Who is a Candidate?
Women who feel that their breasts are too small or asymmetrical, or those who wish to achieve a more appealing and balanced figure can often benefit from breast augmentation. Ideal candidates will be physically healthy, have fully developed breasts, and not be pregnant or breastfeeding. A consultation with Dr. Chao can help to determine if this procedure is right for you.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Breast augmentation can be performed with breast implants to augment the breasts. There are a number of breast implants that are used today. These include:
Saline implants are filled with a sterile saline solution and can be pre-filled, filled at the time of surgery, or even after the surgery to allow minor modifications.
Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel, and are pre-filled, which may require a longer incision to place them. However, these implants are said to feel very close to natural breast tissue.
Cohesive Gel Implants
Also known as “gummy bear” implants, cohesive gel implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel, which is thicker than that of traditional silicone implants. This allows the cohesive gel implants to hold their shape better.
Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer
Breast augmentation can also be achieved with fat transfer. This is a natural breast enhancement procedure that uses unwanted fat from other areas of the body to augment the breasts.
There are also a number of incisions that can be made in which to insert the breast implant. These include the periareolar incision (made around the areola), the inframammary incision (made within or above the breast crease), and the transaxillary incision (made within the armpit). The implants can also be placed under or over the pectoral muscle. These decisions can all be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Chao.
After the breast implants are placed, incisions are closed with layered sutures in the breast tissue. Over time, these incisions will fade.
Results and Recovery
Following your breast augmentation procedure, you will be required to wear a compression garment or supportive bra to decrease swelling and support your new breast contours. Swelling, discoloration, and sensitivity will occur, but should resolve with time. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Excessive physical activity should be avoided for two to six weeks following surgery. It is important to follow Dr. Chao’s post-op instructions to ensure a quick and safe recovery.
If you are interested in enhancing your silhouette with breast augmentation, contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation.
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