What is a Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a popular enhancement procedure that involves adding volume to the breasts by inserting either saline or silicone implants. Patients who desire a fuller and shapelier bust can benefit from this procedure and enjoy their new sensuous physique.
What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?
Naturally small breasts, massive weight loss, breastfeeding, and age are some reasons women choose to have breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation can drastically improve your appearance by creating a curvier appearance, restoring breast volume, and improving breast symmetry.
Am I the Right Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Mendieta will develop a customized 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
What Are My 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 will depend on your personal preferences, anatomy, and goals.
What Are My Breast Implant Options?
Dr. Mendieta will help you determine the right breast implant type for you, depending on your aesthetic preference, which will be discussed during your consultation.
Your breast implant options include:
- Saline — Silicone shell filled with sterile saline
- Silicone — Silicone shell filled with silicone gel
Saline breast implants are FDA approved for women 18 years or older. Silicone breast implants are FDA approved for women 22 years or older.
Are Breast Implants Safe?
Both types of breast implants are FDA approved, but this does not mean that they are intended to be lifelong devices.
Some complications that could arise from breast implants include:
- Implant rupture — Condition where the implant shell tears due to age, wear and tear, and trauma
- Bottoming out — Condition that occurs when one or both breasts slip below the inframammary line
- Capsular contracture — Condition which occurs when the natural scar tissue capsule thickens and constricts around the breast implant
Where Will My Breast Incisions Be Located?
Your breast augmentation incisions will depend on the type of and placement of the implant. Dr. Mendieta will discuss the specific details with you during your consultation.
- Inframammary Incision — Along the crease beneath the breast
- Periareolar Incision — Along the edges of the areolas
- Transaxillary Incision — Within the armpit
- Transumbilical breast augmentation (TUBA) — Within the navel
Where Will My Breast Implants Be Placed?
Your implant placement will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Mendieta.
- Implants are placed underneath the pectoral muscle
- Ideal for patients with minimal existing breast tissue
- Better conceals the edges of the 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
What Is Recovery Like After Breast Augmentation?
The recovery timeline will vary from patient to patient, so it is important to follow the post-operative instructions from Dr. Mendieta to ensure a healthy and speedy recovery.
Immediately following the surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in a support bra to help ease the swelling and aid the healing process. You should rest immediately following the surgery and avoid any heavy lifting, which could hinder the recovery process. Patients can expect to feel some pressure on their chest, especially when the pectoral muscles are engaged. It is usual for breast augmentation patients to experience bruising, swelling, and soreness.
One Week After
Most of the discomfort and pain should lessen. Most patients feel well enough to return to work within one to two weeks, but you should continue to avoid strenuous activities. The results will become more apparent as the swelling and bruising fade.
One Month After
You should feel ready to return to regular routines after one month. You should continue to wear a support bra and apply scar treatment regularly to lessen the appearance of scars.
Will I Have Scars After Breast Augmentation?
Yes, scarring will likely develop at the incision sites. Patients can help minimize the appearance of scars by keeping them out of the sun and applying scar cream. Scars can also be easily concealed underneath clothing.
Breast Augmentation FAQs
How much does breast augmentation cost?
The cost 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 personalized 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.
When can I resume exercise after breast augmentation surgery?
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.
Will my breast augmentation results be permanent?
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.
Can I combine my breast augmentation with other cosmetic procedures?
Why should I choose Dr. Mendieta for my breast augmentation?
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.