Breast Augmentation in Michigan
Breast augmentation or enhancement is the enlargement of breast volume by the surgical placement of a breast implant. According to information provided by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), 330,631 patients underwent breast augmentation in 2012 and the procedure remains one of the most popular procedures performed across the country today. The implant can be placed in women who feel that their breasts are too small or who have lost volume from age, weight loss or pregnancy. Differences in size between the right and left breast – either naturally occurring or from the removal of a breast (mastectomy) because of breast cancer, for example – can also be improved with the use of implants. Women who have undergone breast enhancement often feel a restored sense of image to their self esteem and confidence. Watch the breast augmentation procedure video.
Saline and Silicone
Breast implants are devices that are either filled with saline (salt water) or silicone (gel). There are pros and cons with each device. Saline implants feel less natural and can show visible or palpable rippling; however, since all implants will eventually leak, there is no health concern if this happens. Silicone gel implants, 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 implants to be at any greater medical risk than those women with saline implants; indeed:
What are the incisions used in breast augmentation?
There are basically four approaches through which the breast implant can be placed. The most common sites would be the peri-areaolar (around the areola) and along the inframammary (breast crease) folds. These are the most straightforward approaches and have the advantage of being in direct proximity to the implant so that their accurate placement can best be assured. A third approach involves placing the implant 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 implant 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 breast augmentation 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.
Breast 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 breast 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 implant surgery one woman’s breasts will be different than another’s even though the same implant size and shape was used. Also be aware that each woman’s body is different, and before and after photos of women who have had breast implant surgery, often shown on web sites, do not apply to you.
You should also understand that the female breast will change over time, and your breasts will sag and droop with age and also lose some volume over time. Additionally, you should understand that the breast size that you desire and the implants 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 implant and breast shaping 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.