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Breast Augmentation (Implants)

Procedure

Breast Augmentation increases the size of the breast. It is helpful for women who naturally have relatively small breasts or those that have lost volume from childbirth/breast feeding or weight loss.

Breast Augmentation can also be useful to improve symmetry. Currently, I use saline and silicone gel implants and the recently approved form – stable ‘Gummy Bear’ Silicone implant. When possible, I generally prefer placing saline implants partially under the pectoral muscle, as there are several advantages to this. Silicone implants can be placed partially submuscular, subfascial or subglandular depending on ones tissue characteristics. Several possible incisions are available.

Currently, I prefer an incision in the natural crease below the breast (inframammary incision). However, the incision can also be placed in the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple), or in the armpit (Axillary incision). The belly button incision has never been FDA approved and is a choice I do not offer.

Anesthesia
Local with IV sedation or General Anesthesia.

Operative Time
Generally one and a half hours to two hours.

Risks
Although rare, infection, bleeding and asymmetry can occur. Hardening of the breast, visible implants, and malpositioning has also been reported.

Recovery
Generally 2 weeks to resume aerobic type activities.