Restore confidence in body image
Breast augmentation is an aesthetic enhancement procedure, sought by those who wish to feel more confident about their body image. This procedure is suitable for women who want to increase breast fullness, or to restore volume in breasts after weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding. Smaller breasts or breasts that have lost their previous volume are enlarged using saline or silicone breast implants. The surgery can improve the size, shape, and proportions of the breasts to provide a more attractive body contour based on your unique figure and cosmetic goals.
The goal of plastic surgeon, Dr. Dawes, is to help you achieve the best results and make your experience as safe and as comfortable as possible. During a consultation, he will help determine your implant preference and take measurements. He will also discuss the size, shape, and profile of implants that will best suit your body type, to help attain a natural-looking result.
Is a Breast Augmentation right for Me?
Every woman seeking breast augmentation has a unique and individual reason for wanting to enhance the shape or size of their breasts. The decision is often a major step and extremely personal. Regardless of your reasons for wanting breast augmentation, Dr. Dawes stresses during your consultation that the reasons need to be made for you, and you alone.
A breast augmentation may be right for you if:
- You are concerned by the small size of your breasts, feel that your breasts sag (have a flatter or elongated shape), or that your breasts have lost their previous volume
- Want to correct breast asymmetry
- You wish to revise a previous breast surgery
- Are healthy and maintain a stable weight
- Want a natural-looking, enhanced breast profile
Good candidates for breast augmentation are individuals who:
- Have fully-developed breasts
- Are healthy and maintain a stable weight
- Are non-smokers
- Have realistic expectations for breast augmentation improvement
How Breast Augmentation is Performed
Dr. Dawes will place the incisions, through which the implants are inserted, either inconspicuously along the red-white junction of the nipple-areolar complex, or underneath the breast. Most breast implants are placed underneath the pectoralis major muscle, though placement over the muscle may be appropriate in a few select instances.
Recovery is about two to four weeks. Results are long lasting, though not permanent and may require replacement during your lifetime. Your breast augmentation results may boost confident and make clothing and swimwear easier to wear. Your breasts will still be affected by the natural aging process.
Breast augmentation patients can usually return home the day of their procedure. On average, women feel discomfort for 3 to 7 days after surgery. Some women will require drains for a few days. In most cases, stitches are internal and dissolving. Patients generally wear a compression garment for 2 days, followed by a comfortable sports bra. Push-up and underwire bras should be avoided for 6 to 8 weeks.
Breast Augmentation FAQs
Dr. Dawes purchases extended warranties on all implants he places to protect his patients against unforeseen costs in the event of a manufacturer’s defect. The coverage includes a lifetime product replacement against rupture or deflation, and 10 years against capsular contraction (Baker Grade III/IV), double capsule and late seroma. Patients are also eligible through the implant manufacturer for financial assistance with operating room, anesthesia and surgeon’s fees up to $3500 on rupture or deflation.
The average life span of an implant is 10 years. The life expectancy of breast implants can depend greatly on the patient’s body as well as her lifestyle as well as the implant type. There are complications that can arise that require an implant to be replaced, but it is not common and does not happen to everyone. Also, your breasts will continue to age, and factors such as weight gain or weight loss might change the way your breasts look. These issues will likely lead to more surgery.
Our patients are often surprised at how little pain is involved in recovery from augmentation surgery. Many patients don’t feel the need to use any of their prescription pain medication, feeling that over-the-counter options are all that’s needed. We’ve had patients equate the feeling afterward as being similar to the feeling they’ve had after a very strong upper body workout at the gym. You’ll have some soreness, not really acute pain, and this will last mainly from 2-4 days.
To correct sagging breasts, you might need a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation.
The cost of augmentation depends on a few factors, such as the type of implant and the incision location. During your consultation, Dr. Dawes will give you an estimate of your cost once he knows your preferences.
Submuscular. The implants are placed under the pectoralis muscle with the muscle covering the upper portion of the breast implant and the breast tissue covering the lower portion. This allows for a very natural appearing breast and minimizes the risks of capsular contracture.
Most women can successfully breastfeed following a breast augmentation, though it does depend on the type of surgery that you had. Your ability to produce breast milk should not be affected by a breast augmentation, but you might experience more pain and complications than someone with natural breasts.
When any medical device is implanted, our body forms a thin layer of tissue around it called a capsule. In some women, the capsule can become thicker or tighter, making the implant feel firmer than it should. Tight capsules can even become painful with time. This problem is known as capsular contracture and it can occur at any time after breast augmentation. We can take steps to lower a patient’s risk for this complication, but sometimes capsular contracture occurs despite our best efforts. Repeat surgery can sometimes help resolve the issue and restore the appearance of the breasts.
Our goal is to deliver a beautiful result that fits your body, your lifestyle, and your goals. We will go through several steps during your consultation to ensure that we recommend the best implant for you. First is a frank discussion of your goals, including what you do and don’t like in regards to breast size. An examination with measurements helps us get familiar with your anatomy and determine the amount of existing breast tissue that you have. We will also give you a chance to try on some sizers inside a bra, so that you can see and feel what having fuller breasts of various sizes might be like and determine your personal preference for implant size and incision placement.
- Scar tissue that distorts the shape of the breast implant (capsular contracture)
- Breast pain
- Changes in nipple and breast sensation
- Implant leakage or rupture