If you’re dissatisfied with the size and/or shape of your breasts, breast augmentation (breast enhancement), can make your breasts fuller and improve their shape through the insertion of implants.
Dr. Ledding has performed countless successful breast augmentations. Every patient is unique, he will spend time with you during your initial consultation and examination to discuss your options and his recommended surgical plan for you.
Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
If you wish to increase your breast size and improve their shape, you are probably a good candidate for breast implants. If your breasts sag, you might benefit from a breast lift or a combination breast lift with breast implants.
Women who have had a mastectomy and wish to restore their breasts are also often good candidates for breast augmentation. See our information about Breast Reconstruction.
Is Breast Augmentation an Outpatient Procedure?
Breast augmentation is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia, but it is an outpatient procedure in almost all cases.
What Are the Different Types of Breast Implants?
Dr. Ledding will assist you in choosing the right breast implant for you. There are several decisions to be made. First, there is a choice between silicone and saline – each of which has pros and cons. Silicone implants have a more natural feel and come in a variety of shapes. They are also less prone to rippling.
Saline comes only in a round shape and feels less natural. These implants are more likely to ripple.
Besides the makeup of your implant, you must also choose your size, shape (round or teardrop), and projection (how much the breast projects outward from the chest.) All of these decisions should be made with your body in mind – for example, the width of your rib cage and shoulders. Dr. Ledding will give you the opportunity to try on sizers in the office to help you with this decision. With our guidance, you will feel confident about your choices before your surgery.
What Incisions Are Used For Breast Augmentation?
The incisions depend on where the implants are inserted. Implants are usually either inserted from under the crease of the breasts with incisions underneath, or inserted with incisions around the areolas (the darker area around the nipples). In some cases, implants can be inserted using an incision in the armpit.
What Happens During Breast Augmentation?
During the surgery, Dr. Ledding creates a pocket within the breast, and the implant is placed either in front of the pectoral muscle or behind it. Placement depends on what is best for you. He will discuss this with you prior to your surgery.
If a saline implant is inserted, the implant is filled with the fluid after insertion. If a silicone implant is inserted, the implant is pre-filled.
The incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures.
What Happens Immediately After Breast Augmentation?
After some time spent in the recovery room following your surgery, you will be allowed to go home. You will need someone to drive you.
You will be given a support bra to wear for six weeks after your surgery, as well as instructions for caring for your incisions.
When Can I Return to Work After Breast Augmentation?
Most women take five to seven days off from work and resume exercise or sports activities in six to eight weeks. If your occupation is physically demanding, you may need three to four weeks off work as well.
What Post-Operative Symptoms Can I Expect After Breast Augmentation?
Your recovery will include some bruising, a feeling of tightness, and pain for a couple of weeks. You can take prescription or non-prescription medications to ease you through this period.
Swelling takes a bit longer to resolve, gradually improving over a period of weeks. If you sleep sitting up for a few nights, you will probably feel more comfortable and might even reduce the initial swelling. You should avoid sleeping on your sides for a period of six weeks. You will not be able to tell your final bra size until a few months after your surgery, so we advise that you not purchase many new bras until that time.
You will see Dr. Ledding for follow-up examinations.
Are There Scars After Breast Augmentation?
There are scars after breast augmentation, but they are usually pretty discreet either under the breast crease, around the darker skin of the areolas, or under the arm. The scars will fade and become smoother during the months following your surgery. We can also provide products that will aid in the healing process.
Contact our office for a consultation to discuss how breast augmentation with Dr. Ledding can help you feel more confident about your appearance.