Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breast. Patients choose this procedure for multiple reasons: Some want to increase their size, some want to recover lost volume after weight loss or pregnancy, some want to create symmetry or lift and firm the breast, and some want to rebuild the breast after cancer.
Breast augmentation is best for those who are seeking improvement, not perfection. If you’re healthy and realistic in your expectations, you are likely to be a very good candidate.
Before the surgery takes place, Dr. Bootstaylor and the patient will discuss objectives, the best implant to use, and where to make the incision. Implants vary by filler and in size and will be based on the patient’s breast anatomy, body type and desired increase in size. Incisions can be made where the chest meets the breast, around the areola, in the armpit, or in the navel.
The operation is fairly straightforward: Working through the incision, the patient’s breast tissue will be lifted to create a pocket and then the chosen implant will be positioned within this pocket. The surgery is typically completed in one to two hours and is done under general anesthesia.
The good news is that most patients are able to return to work within a few days. But during the first 24 to 48 hours, patients typically feel sore and tired. Medication is able to control almost any discomfort during this recovery period.
The stitches will be removed in a week to ten days, and within three to five weeks all swelling should be gone.
As with any operation, there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure. The most common problem is something called capsular contracture. It occurs if the scar or capsule around the implant begins to tighten and can be treated in several ways. Excessive bleeding, swelling, and infection are possible, but certainly not likely.
The majority of my patients do not experience these or any other complications. And these and any other possible risks will be fully discussed prior to surgery.