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Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a very popular and common procedure that can increase your breast size by one or more sizes. By surgically inserting breast implants beneath the breast tissue or the chest muscle during breast augmentation, women can achieve larger, shapelier breasts. This type of breast enhancement is sometimes performed in conjunction with a breast lift. For some women, breast augmentation is a way to enhance self-image and self-confidence. For others, breast augmentation is part of breast reconstruction after surgery for breast cancer or other conditions affecting the breast.
Breast Augmentation – What to Expect:
Breast augmentation can be done in a surgical center or hospital outpatient facility. Surgery usually takes one to two hours, and is performed under general anesthesia. You will most likely go home the same day of your surgery (rarely does the procedure require a hospital stay). Your surgeon will give you specific guidelines to follow during your recovery based on your personal needs. In general, you can expect to return to your usual routine after a few days, but you should avoid excessive lifting to minimize tension on incision lines, thereby ensuring minimal scar lines. Feeling tired and mild soreness following breast augmentation surgery are common. Pain medication and antibiotics may be prescribed to help alleviate discomfort and reduce the risk of infection. After breast augmentation surgery you may feel a burning sensation in your nipples that will fade after about two weeks. It is advised that you remain in a support bra with no underwires for approximately four to six weeks. Breast swelling may take up to five weeks to subside. Scars usually stay firm and pink for at least six weeks and will begin to fade after several months, taking on a flesh tone by 6 to 9 months post-operatively.
Breast Augmentation Considerations:
Breast augmentation can dramatically improve the appearance of a woman’s breasts. During your breast augmentation consultation, you’ll learn more about your options for creating your ideal breast appearance, including:
- Implant size, style, and shape.
- Implant material (silicone, gel or saline).
- Implant position (above or below the pectoralis muscle).
- Implant incision site.
The goal is to create a natural and alluring look. Which implant size that will work best for you must be individually determined with your input. The size, shape, style, and type of implant will be decided after a comprehensive examination. Placing implants that are too large for the intended body size have greater chances of capsular contracture, discomfort and longer recovery times.
Breast Implant Placement Options:
SUB-MUSCULAR IMPLANT PLACEMENT: The breast implants are placed partially or wholly under the pectoralis major chest muscle. Sub-muscular implants may result in a longer, more painful recovery than sub-glandular implants. Sub-muscular placement may result in less palpable implants and may reduce the risk of developing capsular contracture , as well as offer easier mammographic imaging of the breast.
SUB-GLANDULAR IMPLANT PLACEMENT: The breast implant location is between your chest muscle and your breast tissue (under the glands). This placement may help reduce your surgery and recovery time. It may be less painful than sub-muscular placement and may make your breast implants easier to access if re-operation is necessary. Implants that are sub-glandular may be easier to see and feel through your skin. Each placement type has benefits that may be right for you. During your consultation you will discuss your desired outcome with your surgeon to select the best option for your figure.
Breast Augmentation Before and After Gallery
What our patients are saying about Elite MD
“My husband and I went in to see Dr Bansal in 2017 to discuss possible options for an unsuccessful breast augmentation procedure done elsewhere. Dr B was very honest in sharing all the pros and cons on undergoing another procedure, but was still optimistic. Dr Bansal gives as much time as is needed to discuss and educate. So we went ahead and had Dr B fix the appearance. Huge improvement to say the least! I recently decided to go back in for Liposuction and am very pleased with the results. His office staff is very friendly, supportive and responsive throughout the whole process. My only regret is that I didn’t go to Dr Bansal at the very beginning of my procedures.” – by Audrey E.