Breast Augmentation in Draper, Utah
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that involves enhancing the size of the breasts via breast implants. This procedure can also help to restore lost breast volume due to weight loss or pregnancy. While breast augmentation surgery can augment the size of the breasts, this surgery cannot lift the breasts; those who wish to lift the breasts higher can benefit from a breast lift.
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Who is a Good Candidate?
Individuals who wish to increase the fullness or projection of their breasts, improve the overall balance of their breasts or hips, and improve their self-confidence can benefit from a breast augmentation. Candidates should be physically healthy and non-smokers. Also, individuals should only undergo this procedure when they are finished having children and are not breastfeeding, as future pregnancies may negatively impact the outcome of the procedure. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is through a consultation with Dr. Howland.
Types of Breast Implants
Breast augmentation surgery is done under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. There is a selection of breast implants that can be used to augment the breasts. These include saline implants, silicone implants, or gummy bear implants.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline implants are made with a silicone shell and filled with a sterilized saline solution. These implants are often less costly than silicone implants and are said to feel firmer than real breast tissue. However, because they can be filled after placement, they often require a small incision to be made.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone Implants are made with a silicone shell filled with a silicone gel. These implants often cost more than saline implants, but are said to feel similar to natural breast tissue. Because they come pre-filled, they may require a larger incision for them to be placed.
Gummy Bear Implants
Gummy Bear Implants are made with a firmer, cohesive gel than silicone implants. These implants are often the costliest, and offer natural looking and feeling results.
During the procedure, several different incisions can be used to place breast implants. These include:
- the periareolar incision-which is made around the nipple areolas
- the inframammary incision– which is made in the breast fold.
- the transaxillary incision– which is made in the armpit.
The type of incision used will depend on your individual anatomy and your desired results, and will be discussed when your individualized treatment plan is created for you.
Breast Implant Location
Breast implants can either be placed over or under the chest muscle, depending on the aesthetic goal. Here are some of the pros and cons of each technique.
Over the Muscle (sub-glandular placement)
- Surgical procedure is easier/less invasive
- Shorter recovery time
- May result in a more augmented look
- May have a higher risk of capsular contracture
Under the Muscle (sub-muscular placement)
- Results look more natural
- Reduces risk of rippling
- Surgical procedure is more invasive
- Implant can become distorted when chest muscle is flexed.
Results of Breast Augmentation
Following surgery, patients can expect to experience swelling, discoloration, and feeling of tightness during recovery. Any discomfort that occurs can be controlled with pain medication. Patients will also be required to wear a special compression bra to help control swelling and support their new breast contours. Most patients can return to a desk job within a week, though recovery time will be discussed with Dr. Howland.
If you are interested in breast augmentation and live in the Salt Lake City or Draper, UT areas, contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation!
How will pregnancy affect my breast implants?
Pregnancy can change the shape and size of a woman’s breasts, whether she has implants or not. It is recommended that women postpone pregnancy at least six months after breast augmentation surgery to ensure optimal results. Breastfeeding with implants is possible for some women and is safe for both the baby and mother.
Can breast augmentation correct my sagging breasts?
While women with sagging breasts can receive breasts implants, a breast lift may also be necessary, depending on the amount of breast sag. This can be discussed during your consultation appointment.
When can I return to work after breast augmentation surgery?
The amount of downtime required following your breast augmentation procedure will depend on the extent of your procedure. The physical demands of your job will determine when you can return to work. It is important that patients avoid upper arm movements such as reaching for 1-2 weeks and lifting anything over 5 lbs. should be avoided for up to six weeks.
When can I return to driving?
Most patients can return to driving a car one week after surgery, as long as they are finished taking any pain medications.
How often will I need to replace my breast implants?
While breast implants can last many, many years, they are not designed to be lifetime devices; most implants last about 15 years before needing to be replaced. However, if you are not having any problems with your implants, there is no need to replace them “just because”. It is only if capsular contracture, rippling, or other issues become apparent when breast implants should be replaced.
Will scars from my breast augmentation be noticeable?
Scars from breast augmentation surgery are generally short and well-hidden on the breasts. They can also easily be covered with a bra or bathing suit top, so you will not have to worry about them being noticeable.
If a silicone implant ruptures, how long should I wait before having it replaced?
It is best to have a ruptured silicone implant replaced or removed as soon as possible, since silicone can leak and cause more scar tissue to form around the implant.