Reasons to Consider Breast Enlargement
Customizable Breast Enlargement Options
There are endless possibilities with breast augmentation, but it takes a plastic surgeon with a keen eye for aesthetic beauty to devise a personalized surgical procedure tailored to the unique specifications for every patient. During a thorough consultation, Dr. Green will discuss all of the different approaches to breast augmentation that can address your needs.
Both silicone and saline implants consist of a silicone shell encasing the filler product. The surface of the implant shell can be smooth or textured, depending on your personal preference.
- Smooth implants tend to feel more natural and have a thinner shell than textured implants. These implants are also less likely to produce visible rippling.
- Textured implants stay in position better than smooth implants and may be less likely to result in capsular contracture.
Breast implants are available with either saline and silicone filler, both of which have their advantages.
- Saline implants are more cost-effective than silicone implants, and it is easier to tell if they have ruptured. They can be inserted through a wider variety of locations, including the transaxillary area. Additionally, these implants can also be adjusted in the operating room for precise sizing.
- Silicone implants cannot be adjusted in size, but they do look and feel more like natural breast tissue than saline implants. These cohesive gel implants also have a lower risk of rupture and wrinkling, making them ideal for patients with minimal natural breast tissue.
Breast implants are measured in cc’s (cubic centimeters) and are available in various sizes. Silicone implants are filled by the manufacturer, so the volume cannot be manipulated. By contrast, saline implants can be altered slightly during surgery for a fine-tuned result. Dr. Green will take your measurements during your consultation to determine which implant sizes will complement your body frame and create the bustline you desire.
Implant profile refers to how far the implants protrude from the chest wall. Profile is usually determined by the surgeon based on the patient’s breast width and size of implant they desire.
Subglandular implant placement involves positioning the breast implants above the pectoral muscle but beneath the natural glandular breast tissue. The result is a shorter, more comfortable recovery period, and natural movement that is not affected by chest muscle contractions. Ideal candidates for subglandular placement have adequate breast tissue to conceal the edges of the implants and any rippling that may occur.
Submuscular implant placement involves positioning the breast implants beneath the pectoral muscle. More implant coverage gives the breasts a more natural-looking slope and reduces the risk of rippling, particularly in women with minimal existing breast tissue. Downtime is longer with this type of placement, but many women feel that the benefits outweigh the temporary disadvantage of a lengthy recovery.
Inframammary incisions are created along the natural fold under the breast. The length of the incisions varies depending on the texture, size, and type of implant that is inserted, but both silicone and saline implants may be placed using this technique. Because it allows for optimal access to the breast pocket, the implants can be positioned more precisely.
Periareolar incisions are created along the edges of the areolas, making any potential scars nearly imperceivable once they have completely healed. This technique also gives the surgeon control over placement for the most attractive positioning of the implants. Women with smaller areolas may not be able to use this technique, especially if they opt for significantly larger implants.
Transaxillary incisions are created in the crease of the armpit, which can be easily concealed after the healing process. There is no scarring on the surface of the breasts, which many patients find appealing when considering breast augmentation. Additionally, the areolas are not disrupted using this technique, preserving nipple sensation.
Breast Enlargement Concerns
Most patients do not experience significant or alarming complications following breast augmentation, especially when they select a proficient and board-certified plastic surgeon. However, all surgeries come with potential risks, which may include:
- Bleeding or hematoma
- Changes in sensation
- Capsular contracture
While there is always a risk of developing scars after major surgery, Dr. Green places all breast augmentation incisions in inconspicuous locations. As time passes, most scars fade and flatten, blending into the surrounding skin. Patients can help minimize scar formation by:
- Avoiding direct sun exposure to the incisions
- Refraining from tobacco use for several weeks before and after surgery
- Following all aftercare instructions, as provided by Dr. Green
It is recommended for all women to have mammograms (breast X-rays) to detect any irregularities. After breast augmentation, patients are advised to have regularly scheduled mammograms as often as women who do not have breast implants. It is easier to take X-rays of the natural breast tissue when breast augmentation patients have opted for submuscular implant placement, but all enhanced breasts can be assessed regardless of where the implants are located. Going to an imaging facility that is experienced in performing mammograms for patients with breast implants can ensure your breasts are examined carefully and adequately.
Neither saline nor silicone implants are known to hinder a woman’s ability to breastfeed. Choosing a breast augmentation approach that does not disrupt the milk ducts or glandular tissue may increase the likelihood of successful breastfeeding in the future. Opting for transaxillary or inframammary incisions may help preserve the integrity of the ducts as well as submuscular rather than subglandular placement. For a breast augmentation plan that addresses your needs, it is crucial to discuss your expectations with Dr. Green during your consultation.
The Art of Plastic Surgery
Surgical skill can be learned, but surgical artistry is something a person must be born with. Dr. Scott Green has the inherent aesthetic and anatomical understanding necessary to deliver results of utmost transcendence to all of his patients. By applying his irrefutable grasp of beauty and state-of-the-art surgical techniques, Dr. Green sculpts his patients’ contours for the most dazzling and customized outcome.
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” – Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of anesthesia is used for breast augmentation?
Depending on the complexities of each unique breast augmentation procedure, either general anesthesia or intravenous (IV) sedation with local anesthesia can be used.
How long after my breast augmentation do I have to wait to wear underwire bras?
Generally, patients should wait until their incisions have healed and their breasts have settled before wearing an underwire bra. This can take around three or four months. However, every patient is different, so you should follow your surgeon’s recommendations that are specific to your healing progress.
Should I postpone my breast augmentation until I’m finished having children?
Many women have children after undergoing breast augmentation and still have beautiful breasts. However, weight fluctuations and breastfeeding can affect the appearance of the breasts, so waiting could ensure that you obtain the best possible outcome of your procedure. Discuss your concerns with Dr. Green during your breast augmentation consultation for more information.