How is the Breast Augmentation Procedure Done?
Breast augmentation has become the most common form of cosmetic surgery. Hundreds of thousands of women (and teenagers) elect to have this procedure each year, and each year the number continues to grow. These numbers include those who are seeking to enlarge their breasts as well as breast cancer patients who are being assisted with breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.
The basic concept is quite simple: the breast is enlarged by placing an implant under the breast tissue, or under muscles in the chest. A decision regarding the placement of the implant will be made in consultation with Dr. Stevens, based on considerations including the type of implant that will be used, your wishes regarding speed of recovery and your aesthetic goals.
The Steps of a Breast Augmentation
Before the procedure begins, you will receive anesthesia. In most cases, this will be general anesthesia.
Next, an incision will be made through which the implant will be inserted. There are three common options regarding this step:
- The incision can be made on the underside of your breast, in the skin fold. This is the most common method. The implant is inserted through the opening that has been created.
- An incision may be made under your arm, and a surgical tool that includes a camera will be inserted in the opening that has been created and will be used to help guide the implant into place.
- An incision can be made around the edge of the areola, the darkened tissue around your nipple. The implant is then inserted through this opening.
A decision regarding which surgical approach will be employed is made well in advance of your surgery, through a consultation with Dr. Stevens. This will be based on variables including the type of implant you intend to have placed, your preferences regarding the appearance of your breasts following the implant, the types of scarring that might be expected with each approach and whether you anticipate breastfeeding in the future. You’ll have the great advantage of insight from an unusually skilled surgeon who you can trust to do his job to the highest standard and who can call upon many case histories to help you envision the real-world results from each approach.
After your surgery, it may take a few months for the implants to settle fully. At that time, you’ll be able to see the full benefits of your surgery.After your surgery, it may take a few months for the implants to settle fully. At that time, you’ll be able to see the full benefits of your surgery.
Breast Augmentation in Conjunction with Other Procedures
It is not uncommon for women to seek breast augmentation after pregnancy, to restore the youthful appearance of this area that has been affected by weight gain and loss as well as by breastfeeding.
In addition to restoring the shape of the breasts, you may also want address any sagging that has developed. Depending on the nature of your pregnancy, it’s possible there are other changes that you might want to resolve, whether sagging or stretching of abdominal skin or unwanted fatty deposits on thighs, buttocks, or tummy.
Body Reshaping to Restore a Trim, Fit Figure After Baby
There are surgical remedies for all these issues, and Dr. Stevens can provide the ones that are most appropriate to your makeover wishes, whether a tummy tuck, breast lift, breast augmentation or liposuction.