Breast augmentation, also known by the technical term augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to enhance the size and projection of the breasts by implant or fat transfer. It can also correct breast asymmetry.
Contrary to popular belief, breast augmentation is useful for more than just increasing cup size; it can also restore balance between the shape of the hips and breasts, enhance breast fullness, and improve the contours of your chest.
If you are interested in addressing the shape of your breasts as well as their size, breast augmentation can be combined with a breast lift. This combination procedure is known as augmentation mastopexy.
Learning More About Breast AugmentationThere are several different types of breast implant, as well as placement methods and positions, all of which must be carefully considered by you and Dr. Patel when discussing your aesthetic goals.
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Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, and patient satisfaction is generally very high. You may be a candidate for breast augmentation if any of the following apply to you:
- Your breasts have lost volume after weight reduction
- Your breasts have lost shape and volume after pregnancy
- You are unhappy with the size or contours of your breasts
- Your breasts are asymmetrical (one is larger than the other)
- One or both breasts did not develop normally
In order to be an ideal candidate for breast augmentation, you should be in generally good physical health, a non-smoker, and not have medical conditions that may impede the healing process.
You should not be pregnant or nursing, and your breasts should be fully developed. If you plan to have children after the procedure, you should speak with Dr. Patel about the potential complications associated with breastfeeding after breast augmentation.
When you schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, you will speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon, who will thoroughly review your medical history to ensure that you are a good candidate for breast augmentation. Any previous surgeries or preexisting medical conditions you may have will be discussed.
Your plastic surgeon will examine and measure your breasts, including the size, shape, skin quality, and nipple position. Photographs are usually taken at this stage in order to perform a full evaluation and choose appropriately sized implants. Your plastic surgeon will work with you to determine the best course of treatment to reach your ideal aesthetic goals.
You and your plastic surgeon will discuss any and all aspects of the procedure, including recovery and any potential risks associated with breast augmentation. If you have any questions about any of these factors, you should not hesitate to ask; the consultation is the best time to have all your questions answered.
All surgical procedures by the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago are performed at top hospitals in Chicago and CMS or AAAASF-certified surgical centers for safety.
Breast augmentation can be performed by inserting implants or by performing fat grafting. Fat grafting is the process of taking excess fat from other parts of the body, purifying it, and injecting it into the breasts to give them more volume with a natural appearance and feel.
To begin breast augmentation with implants, a general anesthetic is administered. Then Dr. Patel will make incisions in places on the body that make it easiest to conceal any potential scarring.
Dr. Patel will discuss the placement of incisions with you ahead of time; most commonly, the incisions are made in the armpit, in the fold under the breast, or along the edge of the areola. The type of breast implant and implant size may also influence the placement of incisions.
The implants are inserted either behind the pectoral muscle (submuscular placement) or over it, just behind the breast tissue (subglandular placement). This also depends on the implant type and can be further influenced by the degree of enlargement.
Implants may be filled with silicone or saline. You can consult with Dr. Patel regarding the different implant types and what would be preferable based on your aesthetic goals.
Silicone implants are gel-filled and, according to many patients, tend to feel and look more natural. Saline implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water. They are generally less expensive than silicone implants and tend to be more adjustable.
Once the implants are placed and the surgeon performs a final examination to ensure symmetry and the correct positioning, the incisions are closed with sutures. The results of breast augmentation surgery are apparent immediately following the procedure, and scarring is usually minimal and concealed.
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, so in most cases, patients are able to return home the day of surgery. Elastic bandages or a support bra are usually necessary following the procedure to keep swelling to a minimum and to support the breasts as they heal.
Dr. Patel will prescribe pain medication and issue post-surgical care instructions to ensure a safe recovery. It is very important to follow all instructions precisely to avoid any complications.
Swelling and bruising is normal for a few weeks following surgery, and you should avoid any rigorous exercise or exertion until your doctor clears you to return to your normal level of activity.
The cost of this type of procedure depends largely on the location of the practice, the surgeon, and the patient’s needs. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a breast augmentation is around $6,000, though it can range up to $9,500 depending on the technique and implants used.
The Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago provides every patient with a detailed breakdown of costs after an initial consultation. It is rare that your health insurance provider will cover any of the costs associated with a breast augmentation.
At the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, our goal is to help you not only look but feel like the best version of yourself. We understand that the decision to undergo breast augmentation is a deeply personal one, and we strive for the highest levels of patient satisfaction in everything we do.
If you have any questions or concerns about breast augmentation, or you believe you are a good candidate for the procedure and would like to speak to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Parit Patel, contact us to schedule a consultation.