Breast Augmentation is an outpatient procedure that is preformed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, a small incision is placed either underneath the breast just above the crease, around the lower edge of the areola or within the armpit. A saline or gel implant is placed either behind the breast tissue or under the muscle depending on the size and contour desired. Dr. Smith will work with you to determine which size, shape and type of implant is ideal for your body.
The procedure may take from 1-2 hours. You can be up and about within a day, but strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided for approximately 4-6 weeks. After the procedure, a soft, conforming bra may be worn for about 1-2 weeks to control swelling and maintain the position of the implants. Normal activities are gradually resumed during the same time frame.
Is Breast Augmentation Right For Me?
Dr. Smith can help you visualize your augmentation results, but only you can decide if the procedure is right for you. Women choose to have breast enlargement for a variety of reasons.
Enlarge breasts which never developed to a desirable size after puberty
Enhance breasts which lost volume and shape after weight loss and pregnancy
Create symmetry for breasts which developed unequally
Improve the shape of breasts which have a tubular shape or other shape abnormalities
Enlarge what some would consider “perfectly normal” breasts to a more desirable size
Who is the best candidate for Breast Augmentation?
In many cases, women wishing to undergo breast augmentation consider their current breast size unbalanced, too small or disproportionate to their body. Women who have lost a significant amount of weight or who have had children are also good candidates. Younger candidates must be fully developed before proceeding with this procedure.
What are the risks of having Breast Augmentation?
Any surgical procedure comes with inherent risk, such as the effects of anesthesia, infection, bleeding and swelling. These and other complications rarely occur and can usually be avoided. Thousands of women undergo breast augmentation successfully every year and are very satisfied with the outcome. Dr. Smith will discuss the risks with you thoroughly during your consultation.
How long is the recovery period?
The length of time it takes to recuperate after breast augmentation varies depending on the procedure preformed and the patient. Most patients will require assistance for the first day or two, then most are able to care for themselves, but may still need assistance if they have small children. Breast augmentation patients can usually get around independently by the second day following surgery. Many return to work within 5-7 days.
How do I choose the right surgeon for me?
Finding a qualified, board certified surgeon for your breast augmentation is extremely important and highly recommended to ensure the overall safety and satisfaction of the breast augmentation surgery. Every surgical procedure, including cosmetic surgery, carries risks and uncertainties. Dr. Smith is a qualified, board certified surgeon and he has the necessary education and experience to care for your specific needs.