If you’re unhappy with the size of one or both of your breasts, you’re not alone. For some women, the discomfort is due to weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding or heredity. Others have had reconstructive breast surgery and still others naturally have different size breasts. Whatever the reason, many women just don’t like what they see.
All women deserve to feel beautiful, confident, and healthy. Breast augmentation, also called breast enlargement or augmentation mammoplasty, can change the shape of one or both of your breasts, to help improve your self-confidence and self-image.
What is a breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that enlarges a woman’s breasts, for a more rounded shape and improved symmetry using implants or transferring fat from another part of the body.
Breast augmentation surgery doesn’t correct breasts that droop. A breast lift is needed to correct that, and it can be done alone or with a breast augmentation, for breasts that are fuller and lifted.
Breast augmentation can change the shape of one or both of your breasts, to help improve your self-confidence and self-image.
Your Annapolis breast augmentation Consultation
Our board-certified plastic surgeons can help you determine if breast augmentation surgery is right for you. Your first step should be a consultation with one of our surgeons at our main office in Annapolis, MD or at one of our satellite offices in Easton or Prince Frederick. During the consultation in one of our comfortable exam rooms, you’ll get all your questions answered and come up with the right plan for you.
The consultation typically includes a discussion of:
- Your goals: why do you want the surgery and what outcome are you hoping for?
- Your medical history. You’ll talk about things like:
- Are you taking any prescription or nonprescription drugs and/or herbal supplements?
- Do you smoke?
- Have you had any previous surgeries?
- Your breasts. The doctor will examine, measure and evaluate your breasts and surrounding areas.
- The procedure. You’ll discuss and determine which type of implant– saline or silicone – is best. You’ll also talk about where to place the implant(s), either above or below the breast muscle.
- Any other procedures you may wish to consider. Breast augmentation can be performed alone or in conjunction with a breast lift (mastopexy). Many women also choose to combine breast enlargement with a tummy tuck and/or liposuction.
There will be plenty of time for you to ask all of your questions to determine if a breast augmentation is right for you.
Understanding Breast Augmentation Surgery
This outpatient surgery typically takes one to two hours and is performed under general anesthesia in our fully accredited, state-of-the-art, ambulatory surgery center in Annapolis.
During the surgery, your surgeon will make an incision in one of three areas: below your breasts, in your armpit or around the lower border of your areola and will place the implant beneath your breast tissue.
After your Breast Augmentation: Recovery and Results
Following breast augmentation, you’ll go home with a light dressing and wearing a support bra. The sutures are under the skin and will dissolve as you heal. You may have a few days of discomfort, which should be easily controlled by medication prescribed by your surgeon. Your surgeon will give you a list of post-operative instructions to follow to help you recover.
What are the risks of a breast augmentation?
Patients have an extremely high rate of satisfaction with breast augmentation, and the complication rates of the surgery are low.
The only way to know for sure if you’re a candidate for breast augmentation is to speak to a board-certified plastic surgeon. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons, to get the information you need to decide if breast augmentation will give you the results you want.
Breast Augmentation FAQ
Breast augmentation is accomplished by placing a breast implant in a pocket created beneath your breast tissue. The implant can be placed above or below the muscle. There are advantages and disadvantages to each location and you should discuss this with your surgeon.
The operation typically takes between 1 and 2 hours and is accomplished under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. Post-operative pain relief is achieved with pain pills or a pain pump (or a combination of both).
The location of the incision is usually in 1 of 3 locations – under the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit. The incision site is influenced by the type of implant as well as the patient’s anatomy. Saline filled implants are inflated after they are placed so the incision can be smaller or in a place further from the breast, such as the armpit. Gel implants come pre-filled and are most easily placed from an incision on the breast. Silicone gel implants have more natural look and feel and are less likely to visibly ripple. Saline implants are less expensive.
Patients have an extremely high rate of satisfaction with breast augmentation and the complication rates of the surgery are low.