BREAST AUGMENTATION OVERVIEW
Breast Augmentation is a procedure performed for women who may be dissatisfied with their breast size or who wish to restore desired fullness, volume and projection. Women choose to have breast augmentation for various reasons, the most common being size. In addition, it is common for women to lose breast shape and volume following pregnancy or weight loss. Breast augmentation surgery can also help correct asymmetrical breasts (a condition when one breast is larger than the other). Patients can choose between silicone or saline implants for a natural, lasting result.
At the Plastic Surgery Center of Stockton, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the information they need to make their procedure decisions with confidence and ease. In terms of incision sites and placement of implants for breast augmentation, here is what you need to know:
Before the breast augmentation procedure, we will discuss what incisions are best for your desired results during a consultation.
- Periareolar Incision: This is where the incision is made around the lower half of the areola.
During the consultation stage, Dr. Kludt will decide where the incision should be placed based on the type of breast implant used, the size of the implant, your body shape and size, and your ideal preference.
Once the incision site has been determined, Dr. Kludt will opt to place the breast implant in either one of two locations:
- Underneath the pectoral muscle. This is the most common type of placement, as it helps achieve a natural look.
- Behind the breast tissue and over the pectoral muscle.
- Inframammary Incision: This is where the incision will be made underneath the breast, within the inframammary fold. The incision is kept small in order to minimize post-surgical scarring.
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Today there are numerous implant options, including silicone, saline, round, shaped, etc. For a majority of patients, silicone implants are the desired choice over saline. The benefits of silicone, are a lighter, softer, more natural feel. There is also a lower deflation rate and less rippling.
For a certain population who desire a slightly smaller incision or less costly option, saline implants are often a great alternative to silicone. Ultimately, the patient is the final decision maker so it is important you are comfortable with your implant selection.
Ultimately, all of these factors along with your ideal preferences will determine the final decision. Dr. Kludt will also make recommendations to ensure you achieve your desired results.
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes between 1-1½ hours to complete. It is normal to feel tightness around the chest area as the skin adjusts to the breast’s new shape. Most patients can resume normal activities within 7 days; exercise should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. It takes approximately 6 months for the breasts to look, feel and function normally in regards to softness, sensation and final placement.