There are many reasons why a woman may choose breast enhancement surgery. Some women may want to regain the size and shape of their breasts prior to pregnancies, weight loss and aging. Many women feel self conscious due to the asymmetry (unevenness) in their breasts and breast augmentation surgery can help remedy this common complaint. Others may wish to gain better body proportions so they can finally feel feminine and confident in their clothes.
- What Is Breast Augmentation?
- Breast Augmentation Benefits
- Breast Augmentation Candidates
- Breast Implant Options
- Breast Augmentation Procedure
- Breast Augmentation Recovery
- Breast Augmentation Results
- Breast Augmentation Cost
- Breast Lift and Augmentation
What is Breast Augmentation (Enlargement)?
Breast Augmentation is typically performed to enlarge small or underdeveloped breasts, or to restore the natural breast volume that may have decreased as a result of pregnancy, weight loss or aging. Other women may desire improved breast balance when each breast is a different size. A woman must have completed breast development and have the emotional maturity to decide if breast augmentation is right for her. A realistic expectation is also a critical factor to ultimate satisfaction with the procedure. The initial consultation provides the opportunity to ask questions specific to your needs and gain a thorough understanding of breast enhancement, breast implants and long-term results. Incisions are commonly placed under the breast in the breast crease, around the areola, or in the armpit. Our board-certified plastic surgeon—Dr. Parva—will assist you in choosing the best approach for you, although he specializes in placing the incision in the armpit to avoid any scars on the breast.
What Can Breast Augmentation Do?
Breast augmentation is the placement of an implant behind the breast in order to enhance or enlarge the breast. It is generally performed for women who have relatively low breast volume or women who have lost breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss. In some situations, there can be asymmetries when a woman has not had adequate development of one breast over the other, and therefore, breast augmentation may be employed to address the lack of appropriate breast development.
Who is a Good Candidate?
- Someone with low breast volume, loss of breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss
- Women with breast asymmetries (unevenness) looking to gain breast balance
- Women with underdeveloped breasts, due to genetics, seeking to improve body proportions
- Completed breast development and exhibits emotional maturity
- Healthy individual
- Realistic goals and expectations
Breast Implant Options
There are several factors to consider when choosing breast implants. First, an implant can be filled with silicone gel or saline. Another option is the shape of the implant, which may be round or teardrop shaped. Finally, the surface of an implant may be smooth or texture. Your plastic surgeon will assist you in making the appropriate choice.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure:
Before surgery, Dr. Parva will make appropriate markings on the skin in the pre-operative holding area. A small incision is placed in the breast crease, at the margin of the areola or through the arm pit. A pocket is created under the breast gland or more often under the pectoralis major muscle under the breast and the implant is placed in that pocket. A bra is worn immediately to help support the breast and provide comfort.
Recovery and Healing:
- Initial healing takes 5 to 10 days.
- Generally, recovery time is less than one week and many women who work outside the home will return to work within several days.
- Recommended to avoid heavy lifting for 2 weeks.
Noticeable results are seen immediately but it will take several months for swelling to settle and for the long term results to be evident.
You will be encouraged to perform implant displacement exercises to help keep the breast pocket of adequate size and the breast soft.
“Dear Dr. Parva,
It has now been 3 weeks since my breast augmentation and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all that you and your fabulous staff have done for me!”
“Thank you all for taking great care of me through surgery & this process. Very grateful for the hard work and compassionate health care providers! Hope the treats help to get through the day!”
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
Breast augmentation costs can vary depending on the location of the surgical procedure and the type of breast implants chosen. Typically, the costs range from $6500-$8500. A personalized quote will be provided during your consultation based on your unique needs and aesthetic goals.
Breast Lift and Augmentation
Breast augmentation involves placement of an implant behind the breast in order to enlarge the size of the breast. A breast lift, on the other hand, is designed to elevate the position of the breast if it has dropped too low. Specifically, the purpose of the breast lift is to elevate the nipple position above the breast crease in order to have a more rejuvenated and youthful appearance. Breast augmentation alone will not lift the breast, so if a breast lift is indicated, it is not advised to simply place an implant. In some situations, both a breast lift and breast implants may be indicated to elevate the breast position while also adding volume.
Schedule Your Breast Enlargement Consultation
Please contact Parva Plastic Surgery for your complimentary breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Parva today.