Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammaplasty, is a popular procedure done to increase or restore breast size using breast implants. This procedure can also help to improve the balance of the hip contours and restore breast volume after weight loss or pregnancy to help achieve an improved breast profile.
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Who is a Breast Augmentation Candidate?
If you feel that your breasts are too small for your body, your breasts have become smaller since you have had children or lost weight, one breast is noticeably smaller than the other, or you feel self-conscious wearing form-fitting tops or swimsuits, you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery. Ideal candidates will be in overall good health, be nonsmokers, and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is through a consultation with breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Cusimano.
Before & After
Types of Breast Implants
When it comes to breast augmentation, you can choose from a number of breast implants. There are three main types used today: silicone, saline, and form stable.
Silicone breast implants are filled with soft silicone gel and are available in a selection of shapes and sizes. These implants are pre-filled and may require a longer incision for them to be placed.
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. They are often prefilled and, therefore, require a shorter incision to be placed.
Form-stable implants, also known as “gummy bear” implants, are filled with a cohesive gel made up of cross-linked molecules of silicone. This makes the filling a bit firmer and thicker than traditional silicone implants, which enables them to hold their shape better, also allowing for a more natural-feeling implant.
Types of Breast Augmentation Incisions
During breast augmentation surgery, a number of incisions can be made through which the breast implant is placed. There are three main breast implant incisions used today: periareolar (around the nipple), inframammary (in the breast crease), and transaxillary (in the armpit).
A periareolar incision is one that’s made around the lower half around the areola, concealed by the natural change in skin color between the breast and the areola. This is a good option for patients who don’t have a well-defined breast fold that would expose the scar from an inframammary incision. It may not be recommended for those who want silicone gel implants, as an inframammary incision typically gives Dr. Cusimano the best access for placing a silicone implant in the most beneficial location.
This is the most common incision for those seeking cosmetic breast augmentation surgery. An inframammary incision allows Dr. Cusimano to fully visualize the pectoralis major muscle and breast tissue for ease of implant placement. It is used for breast augmentation patients who get either saline or silicone implants and often results in very favorable scarring that is easily concealed both in or out of clothing.
As the only incision location that results in no visible scarring on the breast, the transaxillary approach to breast surgery can only be performed with saline implants. The incision in the armpit is made and a path is cleared to the breast pocket, through which Dr. Cusimano can pass the unfilled saline implant into the breast pocket to be filled once it’s in place. This breast enlargement procedure is not as common as periareolar and inframammary techniques.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Once the agreed-upon incision is created, the chosen breast implant is inserted into a pocket created either under the pectoral muscles or above them. The method used for inserting and positioning the breast implant will depend on the type of implant, the degree of change desired, the amount of natural breast tissue, and Dr. Cusimano’s recommendations. Once the implants are placed, incisions are then closed using sutures, skin adhesives, and surgical tape.
Breast Augmentation Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA
For fully personalized breast enhancement in Baton Rouge, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Luke Cusimano is the right choice for you. Using the latest technology available and meticulous plastic surgery techniques, Dr. Cusimano can help you achieve the exact breast appearance you’ve been wanting. With plastic surgery procedures including breast lift and fat transfer breast augmentation, you can achieve a curvy silhouette for renewed self-confidence. Contact us by calling our office or completing the online form today.
What to Expect After Baton Rouge Breast Augmentation Surgery
Dr. Cusimano will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your breasts, incisions, and support garments before you are discharged from our surgery center. This includes restrictions on strenuous activities for a set amount of time and also certain movements such as raising your arms above your head. Immediately after your breast augmentation procedure, you will be placed in a surgical dressing that may include a support bra. You will likely need to avoid lifting anything for at least a week, and you will need to take several days off work.
Any acute pain should resolve within five days, which can be managed with prescribed or over-the-counter medicine, which you should take according to Dr. Cusimano’s instructions. Residual swelling and soreness can be expected for several weeks, during which time your implants will begin to settle and you will start to see the results of your breast enhancement surgery. Keep in mind that the most natural breast augmentation results will take time to appear as your chest tissue heals and your skin stretches to accommodate the implants. Your incisions will also fade over time, which can take many months or over a year to fully heal.
Breast Augmentation FAQS
Are breast implants under warranty?
A majority of breast implants are under warranty in case of complications such as implant rupture or capsular contracture.
Can I move my arms after breast augmentation?
After your breast augmentation, it’s best to avoid lifting your arms above the shoulder for about two weeks. This will prevent unnecessary discomfort and allow you to heal properly.
Can breast implants cause pain years later?
If you have breast implants, pain felt in the breasts years after surgery is usually due to straining the chest muscles while exercising or chest pain from coughing. However, capsular contracture also causes pain and can occur years after your breast augmentation.
Can you breast feed after breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation should not affect your ability to breastfeed. However, breastfeeding may change the appearance of your breasts, even if you have implants, so some patients choose to wait until after they have children to have a breast augmentation.
Can breast implants last 30 years?
It is uncommon, but not impossible, for breast implants to last 30 years. On average, breast implants last between 10 and 20 years.
Do breast implants cause autoimmune disease? Breast implants have been shown to cause a higher risk for autoimmune disease, but these cases are rare and breast augmentation is generally considered safe.
What is the average cost of a breast augmentation?
The cost of breast augmentation varies based on a number of factors. If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation costs, contact our office today.
Does getting breast implants make you gain weight?
There is no correlation between weight gain and breast implants. The implants themselves vary in size and on average weigh just over a pound.
How do I prepare for breast implants?
Dr. Cusimano will provide a personalized preparation guide during a consultation, including what medications to stop or alter, when to fast prior to surgery, and any substances to avoid in the days and weeks leading up to the procedure.
Can fat be transferred to breasts?
Fat transfer to the breasts, also known as a natural breast augmentation, can be performed to create fuller breasts that look and feel natural.
Do breasts sag after breast augmentation?
Breasts can sag after breast augmentation over time.
Do you have to replace breast implants every 10 years?
It is often recommended that you replace breast implants about every 10 years, but this is not always necessary.
How do I know if my breast implant is leaking?
Some signs that a breast implant is leaking include changes in shape or size, pain, swelling, or firmness.
Will I have scars after breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation does result in inconspicuous scars. These may be below the breast fold, in the armpit, or around the nipple.
Can I get pregnant after breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation will not affect your ability to get pregnant. However, it is sometimes advised to wait until after you are done having children and breastfeeding to have a breast augmentation so that your results are not compromised.
Can breast augmentation correct asymmetry?
Breast augmentation can correct asymmetry. This is usually achieved by placing two differently sized implants for an overall symmetrical final result.
Does insurance cover breast implants?
As an elective cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation is rarely covered by traditional insurance plans.
How dangerous is breast augmentation surgery?
When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Cusimano, breast augmentation is very safe. Side effects include bruising, swelling, and discomfort, which are easily managed with medication.
How do you know if you have capsular contracture?
Capsular contracture often feels like tightness in the breast, and can change the shape or feel of the breast, making it more firm and potentially causing pain.