Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery, a plastic surgery procedure to enhance or augment your breast size using breast implants is becoming a popular procedure among women. Breast implants are available using saline or silicone gel and available for females at least 18 years of age. Plastic surgeons are able to increase a woman’s bust line by one or more bra cup sizes.

Breast enlargement surgery is becoming a popular option among women of all ages due to the advances in surgical technique and technology in improving physical appearance. The choice to have bigger breasts may result in a better proportioned figure and may increase your self-confidence and self-esteem.


Breast Augmentation Questions

Daily decisions are made that affect and influence the way you live. Some decisions depend on the moment, like the clothes, hairstyle or fragrance you’ll wear today. Other personal decisions are deeply significant, because they have an effect how you feel about yourself as a woman, and how other individuals perceive you. Breast augmentation surgery offers a unique option to scientifically “customize” the shape and form of the bust instead of just bra size. You may want to put on an outfit which reveals more cleavage, alter your wardrobe style, or merely produce the correct or appropriate balance between your bust and hips.

Who is the Best Candidate for implants?

Breast enhancement is a form of plastic surgery for women who wish to increase the size of their chest. In many circumstances the woman wishing to go through augmentation surgery feels her current size or measurement is too small or disproportionate to her specific body type. Enlargement surgery is regarded as an aesthetic surgical procedure ( elective ) that typically occurs with females who have not been happy with her final breast development size reached after puberty. In some situations poor symmetry is also a reason for undergoing enhancement surgery. Women who have lost a considerable amount of weight or have had pregnancies may feel their size has shrunken and they would like to restore their size and shape through breast augmentation surgery. In some cases a lift may be recommended by your plastic surgeon along with implant surgery. Continue reading about candidates for enlargement surgery.

How is a Breast Augmentation Surgery Performed?

Breast augmentation is an outpatient plastic surgery procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. Saline filled implants allow for a smaller incision compared to silicone gel implants. The incision is often less than just one inch. There are several possible incision sites: underneath the breast, lower edge of the areola, in the armpit and also via the belly button. After the incisions are made your plastic surgeon creates a pocket, either on top of the pectoral muscle or beneath, and inserts the implant.

What is the Cost of Breast Augmentation

Determing the cost of enhancement surgery.
1. Location – Outpatient plastic surgery center vs plastic surgeon’s operating suite.
2. Fees – Plastic surgeon fees and an additional fee for the anesthesiologist.
3. Implant – Saline vs Silicone

What Is The Recovery From Plastic Surgery Like?

Each patient will tolerate pain post-operatively in a different way, and we consider this. While some patients may describe the pain as an ache, others experience greater discomfort. Appropriate pain medications are prescribed for the post-operative patients, and these help minimize discomfort. Operations that require elevation or tightening of the muscles-such as a breast augmentation have discomfort equal to that of a C-section.

How Long Is The Recuperative Period And When Can I Return To Work?

The length of time it takes to recuperate after plastic surgery varies depending on the procedure performed and the person operated on. Most patients will require assistance for the first two days. Then most patients are able to care for themselves, but may still need assistance if they have small children to care for. The specific lengths of disability are outlined below by procedure. Breast augmentation patients can usually get around independently by the second day. May return to work at 5-7 days if not required to lift more than 15 pounds. These are approximations, and do not include return to exercise.

When Can I Resume Regular Exercise?

The time a patient resumes regular exercises varies based on the operation performed. All patients are encouraged to start a slow walking routine on the second postoperative day. Regular aerobic and more vigorous activities are not allowed during the first 2 weeks in order to decrease the risks of bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Weight lifting and contact sports are allowed at 1 month in most cases.

How will Breast Augmentation affect my ability to breast feed?

The ability to successfully breast feed varies for all women with or without breast implants. However, you may be at higher risk of unsuccessful breast feeding following breast implantation. In particular, a perioreolar incision site may significantly reduce the ability to successfully breast feed.

What age do you have to be to have a Breast Augmentation?

A woman must be at least 18 years of age to have a Breast Augmentation.

Other Factors To Consider In a Breast Augmentation Procedure

When choosing an experienced plastic surgeon who is experienced with breast augmentation, you should know the answers to the following questions:

  1. How many breast augmentation procedures does he/she perform per year?
  2. How many years has he/she performed breast augmentation procedures?
  3. Is he/she board certified, and if so, with which board?
  4. In which states is he/she licensed to practice surgery? Note that some states provide information on disciplinary action and malpractice claims/settlements to prospective patients either by request or on the world wide web.
  5. What is the most common breast augmentation complication he/she encounters with breast enlargement?
  6. What is his/her reoperation rate with breast implant surgery and what is the most common type of reoperation he/she performs?

Familiarize yourself with the following options in breast augmentation surgery
and be prepared to discuss with your plastic surgeon the following issues.

If you have questions about having breast augmentation this site will give you a basic understanding of the cosmetic plastic surgery procedure–who it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. Please consult your plastic surgeon about the use of saline breast implants or silicone breast implants for enlargement surgery.


How Can I Find A Plastic Surgeon?

Finding a qualified, board certified plastic surgeon for your procedure is extremely important and highly recommended to ensure the overall safety and satisfaction of the enhancement surgery. Every surgical procedure, including cosmetic surgery, carries risks and uncertainties that a board certified plastic surgeon has proven knowledge and experienced in managing with the highest level of care.

List of Plastic Surgeons

Robert Peterson, MD – Honolulu Hawaii
John T Nguyen MD FACS FICS – Sugar Land Texas
Michael Law MD – Raleigh NC
Marcel Daniels MD – Long Beach, CA

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