If you are unhappy with your breasts due to breastfeeding, aging, or a natural imperfection, breast augmentation surgery may be a viable option for you. A breast augmentation procedure by Dr. O’Brien in St. Petersburg, Florida may bust just the thing you need to feel more comfortable with your body.
What is breast augmentation?
Augmentation mammoplasty, or breast enlargement, is a surgical procedure to increase the size, shape or fullness of a woman’s breasts. Dr. O’Brien places silicone, saline or alternative composite breast implants under the chest muscles or breast tissue to achieve a fuller, more symmetrical appearance. There are many different types and designs of implants, and Dr. O’Brien will help you choose the right option for your goals. During your consultation, Dr. O’Brien will explain many surgical options, including:
- Saline, silicone gel, “gummy bear,” and IDEAL breast implants
- Different shapes of implants such as round and teardrop
- Two placement options: above or below the muscle
- Different choices for incision location: under the breast where it meets the chest wall, at the edge of the areola, or endoscopically through the armpit.
Breast augmentation takes about an hour and you will be under general anesthesia so you can sleep comfortably through the surgery. Most patients fear the surgery will leave significant scars, and to avoid this, Dr. John O’Brien usually performs breast augmentation with stitches placed beneath the skin, which leaves very fine scars that are barely noticeable. The sutures will not have to be removed; they will completely dissolve.
What Patients are Good Candidates for a Breast Augmentation?
Women from ages 18–60 choose to undergo breast enhancement and enlargement. If you have congenital breast shape deformities, breast asymmetries or lost breast volume as a result of childbirth and/or age, you are a good candidate. It is important that your breasts be fully developed before undergoing breast augmentation surgery. You must be in good physical and mental health to ensure a successful procedure and recovery. Those with realistic expectations are often happiest with their surgical outcomes. A consultation with Dr. O’Brien will determine your eligibility.
How long is recovery from breast augmentation?
For the first hour immediately after surgery, you will be taken into a recovery area for monitoring. Following breast augmentation surgery, you will need to wear a compression bra to ensure optimal healing. Most women are able to return to activities with restrictions between 24–48 hours. You can resume normal activities and sports, usually in four weeks. It is important to follow the specific post-op instructions given to you by Dr. O’Brien MD for a safe and quick recovery.
How Much Do Breast Implants Cost?
The cost of breast augmentation surgery varies by practice and region. When you come in for a consultation with Dr. O’Brien, we will create a pricing quote that will include procedure fees, anesthesia fees, and operating rooms fees. Health insurance plans will not cover breast augmentation costs. For more information on exact pricing, schedule a consultation with Dr. O’Brien.
While larger breasts can be noticed immediately, final improvements may take a few weeks as swelling begins to lesson. After this time, you can expect to see fuller, more symmetrical breasts. It is also important to see your plastic surgeon for an annual examination to evaluate the implant and overall breast health. Due to changes in the appearance of breasts overtime, some patients may also benefit from a lift or implant replacement.
Types Of Breast Implants For Breast Enlargement Surgery
Depending on your aesthetic goals, Dr. O’Brien may recommend different implants and breast augmentation techniques. The following are different types of cosmetic breast implants that can be used to enlarge or reshape small breasts or underdeveloped breasts.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are known to provide the most natural looking breast augmentation surgery. This is because the feel of a saline implant has the closest feeling to a natural breast. Saline implants have a more “liquid” material compared to other options which give it a more natural feel but is also more prone to implant rupture.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone implants have an inner core filling of a silicone gel that results in a slightly more firm, round breast with more structure. A patient may choose silicone implants because they want a firmer more structured look. While these implants may hold up to wear better than saline, silicone may cause a problem if they rupture.
Gummy Bear Implants
“Gummy Bear” or cohesive silicone gel implants are a newer development in breast enhancement. Gummy bear implants have an inner core of silicone gel, but what makes them different is that the gel is more solid than a regular silicone implant. This makes them a safer option in the event that you have a rupture, the gel will not disperse into the body or cause breast deflation. This is also the firmest of the implants used to improve breast aesthetics.
IDEAL implants are the latest breast implant option, combing the benefits from both saline and silicone implants. The IDEAL implant uses only saline material, eliminating any danger in the case of a rupture. Since a silent rupture is not an issue with saline material, patients will also not require regular MRIs to check their IDEAL implant’s condition. Instead of using one shell like other implant types, the IDEAL implant uses multiple chambers, creating a stronger structure for more natural-looking and feeling results. This added strength also decreases the risk of a rupture, visible rippling, and capsular contracture.
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between breast augmentation and breast lift?
In general, breast augmentation is procedure intended to correct asymmetry or enhance the size and shape of the breasts with the use of implants. Breast shape can be augmented by both breast augmentation and breast lift but in different ways. A breast augmentation can create a more full and round shape, while a lift can correct a longer looking breast by bringing it up to a higher position.
Are there different implant sizes?
Dr. O’Brien will work with you to find your ideal size and shape of the breast implant. As for size, implant sizes are measured by ccs rather than traditional bra sizes. Dr. O’Brien will help you find your ideal size for your lifestyle during your consultation.
What type of aftercare is required for breast implants?
breast surgery aftercare instructions will be provided to you by Dr. O’Brien and his staff. During the first weeks of recovery, it is essential that you follow the instructions diligently for the best possible outcome.
Does breast augmentation leave scars?
Yes. Breast augmentation does leave scars but in most cases, they will fade fine over time. A breast surgery incision technique will be discussed during your consultation to suit your unique situation. Some incisions often used for breast surgery include the following:
- Transaxillary – incision made in the armpit and implant put into the breast through this incision.
- Periareolar – incision made around the areola (pigmented skin around the nipple)
- Inframammary – Incision in the crease beneath the breast (inframammary)
Can I breastfeed after breast enlargement?
After breast enlargement, the physical effects of breast implant surgery should not prevent you from breastfeeding in the future after recovery. Your mammary glands will be left intact or properly repositioned for normal function after a breast augmentation unless you were born with breast hypoplasia, a mammary gland condition in which a person is born with insufficient gland tissue. After the proper healing process, breastfeeding after augmentation should not feel or function any different than it would have prior to your procedure.
How should I plan my breast augmentation?
The best way to plan for the consultation and procedure is to go through our breast augmentation before and after’s photos to see previous patient results. Another important part of preparation is feeling comfortable with your Reasons for Breast Augmentation. Cosmetic surgery should always be done for you and not someone else.
What risks are associated with breast implants?
One major benefit of breast enlargement nowadays is that over time technology and medical knowledge of implants only continues to improve. However, like any surgery, risk does exist. Potential Risks of Breast Implant Surgery Include:Improper implant placement
- Improper implant placement
- Implant rupture
- Capsular contracture due to scar tissue
- Change in nipple sensitivity