Breast augmentation, or breast enlargement surgery, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures available today. Through the use of breast implants, patients can increase the size of the breasts by one or more sizes. This is achieved by inserting breast implants either beneath the chest muscles or the natural breast tissue. At Lewisburg Plastic Surgery, our plastic surgeons work with you to develop a customized breast implant procedure that meets your specific goals. Breast enlargement surgery can result in improved self-confidence, often resulting in a more balanced body contour. For some patients, the procedure may also improve symmetry or restore the appearance of natural breasts following mastectomy or injury. Often, our patients also choose to pair the surgery with a breast lift for youthful, flattering results.
Breast augmentation can dramatically improve the appearance of a woman’s breasts. During your 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 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.
The typical breast augmentation candidate is generally healthy overall and desires fuller or larger breasts for cosmetic reasons. Candidates may also have naturally asymmetrical breasts, making it difficult to find bras or other clothing that fits properly. Most breast enlargement patients are bothered by smaller breasts and/or some sagging.
Breast enlargement surgeries vary depending on the desired results. Incisions may be made around the areola or below the breasts, and implants may be placed either below the breast tissue or below the chest muscle. The surgery is completed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
When planning a breast augmentation, patients can choose between various types of implants. The two primary types of implants are saline and silicone, which have some differences in appearance, texture, and other factors. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will help you choose the best option for your preferences.
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At Lewisburg Plastic Surgery, we offer Vectra 3D Simulation, allowing patients to preview their potential results through the consultation process. First, 3D photographs are taken in our office. Your plastic surgeon will then use the simulation software to show possible results of your breast enlargement surgery. After reviewing your options and providing feedback, your surgeon will use your noted preferences to create your breast augmentation plan. Previewing results with Vectra 3D Simulation allows patients to go into their breast enlargement surgery with increased confidence regarding their outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be able to see what different implants are best for me?
Yes. If requested, VECTRA 3D software can be used to simulate how you may look with different sizes and types of implants. You will also be able to see the possible benefits of a breast lift in conjunction with the augmentation.
VECTRA 3D can show you the possibilities of the procedure, but is not intended as a substitute for a medical consultation.
How close will the simulated result be to the actual result?
Actual results should be very similar to the simulations. VECTRA simulations are based on the specific implants that your surgeon will use.
Will this software help my surgeon to see that my breasts are different sizes?
VECTRA software includes special tools to show the size and position of each breast. Breast “asymmetry” is very common, and VECTRA analysis helps your doctor develop a surgical plan that will compensate for it if necessary.
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
That is a decision you will make with your physician.
How much will my breast augmentation surgery cost?
That will depend on the type of procedure you choose, where it is performed and other factors. You should discuss costs with your doctor during the initial consultation.
Can my doctor show me where the scars will be?
You doctor should be prepared to discuss the possibility of scarring or any other effects from the surgery.
Breast enlargement is often combined with a breast lift. This is particularly common for patients who choose breast augmentation after pregnancy and breastfeeding, which can cause the appearance of sagging or “deflated” breasts. While the breast implants of an augmentation restore volume, a breast lift can also restore a youthful and lifted positioning of the breasts. During your consultation, you can review this option with your plastic surgeon.
Following breast enlargement surgery, patients will notice some soreness or discomfort, which can be treated with oral medication. A lightweight surgical bra should be worn throughout the initial healing process. Sutures are typically removed about one week after the surgery. Most patients require about a week of downtime after the procedure and should wait about three weeks before returning to strenuous activity such as exercise.
Breast enlargement procedures are considered cosmetic in nature for the majority of patients, meaning that they are not covered by insurance. The exception is breast reconstruction following a mastectomy or other medical intervention. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will provide you with a cost estimate for your customized breast augmentation.