What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, or breast enlargement, is a cosmetic procedure we offer at DeRoberts Plastic Surgery that is designed to enhance existing breast tissue or replace any that has been removed due to trauma or cancer. Whether you want to increase a cup size or regain your familiar figure after loss Dr. DeRoberts is here to help.
Breast Augmentation Candidates
There are several reasons a woman may want a breast augmentation. They may simply want larger breasts or to fix asymmetrical breast sizes. Additionally, a candidate may want to replace or restore lost volume. Loss of breast volume can occur as a result of pregnancy, significant weight loss or a trauma. Candidates must have fully developed breasts, lead a healthy lifestyle, and have realistic surgical expectations.
Types of Breast Implants
There are two types of popular breast implants which include saline and silicone. At one point, saline implants were more popular due to strict restrictions on silicone, but many patients complain that they look and feel less natural. In addition to feeling more like a natural breast, silicone implants come in a variety of sizes, textures, and with a lifetime replacement guarantee from the manufacturer. During your consultation, Dr. DeRoberts will go over all of your options and decide what is best for your goals.
Before & After Breast Enlargement
The Breast Augmentation Process
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia and typically lasts less than 1 hour. First, Dr. DeRoberts will make incisions to fit the implants. These incisions are placed in the crease under the breast usually, but can also be made in the armpit or around the areola in order to minimize the scar visibility. Then, he will lift the breast to create a pocket for the implant. The implants can be placed underneath each breast or partially under the chest wall muscle. Dr. DeRoberts places most implants below the muscle layer as it provides the largest amount of coverage and comes with the least complications.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Once the surgery is complete, Dr. DeRoberts will stitch the incisions with absorbable sutures and place a bra on. Patients will feel tired and sore but most return to work in less than a week. Dr. DeRoberts has patients return for stitches removal about a week to 10 days later. Scars will fade after a few months.