Breast Augmentation Surgery Overview
Breast augmentation currently ranks as the second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. after liposuction. Between 1997 and 2012, almost 4.5 million breast implant procedures were performed in the country, as per the ASAPS figures. Clinically called augmentation mammoplasty, breast augmentation is usually performed for aesthetic reasons, but may also be performed for reconstructive purposes in some cases.
Patient satisfaction rates for breast augmentation surgery have been among the highest in recent years. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman is a leading provider of breast augmentation and other procedures. Dr. Kaufman receives patients from Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby locations.
Who needs Breast Implants?
The following women may make fabulous candidates for breast implant cosmetic surgery procedure:
- Breasts are relatively smaller sized in proportion to the rest of the body, causing dissatisfaction to the woman.
- The woman needs to feel more attractive and feminine or simply seeks a more voluptuous figure.
- Breasts are asymmetrical.
- The woman has lost breast volume following pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss.
- Congenital deformities require correction in one or both breasts.
- Micromastia or under-developed breasts need to be enhanced.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kaufman provides breast augmentation procedure to patients in Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding areas. He will usually complete the procedure in less than two hours.
General anesthesia is commonly used to perform breast augmentation. IV sedation or inhaled sedatives may be used to put the patient to sleep during the procedure. The surgery may be performed on an outpatient basis, and the patient should have someone to drive her back home.
Incision in case of breast augmentation may be placed in the breast crease, the armpit, the perimeter of the areola, or around the navel in a few cases. An experienced surgeon will make sure to keep the incisions discreet so that scarring is inconspicuous. Location of the incision will be determined in accordance with the patient’s unique anatomy and her personal aesthetic needs.
Two major methods of placing breast implants in this procedure include subglandular placement and submuscular placement. In subglandular placement, the implant is positioned in front of the pectoral muscle and right behind the breast tissue. Submuscular placement involves positioning the implant under the pectoral muscle.
Closing the Incisions
After the implants have been adjusted into their position, the surgeon will close the incisions with traditional stitches or absorbable ones. The sutures may be removed within one to two weeks following the procedure. It is important to keep the area around the incisions clean during the recovery phase.
In the immediate post-op phase, the breasts will be wrapped and supported with a gauze bandage. A surgical bra will be provided, which must be worn for several weeks for extra support. Pain medications may be prescribed by the surgeon in the first week to keep the patient comfortable. Most patients may be able to resume their regular activities or return to work in about 10 to 14 days.