Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as breast enhancement or breast enlargement, is a surgical procedure where breast implants are used to improve the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. Women of all ages choose to have a breast augmentation and do so for many reasons including underdeveloped, uneven, or sagging breasts. You can make many changes to your body by making healthy choices, but if you are dissatisfied with the size of your breasts, surgery may be your only option. Many women want to increase the volume of their breasts to look and feel better, and most are ecstatic about their improved appearance and boosted self-esteem after augmentation.
There are several considerations that Dr. Shaddix will discuss with you prior to performing your breast augmentation. Of course, size is an important factor. However, the type of implant, whether saline or silicone, needs to be decided.
Our practice proudly offers gummy bear implants to give our patient increased options. Additionally, an implant can be shaped or round and can be placed above or below the muscle. The incision used to place the implant can be under the breast, around the areola, or under the arm. Some women may wish to have a breast lift at the same time to further improve the appearance of the breasts. Your anatomy will help to dictate the best strategy for achieving the breast size and shape you desire. During your consultation, Dr. Shaddix will use his expertise to guide your decision.
Today’s implants are backed by decades of research and are the safest they have ever been. Many women are surprised to learn that some of the implant manufacturers provide a lifetime warranty on their implants as well.
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Dr. Shaddix uses a specialized technique with highly advanced instruments to place your implants precisely and give you the natural look you want. His gentle technique allows for minimal bruising, decreased discomfort, a fast recovery, and a beautiful result. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. A very tiny and well-hidden incision is placed in the crease under your breast, around your areola, or under your arm. Then Dr. Shaddix develops the space to place the implant either directly behind your breast tissue (subglandular) or behind your muscle (submuscular). He does this gently and meticulously to minimize any bruising and discomfort.
Next, the implant is placed into the precise pocket. If you have selected a saline implant, this is placed and then filled to the desired volume. Silicone implants come pre-filled. Dr. Shaddix very carefully inspects the breasts to make sure there is excellent symmetry, shape, and size. The small incisions are then closed with sutures that dissolve completely and never need to be removed. A small dressing is then applied followed by placement of a surgical bra. The surgery is short, so you don’t have to stay under anesthesia or be sedated for long. There are no or drainage tubes to have to deal with after breast augmentation surgery with Dr. Shaddix. After breast augmentation, you are able to go home the same day as surgery. Most women are feeling good and ready to leave after a brief observation period thanks to the gentle technique used.
Dr. Shaddix’s specialized technique allows for a fast recovery with minimal downtime. Post-operative instructions call for rest and limited movement. Within a day or two, most women are off of pain medications and back to their usual routine with some minor limitations. You will be given a prescription for a medication to help with the initial discomfort. Additionally, Dr. Shaddix will ask that you massage the breasts frequently in the early weeks after breast augmentation surgery to prevent scar formation around the implant.
Does getting breast implants make you gain weight?
It is possible to gain some weight depending on the size of your breast implants. However, weight gain can also be attributed to being inactive during your recovery period.
How do I prepare for breast implants?
Its important to prepare for your recovery period by getting your home ready, filling prescriptions, and making meals ahead of time, for example. Youll receive pre-operative instructions to follow before your procedure, as well.
Does insurance cover breast implants?
Most major insurance companies do not cover the cost of breast augmentation or implants. However, we offer many financing options that can be discussed during your consultation.
How do you know if you have capsular contracture?
Capsular contracture can occur in varying severities, but usually has symptoms like stiffness, swelling, and displacement of the implants. In most cases, youll need surgery to replace the implants and remove scar tissue.
How dangerous is breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation comes with risks like any other surgery but can be mitigated by selecting an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Shaddix will discuss the risks during your consultation.
How long are breast augmentation incisions sore?
After breast augmentation, most discomfort fades within a few days. However, you may still have some mild discomfort for a few weeks after your procedure which can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers.
How long do breast implants last?
Breast implants are designed to be life-long medical devices-- however, they can rupture if they experience too much wear because of outside factors. Dr. Shaddix can give you the best idea of what to expect from your implants.
Is getting a breast augmentation worth it?
Breast augmentation is consistently the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery each year and also carries one of the highest rates of patient satisfaction. Thats because many women feel more confident and feminine after breast augmentation.
how much does breast augmentation cost?
There are a lot of different factors that go into your breast augmentation costs, like fees for anesthesia, facilities, staff, and recovery materials. Youll receive a full estimate of your breast augmentation cost during your consultation.
Is there an alternative to breast implants?
Natural breast augmentation, or fat transfer augmentation, is a common alternative to breast implant surgery. It uses fatty tissue from elsewhere on your body collected through a liposuction procedure to augment the breasts.