Breast enlargement, or augmentation mammoplasty, enhances the body contour of a woman who is unhappy with her small breast size. Other purposes of this procedure include:
- To correct reduction in breast volume after pregnancy.
- To balance a difference in breast size.
- To provide a better balance with the rest of your body.
Augmentation mammoplasty is done on an outpatient basis in a surgical center, under general anesthesia. An implant is placed through an incision, under the breast tissue or under the muscle. The incision can be made under the breast, around the nipple or under the arm. A breast implant is composed of an outer silicone shell filled with saline or silicone gel implants. The outer surface will be smoothand implants come in various shapes to meet a woman’s individual needs.
When the implant is placed submuscularly under the breast, there is a lower chance of contracture (contraction of the tissue capsule surrounding the implant), and mammography is more reliable. There is also less risk of visible or palpable implant edges. Dr. Snider can help you decide which incision and type of implant will work best for your body.
Determining Implant Size
The shape of your augmented breasts depends on the implant. Implants may be round or teardrop-shaped (anatomical). The choice depends on the look you want to achieve: Anatomical implants produce a gentle slope, resulting in a fuller upper area, whereas round implants create a round curve in the upper part of the breast. Another factor to consider prior to surgery is breast width, which determines the amount of “cleavage” between your breasts and the outer curves, which you may want to balance with your hips.
Realistic expectations of this procedure are important. Women often think of breast size in terms of bra cup size. If you are currently a size “A” and wish to be a size “C”, there must be adequate existing breast tissue coverage; otherwise you will be warned of visible or palpable implant edges and other possible risks.
Post Operative Care
You must have someone drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after surgery. You will experience some pain the first day or two that is easily controlled with pain pills. Some tightness in the breast area is also normal as your body adjusts to the implants.
You can move about freely after surgery. Avoid heavy lifting for 2 weeks. Aerobic exercise such is allowed after 2 weeks, however please be careful and listen to your body. You will most likely be able to return to work within a few days if your work is at a desk, but you will need to avoid any strenuous activity for the first two weeks.
During recovery, the breasts will be swollen. Within a few weeks, the actual shape and size will be evident. After surgery you may notice some asymmetry since they may heal differently. For example, you may have more swelling or firmness on one side than the other, one side may be more uncomfortable than the other. We will be here to help you with your recovery and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
During the consultation Dr. Snider will address the potential risks of breast enlargement.
Breast augmentation is a safe procedure that has produced pleasing and satisfying results for many women. Those who are psychologically stable and have realistic expectations benefit the most. A preliminary consultation can help you determine whether breast augmentation is right for you.