Breast augmentation can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with members of our medical team.
Also known as augmentation mammoplasty and breast enhancement gives you several individualized options for changing the size and shape of your breasts. Surgical methods and breast-implant technology have improved dramatically in recent years: breast augmentation is less invasive, with more options and better post-surgical results.
To make this procedure accessible to all our patients we provide Financing options.
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It’s only natural to have concerns about breast implant safety, and our surgeons are devoted to helping you understand the risks and make informed decisions about your procedure. Numerous studies over the past decade have supported the safety of breast implants – both saline and silicone gel.
THE BEST CANDIDATES FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION
TYPES OF IMPLANTS FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION
NO TOUCH - KELLER FUNNEL
The Keller Funnel™ can insert all silicone gel breast implant sizes up to 800cc, including gummy bear breast implants. There are many advantages to the Keller Funnel, and virtually no disadvantages.
The No-Touch Technique with the Keller Funnel™ allows the breast implant to never be handled. No matter how sterile the surgical suite and the operating room are, it is always possible to get a minute amount of bacteria on the shell of the implant, particularly when the breast implant is being put into the pocket. Because the Keller Funnel™ eliminates this risk, the risk of capsular contracture is lessened.
ALL SURGERIES CARRY SOME UNCERTAINTIES AND RISK
Other concerns are nipple/areolar sensitivity. There is less than 2% incidence of permanent change in sensitivity (either increased, decreased or loss of sensation). Nursing after breast augmentation is possible, although there is a 10-18% chance of not being able to breastfeed after augmentation.
A Capsular Contracture is scar tissue that builds around every implant. In some patients, a capsular contracture occurs, in which case the scar tissue thickens and tightens causing visible or painful changes in the breast. The incidence varies roughly between 2-8% with no real definitive cause or prevention. It is believed that capsular contractures may be triggered by blood, fluid or bacteria. While the majority of women do not experience these complications, you should discuss each of them with your physician to make sure you understand the risks and consequences of breast augmentation.
BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY
There are three options for incision location:
- 1. Periareolar (around the dark skin surrounding the nipple)
- 2. Inframammary crease (the fold under the breast)
- 3. Transaxillary (armpit).
Every effort will be made to assure that the incision is placed so resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible. Working through the incision, the surgeon will lift your skin and breast tissue to create a pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath your chest wall muscle (the pectoral muscle). The implants are then centered beneath your nipples.
Putting the implants behind your chest muscle may reduce the appearance and feel of the implant as well as decrease the potential for capsular contracture. This placement may also interfere less with breast examination by mammogram. Placement behind the muscle however, may be more painful for few days after the surgery than placement directly under the breast tissue.
Be sure to ask about minimal incision breast surgery techniques. You’ll want to discuss the pros and cons of these alternatives with the doctor before surgery to make sure you fully understand the implications of the procedure that he recommends for you.
Dissolvable stitches are used to close the incisions, which may also be taped for greater support. A gauze bandage may be applied over your breasts to help with healing. A surgical bra and sometimes a “Band-O” breast strap will be provided for you.
THE BREAST AUGMENTATION CONSULTATION
During the consultation a breast exam will be performed, the doctor will explain which surgical technique will be best suited for you to give you the most natural result. If your breasts are sagging, the doctor may also recommend a breast lift, which would be explained.