Breast augmentation surgery, also called a “mammoplasty,” is one of the most popular aesthetic surgeries of all time. Many women undergo breast augmentation surgery to increase the size of their breasts, but many also seek to correct asymmetry between their breasts, or to restore breast volume after pregnancy or significant weight loss. The team of surgeons at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery specializes in breast surgeries, and we pride ourselves on delivering natural-looking results. We invite you to schedule a one-on-one consultation in one of our New Jersey (Englewood, Ridgewood, and Hoboken) ECAPS offices to learn more about the process of breast augmentation surgery and how may help you achieve your goals.
What happens during breast augmentation surgery?
Before breast augmentation surgery, the patient chooses between saline and silicone implants. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water at the time of surgery, while silicone implants are filled with a soft, elastic gel well in advance of surgery. Before your procedure, you will also discuss the location of the incisions for the implants with your plastic surgeon. Your doctor will determine the best course of action for you based on your body shape, breast tissue, and your personal goals.
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
To determine if you are a good candidate for a mammoplasty, please reflect upon the following considerations.
- Your breasts are fully developed and you are in good physical condition to undergo major surgery
- You are unhappy with the shape or volume of your breasts due to aging, extreme weight loss or pregnancy
- Clothing that fits well around the hips and waist are often too large at the bust
- You feel self-conscious wearing revealing clothing, swimwear or form-fitting tops
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
- One of your breasts is noticeably smaller than the other, or one or both breasts failed to develop normally.
During your one-on-one consultation with a surgeon at one of our ECAPS offices in New Jersey, you will go over these considerations in order to ensure that your surgery is a success. Open, honest discussion of your desired breast size and expected outcome will determine whether your desires can be realistically achieved. You should be prepared to discuss your full medical history during your consultation, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances.
Breast Augmentation Procedure Considerations:
The following factors are also important to consider prior to undergoing breast augmentation surgery:
Weight Loss: Discuss any plans for major weight loss with your plastic surgeon. He will likely suggest that you reach these goals before undergoing surgery to ensure that the results will not be sabotaged later down the road.
Pregnancy: It is important to inform your New Jersey plastic surgeon if you are considering having children in the future. Pregnancy can cause unpredictable breast changes and could affect your breast augmentation. Breast implants are not known to affect pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Breast Cancer: There is currently no scientific evidence to prove that breast augmentation increases your cancer risk. However, breast implants do make it more difficult to see cancer on a mammogram. This may be a special consideration for women who have a higher risk of breast cancer.
Surgery and Recovery
Mammoplasty is an outpatient surgery, usually performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Typically you will be allowed to go home after just a few hours of recovery. It is likely that your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and you will be encouraged to wear a surgical bra to reduce any major swelling.
You should be able to walk immediately following surgery. Your breasts will be stiff and tender to the touch for the first few days, and you must make sure not to lift, pull or push anything and not to engage in any strenuous activity for at least two weeks. Dressings will be removed within several days. Stitches are usually absorbable and disappear after the first few weeks.
The East Coast Plastic Surgery Center Team will be there to support you through every step of the breast augmentation process—from initial consultation through recovery.