What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation surgery uses implants to enhance the shape and size of a woman’s breasts. An elective surgery, in which women have their own individual motives for pursuing, patients generally choose treatment to enhance the contours of their body, to correct loss of volume following pregnancy, to make their breasts symmetrical, as well as other, personal reasons. With breast enhancement, the bust line can be increased by one or more cup sizes.
The types of breast implants typically used is either silicone or saline. While no two patients are the same, and each procedure is tailored to meet their particular needs, most surgeons do have one goal or perspective in mind regarding surgery results: to create a pleasing and natural breast profile. Further, it’s important for the patients to feel completely satisfied post-surgery.
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Real Patient Results
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Are you currently unhappy with the size and/or shape of your breasts? If you are, cosmetic surgery could be for you. Women from all walks of life pursue this type of procedure. From weight loss to pregnancy, hereditary constraints, and mastectomies, individual patients have their own needs for surgery.
In your initial consultation, you will be asked a range of questions, allowing our plastic surgeons to better assess your needs and medical history, with topics including why you want surgery, what you’re hoping to gain, and any previous medical conditions or treatments. This consultation will also give your doctor adequate time to become familiar with your general health, examine and measure your breasts, take appropriate photographs, and inform you of your options regarding the augmentation.
Particularly, the following factors will be considered during this consultation:
- The size, shape, and type of implant (i.e. round, teardrop, saline, or silicone)
- The incision placement (i.e. the bottom crease of the breast, the armpit, or the areola)
- The implant placement (i.e. partially/ completely under the chest muscle or breast tissue)
If you are unsure or confused about these specific factors regarding your surgery, there is no need to worry – the professional doctors at the Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville are here to help and guide you. The goal of this consultation is to ensure you feel comfortable, informed, and prepared for the breast augmentation.
Your surgery will be performed with general anesthesia. During the procedure, frequently known as the augmentation mammoplasty, your doctor will place implants into the natural breast pocket. In order for the implant to be put into the right location, an incision will be made in one of three places: the bottom crease of the breast, the armpit, or along the lower part of the areola. The incision will then be stitched closed, but only after the implant has been properly adjusted for desired shape and size. Bandages, tape, and gauze may be applied for support, or to help assist with healing.
Treatment requires an hour to complete, with an additional four to five hours spent at the surgery center for recovery. Most patients are not required to stay overnight following the surgery, unless an unforeseen complication occurs, which is extremely rare.
Following surgery at the Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville in Tennessee, your surgeon and our staff will monitor your progress. In order to remove excess fluid, drainage tubes may be inserted and kept in place for several days. It’s common to feel tired and sore after surgery, but you should be mobile in one to two days. Any post-surgery pain can be controlled with prescription medication.
Within a few days, the gauze and surgical dressings will be removed, at which time you can change to a sports bra if you prefer. Any sutures that do not dissolve on their own will be removed within seven to ten days. It’s important to know that during the first two weeks after your surgery, you may experience a burning sensation in the nipples. However, this feeling will subside as post-surgical bruising begins to fade. When implants are placed under the breast gland, swelling may persist for three to five weeks. Swelling is also likely when breast implants are placed under the muscle.
It’s necessary for recovering patients to get plenty of rest post-surgery and to avoid any type of strenuous activity, including exercise. For the best results, individuals should slowly ease back into their normal, daily routines.
After breast augmentation, consider the following:
- Patients can (and should) still have regular mammogram screenings
- Silicone implant patients should regularly be checked for ruptures
- Future pregnancies or weight change can affect surgery results
- The aging process will not stop, meaning breast tissue will change
Most patients return to work after a few days, depending on the amount of activity their job requires. During the first two to three weeks, your breasts will be very sensitive to direct stimulation. If your breasts are no longer sore after three to four weeks, then breast contact should be fine. However, no heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling with the upper body is recommended for at least two weeks. At the Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville, we also discourage any activity that causes an increase in your heart rate or blood pressure for the first two weeks.
After implant placement, the surgical scars will appear pink and firm for six weeks. The surgical scars may appear to widen or remain the same size for several months. They will eventually fade, though they will not disappear completely. If you should experience any serious complications during your recovery period, contact our Nashville, Tennessee office to speak with one of our specialists.
One of the more common complications is capsular contracture, which occurs when the capsule or scar around a breast implant tightens, causing the breast to feel abnormally hard. This condition is treatable. Other infrequent, yet possible complications, include oversensitive or numb nipples.
There is a chance that a breast implant will break. If a saline breast implant leaks or breaks, the implant will drain completely within a few hours, and your body will absorb the salt water harmlessly. If a silicone gel-filled implant breaks, you may not detect the leak if the scar tissue around the breast implant remains intact. If the scar tissue does break or tear, however, the silicone gel may migrate into the surrounding tissue. If a saline or silicone implant breaks, contact our office in Nashville, Tennessee to speak with a surgeon.
Some patients experience arthritis-like symptoms. As of now, researchers have found no clear link between symptoms of connective-tissue disorders and silicone breast implants. The FDA is currently conducting further studies on the matter.
Though current evidence does not show a link between breast augmentation surgery and breast cancer, prosthetics can alter the way a mammography is performed in order to detect breast cancer. Trained radiologists will need to perform special displacement techniques.
Further, following surgery, changes in the implant may also occur, such as the size or shape or the breast implant. Over time, implants can harden, develop ripples, or shift in position, resulting in the need for surgery. However, when surgery is performed by a qualified, experienced, and reliable doctor, the procedure is not only safe but yields long-lasting results.
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Silicone Gel Implants
Over the last 14 years, many studies have been conducted on silicone gel. The FDA has determined that silicone gel breast implants are safe and effective for use in augmentation and reconstruction. Now, women over the age of 22 can choose what type of implant they prefer.
Cohesive Gel Implants
At the Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville, we also offer the highly cohesive gel (known as “gummy bear implants”). While these do have many advantages, there are a few potential drawbacks to this popular choice. For example, the cohesive gel variety is more expensive than saline, and scars are typically larger. Cohesive gel implants also have the added risks of shifting and distortion.
Again, during your initial consultation with your doctor, you can discuss the different types of implants, and which option would be best for your needs and goals.
The Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville has had the honor to work with a variety of patients over the years. Take a look at just a portion of our satisfied clients:
“Being in the healthcare field myself, I was completely impressed with the amount of time Dr. Gingrass spent with my preparing and deciding on surgical procedures. Her knowledge, kindness, and professionalism was impeccable. I visited several surgeons in preparing for this procedure. When I visited with Dr. Gingrass, she was hands down far above the others . . . Thank you for a great experience.” – Satisfied Client
“Dr. Haws has performed two surgeries on me, and I have been more than pleased with both. I had a breast augmentation under the muscle and a mini tummy tuck with liposuction. She and her staff are amazing, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I feel better about myself and how I look.” – Satisfied Client
“Dr. Haws took great care to listen to the goals I had for my appearance. She carefully chose the right breast implants and procedure to make sure I had the best possible outcome. My clothes fit much better than before, and I can now wear swimsuits and other tops more confidently.” – Satisfied Client
Contact our Nashville, TN practice today to find out if Breast Augmentation is right for you.