Breast Augmentation in Michigan
Breast augmentation or enhancement is the enlargement of volume by the surgical placement of an implant. According to information provided by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), 330,631 patients underwent enlargement surgery in 2012 and the procedure remains one of the most popular procedures performed across the country today. The implantation device can be placed in women who feel that their chest is too small or who have lost volume from age, weight loss or pregnancy. Differences in size between the right and left – either naturally occurring or from a mastectomy because of cancer, for example – can also be improved with the use of an implantation device. Women who have undergone enhancement or enlargement often feel a restored sense of image to their self esteem and confidence. Watch the procedure video.
Saline and Silicone
Implants are devices that are either filled with saline (salt water) or silicone (gel). There are pros and cons with each device. Saline feel less natural and can show visible or palpable rippling; however, since all implantation devices will eventually leak, there is no health concern if this happens. Silicone gel, however, feel more natural but if they leak, it may not be detected immediately. The good news is that scientific evidence so far has not shown women with silicone gel to be at any greater medical risk than those women with saline.
What are the incisions used?
There are basically four approaches to surgery. The most common sites would be the peri-areaolar (around the areola) and along the inframammary (crease) folds. These are the most straightforward approaches and have the advantage of being in direct proximity to the device so that their accurate placement can best be assured. A third approach involves placing the device through a cut made in the axilla (armpit); the scar is not on the chest but the manipulation of the implant to ensure its optimal position is potentially compromised. The final route involves placing the implantation device through a cut made around the navel and tunneling the device to its proper location on the chest. Unlike the other three approaches, the technique often places the implant above the muscle, which is often not the preferred location as the risk of scar tissue (capsule) problems can be higher. Finally, this method is not approved for safety by the FDA.
What can I expect after surgery?
Most patients in my practice feel that enhancement surgery was less traumatic than they expected and many stop taking their narcotic pain medication a day or two after surgery. The procedure is out-patient, which means you can go home the same day. The incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches and sealed with glue on the outside so there are no sutures to remove and patients can shower the very next day. Patients wear a support garment for about 4-6 weeks, after which, there are no restrictions at all.
Size and shape are important and should be a focus of discussion with Dr. Kayser before surgery takes place. Many women believe they will be too large after surgery and therefore tend to choose a smaller size than what they really desired. However, there are also women who had friends who wished they had gone larger! These concerns are normal and Dr. Kayser and his staff will thoroughly discuss these options with you. Of course, you will likely become more comfortable with your new shape after surgery.
Your body’s size and characteristics, along with your desire for a specific shape and size, will usually dictate what is possible. You should be aware that after surgery one woman’s bosoms will be different than another’s even though the same implantation device was used. Also be aware that each woman’s body is different, and before and after photos of women who have had implantation surgery, often shown on web sites, do not apply to you.
You should also understand that the female body will change over time, and your bosoms will sag and droop with age and also lose some volume over time. Additionally, you should understand that the size that you desire and the implantation devices that you choose today may not be the same as what you might choose at a different stage of your life. In the future you may need a change of implantation device to achieve your desired result at that time.
Needless to say, follow up is very important and patients are encouraged to return to the office within the week, at six weeks, six months and a year. This will allow Michigan plastic surgeon Dr. Kayser to not only address any concerns that you may have but also make sure that both short and long term progress has been up to his high standards.