Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure involving placement of silicone or saline breast implants to enhance breast size and improve breast symmetry. Augmentation mammaplasty, as the procedure is known clinically, it serves the following cosmetic goals:
- Increasing the size and fullness of naturally small breasts that may occur due to genetic factors
- Restoration of loss of breast volume that may occur following a pregnancy, breast feeding or significant weight loss
- Improve the symmetry between breasts when they are disproportionate in size and shape
Dr. Bradley Hubbard in Dallas is a plastic surgeon that performs breast augmentation procedures. With his experience in plastic surgery and aesthetic surgery at premier hospitals in Dallas, Plano and Frisco, TX, Dr. Hubbard helps his patients achieve the desired results.
Benefits of Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation will help improve the fullness and projection of breasts. It will also make the overall physical appearance more balanced and proportionate. Many satisfied patients experience an enhancement of their self-image and self-confidence following this procedure. In some cases, breast implants may also be used for breast reconstruction following an injury or a mastectomy.
It is important to remember that breast augmentation is not an appropriate procedure to correct severely sagging breasts. Patients who are keen to improve the fullness of their breasts along with a correction of drooping breasts, they may have to go for a combination of breast augmentation and breast lift procedures. Both procedures are often performed at the same time.
Suitable Candidates for Breast Augmentation Surgery
An appropriate candidate for breast augmentation should be physically healthy and fit to undergo the surgery. The breasts should have developed fully before considering this cosmetic procedure. It is also important to have realistic expectations in order to achieve satisfactory results. The following candidates may benefit from breast augmentation:
- Someone who is unhappy with the feeling that her breasts are too small
- Someone who is dissatisfied with the breasts losing volume and shape following weight loss, pregnancy or with aging
- Someone whose breasts are moderately disproportionate
- Someone whose one or both breasts are under-developed
Breast Augmentation Procedure
Breast augmentation procedure begins with the application of anesthesia. The procedure may be performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. The operating surgeon will recommend the right option depending on the circumstances of the case. The second step in the procedure is to make incisions for the placement of breast implants.
A skilled surgeon will ensure that the incisions are made in inconspicuous parts to reduce visible scarring. The type of incision to be made will depend on the choice of implant, the extent of enlargement required, and the patient’s anatomy. Three common types of incisions in this procedure include:
- Inframammary incision
- Transaxillary incision
- Periareolar incision
Implant placement will be performed through the incision. The choice of breast implants will be made in consultation with the patient. The surgeon will consider the patient’s goals and desires from the procedure, her body type, breast anatomy, and skin elasticity before recommending the right choice of implants. Both silicone and saline breast implants are used commonly for breast augmentation.
The procedure involves a post-op recovery period of 24 to 48 hours. Furthermore, the patient will be able to perform limited activities for a few days. Soreness, bruising and swelling is common for the first few weeks. Normal activities and exercise can be resumed after the surgeon allows it. Post-op swelling will reduce on its own over a period of time. Scars are usually well-hidden, but they will also fade with the passage of time.
Most patients can enjoy the results of this procedure for a long time. It becomes easier for many patients to choose certain clothing and swim wear styles. Self-confidence and self-esteems is boosted for a lot of women following breast augmentation. However, the results are not permanent, and the patient may have to undergo implant replacement during her lifetime.
Over a period of time, factors such as aging, gravity, hormonal, and weight fluctuations can cause the breasts to change. If the patient becomes dissatisfied with the breast appearance in the long run, she may opt for implant replacement or a breast lift to restore a more youthful look. Follow-up visits should be attended with regularity and the patient should following the plastic surgeon’s instructions for best and long-lasting results.
Meet the Breast Augmentation Surgeon
Dr. Hubbard provides breast augmentation surgery in Dallas, Plano, and Frisco. He has the necessary expertise and training in plastic surgery as well as aesthetic surgery to ensure that the final results are both natural and beautiful. Dr. Hubbard understands the unique needs of each patient, and provides the most appropriate treatment plan to match those needs.
For more information on plastic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Plastic Surgeon, Bradley A. Hubbard MD in Dallas, Plano, Frisco and surrounding areas schedule a consultation by clicking here or calling 214-370-4813