What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is sometimes called breast enhancement, breast enlargement, augmentation mammoplasty, or breast implant surgery. This plastic surgery procedure aims to enhance the size, shape, symmetry, and proportion of the breasts with the use of implants. Additionally, breast augmentation can sometimes be performed using fat transfer techniques, called natural breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is a very customizable and effective way to enhance your figure, improve the fit of your clothes, and achieve the cleavage you’ve been wanting.
Breast Augmentation Candidates
The best candidates for breast augmentation are those looking for fuller, rounder breasts and are healthy enough to undergo surgery. It’s important that your breasts aren’t subject to change because of things like puberty or breast feeding, since this can affect your results. Many patients benefit from a breast lift at the same time as breast augmentation, and Dr. Diktaban can determine your best options. During a consultation with Dr. Diktaban, you’ll discuss your health history and expectations for breast augmentation.
What Happens During Breast Augmentation?
The best candidates for breast augmentation are those looking for fuller, rounder breasts and are healthy enough to undergo surgery. It’s important that your breasts aren’t subject to change because of things like puberty or breastfeeding, since this can affect your results. Many patients benefit from a breast lift at the same time as breast augmentation, and Dr. Diktaban can determine your best options. During a consultation with Dr. Diktaban, you’ll discuss your health history and expectations for breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia and is typically an outpatient procedure, so patients will need to arrange a ride home after their surgery. There are many options in terms of the type of implant or incision technique that patients can determine during their consultation with their plastic surgeon.
If you opt for implants, you’ll have some factors to discuss about the implant type and size. The traditional choices for implant type are saline or silicone, and Dr. Diktaban can help determine the right kind for you. There are pros and cons of each type— for example, saline implants can be placed with a smaller incision while silicone implants are less prone to visible rippling. Conversely, silicone implants can offer a more natural feel while saline implants come with a lower price. Choosing between implant types depends on factors such as Dr. Diktaban’s recommendation, your age and health, and your personal preference. In addition to choosing your implant type, you will choose the proper implant size. This depends primarily on your body type as well as your preference. The goal in choosing an implant size is to create a larger breast that is still proportionate with your body while meeting your aesthetic goals.
Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel which tends to feel more like natural breast tissue compared to other breast implants. In case of rupture, the silicone remains within the outer shell or the breast capsule. While this does not cause the implant to collapse, the silicone must then be removed through surgery. Silicone breast implants are approved for patients who are at least 22 years old. Firmer silicone gel implants known as “gummy bear implants” are also available.
Saline breast implants are composed of an outer silicone shell filled with sterile salt water. These implants are approved for patients who are 18 and older, and in case of rupture the saline is safely absorbed by the body. Saline implants are generally less expensive, but also tend to be slightly less natural looking or feeling compared to silicone implants. Some saline implants are pre-filled, while others are filled with the saline solution after the shell is placed during your surgery.
There are generally three types of incisions that can be used to place implants. These are:
- Within the armpit
- Below the breast
- Around the areola
Each has its benefits, and one may be a better option based on your unique breast size, shape and position. As with any surgery, you can count on some incision that is necessary to make the pocket and allow insertion of a breast implant. Dr. Diktaban can ensure you that the incision will be placed in the optimal location for healing and reduced visibility. Wouldn’t you prefer to have a breast augmentation and not have a scar on your breast?
“Scarless” Breast Augmentation
Dr. Diktaban is one of the leading plastic surgeons in the Upper East Side area to offer “scarless” breast augmentation, a specialized method developed in the 90s associated with many different endoscopic techniques that entered the plastic surgery field at that time and are still successful. During a “scarless” breast augmentation, a small incision is made within the armpit (where most women shave or laser their axillary hair). The implants are inserted into the shaped pocket using a no-touch technique with the Keller Funnel. This option comes with the benefits of virtually NO visible scarring around or on the breasts. The amount of discomfort is exactly the same as with breast incisions that are placed on the breast. The scarless breast approach can also be combined with other plastic surgery procedures like a breast lift or mastopexy operation. During your consultation, Dr. Diktaban can determine if the “scarless” technique is right for you.
Once your chosen incision is made, a pocket is created for the implant within the breast tissue. However, implants can be placed either on top of the chest muscle or underneath it. Placing the implant on top of the muscle can result in greater projection but more visible rippling. On the other hand, placing the implants below the muscle can create a more natural look and feel but require a more extensive recovery.
Natural Breast Augmentation
If you opt for fat transfer breast augmentation, then you can count on a less-invasive procedure. It begins with liposuction on an area of your body where you have some excess fat. Once the fat tissue is removed, it’s processed and injected into the breasts to create more volume and projection.
before & afters
Results and Recovery
Recovery from breast augmentation with implants can take several weeks. Recovery for natural breast augmentation can take less time, but you should still avoid heavy activity in both cases. You’ll be fitted with a special supportive surgical bra to wear during your recovery and will receive instructions to follow for medications and caring for your incisions. Some soreness is expected during the recovery period, but Dr. Diktaban can prescribe medication so you feel comfortable as you heal. Typically, patients take a week to two weeks after the surgery to rest and recover before they return to work or school. It can take a few months before swelling fully dissipates and your final results settle in, but the result is fuller, more prominent breasts.
Schedule a Consultation
Breast augmentation is an amazing way to refine your figure and boost your confidence. To learn more about your options for breast enhancement, contact our state-of-the-art New York City plastic surgery office by calling or filling out our online form.