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Breast Augmentation

Enhance Your Breasts With Our Augmentation Procedures

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Breast Augmentation

Dr. Martin Plastic Surgery offers mammoplasty, a common procedure that has been available since the 1960s. This is primarily done to increase or restore breast size and volume.

Breast augmentation is a procedure done using either Saline or Silicone breast implants done primarily to increase the size of small or underdeveloped breasts. This procedure can also be done to restore breast volume after weight loss or pregnancy as well as to correct breast asymmetry issues.

The breast implants enhance the size and shape of the patient’s own natural breast tissue. If needed, a breast lift can be done in conjunction with an augmentation to lift and change the overall aesthetics of the breast.

Breast implants have vastly improved over the last twenty years and now come in a variety of shapes, textures, sizes, and compositions. The implants used during the surgery will depend on the patient’s individual’s unique anatomy, her concerns, and her desired result.

 

Types of Implants

Implants can be round or teardrop-shaped and may contain a combination of silicone and saline. Other types of implants include:

  • Silicone Cohesive Gel Implants
  • Single Lumen Saline Implants
  • Multi-Lumen Saline Implants

Surgery

Breast augmentation is done with general anesthesia and takes about one hour in most cases. Incisions are made in areas where the scars will be as inconspicuous as possible and usually 3.5 to 4 cm in length. Incisions can be made on the lower breast crease, around the areola, or inside the axilla as meets the patient’s needs. Local anesthetic is used in surgery and most patients need only Tylenol the day of surgery.

Recovery

Patients are out of bed and walking the day of the surgery. Light duty work can be resumed three days after the surgery.

In the post-operative period patients limit exercise with no jogging, aerobics, or lifting over 20 pounds for the first three weeks. Patients return to the gym after they are off pain medications- usually in three to four days- for light exercises including treadmill walking, Elliptical training, Stairmaster, light weights and stationary cycling. Patients may resume most normal activities in three weeks.

It takes four to six weeks before patients are ready to wear an underwire bra again. Patients generally feel stiff and sore after the procedure, similar to doing too many pectoralis exercises in the gym.