Also known as “augmentation mammaplasty,” breast augmentation surgery is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the volume and shape of the breasts. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), it is the most performed plastic surgery procedure. Breast augmentation is often desired by women who want to increase the size and improve the contour of their breasts. At Das Plastic Surgery Center, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Suman Das, regularly performs breast augmentation with saline and silicone implants for women in Mississippi.
Ideal candidates for breast augmentation surgery are women who wish to improve one or more of the following conditions:
Naturally small breasts
Loss of volume in the breasts due to pregnancy or weight loss
Asymmetry in the breasts
Lack of self-confidence due to the appearance of the breasts
One of the various incision methods can be used to meet the individual needs and preferences of the patient. The technique that is best suited for you will be decided during your consultation.
The incision is made around the border of the areola, and the implant is placed in the breast. This technique minimizes the visibility of scarring, but it increases the risk of losing nipple sensation.
An incision is created underneath the breast fold, and the implant is placed in the desired location of the breast. The inframammary incision keeps scars hidden on the underside of the breast and can be reopened if the implant ever needs to be removed or replaced.
The incision is made in the fold of the armpit, and the implant is tunneled to the breast. The transaxillary method is usually less accurate in placing the implant than the periareolar or inframammary techniques, but it does not leave scarring anywhere near the breast.
An incision is made in the navel, and the implant is transported through a V-shaped tunnel up to the breast. An endoscope is utilized to help guide the implant to the breast, and there is no scarring near the breasts. However, only saline implants can be used during surgery, and the transumbilical incision cannot be used again if future surgery is necessary.
In most cases, breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis and patients can return home the same day of surgery. Swelling and discomfort will be apparent for a few days following the procedure, but prescribed pain medication can help alleviate these symptoms. Most patients return to work about a week after surgery, but strenuous activities should be avoided for the first few weeks. It is important that you follow Dr. Das’ postoperative instructions and come in for a follow-up appointment to ensure that you are recovering properly.