Breast augmentation is a procedure performed to enhance the size of a patients’ breasts. Most commonly, breast implants are used to achieve the look and size a patient desires. Because everyone has different goals, it is important that you discuss your goals with Dr. Lee during a consultation so that he can make the best recommendations on how to achieve them.
The Breast-Augmentation Process
The breast augmentation procedure typically takes 1-1.5 hours depending on the complexity of the case. Typically a sedation anesthesia is used to ensure the procedure is comfortable and pain-free.
Dr. Lee uses the Keller Funnel and the “no touch” technique as well as all the best practices to minimize the risk of long-term problems.
The Keller Funnel is a tool that helps to insert silicone implants through a smaller incision than normal.
With this tool, there is also no need for the surgeon to touch the implant. A key advantage of the “no touch” technique is that it helps minimize the risk of a bacteria on the implants. Recent studies have highlighted the role of bacteria in both short term problems as well as long term complications such as capsular contracture. By minimizing the chance of introducing bacteria on the implant, you will have a reduced risk of having complications.
Before & After
Breast augmentation come in many varieties. In addition to the size of the implant, you need to consider:
- Incision placement (transaxillary, periareolar, or inframammary)
- Under or over the muscle
- Silicone or saline breast implants
- Breast implant shape (round or teardrop)
After the incisions are made, pockets are created in the breast tissue either over the muscle or under the muscle. Once the breast implants have been placed in the tissue pockets, the incisions are closed in multiple layers using sutures. A temporary waterproof dressing is also placed which comes off after a few weeks.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Many patients are great candidates for breast augmentation alone. If you have a degree of breast ptosis (breast sagging) then you may need a breast lift (Mastopexy), either separately or at the same time (Augmentation Mastopexy) as your breast augmentation.
A patient who desires breast augmentation should be interested in increasing the size of their own breasts. Pictures can be very helpful to visualize your goals. It is important to know however, that plastic surgery cannot give you someone else’s breasts. It can only make improvements on your own.
Common reasons for undergoing breast augmentation include:
- Desiring larger breasts
- Restoring breast deflation that can happen after pregnancy
- Balancing breast size asymmetries
The Recovery Process After Breast Augmentation
Typically, recovery is 4 days of discomfort requiring prescription pain medication. After that, many patients take Tylenol for any residual discomfort.
During breast augmentation recovery, patients will need to wear a supportive post-surgical bra without padding or underwires. While one will be given to you after surgery, patients have the option of switching it out with their own sports bra if they choose. It is important to avoid underwires immediately after surgery as they can cause irritation to the incisions. A padded bra should also be avoided as padding can push your implants outside of the desired implant pocket.
Most patients take a week or less off from work or school. A follow-up visit will be necessary to ensure that you are healing properly. Recovery does vary and can be shorter or longer depending on the patient. Dr. Lee will guide your recovery with recommendations on how to heal more quickly and more comfortably.
Cost of Procedure
Breast Augmentation prices in Boston are estimates only. Dr. Lee will determine the price during your consultation and will be affected by the recommended surgical technique, patient anatomy, time, and implant type (If applicable). Click here for our pricing guide and additional information.
Set Up a Consultation for Breast Augmentation
To find out more about breast augmentation at JL Plastic Surgery, contact us today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Lee will be happy to discuss your implant options and help you achieve the breasts you’ve been hoping for.
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