Dr. Rammos believes every woman deserves breasts that make her feel confident. This is not the case for all women unfortunately. Perhaps you were born with smaller breasts than you wish to have, they have lost volume due to breastfeeding and pregnancy, or they are simply sagging due to age. Breast augmentation procedures can address these issues quickly by changing the shape, size, and appearance overall of your breasts. We aim to find the absolute best implant for your needs as an individual to deliver the results you desire. No two women are the same, and finding the best implant for you takes an individualized approach to surgery.
What Is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery is a procedure that employs breast implants to both enlarge and enhance your breast shape, projection, and size. Precise incisions and placement of implants inside pockets of breast tissue increases breast size along with reshaping your chest. Breast augmentations is one of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery every year, and is referred to by many names. Getting great results out of your breast augmentation procedure is extremely important, and Dr. Rammos satisfies his patients with fuller breasts that look fantastic.
It is common for breast augmentation surgery to be performed as part of a procedure like a breast lift, a mommy makeover, or surgery for breast asymmetry. Sometimes breast enhancement is performed with fat transfer techniques to reshape the breasts and body with liposuction. This is also called a natural breast augmentation.
Breast Augmentation Consultation
Dr. Rammos’ initial consultation with you will inform him of your goals, allow him to assess your body, and show you what implant options and considerations there are for the desired results. There are many factors to take in with implants such as shape, size, type, fill, and placement. He will go over factors that make patients the right candidates for breast augmentation surgery. Dr. Rammos uses powerful imaging technology to allow patients to preview what various implants would look like in their breasts. See our doctor’s before and after gallery for breast augmentations to see the kind of quality results you should expect.
Preparing For Your Breast Augmentation Surgery
As with any other major procedure, any medication and supplements which increase the risk of bleeding should be stopped at least two weeks or more before surgery. Check with your primary care doctor to ensure that this is okay. Dr. Rammos will inform you of other ways to control the risks associated with this procedure.
Breast Augmentation Incision Techniques
Incision location is very important in breast augmentation as it heavily affects both placement of the implant and the scar. There are three locations where incisions can be placed.
Inframammary Fold Incision
The first is the inframammary fold incision which is located underneath the breast. This incision can have the implant placed either below or above the pectoral muscles and is barely noticeable once it heals. The inframammary fold incision is the preferred type for any breast augmentation.
The second is the transaxillary incision that is located in the armpit. The implant can be placed through a pocket created underneath the breast, and can be either above or underneath the pectoral muscles.
The third is the periareolar incision made around the areola. The incision actually goes through your breast ducts and glands and can have a higher rate of capsular contracture and implant infection.
Breast Augmentation Implants
Dr. Rammos will go over the various kinds of implant options that are available to you during your initial consultation. This will help you decide which implant to choose based on your specific goals. There are two major categories for breast implants, saline or silicone. We will go over a few of the positives and negatives of each kind.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are placed while empty before being filled with saline, so they have the added benefit of a smaller incision. They are less expensive than silicone implants, but usually feel more firm to the touch than a silicone implant would. They also may show some more rippling to the sides of the breast. A ruptured saline implant will result in decreased breast volume immediately. See Dr. Rammos about breast deflation as soon as possible. Saline breast implants can look great for round breasts that look natural.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants have a silicone gel that feels very natural and soft to the touch. These implants often do not ripple the same way saline implants tend to do. In the unlikely event that you do have an implant rupture, there will not be an immediately noticeable deflation like with saline breast implants. This is because the latest technology in silicone implants uses a material that stays together rather than migrating out of the implant when ruptured. Silicone breast implants are what most candidates for breast augmentation want as they produce a natural feel with less chance of rippling.
Recovery from Breast Augmentation Surgery
Usually women will feel sore for a few days after surgery due to the newly placed implants putting pressure on your pectoral muscles. This discomfort and any other physical effects of breast augmentation surgery will certainly improve over time. Experiencing numbness or hypersensitivity of your nipple, areola, or skin after your procedure is normal and should improve over time. Your nerves can be stretched during surgery which is why you feel these effects after your procedure. Feeling pressure along your sternum or in your armpits is also normal. Your skin and muscles will soon relax to accommodate your new implants.
Taking around three to five days off of work is common for most women after their breast augmentation procedure. You will have to refrain from rigorous activity for two weeks after your surgery. Light exercise can be resumed after about two weeks out from your surgery, but be careful to avoid exercises that target the chest like push-ups. More intense exercise can be resumed after a month, and you will be released to full activity after six weeks. Scar therapy can start one week after your surgery to make sure that you have the best possible results for your scars.