Breast augmentation is a process to increase the size and sometimes the shape of the breasts. Most commonly, this involves placing implants underneath the breasts in a come-and-go surgery. Breast augmentation can sometimes be combined with breast lift to obtain desired appearance. Below is some basic information about the procedure and the implants. Rest assured that during your consultation with Dr. Lee, she will help you sort through the possibilities to choose the best procedure and implant to help you achieve your goals.
The implants can be placed through incisions in the crease under the breast, around the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple, or less commonly through the underarm or belly button.
They can also be placed directly behind the breast or under the muscle, separating the implant from the overlying breast tissue. There are benefits to each of these options.
Types of Breast Implants
Breast implants come in different forms. They can be filled with saline (salt water) or with silicone gel. The surface can have a bumpy texture or be smooth. The implants can be round, or shaped, thinner on the top and fuller at the bottom. Each of these implant types offer different benefits in breast augmentation.
Alternatives to Breast Augmentation with Implants
No discussion of breast augmentation is complete without touching on the topics of the Brava system and the use of fat grafting. Brava is a method of breast enhancement involving the use of a suction device placed on each breast and worn throughout the day. The device does increase breast size, but the effects are temporary, and the apparatus often awkward to wear.
Fat grafting can also increase breast size; often implants provide easier and more predictable results.
Once you have worked with Dr. Lee to design the best way to enhance your breasts, her office will help you schedule your surgery at a fully accredited surgical facility.
The surgery is generally done as an outpatient so you will be able to come in in the morning for your procedure and go home afterwards to sleep in your own bed.
Patients usually come back to the office for their first postoperative visit the day after surgery to make sure that all of your new questions are answered.
Rest is necessary for a good recovery and most patients take a week off of a desk type job. Return to heavy lifting, exercising and other activities is somewhat individual and depends on how you feel, on the surgical approach, and on implant location. You will see Dr. Lee frequently enough after your surgery to make sure that your healing is going as expected and to help guide your return to your usual routine.
The best way to see what you can expect from your breast implant surgery is to see the photos of what Dr. Lee’s other patients have achieved. Check out the photo gallery.