Breast augmentation, also known as mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that uses breast implants to enhance the shape and size of your breasts. You may simply want larger breasts, but augmentation is also used to make women’s breasts more proportionate to the rest of their body and to even out breasts that are different in size or shape.
Many women seek breast augmentation to restore their breasts when weight loss, pregnancy, breast feeding, or age affect natural fullness or shape. Dr. Creech also uses implants for breast reconstruction after women have a mastectomy and for women with congenital breast deformities.
The best candidate for breast augmentation is a woman over the age of 18 who is unhappy with her breast size or shape and who wants to alter her appearance. Patients must be psychologically stable, physically healthy, and have realistic expectations. Along with improving the appearance of your breasts, breast augmentation often has the added benefit of increasing your self-confidence.
For years, women only had two choices in breast implants, silicone and saline (salt water). Implants filled with saline are firmer compared to silicone implants, but saline is safe should the implant leak. Silicone implants feel more like your natural breasts, but women worry about health risks in the event the silicone gel inside the implant leaks.
Breast augmentation involves many different options and techniques. Dr. Creech explains the different types of incisions and implant placement. The choices that are best for you depend on variables such as your body size and the results you want to achieve.
The amount of time it takes to recover is different for each patient and technique. Most patients return to work five to seven days after surgery, but you can’t engage in strenuous activities and heavy lifting for eight weeks.
If you have questions about breast augmentation, call David Creech, MD, today.