Breast Enlargement Surgery
Breast enlargement, clinically known as augmentation mammaplasty or breast augmentation, is a cosmetic surgery procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. The procedure usually involves surgical insertion of breast implants behind the breasts, but in exceptional cases, fat transfer procedure may also be used. In recent years, breast enlargement has emerged as the second most popular aesthetic surgery procedure in the US.
Breast augmentation is primarily performed by a plastic surgeon for aesthetic purposes. It may be aimed at adding volume to disproportionately small breasts, restoring balance to asymmetrical breasts, or to build a more voluptuous breast appearance.
Patient satisfaction rates in breast augmentation are among the highest in the field of aesthetic surgery. Dr. Bryson Richards is an eminent breast surgeon who receives patients from Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas for breast augmentation.
Breast Augmentation Options
Potential for customization is high in case of breast augmentation plastic surgery. During the surgical planning process, an experienced surgeon will engage closely with the patient to determine the best options according to the patient’s aesthetic needs as follows:
Type of Implants
The FDA has approved saline and silicone gel based breast implants. In case of silicone implants, patients can further choose between regular, form stable and highly cohesive implants. Size, profile, shape, and texture of implants will also be chosen according to a patient’s specific needs.
Breast implants may be placed in a submuscular position below the pectoral muscle or in a subglandular position in front of the pectoral muscle, immediately behind the breast tissue.
Location of the Incision
The cosmetic surgeon may place the incision below the crease at the base of the breast, along the lower half of the areola, in the armpit, or even a transumbilical incision in a few cases.
Dr. Richards will ensure that the most appropriate combination of choices is made to achieve the unique aesthetic goals of his patients in Las Vegas, NV and nearby areas.
Breast enlargement surgery is generally performed using general anesthesia. The entire procedure may be completed in about two hours on average. The procedure will begin with the surgeon placing incisions at pre-determined sites to insert the implants. An experienced surgeon will ensure to keep the incisions inconspicuous so that scarring is minimally visible.
Through the incision, the surgeon will create a breast pocket for the placement of implant. Some surgeons recommend placing the implant in the front of the chest muscle to reduce discomfort during recovery. Some others may prefer implant placement underneath the pectoral muscle to avoid interference with mammograms in the future.
Once the implant placement is completed, and the implants are adjusted into their desired position, the incisions will be carefully sutured. Majority of patients are able to return home the same day of surgery.
If the sutures are dissolvable, they will disappear on their own. In other cases, the surgeon will remove the sutures in about a week. Initial pain and soreness in the first week can be managed with prescription medications. Most patients will be able to return to their regular activities or go to work in about 10 to 14 days.