Well-proportioned breasts can create sensual curves that enhance your appearance. If your breasts are disproportionately small for your body, you may feel that your frame is unbalanced, and you may lack confidence in your appearance. Breast augmentation uses implants to increase the size and improve the shape of the breasts. Many women find that breast augmentation adds more feminine curves to their silhouettes.
Who Can Benefit?
When considering breast augmentation, you should first determine which of the following best describes your breast type.
Naturally Small Breasts
Augmentation candidates in this category are generally under 30 years of age and have not experienced any pregnancy-related or age-related changes in breast size or shape. The breasts have good tissue elasticity but lack the desired volume.
Women with post-pregnancy breasts have experienced volume loss after pregnancy and breast feeding. These women are usually between 25 and 40 years of age. They still have relatively good skin elasticity but have begun to experience slight drooping of the breast tissue.
Sagging, Deflated Breasts
This breast type refers to women who have mild to moderate breast sagging caused by the natural aging process, genetic tendencies, and/or weight fluctuations. These women are generally 40 years or older and lack breast volume and tissue elasticity. Women with sagging breasts would benefit from a combination breast augmentation/lift procedure.
What Do You Desire?
The fatty and connective breast tissues expand during pregnancy and while you breastfeed. When your breasts return to their pre-pregnancy size, they can often appear empty or stretched out. Implants can help fill out the breasts, restore lost firmness, and revive your pre-baby breasts.
It is common for women with small breasts to feel self-conscious about the shape as well as the size of their breasts. Some women with small breasts lack attractive breast definition or have an abnormal breast shape. Choosing between round and anatomical implants can help achieve a better, more distinct breast shape that flatters your body.
A Natural Change
For most women, having natural-appearing breasts is a top priority. A number of factors affect how realistically an implant can simulate breast tissue. For the most natural-feeling breasts possible, we offer anatomically shaped silicone gel implants. Placing the implant under the pectoral muscle also helps create a defined, natural breast shape and appearance.
Breast asymmetry is common among women and is marked by one breast being different than the other in size and/or shape. Utilizing breast implants of different sizes and/or shapes can improve the symmetry of the breasts.
If your breasts cause you to feel self-conscious or unattractive, breast augmentation can help. Many women feel that increasing the size of their breasts brings balance to their frames and allows them to feel more comfortable in their bodies. Gaining confidence can change your attitude and improve your overall quality of life.
Addressing Your Concerns
You may experience bruising, redness, and swelling after your surgery. A fitted dressing will help support the breasts for the first week. You should avoid strenuous physical activity and rest in a reclined position to improve circulation.
Most patients return to work within one to two weeks post-surgery. A support bra is to be worn for two to three weeks following your surgery. You may resume your regular exercise routine after four to six weeks with your surgeon’s permission.
There are three different incision locations available for breast augmentation. The incision used will depend on the correction needed. Axillary incisions are placed in the armpit and result in little visible scarring. Inframammary incisions are placed along the lower breast crease and can result in some mild scar formation. Anchor incisions are created around the lower portion of the areola and vertically down the breast, resulting in visible scarring. Any scarring that may develop is likely to fade over time.
The cost of breast augmentation surgery is highly variable and will differ between patients. Implant type, hospital fees, anesthesia fees, and the extent of correction will all affect the ultimate cost of your procedure. The exact cost of your procedure will be decided after a detailed consultation.
Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and there is zero pain felt during the procedure. The first few days may be accompanied by some discomfort, especially in the form of pressure on your chest from the implants. All associated pain is controlled using prescribed oral medication.
Before & Afters
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation
Is general anesthesia always used during breast augmentation?
Many patients prefer general anesthesia for their breast augmentation. However, for qualifying patients who wish to avoid the side effects, local anesthesia may be used.
How is implant size determined?
There are many implant sizes available. Choosing a properly sized implant is a key component in achieving breasts that are ideal for your body. During your initial consultation, your body frame and goals will be evaluated to help determine the best implant size for you.
When will I be able to see my final results?
Initial swelling can significantly alter the size and shape of your breasts. Most major swelling subsides after four to six weeks, at which time you should be able to evaluate your final results. Minor swelling can last for several months and might affect the appearance of your breasts.
How long will my results last?
Breast augmentation results are long lasting. However, implants are not considered lifetime devices and may need to be replaced at some point in the patient’s life. Also, breast augmentation surgery does not prevent the natural aging process. The surrounding breast tissue is subject to weaken, which can affect the shape and feel of your breasts.
What complications can occur following breast augmentation surgery?
All surgeries run the risk of infection and bleeding complications, but these are very rare. Other possible complications include:
- Capsular contracture (tightened scar tissue squeezes the implant)
- Implant rupture/deflation
- Bottoming out (a weakened breast pocket allows the implant to drop below the inframammary fold)
- Double-bubble deformity (sagging breast tissue beneath the implant creates the appearance of two bubbles)