Breast Augmentation

This patient is ideal for breast augmentation. She has relatively symmetric and large enough breast tissue to provide a natural looking result with these 400cc implants. Disproportion between the implant and the native tissue volumes is ultimately what leads to most unnatural looking results.

This patient had augmentation with 390cc implants. She was borderline in terms of needing a lift, and after implant placement she was happy with her result.

All patients select their own volume. This patient chose 350cc. She understood she might want a lift with implants alone, but after surgery, she was happy with the result.

This patient felt that her breasts never achieved a mature appearance. She, like all our patients, chose a size she felt comfortable with, and we chose the dimensions to allow her to have a proportionate and pretty result.

BREAST AUGMENTATION INFORMATION

Breast Augmentation is one of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery for good reason.  I hope you find satisfying answers to your concerns about breast surgery on this site.  I also welcome you to visit my website exclusively written about breast surgery, www.breastaugmentationutahcost.com.

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR A BREAST AUGMENTATION?

Breast augmentation is an excellent choice for people who desire a larger cup size, or treatment of mild to moderate sagging. Breast augmentation can be performed safely with very satisfying results for almost anyone who desires larger, fuller breasts. This operation is the second most popular cosmetic surgery next to liposuction. Intense study of breast implant surgery over the last decade has demonstrated this surgery to be safe and effective. As with any surgery, your state of health and medical history are important to your outcome and need to be considered carefully with your surgeon prior to breast augmentation. Satisfaction with surgery relies on realistic expectations. It is important to be as informed as possible prior to surgery.

CAN IMPLANTS TREAT UNEVEN BREASTS?

Yes and no. Breast implants are designed to make breasts larger, treating asymmetry is much more difficult and less reliable. A large percentage of women have asymmetric breast tissue, muscle tissue, and or ribs. Some patients are unaware of chest wall asymmetry at the time of their consultation. Some patients present with asymmetry as their major concern. Treating breast asymmetry is one of the most rewarding aspects of plastic surgery. It is both challenging and can be a source of great relief to patients.  Treatment for asymmetry has limitations and may require additional procedures to the breast tissue and or breast skin.  Using different sized breast implants is typically only my recommendation when there is a very noticable difference in the shape of the rib cage.

I WOULD LIKE MY BREASTS TO BE FULLER, BUT I DON’T WANT TO BE LARGER.

Many women who are otherwise content with their size, become dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts as they lose fullness particularly in the upper chest area. Implants placed below the muscle are an excellent way to create fullness in the upper portion of the breast. A breast lift procedure will remove excess skin in the lower portion of your breast and reposition nipples if needed. A lift does not technically remove much volume from the breast, but by making the breast more elevated and less saggy, it will seem smaller afterwards.  Sometimes one or both of these procedures is needed to achieve the appearance you seek.

WHERE ARE THE SCARS?

The three most common access incisions for breast implantation are under the arm, along the skin fold at the base of the breast, or along the areola margin. All incisions have specific advantages, which can be addressed at the time of your consultation so that you may chose the correct incision for you.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY?

The pain after breast implantation is similar to the pain of a pulled muscle. The majority of breast implants are placed under the pectoral muscle. This approach produces a more natural, longer lasting result. Anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs reduce the discomfort after surgery which typically begins to improve dramatically after the first week. All forms of light activity are allowed after surgery with caution for heavy, repetitive movements of the arms. Swelling in the muscle will create a bulkier result in the initial couple weeks. A more natural appearance will be seen after this swelling subsides, usually before the end of the first month after surgery.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS?

Major complications of breast augmentation are rare. There are occasions where a secondary surgery may be required, such as in cases of infection, severe bruising, excessive scar formation, or malposition of the implants.  Infection is fortunately rare.  In this case, removal of the affected implant is typically required to adequately treat the infection. Secondary surgery may also be required to treat improve slight asymmetry or treat capsular contracture. This type of complication is more common. Capsular contracture is a process where the thin scar capsule around an implant begins to harden. You may feel uncomfortable tightness of your breast and notice a more rounded appearance or change in position. This process can occur early or quite late (years) after implantation. Capsular contracture is treated by removing implants and replacing them after removal of this scar layer.

HOW WILL IMPLANTS AFFECT MY RISK FOR BREAST CANCER AND BREAST CANCER SCREENING?

Breast implants do not influence a woman’s risk of breast cancer, nor do they influence the prognosis of breast cancer relative to women without implants. Mammographic screening is not adversely affected by implants as long as the exam is performed by an experienced facility. You should inquire about the expertise of your mammographer at the time you schedule your screening or get a referral from your surgeon for an experienced center ahead of time.

DO IMPLANTS CA– USE ALLERGIES OR AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES?

After an exhaustive search to link these conditions to breast implants, none has been found. Some women have reported that symptoms of these conditions worsened after placement of implants, and improved after removal. If you have an autoimmune condition, it is wise to discuss this with your surgeon.

WILL IMPLANTS AFFECT BREAST FEEDING?

There is no evidence that breast implants adversely affect pregnancy, breast-feeding, or the health of breast-fed children. Implants can cause spontaneous lactation in some women. This condition is usually self-limited and can be treated with medication.

WILL IMPLANTS AFFECT NIPPLE SENSATION?

Some women have altered nipple sensation after breast augmentation. Increased or decreased sensation, and even numb areas near the incisions have all been reported. The nerves to the nipple area are stretched by the implant and usually return to normal several weeks after surgery, but not in all cases.

DO IMPLANTS EVER BREAK?

Yes. The likelihood of this is small, particularly with the current generation of implants. Some manufacturers provide a life-time warranty against rupture. When saline implants leak, your body simply absorbs the fluid. It is not easy to determine when silicone implants leak, but nearly a fourth of women with silicone implants having surgery for capsular contracture were found to have leaking implants. There is no evidence that silicone leak is dangerous, however it can cause a foreign body reaction in some women which presents like a breast lump.  Fortunately the new cohesive gel silicone implants offer increased protection agains silicone migration as they are a more solid consistency and do not have the option to leak into breast tissue like the oder liquid silicone implants.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY CONSULTATION?

The most important way to maximize your time with the surgeon during your consultation is to inform yourself as much as possible beforehand. Talk to other women who have had implantation, review website information, etc. Inform yourself about costs and financing prior to your visit.  Use your consultation to get to know your surgeon. Do you feel that they understand your needs? Do you feel comfortable with them?

HOW DO I CHOSE AN IMPLANT SIZE?

Our office provides a range of implants to “try on.” Wear a supportive, non-padded bra, like a sports bra, if possible. Wear a tight-fitting shirt. Bring a friend only if you want their opinion. Choice of implant size is very personal, the right choice is the one that will make you happy. Choosing an implant size is a crucial part of your consultation. You should know that there is an increased chance of certain types of problems associated with implants in the larger size range.  What is considered large depends somewhat on your body composition. This will be reviewed at the time of your consultation.

Breast Augmentation is one of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery for good reason.  I hope you find satisfying answers to your concerns about breast surgery on this site.  I also welcome you to visit my website exclusively written about breast surgery, www.breastaugmentationutahcost.com.

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR A BREAST AUGMENTATION?

Breast augmentation is an excellent choice for people who desire a larger cup size, or treatment of mild to moderate sagging. Breast augmentation can be performed safely with very satisfying results for almost anyone who desires larger, fuller breasts. This operation is the second most popular cosmetic surgery next to liposuction. Intense study of breast implant surgery over the last decade has demonstrated this surgery to be safe and effective. As with any surgery, your state of health and medical history are important to your outcome and need to be considered carefully with your surgeon prior to breast augmentation. Satisfaction with surgery relies on realistic expectations. It is important to be as informed as possible prior to surgery.

CAN IMPLANTS TREAT UNEVEN BREASTS?

Yes and no. Breast implants are designed to make breasts larger, treating asymmetry is much more difficult and less reliable. A large percentage of women have asymmetric breast tissue, muscle tissue, and or ribs. Some patients are unaware of chest wall asymmetry at the time of their consultation. Some patients present with asymmetry as their major concern. Treating breast asymmetry is one of the most rewarding aspects of plastic surgery. It is both challenging and can be a source of great relief to patients.  Treatment for asymmetry has limitations and may require additional procedures to the breast tissue and or breast skin.  Using different sized breast implants is typically only my recommendation when there is a very noticable difference in the shape of the rib cage.

I WOULD LIKE MY BREASTS TO BE FULLER, BUT I DON’T WANT TO BE LARGER.

Many women who are otherwise content with their size, become dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts as they lose fullness particularly in the upper chest area. Implants placed below the muscle are an excellent way to create fullness in the upper portion of the breast. A breast lift procedure will remove excess skin in the lower portion of your breast and reposition nipples if needed. A lift does not technically remove much volume from the breast, but by making the breast more elevated and less saggy, it will seem smaller afterwards.  Sometimes one or both of these procedures is needed to achieve the appearance you seek.

WHERE ARE THE SCARS?

The three most common access incisions for breast implantation are under the arm, along the skin fold at the base of the breast, or along the areola margin. All incisions have specific advantages, which can be addressed at the time of your consultation so that you may chose the correct incision for you.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY?

The pain after breast implantation is similar to the pain of a pulled muscle. The majority of breast implants are placed under the pectoral muscle. This approach produces a more natural, longer lasting result. Anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs reduce the discomfort after surgery which typically begins to improve dramatically after the first week. All forms of light activity are allowed after surgery with caution for heavy, repetitive movements of the arms. Swelling in the muscle will create a bulkier result in the initial couple weeks. A more natural appearance will be seen after this swelling subsides, usually before the end of the first month after surgery.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS?

Major complications of breast augmentation are rare. There are occasions where a secondary surgery may be required, such as in cases of infection, severe bruising, excessive scar formation, or malposition of the implants.  Infection is fortunately rare.  In this case, removal of the affected implant is typically required to adequately treat the infection. Secondary surgery may also be required to treat improve slight asymmetry or treat capsular contracture. This type of complication is more common. Capsular contracture is a process where the thin scar capsule around an implant begins to harden. You may feel uncomfortable tightness of your breast and notice a more rounded appearance or change in position. This process can occur early or quite late (years) after implantation. Capsular contracture is treated by removing implants and replacing them after removal of this scar layer.

HOW WILL IMPLANTS AFFECT MY RISK FOR BREAST CANCER AND BREAST CANCER SCREENING?

Breast implants do not influence a woman’s risk of breast cancer, nor do they influence the prognosis of breast cancer relative to women without implants. Mammographic screening is not adversely affected by implants as long as the exam is performed by an experienced facility. You should inquire about the expertise of your mammographer at the time you schedule your screening or get a referral from your surgeon for an experienced center ahead of time.

DO IMPLANTS CA– USE ALLERGIES OR AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES?

After an exhaustive search to link these conditions to breast implants, none has been found. Some women have reported that symptoms of these conditions worsened after placement of implants, and improved after removal. If you have an autoimmune condition, it is wise to discuss this with your surgeon.

WILL IMPLANTS AFFECT BREAST FEEDING?

There is no evidence that breast implants adversely affect pregnancy, breast-feeding, or the health of breast-fed children. Implants can cause spontaneous lactation in some women. This condition is usually self-limited and can be treated with medication.

WILL IMPLANTS AFFECT NIPPLE SENSATION?

Some women have altered nipple sensation after breast augmentation. Increased or decreased sensation, and even numb areas near the incisions have all been reported. The nerves to the nipple area are stretched by the implant and usually return to normal several weeks after surgery, but not in all cases.

DO IMPLANTS EVER BREAK?

Yes. The likelihood of this is small, particularly with the current generation of implants. Some manufacturers provide a life-time warranty against rupture. When saline implants leak, your body simply absorbs the fluid. It is not easy to determine when silicone implants leak, but nearly a fourth of women with silicone implants having surgery for capsular contracture were found to have leaking implants. There is no evidence that silicone leak is dangerous, however it can cause a foreign body reaction in some women which presents like a breast lump.  Fortunately the new cohesive gel silicone implants offer increased protection agains silicone migration as they are a more solid consistency and do not have the option to leak into breast tissue like the oder liquid silicone implants.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY CONSULTATION?

The most important way to maximize your time with the surgeon during your consultation is to inform yourself as much as possible beforehand. Talk to other women who have had implantation, review website information, etc. Inform yourself about costs and financing prior to your visit.  Use your consultation to get to know your surgeon. Do you feel that they understand your needs? Do you feel comfortable with them?

HOW DO I CHOSE AN IMPLANT SIZE?

Our office provides a range of implants to “try on.” Wear a supportive, non-padded bra, like a sports bra, if possible. Wear a tight-fitting shirt. Bring a friend only if you want their opinion. Choice of implant size is very personal, the right choice is the one that will make you happy. Choosing an implant size is a crucial part of your consultation. You should know that there is an increased chance of certain types of problems associated with implants in the larger size range.  What is considered large depends somewhat on your body composition. This will be reviewed at the time of your consultation.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO HAVE MY IMPLANTS REMOVED?

Removal of breast implants is a very straight-forward procedure with minimal recovery needed. In most cases the breast shape will simply revert back to its natural state.  In other cases, fat grafting of a breast lift procedure will be needed to help have the nicest result possible.


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