Breast augmentation, also known as mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to enhance the shape and size of a woman’s breasts, using breast implants. This procedure can help to make the breasts more proportionate to the rest of the body, even out breasts which are different in size or shape, and it can enlarge and reshape breasts which have lost their fullness or shape due to weight loss, pregnancy, breast feeding, or age. Breast augmentation can also be used for reconstructive purposes on patients who have undergone mastectomy or those with a congenital breast deformity. The best candidate for breast augmentation is a woman over the age of 18 who is unhappy with her breast size or shape and looking to alter their appearance. Patients must be psychologically stable, physically healthy, and have realistic expectations. Breast augmentation can enhance the look of the breasts, and often has the added benefit of increasing one’s self confidence.
Breast augmentation involves many different options and techniques. Choices must be made about the incision location and the implant placement. The choices that are right for you will depend upon your individual circumstances, and, thus, are best made with the help of Dr. Creech. In terms of incision placement, the inframammary and the periareolar placement both have advantages and disadvantages that will be discussed with you during your consultation.Regarding placement of the implant, there is a choice between subglandular and submuscular. For the subglandular placement, the implants are placed above the chest muscle and submuscular placement is beneath the chest muscle. Dr. Creech will determine which placement is best for you.
After surgery, patients often feel somewhat sore, tired and stiff, which can last for several days. Some degree of pain is usually experienced because the procedure stretches the tissues, though the submuscular placement of the implants is typically associated with more pain. Prescribed pain medication can help alleviate any pain or discomfort you experience. Dr. Creech may also request that you keep your arm extensions to a minimum, raising your elbows no higher than your armpit. A few days after surgery, any bandages that were applied are usually removed. Many times, patients are required to wear a support bra or compression bandage to help support and position the breasts.The breasts may feel tight at first as the skin adjusts to the new breast size, and the breasts themselves may seem hard at first, though they do soften in time. Swelling is common and usually begins to fade within a few weeks. Increased sensitivity to physical contact of the breasts may occur for a month or longer. The scars will be pink right after surgery and for several weeks, but will fade over a period of several months.The amount of time it takes to recover will be different for each patient and for each technique. However, most patients find that they can return to work five to seven days after surgery. Nonetheless, you will need to refrain from overly strenuous activities and heavy lifting for eight weeks.