Breast augmentation with saline or silicone implants is easily one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States—more than 2 million Americans have benefitted from breast augmentation. This procedure enlarges the size and enhances the shape of a woman’s breasts.
If you feel dissatisfied with the size of your breasts, breast augmentation at our McKinney, Texas plastic surgery office may be an appropriate solution to create a more feminine silhouette and improved body proportion.
The typical candidate for breast augmentation will be dissatisfied with her breast size and have a strong desire to change it. Ideal candidates will be non-smokers, have a stable body weight and be capable of understanding the risks of cosmetic surgery.
Most patients who seek breast augmentation in Texas do so to achieve the following benefits of breast implants:
Aside from the cosmetic improvements that can be made with breast augmentation, the procedure can also be used to correct tuberous breast and a loss of breast fullness, which can occur after pregnancy or weight loss.
McKinney breast lift with implants is another popular breast enhancement procedure that combines breast augmentation with breast lift surgery in order to create fuller breasts that are also perky and high on the chest wall.
All breast implants have a silicone outer shell. The filler material can be of two types: saline or silicone. Safety of breast implants is often in the news and has been an important topic in plastic surgery for many years. As discussed previously, the FDA approved the use of silicone implants in breast augmentation in 2006 after years of study proved them to be safe. In fact, breast implants are some of the most rigorously investigated and researched medical devices available. The type of implant selected will be based on the discussion between the patient and our physician. Advantages and disadvantages exist for both.
A variety of techniques exist for this procedure. All techniques currently being performed by plastic surgeons involve the placement of saline or silicone filled breast implants. The breast implants can be placed using three possible methods:
Breast augmentation involves making a small incision to insert a breast implant into the breast area in order to enlarge the breast. There are several possible locations for the small incision that will be used for inserting the breast implant:
The surgery is commonly performed on an outpatient basis at a hospital or state-of-the-art surgical unit while the patient is under a general anesthesia and asleep. The surgery will take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. All incisions are closed with absorbable sutures and covered with skin glue. This allows the patient to get in the shower the same day of surgery if she wishes. A surgical bra is placed at the end of surgery and the patient is instructed to wear this bra or any other bra without an underwire for a total of six weeks.
Postoperative instructions include no upper body exercises of any kind for a total of 6 weeks. Oral pain medications, muscle relaxants, and sometimes antibiotics are given as prescriptions for the postoperative period. Generally some pain is experienced for the first week, especially if the implants have been placed under the muscle. Swelling can persist for 4-6 weeks but is usually mostly resolved by two weeks. Sometimes, implants can “ride high” for the first few weeks. They will generally drop with the assistance of implant massage after 4-6 weeks. Most patients can have a good sense of their final result anywhere between 6 weeks and three months.
Dr. Setty routinely sees Texas breast augmentation patients from McKinney, who want to increase their breast size and maintain soft, natural-looking upper body contours. During your consultation, Dr. Setty will talk with you about your breast enhancement expectations and goals, as well as your unique physical attributes, to determine whether breast implants are a good fit for you.
Contact our McKinney, Texas plastic surgery office for more information on breast augmentation, or to schedule a consultation with board certified Texas plastic surgeon Dr. Naveen Setty.