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Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, also called “augmentation mammaplasty,” is a procedure designed to enhance the size and improve the shape of a woman’s breasts. Many women report an increased sense of confidence as a result of the added volume and youthful contours that result from this procedure.

How do I know if a breast augmentation is right for me?

How do I know if a breast augmentation is right for me?

Women have many different reasons for choosing breast augmentation surgery, but most of them fall into one of these four categories:

Change in Breast Size After Pregnancy

Pregnancy and breastfeeding often lead to a reduced breast size and cause a deflated breast appearance. Breast augmentation can restore your original breast volume or enhance them to an even larger size.

Breast Revision

If a previous breast surgery was unsatisfactory or resulted in complications, a secondary breast augmentation can be performed to correct any concerns.

Naturally Small Breasts

Women who have small or asymmetrical breasts due to genetics can achieve enhanced volume and natural-looking results with breast augmentation.

Sagging Breasts

Aging, pregnancy, and significant weight loss can cause the breasts to sag and have a poor shape. A breast augmentation (often performed with a breast lift) can improve the shape of the breasts and provide a more youthful appearance.

Silicone vs. Saline

Silicone vs. Saline

Silicone Implants

  • FDA-approved for women 22 years or older
  • Pre-filled with silicone gel
  • Lower rate of rupture than saline implants
  • Said to feel more natural than saline implants

Ideal Implants

  • FDA-approved for women 18 years or older
  • Filled with sterile saltwater solution but with multiple silicone channels
  • Feels more like a silicone implant than traditional saline breast implants
  • If a rupture occurs, it will be noticeable immediately
  • Size can be adjusted during surgery

Saline Implants

  • FDA-approved for women 18 years or older
  • Filled with sterile saltwater solution after insertion
  • If a rupture occurs, it will be noticeable immediately
  • Size can be adjusted during surgery

We are excited to offer Crisalix, a new era of breast consultations. Visualize your breast augmentation results with a state-of-the-art 3D imaging technology.

One of the biggest challenges for patients who are considering breast augmentation surgery is the uncertainty of choosing sizes and wondering what they will possibly look like. Experimenting with implant sizers, and before and after photos can give the patient an idea of their results, but that doesn’t often give them the ability to truly visualize how their own personal results might turn out.

The Crisalix is a state-of-the-art 3D imaging technology. It is a new visualization tool that uses 3D rendered photos of their bodies as the canvas to create the best pre-op visualization of their potential results possible. Working with the surgeon, the patient can see what they might look like with different implant sizes, and shapes. With the Crisalix, a patient can not only see themselves with a breast augmentation, but they have the opportunity to see what they might look like with a breast augmentation and a breast lift. Surgical results will vary but it is a great tool for the patient to visualize the possibilities.

We are also excited to announce that we have exclusive rights to Augmented Reality Visualizer by Crisalix, a new concept in breast imaging. Patients can now actually see themselves in a mirror with their new breasts before surgery. The Crisalix 4D Augmented Reality feature will enable the patient to discover themselves on a large screen, as if they are looking in a mirror, augmented with their new breasts. Contact us for more information and to schedule a breast consultation.

The Breast Augmentation Process

Consultation

Once you fill out the form above, you will be contacted to confirm an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with the surgeon. This appointment includes an analysis of your health history, any medications you are taking, and what you desire to achieve with the procedure. You should have all of this information with you when you come to your appointment. The surgeon will discuss the techniques that will best provide you with the results you desire and answer any questions you may have.

Preoperative Instructions

David Pincus, MD will review in detail all of the information you need to know prior to surgery. Generally, patients should avoid smoking and taking anti-inflammatory medication (e.g., aspirin and ibuprofen) for at least two weeks before surgery. Some vitamins and supplements may also cause problems during or after surgery, so it is best to avoid them or to talk to Dr. Pincus about potential side effects. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home and care for you for the first 48 hours after your procedure.

During the Procedure

Breast augmentation is typically performed with general anesthesia and takes about two hours to complete. Based on the techniques agreed upon during your consultation, the surgeon will place the implants either above or below the pectoral muscle. Incisions are most commonly made either around the areolas or beneath the breasts at the crease and are closed with sutures.

Recovery

After surgery, you will likely be advised to wear a compression garment to aid with swelling and to keep you comfortable. Swelling will typically subside after about three weeks but may last as long as a few months. For the first few days after surgery you will need to get plenty of rest and avoid bending or lifting. Most patients are able to return to work in one week and resume regular exercise after about six weeks. Your surgeon will give you more detailed information about what you can expect during your recovery.

Breast Augmentation FAQs

Q. Who are the best candidates for breast augmentation?

A. The best candidates for breast augmentation wish to increase the size of their breasts. Most were either born with naturally small breasts or suffered deflation due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Patients who have excessively sagging breasts may be better candidates for a breast lift or a breast lift with an augmentation. Ideal patients are also in good physical health and do not smoke.

Q. What type of implant should I choose?

A. There are many implant choices available. You have the opportunity to choose between textured or round, silicone or saline, high or moderate profile, and a range of sizes. Your surgeon will recommend the best implant for you based on your physical anatomy and desires for the procedure.

Q. Where are the incisions made?

A. Breast implants are not considered lifetime devices and may need to be replaced at some point after the original surgery. However, most surgeons agree that replacement is not necessary unless an issue arises. On average, most women have their implants replaced between ten and fifteen years after they are first inserted.

Q. What complications can occur?

A. As with any surgery, there is a risk of developing complications after breast augmentation. Although rare, the most common complication is capsular contracture. Other complications include implant rupture, symmastia, double-bubble deformity, asymmetry, and implant rippling. Breast revision surgery can correct any complication that may occur.

Q. Is there scarring with breast augmentation?

A. Incisions are placed in locations that are as inconspicuous as possible, and the resulting scars will fade significantly over time. Protecting your scars from the sun will help prevent them from darkening.