Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures performed at our office and throughout the country; in 2008 alone, more than a quarter of a million women underwent the procedure nationwide. Breast augmentation (enlargement) at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery in West Texas, involves the placement of breast implants to create a fuller bust line, enhance breast size and shape, and produce the more proportional appearance desired by many women. It is important to note that although breast enhancement will increase the size of the breast, it will not change the shape. For some women, breast enlargement alone may not yield an aesthetically satisfying result. In those instances, the operation may be combined with a mastopexy, or breast lift procedure.
- Candidates for Breast Augmentation
- Breast Enlargement Consultation
- Breast Enlargement Surgery
- Recovering from Breast Augmentation
- Breast Augmentation Complications and Risks
- Breast Augmentation and Cancer
Candidates for Breast Augmentation
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 bustline
- 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
Breast Enlargement Consultation
Results of the breast augmentation procedure are optimized when the patient and the surgeon have a good understanding of each other’s desires and goals. Therefore, it is important for patients to relay their expectations of the breast enlargement procedure when they visit our West Texas office for a consultation. During your breast augmentation consultation, you and your surgeon will also discuss your ideas about breast size and any other bothersome issues that relate to the breasts.
Vectra 3D Imaging for Breast Augmentation
Using state-of-the-art Vectra 3D imaging technology, we can give our patients a preview of what they may look like after breast augmentation. Patients can see how different sizes, shapes, and types of breast implant may look, helping them make the right decisions about their breast augmentation surgery.
Breast Augmentation Surgery
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 our surgeons 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).
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).
Recovering from Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation patients can go home the same day of their surgery, and they 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. Patients may return to all of their normal activities in about three months.
Breast Augmentation Complications and Risks
Breast augmentation complications may include bleeding, infection, and adverse reactions to the anesthesia. Patients may experience some changes in nipple or breast sensation, 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 on the patient to modify the implant, remove the scar tissue, or perhaps remove the implant.
Breast Augmentation and 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.
Contact El Paso Cosmetic Surgery for Breast Augmentation
If you would like to learn more about breast enlargement with implants, contact our El Paso, Texas practice at 915-351-1116 or fill out the form on this page to schedule a breast augmentation consultation. One of our surgeons will be able to answer any questions you have about the procedure and help you decide whether breast augmentation is right for you. RealSelf Q&A with S. Ozan Sozer, MD