You’re not alone. Each year, more than a quarter of a million women choose to have a breast augmentation. Their reasons are quite varied but, generally, fall into one of three broad categories:
Correcting an abnormality: It is not uncommon for women to have variance in breast size. Usually the difference is not noticeable. However, some women may have a cup size (or more) variation. Breast augmentation surgery can correct this imbalance.
For reconstructive purposes: Women who have lost a breast to mastectomy, injury or other causes may undergo breast augmentation to reclaim their natural appearance and to feel more like their own selves.
To improve body image: Many women with small breasts have trouble finding clothing that fits well and feel their fashion choices are limited. Some women choose augmentation to undo changes to the breasts following significant weight loss or pregnancy.
Whatever your reasons for considering breast augmentation surgery, the goal is to restore natural breast volume and shape. A board-certified plastic surgeon can help you choose the best option to help you meet your goals.
Most breast augmentation surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis; occasionally, an overnight stay may be required. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and women are typically able to return to normal activities and work (depending upon the type of work), within a few days.
When deciding upon augmentation, the woman and plastic surgeon may choose from several approaches:
In transumbilical breast augmentation, the implants are inserted through a very small incision concealed inside the navel. Once in place, the implants are filled with either silicone gel or saline. In transaxillary breast augmentation, the implants are inserted through a small incision in the armpit. The benefit of both transumbilical and transaxiliary approaches is that no scars are left on the breasts themselves.
In the periareolar approach, the surgeon makes a small incision around the nipple where the implant is inserted. In the inframmary fold approach, a small incision is made in the natural crease under the breast.
Whichever approach is used, the surgeon will place the implant behind the natural breast tissue. In some cases, the implant may be placed under the chest muscle.
Regardless of the approach, special surgical techniques are used and post-operative care instructions are given to minimize minor complications.
Implants consist of a silicone shell which may be filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel.
The amount of saline in the implant affects the shape, firmness and feel of the breast. Should the implant shell leak, a saline breast implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.
Silicone breast implants are filled with an elastic gel. The gel feels and moves much like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket. A leaking implant filled with silicone gel may not collapse. If you choose these implants, you may need to visit your plastic surgeon regularly to make sure they are functioning properly. An ultrasound or MRI screening can assess the condition of breast implants.
Find out More
The next step is to find out more. King’s Daughters Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon W. Bryan Rogers III, M.D., has decades of experience in performing breast augmentation procedures and understands the special concerns of women considering breast augmentation.
Dr. Rogers offers free, private consultation. During the consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to talk about your goals and expectations, techniques, implant types and to ask any questions. Dr. Rogers will assess your breasts and work with you to determine the type of implant, size and shape that will best meet your needs.
Breast augmentation is not generally covered by insurance. However, our office offers special financing through CareCredit. Be sure to speak with our staff if this would be helpful to you.
For more information or to schedule your free consultation, please call Dr. Rogers’ office, King’s Daughters Medical Specialties – Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at (606) 324-2600 today.