Breast augmentation is a choice to consider if you are unhappy with your breasts. Breast augmentation can:
Breast augmentation is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself. The procedure may be a good option for you if:
Breast Augmentation surgery usually takes one to two hours and is typically performed under general anesthesia. Three important decisions that will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Patel are the following:
Each patient is different and Dr. Patel will spend time with you during the consultation to create a treatment plan to help you achieve the look you want.
All breast implants whether saline or silicone consist of an outer silicone shell. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water within the silicone shell. They can be filled with varying amounts of saline which can affect the shape, firmness, and feel of the breast. Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. The gel feels and moves similarly to natural breast tissue. In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved silicone breast implants for breast augmentation surgery. In June 2011, the FDA issued a “white paper” on the safety of silicone gel implants.
During your consultation, Dr. Patel will help you decide which implant is right for you. Dr. Patel will also discuss with you the option of shaped vs. round implants. Anatomically shaped implants provide a long lasting shape and contour your breast with natural curves.
Dr. Patel will discuss with you where to place the incisions for the surgery so they are located in inconspicuous places. This will allow the scar to be minimally visible. Options for scar placement include under the breast crease (inframammary incision), around the areola which is the dark skin around the nipple (periareolar), or under the arm (transaxillary).
Dr. Patel will discuss with you where to place the breast implants after the breast pocket is created. Dr. Patel places the implant in one of the following locations:
The method for inserting and positioning implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, and your body type.
Most patients feel sore for about 24 – 48 hours. Usually patients return to work in 7 – 10 days. The swelling subsides after the first few weeks. The scars will start to fade within a few months and continue to lighten over the next few months and years.
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