What is a breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation surgery involves using breast implants or fat, referred to as fat transfer breast augmentation, to increase the size of your breasts or restore breast volume that has been lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, Dr. Guilfoyle offers a variety of implants and surgical options for breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is clinically referred to as augmentation mammaplasty.
Breast augmentation can:
- Increase fullness and projection of your breasts
- Improve the balance of your figure
- Enhance your self-image and self-confidence
Breast implants may also be used for breast reconstruction after mastectomy or injury.
What breast augmentation surgery won’t do
Breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. If you want your breasts to look fuller and to be lifted due to sagging, a breast lift may be required in conjunction with breast augmentation. Breast lifting can often be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation. Your plastic surgeon will assist you in making this decision.
A breast augmentation procedure includes the following steps:
- Anesthesia – Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
- The Incision – Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. You and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome. Incision options include:
- Inserting and Placing the Breast Implant – After the incision is made, a breast implant is inserted into a pocket either:
1. Under the pectoral muscle (a submuscular placement)
2. Directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle (a submammary/ subglandular placement)
- The method for inserting and positioning breast implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your body type and your surgeon’s recommendations.
- Closing the Incision – Incisions are closed with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin.Over time the incision lines will fade.
- See the Results – The results of breast augmentation are immediately visible
Preparing for breast augmentation surgery
In preparing for breast augmentation surgery, you may be asked:
- Get a blood test
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking
- Avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs as they can increase bleeding
Breast augmentation surgery will be performed in an accredited hospital.
If your breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.
Dr. Gregg Guilfoyle offers overnight support in Coordinated Health’s spa-like care unit after your surgery. Ask for details!