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.
What to Expect
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.
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.
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, or the transaxillary incision, which is made in the armpit. The type of incision used will depend on your individual anatomy and your desired results.
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. 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!