Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is the surgical placement of breast implants to increase the fullness and projection of breasts or to improve symmetry of the breasts. This balances a woman's figure by fulfilling her desire for larger breasts, restoring breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy or achieving better symmetry with breasts of unequal size.
Breast augmentation may also be used for reconstructive purposes to restore a breast that is lost due to mastectomy, injury or congenital deformity. In any case, breast implants allow women the choice of fuller, natural appearing breasts and a more balanced figure.
Dr. Taylor indicates that the best candidate for breast augmentation is a woman over the age of 18 whose breasts are fully developed, has a positive outlook with realistic expectations and specific goals in mind for improving her body image. A mammogram may be recommended prior to the procedure to ensure breast health and to serve as a baseline for future comparison. However, silicone breast implants have not been shown to impair a woman's breast health or overall health.
Breast augmentation surgery typically takes approximately 2 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Implant placement, type and size will be determined based on your breast anatomy, body type and desired size as well as Dr. Taylor's judgment. Dr. Taylor uses your specific body measurements to choose the best implant for you. The most common incision is an inframammary incision, above the crease under the breast. Other incision patterns include axillary (in the arm pit) and periareolar (around the nipple). Once the incision has been made, a pocket is created either directly behind the breast tissue (subglandular) or beneath the pectoralis muscle (submuscular) for implant placement. The breast implant has a silicone shell and is filled with sterile saline or a cohesive silicone gel.
Results are immediately visible and breasts may feel tight at first as the skin adjusts to the new breast size. A support bra is worn to help support and position the breasts. Post-surgical swelling and increased breast sensitivity will resolve in a few weeks and incision lines will refine. Oral pain medication and antibiotics are prescribed. Although the recovery time is unique to each patient, most patients find they can return to work a few days after surgery. Nonetheless, strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks.
The best way to learn how breast augmentation can help you fulfill your personal goals is during a consultation with Dr. John Taylor. Call the office to schedule your personalized visit today.