Breast Augmentation continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic surgical treatments women have performed each year. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that well over 300,000 procedures were performed in 2016. Over 2.5 million breast augmentation, enhancement or boob job surgeries have been performed across the US alone since 2000.
The reasons given for this surgery are apparent: massive gains in self-esteem and confidence.
Breast Augmentation – Video Introduction
Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Sadi Erfani provides an introductory narrative about breast augmentation in La Jolla with the aid of an animated chart and dramatic results from some of his before and after clients.
There are several options for breast augmentation that Spirit Lift Plastic Surgery performs:
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone implants are the most widely used choice for enhancement. They are made with a soft rubberized shell that contains a viscous gel of silicone. The implants vary in pre-filled sizes, shape, texture, thickness, and volume. They have a softened and naturalistic feel as well as have a lower tendency to ripple or wrinkle when compared to saline implants.
A relatively newer choice in silicone implants that have been getting much attention over the last few years is a cohesive gel implant. Often referred to as Gummy Bear implants, they are reported to have an extremely realistic appearance and feel. The gel inside the shell will continue to hold shape in an unlikely event if rupture occurs.
The only drawback noted with silicone is that these types of implants require a bigger incision along the breast tissue and that if rupture occurs the results are not immediately noticeable.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline implants also use a softened rubberized shell that is filled with saline (salt water) instead of a gel. Similar to silicone implants, they come in different sizes, shapes, and textures. Only a small incision is required. Saline implants are filled into the shell after insertion within the breast. The implants can be adjusted from an inserted syringe and is surgically increased or decreased by the desired amount of saline within the implant.
The downside to saline implants is that they do not feel as realistic to silicone implants. The presence of a ripple or a wrinkle effect is also visible. However, if an implant rupture should occur within the body it will simply be absorbed without harm. Saline implants are also less expensive than silicone.
Fat Transfer Breast Enhancement
Breast enhancement through fat transfer takes fat from other parts of the body like the stomach or butt via liposuction and injects purified fat back into the breasts. This procedure has made strides as the option to not incorporate manufactured implants to achieve completely natural looking breasts has gained in popularity.Breast augmentation using fat grafting increased 72% in 2016. Depending on the client’s needs, more doctors consider this this type of augmentation a better choice where an implant is not necessary. A possible situation where someone can benefit from this procedure is if a patient has asymmetrical breasts or has had a lumpectomy.
However, the reported downside with fat transfer breast augmentation is that results are not as long lasting or as dramatic like silicone or saline implants.
Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation involves the insertion of the implant under the breast or under the breast and chest muscle. The surgeon chooses from five different types of incisions; under the breast along the natural breast fold, at the edge of the areola (periareolar), in the armpit, within the areola, or through the umbilical area. The choice is based on factors such as body anatomy, type of implant, and patient and doctor preference.
Once the incision is made, the silicone or saline implant is then inserted. After proper positioning of the implant, small sutures are used to close the incision. The entire surgical procedure takes from 2 to 4 hours normally. To provide comfort during the operation, a general sedative is administered.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Time
The length of recovery differs from person to person and is also influenced by the placement of the implant within the patient. Implants inserted above the chest muscle heal faster than those that are placed under the chest muscle.
Generally, during the first 24 to 48 hours after the operation, it is usual for patients to feel discomfort or pain and fatigue. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed by the surgeon to provide comfort and avoid infection. After several days, gauze dressings on the breasts will be removed and a special surgical bra is put in its place. If the stitches need removal, this will be accomplished within 7 to 10 days after surgery. The breasts will be extremely sensitive for the first few weeks. Swelling will also occur and last for up to five weeks. The scars will eventually begin to fade after a few months. Following the tips to complete breast augmentation recovery as given by the operating plastic surgeon are imperative.
Breast Augmentation Consultation
The benefits gained with this cosmetic surgery are undeniable. If you are considering breast augmentation in La Jolla, an initial consultation with expert staff and skilled plastic surgeon can help to answer many fundamental questions. Dr. Sadi Erfani will discuss your desired and realistic goals for augmentation, what choices in enhancement are available and make the best breast augmentation options recommended for your body.