Are having breasts that are disproportionately small for your body preventing you from having the feminine, voluptuous curves you desire? Feeling dissatisfied with your appearance can affect your confidence and happiness with your body. Many women choose breast augmentation to enhance their beauty by increasing the size and enhancing the shape of their breasts.
Who Can Benefit?
Naturally Small Breasts
Women under 30 years of age with small breasts that have good skin elasticity and firmness fall into this category and are good candidates for a traditional breast augmentation without a lift. Those with naturally small breasts benefit from using a silicone implant to reduce visible rippling due to thin breast tissue. These women are candidates for all implant profiles (e.g., low, moderate, and high) as well as anatomically shaped implants.
Women between 30 and 45 years of age who have breasts that have lost volume due to pregnancy or breastfeeding fall into this category. These women usually have experienced a decrease in volume or have visibly empty- appearing breasts that are often the result of pregnancy or breastfeeding. These women are good candidates for a traditional breast augmentation but might benefit from a lift if they lack good skin elasticity and firmness. Women with post-pregnancy breasts can benefit from either saline or silicone implants depending on the look and feel of the breasts they desire.
Sagging, Deflated Breasts
Women over 40 years of age that have drooping breasts resulting from weight loss or the natural aging process fall into this category. Women in this category have breasts that lack adequate volume or firmness. They often have moderate to severe breast ptosis (sagging) and will need a combination breast augmentation and lift. The breast lift procedure involves the removal of the excess, sagging breast skin. A breast lift can be accomplished with an incision around the areola only (a Benelli or periareolar mastopexy), along the vertical midline of the breast (a lollipop or circumvertical mastopexy), or, in cases of severe sagging, incisions along the vertical midline, periareolar, and inframammary crease (an inverted “T” or “anchor” mastopexy).
What Do You Desire?
Pregnancy and nursing can dramatically alter the appearance of your breasts, leaving them looking empty or deflated. Many women struggle with this alteration to their appearance, which can negatively impact other areas of their lives, including their confidence and intimate relationships. Implants can restore lost volume, increase the firmness, and correct the shape of your breasts to restore their pre-baby appearance.
More Shapely Breasts
Women with smaller breasts sometimes find that they also lack an appealing shape. In some cases, the breasts appear pointed, or they lack attractive definition. Breast implants can correct the shape of the breasts. Round implants can create visible definition and cleavage while anatomical implants can create more naturally shaped breasts.
A Natural Appearance
The goal of many women is to enhance their breasts but retain their natural look and feel. Silicone implants best simulate natural breast tissue and reduce potential visible wrinkling or rippling. Placing the implant under the pectoral muscle helps provide a natural breast shape and feel.
Breast asymmetry occurs when one breast is larger than the other. Asymmetry is common in women and may be subtle or more obvious in severe cases. For your breast augmentation, Dr. Messa may choose different sized implants to compensate for the natural size difference in your breasts, which will restore symmetry to your breasts.
The most important benefit of breast augmentation is what it provides for women emotionally and psychologically. It can be difficult to love your body when you are unhappy with its appearance. By enhancing their breasts, many women feel that they have enhanced their confidence as well. Boosting your self-esteem can make you happier and more outgoing, affecting other areas of your life.
It is common to experience some bruising and swelling following breast augmentation. You may feel a tightness or pressure on the chest that should subside within the first 24 to 48 hours. During the first week following your procedure, you will rest in an elevated position to improve circulation and minimize swelling. You may wear a support bra or compression garment to help position your breasts. Most patients return to work within one to two weeks, depending on the type of work you do. You will need to avoid strenuous physical activities for two to four weeks following your surgery. Your surgeon will advise you when you can resume your regular exercise routine. Your breasts may feel hard and swollen at first, but this will begin to subside within three to four weeks. Most major swelling should subside within six weeks, and minor swelling may last up to four to six months.
Scars The amount of visible scarring will depend on the incision technique used for your breast augmentation. The transaxillary incision is located in the armpit and results in little visible scarring. A periareolar or inframammary incision can result in visible scars, but they will likely fade over time.
Cost Achieving natural, beautiful breast augmentation results requires the skill and dedication of your surgeon, and the cost of your breast augmentation may reflect this. The cost of each procedure is decided on a patient-by-patient basis because many factors can affect the price of your breast augmentation. Surgical fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, implant type, and location can all impact the final price of your procedure.
Pain Breast augmentation requires stretching of the breast and chest tissue, which can result in uncomfortable pressure and some discomfort. Oral medication will be prescribed to alleviate any associated pain or discomfort.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS USED FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION?
General anesthesia is used for breast augmentations to ensure patient comfort and safety.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SALINE AND SILICONE BREAST IMPLANTS?
Saline implants are a silicone shell filled with a saltwater solution. Since they are inserted empty and filled after insertion, they can utilize a smaller incision site. Although it is easier to detect a rupture with saline implants, they are more prone to visible wrinkling and rippling.
Silicone implants are created from a cohesive silicone gel. They better simulate natural breast tissue but require a larger incision to place. Ruptures in silicone implants are not easily detected by the human eye, requiring a mammogram or MRI to detect a leak or rupture.
WHAT IS A BREAST LIFT?
A breast lift removes excess, sagging breast tissue for firmer, more youthful breasts. Combining a breast lift with your augmentation is utilized to remove excess or sagging breast skin and restore upper pole fullness and volume that can be lost with weight loss, the natural aging process, or after pregnancy.
CAN I NURSE AFTER I GET IMPLANTS?
Implants very rarely affect one’s ability to breastfeed down the line; however, it is a possibility. It is important that you are not currently nursing at the time of your procedure.
HOW LONG WILL MY IMPLANTS LAST?
Breast augmentation provides long-lasting results. However, implants are not considered lifetime devices and may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years. Discuss with your doctor techniques to prolong the life of your implants.
DO BREAST IMPLANTS AFFECT CANCER DETECTION?
There is no information that suggests that breast implants cause cancer or prevent its detection. It is important that women who are over the age of 40 receive regular mammograms and that you inform your doctor of your breast implants so you can have a mammographer who is familiar with performing mammograms on patients with breast implants.