Breast augmentation can help you feel better about yourself and the way you look. It can give you more self-confidence, knowing you look good in your clothes. However, there are several questions that you may have about this procedure which are designed to decide if this is the appropriate surgical option for you.
What is the Breast Enlargement procedure?
Many people think of breast augmentation as adding one or more sizes to the breasts to make them larger and fuller. While this is one aspect of the procedure, it also includes restoration of the natural volume for breasts that have begun to sag or have lost their fullness due to weight loss or other reasons.
What is the recovery process?
After the surgery, the patient will have their breasts wrapped in gauze. They will be allowed to go home in a few hours, in most cases. They will receive specific instructions on any medication to take and how to clean and care for the incision area. They will need to remain quiet for the first 24 to 48 hours and continue with reduced activity for a few days. Even after resuming normal activity, the patient may experience swelling and soreness for the next few weeks.
What results can I expect?
At first, you will experience a lot of swelling in your breasts. As the swelling goes away, you will begin to see the final results of the surgery. Don’t expect this right away because it can take several weeks for the actual size and shape to be obtained. Once the recovery process is complete, you will notice a different size and shape based on your consultation with the Dr. Jeffrey Sweat. However, you must remember that breasts may change even after the surgery based on weight loss or gain or from aging.
Am I a candidate?
You must be at least 18 years of age, and you should be in good health. Dr. Sweat will ask you about your overall physical and mental health to determine if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation. You must not be pregnant or currently nursing a baby. You should not have any other major medical conditions. Your surgeon will review your medical history, which is why it is important, to be honest with all questions. He will also discuss your reasons for having the surgery to ensure you have reasonable expectations and the right outlook.
What is the average cost?
The cost of a breast augmentation procedure depends on several factors. The location and the typical charge for the doctor impact the final expense. In addition, the type of implant (saline or silicone) will also influence the price. The typical cost for a breast enlargement procedure usually runs from $5,000 to $10,000. Most of the time, the patient’s health insurance won’t cover this surgery because it is considered a cosmetic procedure. Mammaplasty augmentation is a procedure that can change the way you feel about yourself as well as the way you look to others.
Breast enhancement surgery can provide you with the specific results you desire.
Gone are the days of overly large and fake looking breasts. In past years, people found this to be very attractive and aesthetically pleasing. However, with the change in times, the public has had a shift in attitude about what they feel defines the perfect breast shape. With mammaplasty surgery, there is a definite swing on the pendulum toward an “authentic” and “normal” look and shape to a woman’s breasts. And the decision to find the authentic and perfect look and feel is something only you can decide for yourself and for yourself only.
What is the perfect breast shape?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, they have defined the perfect shape as an “upper pole to lower pole ratio of (45:55). Now you might be asking yourself what does this mean in everyday vernacular. A study was conducted asking over 1,300 people to examine pictures of breasts and rank them by attractiveness.
The resounding result led researchers to arrive at the 45:55 ratio which means that the most desirable looking breasts have 45 percent of the fullness above the nipple/areola line and 55 percent of the fullness below. This results in what plastic surgeons refer to as a teardrop shape implant. Interestingly enough, the researchers found that this preference was homogenous across gender, racial and ethnic groups. Delving further into the statistics the 45:55 ratio was desirable by 90% of men, 87% of women in their 30’s and 94% of plastic surgeons.
Why do women make the very personal decision to augment their breasts?
There are a number of factors for a woman deciding to change the appearance of her breasts. Most commonly, women tell me they would like a breast augmentation “to feel more confident” and sometimes women tell me “it’s my body and nobody’s business why I want to enhance my breasts.” Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Sweat says, “No woman has perfectly symmetrical breasts and in the event, they are almost identical in proportion and fullness it is most likely the result of having breast surgery whether it be in the form of breast implants and/or a breast lift (mastopexy) with augmentation.”
What are the different types of breast enlargement surgery?
According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2010 breast augmentation was the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States, with more than 300,000 cases performed. Dr. Jeffrey Sweat believes that understanding the breast anatomy and the changes that occur through aging, pregnancy, and weight loss are fundamental for achieving fuller breasts that are symmetrical, well-shaped, and well-positioned.
Augmentation mammaplasty is one of the most common procedures performed by Dr. Sweat. Because of his expertise in plastic surgery of the breasts, he has developed a systematic approach to meet your satisfaction and reduce the need for revisionary procedures following your initial surgery. This approach includes a thorough pre-operative evaluation, accurate pre-operative measurements and sizing, an emphasis on achieving a natural feel and appearance, and prevention of complications, such as implant migration and capsular contracture.
Breast implants come in many different types, and they may be placed through different incisions and in different locations. Once you have decided to proceed with your breast procedure, there are three main choices to be made: incision location, implant type and size, and whether to place the implants above or below the muscle of the chest wall. The choice of implant type, size, shape, and other features will be determined based on your breast anatomy, body type, and your desired increase in size. Your lifestyle, goals, personal preferences and sound surgical judgment are also determining factors.
In closing, when it comes to defining the “normal” breast, there is much variation. In the last 15 years, the average bust size has increased from 34B to 36C in the United States. Whether this increase is due to breast surgeries or related to higher body weights is not known. The chest size is determined by measuring the diameter of the rib cage below the breasts and adding 5. The cup size is a measure of the volume of the breast and is denoted by the first letters of the alphabet:
A cup- about 8 ounces (238 milliliters)
B cup- about 13 ounces (385 milliliters)
C cup- about 21 ounces (621 milliliters)
D cup- about 27 ounces (800 milliliters)
Breast Enhancement Question and Answer with Dr. Jeffrey Sweat
Question: What are my options for a breast revision?
Answer: I recently had a consultation with a patient that presented with augmented 300cc saline implants that were clearly not proportionate with her body. Her initial concern was related to potential scarring. After an incision through her areola that did not heal well her main concern was how noticeable the scarring would be. My recommendation in this type of revision is to proceed with a transaxillary incision. This is a patient that presents with a high risk of scarring wherein transaxillary incision (through the armpit) is a viable option because the potential for scarring is minimal due to the incision site. Many women have expressed this technique leaves their breasts looking untouched and is less likely to affect their mammary gland if they plan on having children and breastfeeding. There is a natural fold that exists in your armpit which allows for an incision that creates a pocket created behind the breast implant. The smaller incision when inserting a saline implant is becoming more popular as the incision point is much smaller than other surgical techniques.
Question:I have been dissatisfied with the asymmetry in my breasts since I was a teenager. I am now in my 30’s and my breasts are underdeveloped and the right breast is considerably larger than the left. I have researched this cosmetic procedure at length to correct this issue. What can you do to ensure I will have symmetrical breasts after augmentation?
Answer: The techniques used in mammaplasty have changed drastically over the last ten years. Interestingly, assessing the satisfaction and results of patients has remained a challenge. The problem you describe is classified as hypoplastic breasts. Hypoplastic breasts may be small or large. It is breast shape, placement, and asymmetry that indicate hypoplasia, not necessarily the size of your breasts. A new technique to ensure symmetry-evaluation involves using an adjustable-volume implant on side as opposed to two-fixed volume implants. The placement of an adjustable implant on one side has been found to yield better symmetry.
Quite simply, if you suffer from hypoplastic breasts this new technique of using a fixed-volume and adjustable-volume implant is a viable option that helps to standardize results. It is a true advantage as it is less expensive that undergoing 3D imaging and the possibility of undergoing multiple surgeries to correct asymmetry post-surgery. If you have experienced any of the symptoms described with hypoplastic breasts, please contact our office to schedule a consultation to learn about the options to correct your breast shape, placement, and asymmetry. Many advances have been made in the field of breast augmentation and at New Body MD Surgical Centers and Medical Spas we strive to educate patients about all of their options so they feel comfortable and able to make a decision about whether this is the right procedure for them.
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