Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that enhances the body contour of a woman who is unhappy with her small breast size and/or reduction of breast volume after pregnancy.
Breast augmentation is done on an outpatient basis, usually under general anesthesia or moderate sedation. The breast implant is placed through a small incision, under the breast tissue or under the muscle. The incision can be made in the natural fold of the breast, around the nipple, or in the armpit. A breast implant is composed of an outer silicone shell filled with either saline or silicone. The outer surface may be smooth or textured, and implants come in various shapes to meet the individual woman’s needs.
When the implant is placed under the muscle, there is a lower chance of contracture (contraction of the tissue capsule surrounding the implant), and yearly mammograms are reliable. There is also less risk of visible or palpable implant edges. However, some believe the implant has a more natural appearance when placed above the muscle, under the breast tissue. Your cosmetic surgeon can help you decide which placement and type of implant will work best for you.
Breast augmentation is a relatively straightforward surgery for most of our patients. Using the latest scar-minimizing incision techniques, the procedure takes about 1-2 hours. Dr. Retana will keep you informed throughout your surgery process, so you will know exactly what to expect before, during, and after your procedure.
You might be surprised to learn just how smooth your recovery will be after a breast augmentation. If you have a desk job, you can probably return to work in less than a week, and you’ll be feeling up to most daily activities in about 2 weeks.