Breast augmentation is a surgical revision of the breasts to make them larger, improve symmetry and provide increased fullness. Also known as augmentation mammaplasty, breast augmentation is made possible using FDA-approved silicone or saline-filled implants placed above or below the chest muscles. There are many reasons for undergoing a breast augmentation, such as to enhance a breast that is naturally small or to restore volume that may have been lost as a result of weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding.
As no two women are alike, neither are our breasts. It is good to think of the breasts as “sisters” not “twins.” Dr. Allen takes an individual approach to patients giving them “homework” so that their goal size is better communicated. Ultimately size is impacted by a woman’s body size and shape, but better communication prior to the procedure equals a more satisfied patient after.
Did you know…
that the popularity of breast augmentation is at an all-time high? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, augmentation mammaplasty is 45 percent more common than it was in 2000. In 2008 alone, surgeons performed more than 300,000 of the procedures. Breast augmentation seems to be a popular cosmetic choice among women of all ages, though the majority of patients are between ages 17 and 55.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for breast augmentation in Raleigh, NC?
You may be a candidate for breast augmentation if you are self-conscious or bothered by the size, shape or symmetry of your breasts. The FDA approves the use of saline implants if you are at least 18 years of age, or your choice of saline or silicone implants if you are age 22 or older.
What should I expect during a breast augmentation?
Prior to your procedure, you’ll undergo pre-operative lab work and be instructed to avoid food and drinks on the day of your surgery. You’ll be placed under general anesthesia for the duration of your procedure, meaning you’ll feel and remember nothing regarding the surgery. Depending on the type of implant you receive, Dr. Amber Allen will make a small incision beneath the breast, around the nipple, or under your arm. The implant will be secured in place and your incision sutured shut. Most breast augmentations take no more than two hours and are usually performed on an outpatient basis.
Will I need to follow post-operative instructions?
Yes. It is normal to experience some swelling and soreness in the days following your procedure, and you may be advised to avoid certain physical activity for several weeks after the surgery. You also may be instructed to take certain medications and to return to Allen Aesthetic Surgery for a follow-up visit within 6 to 8 weeks after your surgery.
The procedure is done usually under general anesthesia and patients are asked to refrain from upper body exercises for 6 weeks; light lower body exercise can usually be initiated within a week or two. Post-operative comfort is important; therefore, you will be prescribed medications to aid in your recovery. Most patients are asked to refrain from wearing a bra to allow the tissues to relax, but each case is individualized at the post-operative visit. As with any surgical procedure, there is risk of infection, bleeding, bruising and swelling. With breast augmentation using implants, rupture, capsule formation, or skin rippling can occur. Also, nipple sensation may be either heightened or diminished following the procedure. For women who potentially may want to breastfeed following childbirth, delay in augmentation is typically recommended as there is no guarantee this will not be affected by the procedure.