Types of Breast Augmentation
Prior to surgery, breast implants patients must make several key decisions about the type of implant to use. Our qualified surgeons will help you select the filler material, size and shape that match your personal needs and goals. As every patient is unique, so are the steps taken by the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team to formulate a plan that's just right for you.
Saline Breast Implant - Our qualified surgeons will place an unsealed breast implant with a flexible plastic shell within the patient's chest, and then fill it with a sterile saline solution. The saline breast implant is filled to its predetermined size (outlined by the implant manufacturer), measured in cc's and then overfilled to a specific capacity. Saline breast implants typically require a slightly smaller incision because the empty shell is inserted and then filled after it is placed.
Silicone Breast Implants - We will insert a flexible plastic shell, filled with thick silicone which is completely sealed, into the breast pocket. Many women feel that silicone breast implants offer final results that feel and look more like their natural breasts. Silicone implants come pre-filled to the desired size from the manufacturer. Silicone is oftentimes the choice of post-mastectomy or lumpectomy patients who have lost all or part of their breast(s) to cancer.
Natural Breast Augmentation - The fat transfer technique (fat grafting) does not require any incisions on the breast and provides very beautiful and natural-looking results. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with implants to help the implants look more natural.
Breast Lift - A breast lift, also referred to as a mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure done to correct fallen or sagging breasts. A breast lift is often combined with a breast augmentation in order to achieve the size and position that you are looking for.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Medications will be administered to keep you comfortably sedated during your surgery. Our surgeons operate in state-of-the-art facilities equipped with advanced technology and staffed with knowledgeable professionals, so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands. Sometimes, this procedure is performed in the local hospital setting.
We have a female certified plastic surgeon who specializes in, and only does, breast augmentation. Our surgeon will begin the breast augmentation procedure by making the incision in the predetermined location. They will create a small pocket in which to place the implant. If the implant is pre-filled, they will gently position it in the pocket and then close the incision. If the implant is not filled, they will insert the shell, gently fill it to the desired capacity, seal the shell and then close the incision. Incisions are closed with several stitches.
Breast Augmentation Candidates
For many of our patients, a breast augmentation is a wonderful way to enhance their figure and to increase self-confidence. Breast augmentation is a very personal procedure and you should do it for yourself, not for someone else.
You may be a candidate for breast augmentation surgery if:
- You are in good health
- Your breasts are fully developed
- You are dissatisfied with your breasts losing shape or volume due to weight loss, pregnancy, or with aging
- You are a competitive body builder and want to maintain a feminine physique
- Your breasts are small due to genetic factors
- Your breasts are asymmetrical
- One or both breasts failed to develop normally
Recovering From Breast Augmentation
Immediately following surgery, your breasts will be sore, swollen and tender. You may feel as though you have just finished an intense workout. We can prescribe you oral pain medication to ease any discomfort. You should rest as much as possible for several days, avoiding any strenuous activity, bending, lifting or straining. With time, the swelling will go down and normal sensation should return to your breasts. We will ask you to wear a supportive garment for a few weeks after surgery to help your breast tissue settle properly. We will also advise when it is safe to return to work/school and exercise.