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Many women are not satisfied with the size or shape of their breasts and want them to be bigger and fuller. This dissatisfaction is especially common among women who have lost breast volume due to pregnancy or weight loss. If this sounds like you, breast augmentation could be what you desire.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast Augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure performed by Connecticut Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Gary Price, that increases the size of a woman’s breasts through the use of either breast implants or a patient’s own tissues. Unless a small change is desired, implants are usually the most effective.
Breast Implant Placement
Breast implants are often placed under the chest muscles to achieve a beautiful, natural contour. It is sometimes necessary to have the implants placed directly underneath breast tissue. These decisions are best made in consultation with your surgeon, based on your own unique shape and desires. Incisions are usually hidden in the fold under the breast, but can be placed in the armpit, or around the areola (the dark skin that surrounds the nipple).
In the case of sagging breasts, some women opt to have a breast lift. In some cases, a breast lift is done in tandem with breast augmentation.
Types of incisions
- Inframammary incision: This is below the breast, where it connects to the chest. This is the most popular location because the incisions are camouflaged fairly well and there’s little risk of affecting nipple sensation.
- Periareolar incision: A small incision is made just below the areola, or the dark area surrounding the nipple. This incision could be used if your augmentation is combined with a breast lift. Women who may want to breastfeed after having children should be aware that their milk ducts could be affected by this option.
- Transaxillary incision: This is a much less common option where the incision is made in the horizontal crease of the armpit. The surgeon may have a difficult time seeing final implant placement with this type of incision, but there are cases when it may be appropriate.
Are there any natural alternatives to augmentation with breast implants?
In Connecticut, Dr. Price is one of the few plastic surgeons offering fat grafting breast augmentation. Fat grafting is already fairly common for breast reconstruction procedures, but the technique is now becoming more common for cosmetic breast enhancement. It’s typically used for women who want a modest increase in breast size. The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for the procedure is to speak with Dr. Price.
How do I know if I need a Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift?
If you wish to increase breast size and are not worried about sagging, breast augmentation is most probably what you need. A Breast Lift, on the other hand, changes the position of your breasts without increasing their size. Dr. Price will help you determine the best way to achieve your aesthetic goals. If you are concerned about both sagging and size, Dr. Price can combine both procedures into one surgery.
Types of Breast Implants
During your consultation, Dr. Price will discuss your breast implant options. There are two options available: saline and silicone implants.
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. They are inserted into the breast implant pocket before they are filled, allowing smaller incisions and custom sizing.
In case the implant shell leaks, the implant will collapse and the sterile salt water will be absorbed and processed by the body, much like a sports drink. Saline implants are available to women age 18 and above.
These implants are filled with silicone gel that feels like natural breast tissue. If the implant ruptures, the gel may remain in the implant shell, or it may leak into the breast implant pocket. A silicone gel implant will not collapse even when it leaks.
If do have silicone implants, you will need to visit your surgeon on a regular basis to ensure that the implants are maintaining their structural integrity. Silicone breast implants are available to women age 22 or older. A wide variety of silicone implants for different body shapes, sizes, and types are available.
Choosing the right Breast Implant size
Women are fortunate to have access to the Vectra® 3D imaging system at Dr. Price’s practice. This innovative system provides a preview of how you might look with implants of different sizes. The process helps patients feel confident in their decisions and more satisfied with their results.
How long do breast implants last?
Although breast implants are very durable, they are not meant to last forever. Most implant manufacturers say their products have a life span of 10 to 20 years. Once your doctor decides that your implants are no longer useful, you can have them removed or replaced.
Where is the Breast Augmentation surgery performed?
Our office in Connecticut has its very own private surgicenter. Dr. Price’s facility is licensed by the state of Connecticut as an ambulatory surgical center and is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF). Our center is staffed by surgical, anesthesia, nursing, and technical personnel with extensive experience with plastic surgery.
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Recovery after surgery
Most patients take 1 to 2 weeks off work for recovery. You should resume light activity such as walking as soon as you feel ready after your procedure in order to prevent blood clots and promote healing. More strenuous activities such as exercise or heavy lifting should be resumed gradually over the course of several weeks. Dr. Price will give you detailed instructions for when you can get back to certain activities, as well as information about medications, incision care, and follow-up appointments.
Discomfort is generally manageable with prescription medications and over-the-counter painkillers after the first few days, and you may need to wear a special bra for a while after surgery. You may have to wear a special bra for a period of time following your breast augmentation surgery.
Can Breast Augmentation be combined with other procedures?
Yes. Many women have Breast Augmentation as part of a combination operation called a Mommy Makeover, a custom procedure that aims to make mothers feel and look great after pregnancy and childbirth. During a Mommy Makeover, Dr. Price creates a personalized treatment plan that includes breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, tummy tuck, and any other procedure that targets areas affected by pregnancy.
Schedule a consultation with Connecticut Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Gary Price
Your Breast Augmentation consultation with Dr. Price will be very thorough, so he can tailor his approach to your unique situation. If you have questions about breast augmentation that aren’t answered here, please bring them with you when you meet with Dr. Price. You can request a consultation online to meet personally with Dr. Price, or call his office at (203) 453-6635 to schedule an appointment.