What is a Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is a popular enhancement procedure that involves adding volume to the breasts using implants. Patients who desire a fuller and shapelier bustline can benefit from this procedure and enjoy their new sensuous physique. Dr. Constantino Mendieta is a leader in the field of plastic surgery and has performed countless breast augmentation surgeries with artistic precision. Utilizing the latest surgical techniques, Dr. Mendieta provides his patients with stunning results and a more pleasing breast aesthetic.
After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Mendieta will develop a custom surgical plan that addresses each patient’s needs and goals. Ideal candidates for breast augmentation can relate to the following conditions:
- Naturally small breasts
- Deflated breasts
- Sagging or drooping breasts
- Asymmetrical breasts
Breast Augmentation Options
Breast augmentation is an entirely individualized cosmetic outpatient procedure performed using general anesthesia. Most breast augmentation surgeries take between one and three hours to complete. The incision location and implant placement used for your unique breast augmentation procedure depend on your personal preferences, anatomy, and goals.
- Inframammary: under the breast along the crease
- Periareolar: along the edges of the areolas
- Transaxillary: within the armpit
- Transumbilical breast augmentation (TUBA): within the navel
- Implants are placed underneath the pectoral muscle
- Ideal for patients with minimal existing breast tissue
- Conceals the edges of their implants
- Implants are placed above the chest or pectoral muscle and underneath the glandular tissue
- Ideal for patients with moderate existing breast tissue
- Requires a shorter recovery period than submuscular placement
Patients can expect to feel some pressure on their chest, especially when the pectoral muscles are engaged. It is normal for breast augmentation patients to experience bruising, swelling, and soreness after surgery. These side effects should subside significantly within a few weeks of your procedure. Most patients feel well enough to return to work within one to two weeks.
It can take up to eight weeks before you can return to your usual exercise routine. It is highly recommended to ease into exercising to avoid complications and discomfort.
Breast augmentation results are meant to be long lasting. However, breast implants may need to be replaced if they rupture or if you experience other complications. Factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, and aging can alter the appearance of the breasts over time as well.
Breast Augmentation FAQs
How much does breast augmentation cost?
The price of breast augmentation varies from patient-to-patient depending on several factors. The type of implants used, surgical technique, facility fees, and geographical location can affect the cost of this procedure. You will be given a cost estimate of your unique surgery during your initial breast augmentation consultation.
What are the potential complications associated with breast augmentation?
While it is uncommon to experience complications following breast augmentation, every surgery comes with potential risks. Some of the more common complications include:
- Bleeding or hematoma
- Abnormal reaction to anesthesia
- Implant rupture
- Capsular contracture
Can I still get mammograms with breast implants?
Yes, you can still get mammogram screenings after breast augmentation. Most mammographers prefer submuscular placement for breast implants for optimal imaging during a breast exam.
Can I combine my breast augmentation with other cosmetic procedures?