Some individuals feel that small breasts not only limit their fashion choices, but can also cause dissatisfaction with body image. Breast augmentation is to increase fullness and projection of the breasts which will improve the balance in a women’s figure and can enhance her self-image and self-confidence.
South Florida Breast augmentation enlarges a women’s breast through the surgical placement of breast implants. In general, it is a cosmetic procedure strictly performed to fulfill your personal desire for fuller breasts or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy. Implants may also be used for reconstructive purposes to restore a breast that is lost due to mastectomy, injury, or for other reasons. In any case, breast implants allow women the choice of fuller, natural appearing breast and a more balance figure.
Breast augmentation is the surgical placement of breast implants to increase fullness and projection of the breasts or to improve symmetry of the breasts. Clinically referred to as augmentation mammaplasty, the procedure is used cosmetically to:
- Enlarge naturally small breasts, most commonly the result of heredity
- Restore breast volume lost following pregnancy, as result of breast-feeding or due to weight loss
- Achieve better symmetry when breasts are moderately disproportionate in size and shape
Breast augmentation does not however correct sagging breasts. In cases where a women desires to enhance breast fullness, and at the same time, improve the position and shape if sagging breasts, a breast lift may be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation. The breast augmentation is a highly individualized procedure, one that you should choose to undergo to fulfill your own desire for enhanced breast size, not the desire of others. Permanent breast enhancement can only be achieved surgically. There is currently no medical treatment of any kind for breast enhancement with the proven results and satisfaction of breast augmentation.
Adult women, of any age, can benefit from South Florida breast augmentation to enhance small breast size or restore fullness. However, it is recommended that breasts be fully developed, prior to breast augmentation. You should also be aware, that breast augmentation does not generally interfere with a women’s ability to breastfeed.
A woman who is motivated by her own personal desire to enhance breast contour, is most likely to be satisfied with the results of breast augmentation surgery. Good candidates are defined as:
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improving their body image
Overall health and personal outlook, can greatly impact the outcome of breast augmentation surgery. This will be carefully evaluated in your consultation. The success of your procedure, your safety and overall satisfaction require that you:
- Honestly share your expectations
- Fully disclose your health history, current medications, the use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
- Be candid about any history of breast cancer in your family and your personal breast health
- Commit to precisely following all instructions
Dr. Yalamanchi performs breast augmentation using implants made of finest medical grade, bio compatible, textured or smooth silicone shells, filled with sterile saline solution. Should the implant rupture or leak, the saline is safely absorbed by the body and poses no health hazard. Implants may be pre-filled, prior to placement, or slowly filled at the time of surgery through a self-sealing valve. Implant placement, type and size, will be determined based on your breast anatomy, body type and desired increase in size, as well as Dr. Yalamanchi’s judgment. Implant manufacturers occasionally introduce new styles and types of implants; there may be additional options available to you.
Breast implants have not been shown to impair breast health. Careful review of scientific research by independent groups such as, the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (IOM) has found no proven link between breasts implants and auto-immune or other systemic diseases in women. Implants can, however, create subtle or more noticeable changes in the look and feel of your breasts. Capsular contracture, a condition that causes the naturally-forming scar tissue around a breast implant to contract, occurs in a variable percentage of patients and can make the breast feel firmer than normal. While this condition can be addressed surgically, correction is not always permanent.
You should be aware that breast implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and future surgery may be required to replace one or both implants. Pregnancy, weight loss and menopause may influence the appearance of augmented breasts over the course of a women’s lifetime. Your breast augmentation requires you to have your regular examinations for breast health, and to evaluate the condition of your implants.
A mammogram may be recommended prior to your procedure to ensure breast health and serve as a baseline for future comparison. Following the procedure, mammography is technically more difficult. Obtaining the best possible results requires specialized techniques and additional views. You must be candid about your implants when undergoing any diagnostic breast exam.
Breast augmentation requires surgical placement of breast implants to enhance breast size. The most common incisions include an inframammary incision (near the crease under the breast), an auxiliary incision (in the underarm area,) or a periareolar incision placed at the edge of the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.) Incision patterns vary based on the type of implant, degree of enlargements desired, patient anatomy, and patient preference.
Through the incisions, a pocket is created either directly behind the breast tissue (sub mammary of sub glandular placement) or beneath the pectoral muscle and on top of the chest wall (sub muscular placement). The implant is positioned within this pocket and incisions are closed with layered, non-removable sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin.
The results of your breast augmentation are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will refine. Satisfaction with your enhanced body image should continue to grow as you experience the fulfillment of your goal for fuller breasts.
Possible risks of breast augmentation include bleeding, infection or poor healing incisions and changes in nipple or breast sensation. Capsular contracture, implant leakage or rupture, or wrinkling of the skin over the implant, is also possible and may require a second procedure. All surgery carries risks associated with anesthesia. These and additional risks will be discussed at to your consultation.
It is important to have all your questions answered and it is natural to feel some anxiety about surgery.
Once your procedure is complete, dressing or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and an elastic bandage or support bra will minimize swelling and support the breast as they heal. Before you are released, you and an accompanying family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for the breast following surgery
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the of infection
- Specific changes at the surgical site or in overall health
- When to come back for follow up visits
Initial healing will include swelling, discomfort at the incision site, and in breast tissue overall. Discomfort is common and can be controlled with medication. A support bra may be recommended around the clock for the first week or two. It is important to cleanse the incision sites and apply ointment as directed. Follow all instructions carefully; this is essential to the success of your outcome. A return to light, normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, usually within a few days of surgery.
Initial wound healing may take from 5 to 10 days, at which time any sutures will be removed. You will be ready to return to work and normal activity at this time, if you feel comfortable, so long as you do not engage in any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise. Intimate contact with breasts may resume when healing is more fully completed, usually within 4 to 6 weeks. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling resolves, implants positions settles and incisions lines continue to refine. Incisions lines are permanent, although inconspicuously located. Continue to follow the instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.
The final results of breast augmentation are immediately visible. Final results appear gradually over the next few weeks as swelling resolves and breast size and shape settles. Incisions lines typically will continue to fade over the next year.
Over time, your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity. However, your new enhanced breast contour and the freedom to wear the clothes you enjoy without the need for padded bras, should bring you added self-confidence, whether at the beach, or in the boardroom.