What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to improve the size and shape of the breasts. A breast augmentation surgery uses implants to add cup sizes to the breast while creating a rounder, firmer shape.
Patients who seek breast augmentation may be looking for any of the following aesthetic effects:
- Change in the breast shape
- Correction of asymmetry
- Enlargement of breast size
- Restoring volume after weight loss/pregnancy
- More proportionate breast size
Breast augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgeries in the world, with more than 300,000 performed in the United States each year.
What Are the Different Kinds of Breast Augmentation Surgery?
There are several different types of implants that can be used in a breast augmentation procedure. The first is the silicone gel implant. Silicone implants are a popular implant option as they provide a very natural feel and shape. Another option is the “gummy bear” implant, which is a classically-shaped, highly cohesive, textured implant.
The final implant used in breast augmentation surgery is the saline implant. Saline implants are unique because they are filled post-implantation. The thin shell of the implant is inserted through a small incision, and the implant is filled with saline solution after it has been placed.
Breast augmentation procedures also differ in placement methods. Implants can be placed in one of six ways, depending on the patient’s desired aesthetic goals and their natural anatomy. These options include below the breast gland, above the fascia and pectoral muscle, below the pectoralis fascia, completely below the pectoralis fascia, or in a dual place below the upper pole and lower pole of the breast.
The type of implant and placement used during your breast augmentation will be discussed during your initial consultation, where we can assess your anatomy and unique needs to determine which kind of breast augmentation will suit you.
How Long Will Breast Augmentation Surgery Last?
Breast augmentation surgery can last anywhere from one to two hours, depending on the type of implant being used and the placement of the implants.
How Long Is the Recovery Time After Breast Augmentation?
Recovery time after breast augmentation can vary from patient to patient. Patients are usually up and walking several hours after surgery, and most patients are able to return to work about four to six days after their procedure. Full recovery from breast augmentation may take up to six weeks. During this time, you will need to avoid certain activities that can strain incisions or impact the healing process. We will cover this in detail to help you plan accordingly.
How Long Until the Final Results Are Visible?
While your breasts will be larger immediately after surgery, you will not see the actual results until several weeks after your procedure. After your breast augmentation, you will be required to wear a supportive bra for four to six weeks to promote optimal healing. Stitches can be removed about ten days after surgery. Some swelling and bruising can remain in the following weeks. Most patients see the final outcome of their breast augmentation around one to two months after their surgery.
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If you're interested in breast surgery including breast augmentation, breast lift, & breast reduction, please contact our experienced plastic surgeons online or by calling 208-939-3110 to get started with a consultation. We proudly serve patients in Boise, ID, and surrounding communities, and look forward to meeting you!