If you are unhappy with the size of your breasts, you certainly aren’t alone. There have been countless studies about self-perceptions of breasts, and these most conclusively show that only a minority of women are happy with their shape and size.
Unfortunately, being unhappy with a part of your appearance can have a profound psychological effect. One of the most commonly requested female cosmetic procedures is breast augmentation surgery.
Breast augmentations increase the size of the breasts using either silicone or saline implants. In choosing breast augmentation surgery, you will not only benefit from increased breast size, but the distribution of the breast tissue will change giving them a fuller, perkier, and more youthful appearance.
Why choose breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery is not just for women who have had small breasts their whole life. An increasing number of patients are choosing this popular cosmetic procedure in addition to a breast lift as a way of enhancing the appearance of their breasts after weight loss or pregnancy.
There are two different types of implant commonly used in breast augmentation surgery.
Saline implants are inserted into your chest empty and then filled with saline solution until they reach the desired size.
Silicone implants are pre-filled to a specific size and are then inserted whole into your chest cavity. Since they are already more voluminous than saline implants, they will require larger incisions into your chest however they have a more natural appearance and feel.
Which is right for you will depend on a variety of factors, including your cosmetic surgery goals. Dr. Clark will be able to make a recommendation to for at your consultation appointment.
What can I expect from a breast augmentation procedure?
Countless breast augmentations are performed every day, and it is generally considered to be an extremely safe and straightforward surgery. It is carried out under a general anesthetic which means that you will have no awareness or be in pain throughout the procedure.
Dr. Clark will make an incision, either underneath the breast in a natural crease or around the nipple to minimize scarring, before creating pockets to contain the implants. Your chosen implants will then be inserted into the pocket, and in the case of saline implants, filled to the correct size. The implants will be manipulated so that they look and feel natural, and the incisions will be closed using sutures. Most breast augmentations can be carried out in less than two hours.
Recovering from a breast augmentation
You should ideally take at least a week to ten days off of work following your breast augmentation.
Immediately after your surgery, you will certainly be in some discomfort, and Dr. Clark will provide you with pain relief medications for at least the first week. After this time, over-the-counter remedies are sufficient to keep you comfortable. Temporary swelling and bruising
You will be advised to wear a post-surgical bra for 24 hours a day for some time after your surgery. The exact length of the recommendation can vary but may be suggested for up to three months while your breasts heal. You will also need to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and swimming for around four to six weeks.
Dr. Clark and your surgical team will provide you with specific aftercare advice, and this should be followed exactly as specified if you are to enjoy a straightforward and efficient recovery.
For outstanding quality breast augmentation surgery in the DFW metroplex look no further than our friendly, board-certified, experienced and dedicated surgeon, Dr. Steven Clark. If you would like more information about breast augmentation surgery, or if you are unhappy with the size of your breasts and would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your candidacy for the procedure, call our office today at 469-675-3659.