Breast Implants in New Haven & Guilford Connecticut
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 that increases the size of a woman’s breasts through the use of either implants or a patient’s own tissues. Unless a small change is desired, implants are usually the most effective. 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.
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.
What incisions are made during breast augmentation?
Inframammary incision. This incision is made underneath the breast. This is a popular choice for incisions, as the scar is hidden well and there is only a slight risk of affecting nipple sensation.
Periareolar incision. The incision is made around and below the areola and is the typical choice when a breast augmentation is combined with a breast lift. Patients who wish to breastfeed need to understand that this incision location could impact the function of their milk ducts.
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.
What can I expect during my recovery from breast augmentation?
Most patients need to take a week or two off from work. Light activity such as walking should be resumed once you feel ready in order to promote healing and blood circulation, and to prevent blood clot formation. Strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting or exercise, can be gradually resumed over the next several weeks. Dr. Price will provide you with post-operative instructions including when you can resume regular activities, information on medications, caring for the incision, and follow-up appointments. Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers or prescribed medications. You may have to wear a special bra for a period of time following your breast augmentation surgery.
Is it possible to combine breast augmentation with other procedures?
Breast augmentation can be part of 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.