areola, where the darker skin meets the lighter breast skin. This incision allows for precise implant positioning and can help camouflage the scar along the areolar border.
  • Transaxillary: The incision is made within the armpit, enabling the placement of implants without visible scarring on the breasts. This technique utilizes endoscopic assistance for accurate implant positioning, and it’s generally suitable for saline implants.Dr. Z will discuss these options in detail, considering patient preferences and individual anatomy, to determine the most suitable incision location for each case.
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Placement Options:

  • Subglandular: The implants are placed above the pectoral muscle and beneath the breast tissue. This placement can provide a shorter recovery period, less discomfort, and potentially more projection of the breasts. However, it may be more visible in patients with thin breast tissue and can have a higher risk of capsular contracture.
  • Submuscular: The implants are positioned beneath the pectoral muscle. This placement offers increased tissue coverage, a more natural appearance, and a lower risk of capsular contracture. It may be recommended for patients with thin breast tissue or those desiring a more subtle breast augmentation. However, the recovery period can be slightly longer, and there may be temporary muscle movement limitations.

Dr. Z will evaluate factors such as existing breast tissue, body type, and desired outcomes to determine the optimal placement option for each patient during the consultation process.

The Details Of Your Breast Augmentation Procedure

Pre-Operative Guidelines:

  • Attend a thorough consultation with Dr. Z to discuss your goals and expectations.
  • Complete any necessary medical evaluations and tests.
  • Follow pre-operative instructions regarding medication, smoking, and alcohol consumption.
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you to and from the surgical facility.
  • Follow the fasting guidelines provided by Dr. Z before the procedure.
  • Avoid applying any creams, lotions, or makeup on the day of surgery.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and avoid wearing jewelry on the day of surgery.

The Surgical Steps:

  • You will be administered anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
  • Dr. Z will make the selected incisions, either inframammary, periareolar, or transaxillary.
  • The implants, whether saline or silicone, will be inserted into the predetermined pockets.
  • Dr. Z will position the implants to achieve the desired shape and symmetry.
  • Once the implants are in place, the incisions will be closed using sutures or surgical adhesive.
  • Dr. Z may apply dressings or surgical bras to support and protect your breasts.
  • You will be monitored in the recovery area before being released to the care of your designated companion.

Aftercare Guidelines:

  • Take prescribed medications as directed by Dr. Z to manage pain and prevent infection.
  • Follow the post-operative care instructions provided by Dr. Z for incision care and hygiene.
  • Wear a surgical bra or compression garment to support your breasts and aid in healing.
  • Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and exercise during the initial recovery period.
  • Attend follow-up appointments with Dr. Z to monitor your healing progress.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and proper hydration.
  • Contact Dr. Z if you experience excessive pain, unusual swelling, or any signs of infection.
  • Be patient with your recovery process; it may take several weeks to see the final results.

Carefully Concealed Incisions

Dr. Z is skilled in placing incisions for breast augmentation in discreet locations, such as the inframammary fold, periareolar border, or transaxillary area. These strategic incision sites are chosen to minimize visible scarring and provide optimal aesthetic results. With Dr. Z’s expertise, the incisions are carefully closed and designed to blend seamlessly with the natural contours of your breasts, ensuring a pleasing and natural-looking outcome.

The Recovery Process After Breast Augmentation

After your breast augmentation surgery, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Dr. Z will provide specific guidelines for managing pain and promoting healing. It’s crucial to rest, avoid strenuous activities, and follow post-operative care instructions diligently. Over time, swelling will subside, and your breasts will settle into their final position. It’s important to have realistic expectations and allow yourself time to heal fully for optimal results. Regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Z will ensure a smooth recovery process.

Before & Afters

Contact Dr. Z

Dr. Z is a board-certified plastic surgeon by the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive microsurgery. With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Z is dedicated to delivering natural-looking results that enhance your features. If you’re considering breast augmentation or have any questions, schedule a consultation with Dr. Z. Benefit from Dr. Z’s expertise and personalized approach to help you make informed decisions about breast augmentation.

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