A recent study revealed that nearly 70 percent of women are unhappy with their breasts. Size, shape, volume, and asymmetry all play a part in why women feel self-conscious about their breasts, especially when they are constantly inundated with pictures of the “ideal” woman by the media. As a result, breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the U.S., second only to liposuction. In 2016, more than 300,000 women underwent breast augmentation to improve the contour, symmetry, and look of their breasts.
Breast Augmentation Options
During your initial consultation at Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Terrasse will examine you and take measurements of your chest, document with photography your dimensions and proportions, and then you will spend some time talking about your goals and options. Though breast augmentation has been available for many years, there have been ongoing advancements in technique, as well as more implant choices. Some of the options you will need to consider include:
Size – Implants can improve your body contour by making your breasts more proportional to your body, so size is an important consideration.
Shape – Round implants are the traditional choice, though implants are now made in a teardrop shape as well.
Profile – Implants are now made with varying “profiles” – meaning that you can choose how far the implant projects from the chest wall
Material – Saline or silicone? Cohesive gel or “gummy bear”? There are advantages to each type, so your decision will be based on your desired results.
Placement – under the breast itself (sub-glandular) or under the pectoral muscle (sub-muscular). Placement is determined according to your existing breast tissue and desired look.
Dr. Terrasse will go over any questions you might have about any of the above options, and help you determine implant that will provide you with the best possible results. He is proud to offer the Vectra 3D Breast Imaging and Simulation system, which gives you a tangible idea of what you can expect from different implant options.
Breast Augmentation Procedure and Recovery
Breast augmentation surgery is an outpatient procedure, performed using general anesthesia, with or without sedation. Dr. Terrasse will make an incision based on the type of implant and placement you chose – transaxillary (in the armpit) or inframammary (in the fold under the breast). He will insert the implants in a pocket he creates under your skin or under your pectoral muscle, again, depending on the implant and what you discussed prior to surgery. Once the implants are properly placed, he will close the incisions with sutures, and you’re ready to move to recovery.
You will need to have someone present to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery, as the sedation wears off. You will be required to wear a compression garment at all times during the first part of your recovery to minimize swelling and protect your breasts. As with any surgery, you will probably experience some pain once the anesthesia wears off, but this can be managed using prescription or over-the-counter pain medications.
Most patients can go back to work and resume normal activities within a week or two, however, if your job requires lifting more than five to ten pounds, you may need to wait longer before returning to work. Dr. Terrasse will provide you with post-surgery instructions, and monitor your healing process with follow-up appointments. Recovery time is different for everyone, so it is important that you follow his instructions to the letter.
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Results of Breast Augmentation
The results of your breast augmentation procedure are considered permanent, although they can be affected by fluctuations in weight, hormones, and the natural aging process. If the changes are noticeable, you can undergo breast revision surgery at a later date to address any issues.
If your breasts are having a negative effect on your body image and self-confidence, breast augmentation surgery may be the solution. Call Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation. Let us help you achieve a beautiful, natural look and feel, restoring your confidence in your body.