Breast Augmentation

Breast implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel, and during breast augmentation surgery, the implants are placed behind each breast, beneath the breast tissue or the chest wall muscle. Each implant type is completely safe, and each offers its own advantages.

 

One primary advantage of saline breast implants is that, if ruptured, the saline (salt solution) is naturally dissolved and absorbed by the body. A disadvantage of saline implants is that they may appear less natural in small-breasted or reconstructive patients. This is an important consideration for very thin women with minimal breast tissue to cover the implant, or women who have a breast injury or need breast reconstruction.

 

Silicone gel-filled implants are the preferred choice of most of our patients, primarily because they provide a more natural feel. At SunCoast Plastic Surgery, we are proud to offer patients the option of silicone gel-filled breast implants, since they are much softer and feel more natural than saline-filled breast implants.

The breast augmentation procedure takes one to two hours to complete and is typically performed under general anesthesia. Incisions are made in inconspicuous places on the breast to minimize scar visibility, and the best choices for incision placement are: Underside of the Breast (Inframammary), Areola (Periareolar), and Armpit (Transaxillary).

With each type of incision, once the incision is made, a pocket is created for the breast implant. The implant is then slid through the incision and centered behind the nipple.

 

Under Breast

An inframammary incision is made under the breast and close to the inframammary fold. This type of incision secures proper placement of the implant, but also reduces scar visibility. An advantage of the inframammary incision is that the surgeon works close to the breast, allowing for optimal visibility while working.

 

Customized

Every woman is unique in both her natural body shape and desires for her personal appearance. With that in mind, Dr. Chaudhari works closely with each patient during the pre-operative consultation to learn the patient’s goals for breast augmentation surgery. Together, Dr. Chaudhari and the patient will decide which implant type, size and placement is best. In this way, each patient enjoys completely customized treatment based on her specific goals.

If you’re planning a breast augmentation procedure, during your consultation, you and Dr. Chaudhari will make decisions together about the type, size, incision and placement of your implants. Your body type and anatomy impact these decisions, so Dr. Chaudhari will discuss with you all the options for breast augmentation surgery, depending on your current measurements, your body frame, and your expectations.

 

Areola

The areola is the dark skin surrounding the nipple, and a periareolar incision is placed in the transition area, between the dark areola and the lighter surrounding breast skin, where it is less visible. Like the inframammary incision, the periareolar incision allows the implant to be placed in precise pocket formation and provides for absolute controlled bleeding.

Dr. Chaudhari performs every procedure with great care and precision to ensure that each patient can enjoy a quick and healthy recovery. A surgical bra is typically required after surgery, and some bruising, soreness and swelling are to be expected. Patients may feel tired for a day or two following surgery, and while most patients are able to return to work within two weeks, physical activity should be avoided for longer.

 

Complications following breast augmentation surgery are rare, and usually minimal. And although rare, possible complications include capsular contracture, swelling and pain, infection around the implant, change in nipple sensation, decreased milk production while nursing, and breakage or leakage of the implant due to injury. Regular monitoring of breast implants after breast augmentation surgery is recommended.

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S., giving women with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned appearance. Breast augmentation is achieved by placing silicone or saline implants in the breast, resulting in beautiful, natural-feeling breasts that are one or more cup sizes larger. Women choose breast augmentation for a variety of medical and aesthetic reasons, including balancing breast size, compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery, or correcting a congenital breast defect.

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