For patients who want a breast augmentation to enhance or increase their breast volume, breast implants can be a great option. For patients seeking augmentation because they have smaller breasts, or for patients who have lost size in their breasts over time due to weight loss or pregnancy, more volume can be created with well-placed breast implants.
What Are Breast Implants?
Breast implants are synthetic inserts that make the breasts appear fuller and larger. Implants are often used for reconstructive purposes or for cosmetic reasons, such as when a mastectomy needed to be performed following breast cancer. There are two types of breast implants which are available:
- Saline implants consist of silicone shells filled with sterile salt water (saline solution).
- Silicone implants are silicone shells filled with a plastic gel-like substance (silicone).
Benefits of Breast Implants
Some women decide to get breast implants because they feel that having bigger breasts would make their figure look more attractive. There can also be cases where the breasts are asymmetrical, and implants are needed to achieve a more balanced and proportionate look. Other women have had their breasts removed as part of a treatment path for breast cancer, and they decide to restore their feminine figures. But regardless of the reason, breast implants can help enhance self confidence, self-image, and self-esteem.
The Breast Implant Procedure
This type of breast surgery can be done on an outpatient basis or as an inpatient procedure (which requires staying overnight in the hospital), but the procedure itself typically lasts for approximately one to two hours. The patient is given a general anesthetic, after which the surgeon makes precise, discreet incisions under the breasts. In some cases, incisions are made under the arms as well. The implants are placed into either directly in front of or behind the chest muscles. The way this is done varies from patient to patient, and based on the the final look which is desired. For example, placing the breast implants under the chest muscles creates a more natural look, whereas placing them above the chest muscles can create a more prominent and dramatic look. Finally, the incisions are closed with surgical tape or sutures.
Preparing for Breast Implants
Before your implant surgery, make sure you have realistic expectations about the procedure. You may be advised to stop taking certain medications for a few days or weeks before the surgery.
Breast Implantation Recovery
After the surgery, your breasts will be covered with gauze, and you may have drainage tubes for a few days. You’ll probably need to wear a surgical bra to aid healing. Get plenty of rest for the first few days, and avoid heavy lifting for six weeks after the procedure. If you experience any soreness or discomfort, use over-the-counter pain relievers. You may also notice some swelling; over time, this will dissipate, and the scars will fade.
What to Expect during Your Consultation
When we meet, we’ll listen carefully to your aesthetic dreams, goals, and concerns. We’ll take the time to answer any questions you might have, and then explore the treatment options that could work for you. We’ll assemble a custom treatment plan for your needs and move forward on a timeline that’s safe and that makes you feel comfortable.
Are Breast Implants Right for Me?
Depending on your goals and concerns, breast implants may or may not be the best alternative for you. During your consultation, we’ll examine the available options and help you select the right treatment for you. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that breast augmentation surgery is best performed on patients who are in good physical health.
If you are considering breast implants, you should be at least 18 years old for saline implants or 22 years old for silicone. These age limits exist because the breasts are still developing in the late teenage years.
Why Choose Us?
We’re committed to providing you with personalized care and attention so you can achieve your aesthetic goals. Our experienced cosmetic surgeons and staff have helped hundreds of patients create the look they want, and we’re ready to work with you as a team. You deserve to look as great as you feel!