What is a Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation can be misunderstood, equating it to some sort of centerfold end result. But most of our augmentation patients at Saltz Plastic Surgery in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah, seek natural looking results, not over-the-top transformations. These women want to enhance their breasts in a natural, proportionate way. The goal may be to improve breasts that the patient has always found to be deficient in some way. Or, the goal can be to restore volume and shape after pregnancy or weight loss.
Decisions to Make Before Breast Enlargement
Long before any surgery, you will meet with Dr. Saltz for an extensive consultation. This meeting will discuss your goals and expectations for augmentation, along with your medical history. It’s wise to have done some research on your own prior to your first consultation, looking at before-and-after photos for body types similar to yours.
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Once you decide to have breast augmentation surgery, you’ll have three other decisions to make, which Dr. Saltz will, of course, help you with. Those decisions are implant type, implant size and shape, and incision location.
Types of Breast Implants
The choice of implants is a personal one, depending on a variety of factors.
– Silicone Gel Implants
– Saline Breast Implants
Breast Implant Size and Shape
You will also decide on the shape and, of course, the size of your implants. Various shapes are available with different projections. The two main shape categories are round or teardrop. Teardrops are often thought to present a more natural shape and are less prone to the rotation once in place.
Determining the appropriate size is crucial to your satisfaction with your augmentation. Dr. Saltz believes the best results are proportional to the patient’s anatomic features. We will help you choose the size and projection that fits your goals for your augmentation.
– Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation is typically performed as an outpatient procedure.
- The surgery begins with an incision at the location you’ve chosen.
- Dr. Saltz then creates a pocket in the tissue either under the pectoral muscle or directly behind the breast tissue over the pectoral muscle.
- If you are having silicone implants the incision will need to be somewhat longer than for saline implants because silicone implants are inserted filled.
- Saline implants are filled once in place.
- Once the implants are in place, Dr. Saltz will then check the symmetry of the breasts before closing your incisions.
- At Saltz Plastic Surgery, we utilize skin glues whenever possible to minimize scarring, and this may be available in your case. Regardless, there will be some scarring (except with axila surgery), but it will fade with time.
– Incision Location
– Breast Augmentation Recovery
Like any surgery, the recovery time for breast augmentation varies for every patient. Although recovery from the surgery is not difficult, there will be pain and discomfort from two to three days after the procedure. Prescription medication will be provided for pain management. Breast augmentation patients are usually able to return to work after four or five days. After one to two weeks, patients can begin non-impact lower body exercise. Impact exercise can be resumed after four weeks, with upper body exercise following at six weeks.
Your immediate post-operative visits include drain removal, learning how to massage your breasts to keep them soft, and a complimentary lymphatic drainage massage to reduce bruising and swelling. The regular visits to see Dr. Saltz and his nurse will continue until the first anniversary of your augmentation.