What to expect?

How is breast enlargement surgery performed?

Breast enlargement is accomplished by insertion of the breast implant either behind the tissue or under the chest muscles. Incisions are made to keep the scars as inconspicuous as possible, and a number of different options exist. The most common method involves placement of the implant through an incision under the breast. The incisions may also be made around the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple), in the armpit, or more recently just under the nipple itself. Each of these methods has its own merits and possible complications which should be discussed with Dr. Tavallali.

Is the procedure painful?

It is surprising how little discomfort there is with breast augmentation using the modern techniques and medicines. Oral pain medication can readily control the soreness that you will experience for the first few days after the surgery, but within 3-5 days most patients are well enough to resume their work. Physical activity is limited for two to three weeks.

What size breast will I have?

The size of the breasts is determined by the size of the implants that are placed, as well as the original breast size. In discussions with Dr. Tavallali you should be able to arrive at a size for the implants that matches your desired body form. Your weight, height, and own personal wishes will be taken into account.

Can I still breast-feed?

There is no evidence at this time that either breast-feeding or pregnancy are affected by breast augmentation. Many women have successfully breast-fed with no problems for themselves or their children. However, placement of the implant through the nipple will affect breast-feeding.

What will happen if the implant ruptures?

As with any man-made object, there is always a chance of implant failure or rupture after an accident, with leakage of the saline or silicone. Should this occur, the saline in the implant will be absorbed by the body tissues without any other untoward effect.  The silicone gel will need to be removed surgically. The patient will require a second surgery to remove the implant and replace it with a new one.

Breast enlargement surgery is one of the surgeries with the highest levels of patient satisfaction. However, because of the number of different issues relating to the implants and the surgical techniques available, you are encouraged to consult at length with Dr. Tavallali. Perhaps the most important point that a patient must accept prior to undergoing this surgery is that future surgeries are a possibility at some point in the patient’s life, for repositioning of the implants, removal of scar tissue or replacement with new implants. With such acceptance, breast augmentation remains an excellent option for women with smaller breasts who are concerned with their appearance.

What alternatives are there?

Fat injections can be performed but only small amounts of fat can be injected and the results are variable as the fat survival is not guaranteed. Usually only a half cup of enlargement is achieved.

How will the breast implants affect mammography?

Mammography, the special radiological exam used to detect breast cancer, is affected by breast implants. The area of breast tissue that can be visualized is decreased by the implants, but with special techniques, the large majority of the breast tissue can be visualized. In some cases, other tests, such as ultrasound or MRI, may be needed to examine the breasts. It is important that patients inform their radiologist prior to radiological exams that they have had breast augmentation so the appropriate test can be performed.

What is a Breast enlargement with implants?

Breast Augmentation with Implants
This is a procedure to surgically enlarge the breasts by placement of silicone or saline breast implants under the tissues of the chest. Breast augmentation improves the body contour and shape of the breasts.
Size and shape of breasts prior to breast augmentation surgery will influence both recommended treatment and final results. If breasts are not the same size or shape before surgery, it is unlikely that they will be completely symmetrical afterwards, although by placement of different size breast implants, an acceptable degree of symmetry can be expected.

Since the invention of breast implants in 1963 and up through 1990, most breast augmentations in the U.S were carried out by plastic surgeons using silicone gel-filled implants. Following the questions raised regarding their safety, these breast implants were removed from the market. They have since been re-introduced for use in women over 21. New types of breast enlargement silicone implants continue to be designed.

Breast implants for breast enlargement are saline-filled or silicone gel implants. These implants consist of a solid silicone shell which is filled with saline (an intravenous solution of salt water) by the plastic surgeon at the time of surgery, or are pre-filled with silicone gel. There are multiple sizes of implants and several different shapes depending on the particular needs of the patient.

Surgery in Surgery center

Breast implant surgery takes about one hour and is performed under general anesthesia.

Recovery

You may need to have someone stay with you the night after breast enlargement surgery and can usually resume your normal activities in 2-3 days. Moderate Exercise can be started in 2 weeks.The cost of breast augmentation includes the surgical facility fees, anesthesia fees, breast implants, and all of your follow-up visits.

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