Introduction – Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation is one of our most popular services as it achieves dramatic and aesthetically beautiful results. Dr. Barrett’s primary focus is to give his patients a natural, well proportioned look while correcting common issues such as small or uneven sized breasts. Through the placement of either silicone or saline implants, Dr. Barrett can ensure breasts are better-proportioned while also enhancing the overall look of his patients. There are several different reasons our patients choose to undergo breast augmentation. Some include balancing breast size, compensating for reduced breast size after pregnancy or surgery or correcting a congenital breast defect.
Every woman is unique in both her desires and her body shape. Keeping this in mind, Dr. Barrett will take the time during the pre-operative consultation to learn each patients specific needs and desires from breast augmentation surgery. Consequently, our patients enjoy a completely customized treatment with their specific needs in mind.
During your pre-operative consultation, Dr. Barrett will also take the time to discuss the differences between both options of breast implants; silicone or saline. Both implant types are proven safe and each offers its own advantages. Numerous measurements and detailed discussions are held to determine the right implant for you.
Breast Augmentation Surgery–Incision Techniques
The breast augmentation procedure lasts one to two hours and is typically performed with general anesthesia. Incisions are made in discreet places on the breast to minimize scar visibility.
There are a couple different locations that incisions may be placed including:
The breast is then lifted, creating a pocket into which the implant is inserted.
Placement Options – Breast Augmentation Surgery
Implants may be placed either beneath the muscle of the chest (pectoralis) or beneath the breast tissue. Placement beneath the muscle of the chest provides a few advantages over placement beneath the breast tissue only. These include reduced risk of capsular contracture (post-operative tightening around the implant) and less interference with mammogram examinations. Possible disadvantages include increased pain in the first few days following surgery and the possible need for drainage tubes. Dr. Barrett will discuss both options and help you decide which would be best for you.
Recovery – Breast Augmentation Surgery
Recovery time after breast augmentation surgery is usually a few days and many patients return to work within the week. Any post-operative pain, swelling and sensitivity will generally reside over the first few weeks.
Scars from incisions will begin to fade after a couple months. Regular monitoring of breast implants after breast augmentation is recommended to ensure continuing breast and implant health.
Contact us today to schedule a breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Barrett.