Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that enhances the size and
shape of a woman breasts. The procedure can be performed for a number of reasons, including enhancing the body contour of a woman who, for personal reasons, feels her breasts are too small. Breast augmentation can also be performed to correct reductions in breast volume after pregnancy, or to balance a difference in breast sizes. Inserting an implant behind each breast can increase a womans bustline by one or more cup sizes. Reasons for seeking breast augmentation are personal and unique, but you are not alone. Our surgeons at OCSA have performed countless breast surgeries allowing them to refine their skill helping women achieve the best surgical outcome possible.
Silicone implants are FDA-approved for use in breast augmentation patients who are over the age of 22. Composed of a silicone outer shell and filled with a thick, silicone gel, this type of implant is known for its natural appearance and feel. There is a lesser risk of rippling with silicone implants, and they are often more advantageous for women who are exceptionally thin or are undergoing breast reconstruction.
Saline breast implants are approved by the FDA for use in women over 18. Made of a silicone outer shell, saline implants are filled with a saltwater solution that is easily absorbed by the body in cases of implant rupture. Saline breast implants are filled after placement, making it possible for your surgeon to make a smaller incision which results in less visible scarring.
There are a multiple techniques used to perform a breast augmentation, the three most common approaches are the areola, inframammary, or transaxillary. Our surgeons will discuss which option is best for you to help provide the best results possible.
Length of the Operation – 1 to 2 hours.
Anesthesia – Local anesthetic with sedation, or general anesthetic may be performed.
Same day surgery – There is no overnight stay and patients can go home if they are local or we recommend they stay in a hotel if they are traveling from out of town.
Estimated recovery times after undergoing a breast enlargement:
Back to work – Patients can usually go back to work within a few days to 2 weeks.
Physical exercise – Patients can exercise the lower body after 2 weeks, upper body between 4 and 6 weeks.
Contact with breasts – 3 to 4 weeks.
Fading of scars – Scars fade within several months to a year, occasionally more.
Risks: Although infrequent, the risks and complications of breast augmentation include:
-Breasts that are too high
-Breasts that are too low
-Asymmetry (unevenness between two sides)
-Capsular contracture (excess scar tissue around implants)