About Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation surgery is a procedure that reshapes the breasts to result in a fuller appearance. It is known to be one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, providing women who are unhappy with their breast appearance effective options for improvement. Using implants or fat from the patient's body, this enhancement surgery improves breast shape and size, and results in a beautiful and youthful outcome. Newburyport, MA board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michele Sasmor is experienced in breast surgery and performs numerous breast augmentations every year. During your consultation at RiverSong Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sasmor will assess your concerns and desires and inform you of all of the options available, while also customizing a surgical plan to achieve your goals.
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During your initial consultation with Dr. Sasmor, the correct implant will be selected based on your body frame, as well as your aesthetic goals. Implants for augmentation come in an assortment of sizes and profiles, as well as shapes and textures — all of which are taken into consideration in order to reach the desired result. Today, the most commonly used implant types are saline or silicone, both widely chosen and approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). It is important to mention that candidates considering implants made with saline must be at least 18 years of age, while patients must be a minimum of 22 years old in order to receive treatment with silicone. Other considerations include "gummy bear" implants and fat grafting (known as a fat transfer). Aside from the type of augmentation chosen, there are other distinct factors to consider.
Implant size is distinguished based on the number of CCs of silicone or saline used. To determine the right amount, Dr. Sasmor will measure how much original tissue exists and the size you hope to achieve. During surgery, it is common for Dr. Sasmor to temporarily switch out various implant sizers to get an idea of the best fit.
Breast implants come in either a round or teardrop shape. Both shapes are commonly used; however, most of our patients prefer a round implant. It often looks and feels more natural and adds a fullness to the top of the breast that most patients desire.
Breast implant profile equates to the projection. Meaning, this is what is visible from the side view. The most common projections include low to extra high ranges.
Making Your Choices
These options may be overwhelming, but picking the appropriate implant is easy once the patient's aesthetic goals are discussed during the consultation. These considerations, coupled with Dr. Sasmor's knowledge and experience, help to ensure the right outcome is met.
The choice to go through with breast enhancement surgery is personal. If you are thinking about having this procedure, it is important you do it for yourself and nobody else. You should be healthy. with breasts that are fully developed. and be the proper age to have implants. If you are dissatisfied with the shape of your breasts because they seem deflated, you may benefit from this cosmetic breast treatment. In addition, if your breasts have been affected by aging, nursing, or weight loss, this treatment can bring them back to life with increased volume. It is also a welcomed option if you work out with weights or have little to no original breast tissue.
Incision type, as well as implant placement, are aspects that are generally made ahead of surgery. During the procedure, an incision is created and then the appropriate breast implant will be slipped into its position. There are a couple of methods that may be chosen for implant placement. These include either submuscular placement (under the pec muscle), or submammary/subglandular placement (over the pec muscle). Where to place the implant is based on numerous factors, including the overall type and size of implant, along with the opinion of Dr. Sasmor. No matter where the incision is placed, scarring is usually rare. Implant placement is determined based on your body type, implant size, and lifestyle.
What to Expect
Breast augmentation is performed as an outpatient surgery using general anesthesia. Following the incision, the breast implant will be moved through the opening and deposited into a surgically created pocket, and then fitted into its proper position. Once the implant is in position, the incision is closed with sutures or surgical adhesives. All patients will be taken to a private recovery space and observed before being released. You will be sent home wearing a recovery compression bra to help minimize swelling. Within a few days, the bruising and swelling will slowly fade away, and the breasts will begin to feel normal as they settle into their new position. The majority of patients can engage in normal activities within a few days; however, heavy chest exercise should be avoided for about 4-6 weeks. This surgery results in outcomes that look and feel both normal and natural. Breast augmentation is, in many cases, life-changing for women, allowing them the chance to feel more comfortable in their own body.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does breast augmentation cost?
Your cost for breast augmentation will vary based on your choices and if you are having any other surgeries at the same time. As soon as your treatment plan is developed at your consultation, Dr. Sasmor can talk to you about estimated costs and financing options. To ensure your results match your goals and last a long time, it's important to focus on quality over costs.
Do I need a breast lift or augmentation?
Your plan may include breast augmentation, a lift, or both. A breast lift removes excess skin and improves the contour of the breasts by getting rid of "drooping". Augmentation addresses the volume and to some extent, the shape of the breasts. During your consultation with Dr. Sasmor, she will listen to your needs and goals before explaining your treatment options. A combination of augmentation and lift are often a part of a "mommy makeover" to rejuvenate the breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Can I breastfeed with implants?
If you want to breastfeed after breast augmentation, be sure to tell Dr. Sasmor during your consultation. It is usually possible to breastfeed after implants with the right surgical technique and placement. Pregnancy and breastfeeding may alter your results so changes that may occur with pregnancy will be discussed. If unwanted changes occur with pregnancy and breast feeding, further surgery may be required to reshape the breasts.
Can I have my implants removed?
You may decide that you want to replace or remove your implants. If this happens, Dr. Sasmor can perform breast revision surgery. During the revision surgery, your current implants can either be replaced with new implants or removed. If you choose to have your implants removed, you may need to have excess skin removed since implants can stretch your skin. If you have any questions or concerns after your augmentation surgery, schedule an appointment at RiverSong Plastic Surgery to discuss your options.
Do implants cause breast cancer?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a link between implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). This is not breast cancer but a cancer of the immune cells. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), implant-related ALCL is very rare and when caught early, it is easy to treat. Dr. Sasmor encourages all patients with implants to get regular screenings for breast cancer. You should contact RiverSong Plastic Surgery if you notice any concerns, such as swelling or other visible changes.
Get the Look You Want
Breast enhancement surgery with implants is highly sought out for so many reasons. It is considered safe and produces gorgeous aesthetic results. With an abundance of available options, you can attain the bustline you have always dreamed of. RiverSong Plastic Surgery is pleased to provide this popular surgery and we invite you to learn more. Contact RiverSong Plastic Surgery in Newburyport, MA to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Michele Sasmor.