Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a transformative cosmetic procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of the breasts, tailored to individual preferences. Although breast augmentation is one of the most commonly-performed plastic surgeries, there are many details to go into the surgical process that separate a good result from an excellent result. Breast augmentation enhances the size and shape of the breast, but can also provide more upper pole fullness and cleavage when wearing a bra. In patients that have mild breast ptosis (or drooping), either from pregnancy or weight loss, an implant can also help lift the breast and nipple to a more youthful position. Many consider full, shapely breasts a sign of vitality and femininity. It is no wonder why breast augmentation has been associated with high patient satisfaction and improved confidence and self-esteem.

Our patient-focused approach prioritizes your comfort and aesthetic goals, ensuring a personalized experience with natural-looking results. Discover the confidence-boosting possibilities of breast augmentation through expert consultations with our skilled Pinnacle Dermatology providers.

Breast Augmentation Explained

Breast augmentation, commonly known as “augmentation mammoplasty” or "boob job,” is a plastic surgery procedure used to add volume, expand breast bust size, or enhance the contour and symmetry of breasts through breast implants or a fat transfer.

During the surgery, implants—either silicone or saline—are strategically placed beneath the breast tissue or chest muscles. Ideal candidates are generally healthy women seeking to increase breast size, achieve better symmetry, or restore volume. The two main implant types, silicone and saline, offer unique benefits, allowing patients to choose an option that aligns with their preferences.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation

  • Enhanced Confidence: Breast augmentation can significantly boost self-esteem and body confidence, helping you feel more comfortable and positive about your appearance.
  • Improved Symmetry: The procedure can address uneven breast size, creating a more balanced and symmetrical silhouette for a harmonious overall look.
  • Clothing Fit: Enjoy a wider range of clothing options and styles, as breast augmentation enhances the contours of your body, allowing clothes to fit more attractively.
  • Restored Volume: For those who have experienced changes in breast volume due to factors like pregnancy or weight loss, augmentation can restore fullness and youthful contours.
  • Personalized Aesthetics: Choose the size, shape, and type of implants to achieve your desired look, allowing for a personalized and tailored enhancement that aligns with your aesthetic goals.

How Our Plastic Surgeons Can Help

At Pinnacle Dermatology, we offer a comprehensive approach to breast augmentation, tailoring our services to meet your unique aesthetic goals. Our expert dermatologists provide personalized consultations to understand your desires and guide you through the process, ensuring a comfortable and informed experience.

With a commitment to natural-looking results, Pinnacle Dermatology combines artistry and expertise to enhance your confidence and achieve the silhouette you've always envisioned. Schedule a consultation today to discover how our skilled providers can help you on your journey to a more confident you.

Breast Augmentation FAQs

Recovery times vary, but generally, patients can expect to return to normal activities within a week. However, strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for a few weeks to ensure optimal healing and the best long-term results.

Safety is paramount, and our experienced dermatologists prioritize FDA-approved implants. During your consultation, we'll discuss various implant options, such as silicone or saline, helping you make an informed decision based on your body type, lifestyle, and desired outcome.

In most cases, breast augmentation should not significantly impact breastfeeding. Our skilled practitioners employ techniques that minimize interference with milk ducts and nerves. However, it's crucial to discuss your plans for breastfeeding during the consultation to ensure the most appropriate approach for your individual circumstances.

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What to Expect at Your Breast Augmentation Appointment

Initial Consultation:
Our board-certified surgeons provide a comfortable, unhurried setting for our patients’ initial consultations. Breast augmentation begins during the pre-operative consultation where implant type (silicone vs. saline), size, and plane (sub-glandular vs. sub-muscular) are discussed. Working together, an appropriately sized implant will be selected, based on your goals and breast measurements.

During the consultation, our surgeons help patients understand the advantages of each breast implant option and the various surgical techniques they use. Their expertise helps patients determine the combination that’s best suited for their bodies and cosmetic goals.

After your consultation, should you decide to move forward with the breast augmentation, we will get to work planning the mechanics of your breast enhancement surgery that will ultimately lead you to improved confidence and a more balanced figure.

Every breast augmentation surgery is unique and takes different amounts of time, depending on your breast enhancement direction. Generally, breast augmentation takes about 1 to 2 hours. In the operating room, the desired implant is typically placed through a small inframammary incision concealed within the lower fold of the breast. Alternatively, a trans-axillary incision hidden in the armpit can also be used. The desired implant is then placed either above the muscle (sub-glandular) or partially under the muscle (sub-muscular, dual-plane). Our goal for breast augmentation is to create a natural, yet enhanced and long-lasting result.

Patients with more advanced breast ptosis (drooping), as a result of pregnancy or weight loss, might also be a candidate for a breast lift or mastopexy. This will be determined during your examination based on your skin quality, breast shape, and nipple position. One alternative or adjunct to implant-based breast augmentation is fat grafting, where fat is liposuctioned from other parts of your body (typically the abdomen and/or thighs) and then injected into the breasts to create an enhanced size and shape.

How to Prepare for a Breast Augmentation

Preparing for your breast augmentation is an essential step towards a successful and satisfying outcome.

After completing your thorough consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons, we'll ask you to:
  • Follow your surgeon's pre-operative instructions diligently, which may include avoiding certain medications and supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Make arrangements for a supportive friend or family member to assist you during the initial recovery period.
  • Plan your post-surgery environment to ensure comfort, with loose, comfortable clothing and a designated recovery space at home. It's advisable to stock up on essentials and follow any dietary recommendations provided by your surgeon.
  • Lastly, mentally prepare by understanding the recovery process, setting realistic expectations, and maintaining a positive mindset. By proactively addressing these aspects, you can contribute to a smooth and successful breast augmentation experience.

Planning for Recovery after Breast Augmentation

Patients return home the same day after breast augmentation. Aside from strenuous activity or heavy lifting, patients typically resume their normal activities shortly after surgery. Some medications to control your pain will be given for the first week after surgery. You will be placed in a soft, supportive surgical bra for up to 6 weeks after surgery. Some swelling and bruising can occur but typically resolves within a couple weeks. Scar prevention therapy usually begins 2 weeks after surgery once your incision is completely closed.

We will give detailed instructions on how to maintain your breasts in a post-op visit and guide you through:
  • Wearing special supportive breast recovery bandages and bras.
  • Caring for your incisions and bandage changes.
  • Management of oral pain and antibiotic medications.
  • Gentle restorative exercise post-surgery.
  • Instructions for eating, sleeping, and bathing comfortably.