Breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty, otherwise known as a boob job, is a cosmetic breast enhancement procedure. A breast enhancement can be performed with the use of implants or with your own fat during a natural breast augmentation. A breast augmentation with implants is among the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the last 2 decades. They are popular since they are extremely gratifying to the patient who has been concerned about their breast size for a long time, and it is also a relatively safe procedure as well. Breast implants are designed to enlarge and reshape the breasts and improve body proportion. Breast augmentation is generally not designed to lift drooping breasts, but they may give the appearance of a more youthful figure due to the change in proportions. Women looking to lift their breasts will need a procedure that tightens and supports the soft tissue as is done in a technique called a mastopexy. A breast lift procedure may be performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation in certain people depending on several factors which your breast augmentation surgeon, Dr. Vasquez, will help you decide which breast surgery is right for you during a one on one consultation at his Connecticut plastic surgery practice in Southport.
Those who wish for fuller breasts with improved contour and symmetry can benefit from a breast augmentation. There are several reasons for a breast augmentation, including naturally small breasts, underdeveloped breasts, and changes to the breasts over time. Breasts can change shape due to many factors including breast deflation after pregnancy, lost volume with changes in weight, etc. Some women may also just be unhappy with their breast shape or size in general. Breast augmentation can also improve breasts that are not symmetrical. Breast implants may also be used to reconstruct the breasts after mastectomy or to correct congenital breast shape deformities that arise from birth or caused by injury or illness. Breast implants are designed to add volume, form, and symmetry to the chest to improve these concerns. Good candidates for breast augmentation with cosmetic implants are women who:
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The breast augmentation is one of the most customizable cosmetic procedures, allowing patients to choose the size and shape of their breast implants for the firm, round breasts they desire. Patients will have several implant options that will help them achieve the results they need. Along with choosing the size of their implants, patients will have the following options for their breast enlargement procedure:
The material you choose for your implants will affect the results of your breast augmentation procedure. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, and Dr. Vasquez can help you determine which type will be best for your goals and values. Your two main implant material options will be:
Saline breast implants are composed of a polymer shell and filled with sterile saline. The saline can be safely absorbed by the body in the event of a rupture and would immediately deflate. Saline implants are FDA approved for those 18 and older.
Silicone breast implants are composed of a silicone gel that has the feel and movement of natural breast tissue. However, silicone implants would not deflate when ruptured and will require regular MRI scans to ensure no leakage has occurred. These implants are approved for patients 22 and older.
The IDEAL implant is composed of saline in a multi-chamber structure. This allows for the natural look and feel of silicone, but without the risk of silent rupture. With a structured saline implant, you can also enjoy a reduced risk of complications like capsular contracture. These implants are approved for women 18 and older.
Breast implants can be placed under or over the breast muscle. Breast implants that are placed over the muscle can offer a quicker recovery. Candidates for this type of placement will need to have adequate breast skin quality. Breast implants can also be placed under the breast muscle. This allows for more coverage of the breast implant to reduce the risk of complications, but typically leads to a longer recovery period.
There are several different breast augmentation techniques that can be used to help you enhance the size and shape of the breasts with the use of implants. These are the general steps that occur during a typical breast augmentation surgery:
As with all surgeries, breast augmentation or implant surgery has its risks and potential complications. It is important to understand what these risks are before making your decision. Talking to a Board-certified Plastic Surgeon is the best way to understand these risks and to learn what to look for as you heal. A Board-certified Plastic Surgeon is not only concerned with giving you the best result possible, but also about your utmost safety. Dr. Vasquez will support you throughout your healing process and recovery and ensure that you will end up with a great experience.
After your procedure, you will be provided with breast surgery after care instructions to ensure proper healing. It is important to note that the results of your breast implants may change. Breast implants will add weight to your breasts, therefore altering their shape over time. It is important to have properly fitting bras to support your breasts to avoid looseness of the skin. In some cases, we find that when properly supported, the patient will experience little to no sagging over time. This includes supportive sports bras during activity with excessive movement, even during simple hiking or walking. Dr. Vasquez will also suggest that you massage your breasts daily for the first three months’ post-surgery. This will help keep your breasts feeling natural and lower the risks of scar tissue development. It is extremely important to be aware of any changes and contact Dr. Vasquez with any concerns.
I went to Dr. Vasquez for a breast augmentation and it was the best decision of my life. Not only did I get the breasts I dreamed of but Dr. Vasquez made me feel 100% comfortable throughout the entire process.Read Patient Stories
Getting breast implants has helped many women achieve a greater self-esteem and body image. Dr. Vasquez always tries to understand each and every person’s goals, personality, and daily life to help them make the choice that is right for them. It’s important if you are considering a breast implant or augmentation procedure, that you are doing it for you.