Breast augmentation is a procedure that involves increasing the size and improving the shape of a woman’s breasts using implants. Many women experience a heightened sense of self-confidence and report having a wider range of flattering clothing choices after breast augmentation. Dr. Melissa Crosby tailors each procedure to her patients’ unique anatomical and cosmetic needs, resulting in a voluptuous silhouette that complements their physique.
The ideal candidates for breast augmentation desire larger, fuller, and more youthful-looking breasts. Patients who are considering this procedure must also be in good physical health and do not smoke. The most common reasons why women seek breast augmentation procedures are as follows:
- Small breasts: Women who have naturally small or asymmetrical breasts can achieve a larger, more prominent, and natural-looking bustline with breast augmentation.
- Deflated breasts: Pregnancy and breastfeeding often lead to volume loss, causing the breasts to appear deflated. Breast augmentation can restore a woman’s original breast size or enhance them to a larger cup size.
- Unsatisfactory results: Women who underwent breast augmentation in the past but experienced complications or disappointing results can benefit from breast revision. This procedure addresses breast augmentation complications and helps patients achieve their desired breast aesthetic.
- Breast ptosis (sagging): Aging, pregnancy, and significant weight loss can result in sagging or poorly shaped breasts. A breast augmentation (often performed with a breast lift) can improve the shape of the breasts and provide a more youthful appearance.
Silicone vs. Saline
- FDA approved for women 22 years or older
- Filled with cohesive silicone gel
- Have a lower rate of rupture and visible rippling than saline implants
- Produce a more natural look and feel than saline implants
- FDA approved for women 18 years or older
- Filled with sterile saline during surgery
- Ruptures are immediately noticeable
- Size can be slightly adjusted after insertion
The Breast Augmentation Process
During your initial breast augmentation consultation, you will have a chance to review your concerns and medical history with Dr. Crosby. After evaluating your condition and assessing your needs, Dr. Crosby will develop a surgical plan to help you reach your cosmetic objectives.
Before your scheduled procedure, Dr. Crosby will go over all of the necessary preparation and aftercare directions to help you have an optimal surgical experience. Typically, patients are advised to refrain from using tobacco products, blood thinning medications, and certain supplements at least two weeks before and after surgery. It is also imperative to ask someone to drive you to and from surgery as well as care for you during the initial 48 hours of your recovery.
During the Procedure
Breast augmentation is performed using general anesthesia. This outpatient procedure lasts around two hours, but this time frame varies depending on the techniques used during surgery. Breast implants may be placed above or below the pectoral muscle, and incisions may be created around the areolas or along the inframammary crease. Dr. Crosby will explain all of your options at your consultation appointment.
You may be advised to wear a special compression garment after your procedure to help minimize side effects and support your breasts. Swelling is likely to subside within three weeks, but residual swelling can last for several months. The first few days of recovery necessitate plenty of rest and hydration, and patients are asked to avoiding bending over or lifting their arms. Most women can resume working after one week, and physical exercise can be continued after six weeks. You will be provided with a recovery timeline and aftercare instructions prior to your procedure.
Breast augmentation produces long-lasting results that can be preserved by wearing a supportive bra daily and adopting a healthy lifestyle. The breasts are still subject to the effects of aging, pregnancy, and weight loss, so it is important to maintain a relationship with your surgeon to communicate any concerns you have after your breast augmentation.