Breast augmentations, or mammoplasties, can be performed for a number of reasons. For some women, their breasts never really develop, which can cause self-esteem issues and difficulty buying or filling out clothes. For others, the breasts may droop after childbirth or following massive weight loss or gain. There is also a subset of patients who look to breast augmentation as a method of breast reconstruction after cancer treatment.
In reality, women’s breasts are a very emotional issue. Since breasts are sexual organs, a smaller chest size can cause a severe loss of confidence and a feeling of diminished feminity. The good news is that breast augmentation isn’t just helpful in adding volume, but it can also provide greater firmness and put the body in better proportion. What’s more, breast implants can be easily combined with a breast lift to create cleavage, fullness and a more youthful figure overall.
The type of implant and size is dependent on your skin, muscle tone and chest wall, and Dr. Rodgers takes a highly individualized approach to every surgery. She takes time to discuss how it will affect your total appearance and what the results will look like in the future. After all, breast implants are not for life. They do break down after time and most women will need at least one replacement after 10 years or so.
At a Glance
|Procedure||Breast augmentation is an outpatient surgery that typically takes 2–3 hours with the patient undergoing general anesthesia. Process involves inserting saline or silicone-gel implants beneath the pectoral muscle.|
|Benefits||Larger, firmer, shapelier breasts for an enhanced figure.|
|Recovery time||Most patients can resume regular activity after 3–7 days. Athletic activity and lifting, pushing and pulling restrictions for 5 weeks. Bruising, swelling and scarring may take 2 weeks or more to subside. After ample recovery, patients should have full range of activity, barring any complications.|
|Potential risks||Infection; decreased breast or nipple sensation; implant rupture or shifting; capsular contracture (hardening of the breasts); complications with mammography or breast-feeding.|
|Tips||Patients should plan to avoid strenuous activity for at least 5 weeks after surgery, or until Dr. Rodgers says it’s safe.|
As with all surgeries, there are certain risks involved. That’s why Dr. Rodgers will be sure to discuss your procedure in detail—describing the realistic potential results and any possible risks—during your initial consultation. Dr. Rodgers performs all surgeries in the safety of a hospital and hand selects board-certified anesthesiologists to provide the best possible care.