Why Have A Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation increases the size of small or asymmetrical breasts. It is the second most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States for a reason, and can have a fantastic impact on a women's self-esteem.
Dr. Salas is an expert at making implants look and feel like a natural part of your breast. He offers both saline and silicone implants and can advise you on the ideal treatment based on your goals and figure.
Breasts can be augmented by placing an implant behind the existing breast tissue. The implant is usually inserted through a very small incision placed in the fold beneath the breast. The resulting scar is very small and is barely visible.
After insertion of the implant, the small incision is closed with one skin suture. A special dressing is applied and this should be left in place until the suture is removed, at 7 to 10 days, by your cosmetic surgeon. It is recommended that sports bra is purchased, about 3 days after the operation, to have it available to wear once the dressing has been removed and the suture taken out. Once the suture has been removed, the patient can shower or bath.
Preparation & Recovery
Each patient will be given specific and tailored instructions regarding preparation for surgery.
Those who smoke run a greater risk of chest infection and the healing wounds in smokers may be slower. For patients who smoke it is advisable to cut down for a week before surgery and to stop smoking completely for three days immediately before the operation. Assumption of Aspirin or blood thinning medication should be avoided for two weeks before surgery as it can reduce natural blood clotting after the operation.
The patient can engage in full sporting activity at 5 weeks when, if she so wishes, she can do so without wearing a bra.
The implant is a material foreign to the body and the body will naturally build a wall around the implant. This wall that the body makes is called a capsule and it occurs in the presence of all implants. Modern implants are so good that the degree of capsule formation is small and does not usually present a problem. Very rarely, one of the breasts may feel slightly firmer than the other. If this bothers the patient then slight pressure on the breast will cause it to become soft again.
The majority of women do not experience this hardening and can usually forget that they ever underwent the operation.
In the first few weeks after surgery, the nipple area may be more sensitive than normal and sometimes there may be a small patch of numbness just above the scar. Such changes are invariably of a temporary nature.