Breast augmentation, a popular plastic surgery procedure, sometimes called augmentation mammoplasty, is the surgical placement of saline or silicone implants behind the breasts with the idea of creating fuller, shapelier breasts. Age, gravity, weight loss, pregnancy and even sun exposure are all factors that can result in a loss of breast volume, causing changes in the size and shape of the breasts. Women who want fuller and shapelier breasts can get their desired results from the cosmetic surgery of breast augmentation.
During breast augmentation, a breast implant is inserted behind each breast, helping to increase the size of the breast as well as restore breast volume, or even restore the shape of the breast after partial or total loss. However, if you have sagging or drooping breasts, a breast lift may be necessary. This is normally performed in conjunction with breast augmentation.
Breast Augmentation with Implants
Before your breast augmentation, Dr. Haeck will discuss with you your options based on your needs and desires. He will consult with you to determine which implant will best meet your expectations. Both saline and silicone implants consist of an outer silicone shell which will be filled with either saline fluid or silicone gel.
Breast augmentation is most often performed under general anesthesia, allowing the patient to remain comfortable and pain-free. The length of the procedure varies, but typically it lasts about an hour.
Incisions in breast augmentation are normally made in discreet locations such as the underarm, at the base of the breast, or around the areola. After making the incision, Dr. Haeck then places the breast implant either above or behind the pectoral muscle. With saline breast implants, they will be filled to the desired volume after they are in place.
The type, style, and the size of breast implants are determined by your cup size, the available breast tissue you have, your lifestyle, your body contours, and the appearance that you would like to achieve for your breast augmentation. Dr. Haeck will spend time with you to help you determine which implant is best for you as implants differ in texture, profile, shape, height, width and volume.
What Gives the Breast its Shape?
The female breast is made up of glands, mammary ducts, and fatty tissue. Each of these physical factors, along with the elasticity of the surrounding skin, impacts the shape and soft form of the breast. In addition, factors such as age and pregnancy can also have a huge impact on the elasticity of the skin and breast tissue, and often result in changes to breast shape and form. Breast augmentation procedures are often necessary, and quite common in these circumstances.
Implants are generally placed in either of two locations. Submuscular placement is when the implants are placed, partially or completely, beneath the pectoralis muscle, against the chest wall. Subglandular placement is when the implant is placed beneath the breast tissue, but above the pectoralis muscle. Dr. Haeck and his staff will guide you every step of the way and will help determine the implant placement location that is best for you.
After breast augmentation, it is not uncommon to experience some swelling and soreness for several weeks. We do recommend wearing a supportive bra or compression bandage to help with post-surgical discomfort. Dr. Haeck will also prescribe medication if necessary.
Normally, patients are able to resume to their non-strenuous activities within one week of having a breast augmentation. We recommend that exercise be avoided for approximately two to three weeks after breast augmentation. You will be given detailed instructions to guide your post-operative care. In order to ensure proper healing following procedure from your breast augmentation plastic surgeons, you will be asked to return to Dr. Haeck’s practice for follow-up appointments.
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Dr Haeck has the skill and dedication necessary to help you meet your needs and desires. To schedule a breast augmentation consultation in Seattle, contact us today at 206-860-4684.