When you start to consider breast augmentation, sometimes called breast enlargement, a wide array of questions come to mind. Is it right for me? What is the procedure actually like? What are the complications and risks? What does it cost? Explore our Frequently Asked Questions section to get answers to many of the questions you may have. We look forward to answering any further questions you have when you have your first consultation at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery.
Who is a candidate for Breast Augmentation (Enlargement)?
If you feel that you fit one or more of the following conditions, you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation:
- You feel that your breasts are too small
- You feel self-conscious when wearing a form-fitting top or a swimsuit
- Clothes fit well around your hips, but are often too large at the bust line
- Your breasts have become smaller and/or have lost their firmness or shape after weight loss or giving birth
- One of your breasts is noticeably smaller than the other
What happens during a Breast Augmentation consultation?
You and Dr. Ozan Sozer will have a discussion about your desires, goals and expectations. Everything will be talked about so there are no surprises. You’ll discuss breast size and any questions you have about your breasts.
Dr. Sozer will use a state-of-the-art Vectra 3D imaging technology, to give you a preview of what you they may look like after breast augmentation. You’ll be able to see how different sizes, shapes, and types of breast implants will look. This will help you to feel comfortable about all the decisions you are making for your procedure.
Where will the Breast Augmentation surgery be performed?
At El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, breast augmentation is performed at our on-site surgical center. During the procedure, an implant is placed under the breast muscle or under the breast tissue. The location of the incision made during the procedure will determine the appearance of the resulting scar, and Dr. Sozer will make every effort to use incisions that will minimize or hide the scar. Incisions can be hidden in the breast crease, around the areola, or in the axilla (armpit).
What are the options for breast implants?
There are several sizes, shapes, and types of breast implants available, and we will make a recommendation based on your goals and preferences, your body frame and mass, and your existing breast tissue. Breast implants include a solid silicone shell, called a lumen, and are filled with saline (sterile salt water) or silicone (a soft elastic gel). Saline implants are filled with the desired amount of solution after they are placed, while silicone breast implants are pre-filled and may require a longer incision for placement. Current scientific literature supports the use of silicone-gel-filled implants as a choice for women seeking breast implant surgery, and both saline and silicone implants are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
What should I expect when recovering from Breast Augmentation?
You as a breast augmentation patient can go home the same day of your surgery, and you can go back to performing moderate activities within a week to ten days. Vigorous activities such as sports and activities involving arm movement should be avoided for three to four weeks. You can return to all of your normal activities in about three months.
What are the Breast Augmentation complications and risks?
Breast augmentation complications may include bleeding, infection, and adverse reactions to the anesthesia. Changes in nipple or breast sensation may occur, but this usually subsides within a month or two.
After surgery, the body forms a capsule around the implant, which is part of the natural healing process. However, this capsule sometimes tightens and compresses the implant, causing the breast to feel firmer than normal. In these circumstances, it may be necessary to re-operate to modify the implant, remove the scar tissue, or if necessary, remove the implant.
Does Breast Augmentation with implants increase the risk of cancer?
While breast enlargement with implants does not increase the risk of cancer, it does interfere with the ability of a mammogram to detect suspicious lesions. A mammogram performed before surgery can help physicians detect changes in mammograms performed after surgery. Previous research has proven that a mammogram is affected less when the implant is placed under the chest muscle rather than just under the breast tissues.
Is general anesthesia safe?
Yes, general anesthesia is safe. At El Paso Cosmetic Surgery the anesthesia is performed by a board certified anesthesiologist who is skilled in taking care of our patients undergoing a surgical procedure.
What is the cost of a consultation?
The cost of a consultation with Dr. Ozan Sozer at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery is $100. If you schedule a procedure the $100 is deducted from the total balance.
Do you offer financing?
You can get the cosmetic procedure you want – when you want it through CareCredit. Every CareCredti transaction is eligible for a NO interest or low interest payment plan and you can use the card at all healthcare practices that offer CareCredit.
We hope that some of your questions have been answered regarding breast augmentation. At El Paso Cosmetic Surgery we look forward to answering all your questions at your initial consultation.