Breast Augmentation: More Choices Than Ever

Some women consider breast augmentation to enlarge their breasts and enhance their curves. Others contemplate having the surgery because one breast is smaller than the other or the breasts have lost volume after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss.

Regardless of your reasons for considering breast augmentation, this popular cosmetic procedure can boost your self-confidence and enhance your self-image. But, as is the case with many other cosmetic procedures, your satisfaction with the results depends heavily on your expectations and the skill and experience of your surgeon.

Dr. Mrudangi S. Thakur is a highly-respected and skilled surgeon with extensive experience in breast augmentation procedures. She is happy to discuss a few details about the surgery, the various implant options available, and her commitment to ensuring natural results that keep the focus on your gorgeous curves rather than your recent “boob job.”

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure during which saline- or gel-filled implants are placed to resize or reshape your breasts. Many women choose breast augmentation to enlarge their breasts, but it’s also very effective for correcting tuberous or abnormally shaped breasts, asymmetrical breasts, and changes in your breasts following weight loss or breastfeeding.

Breast augmentation won’t help with significantly drooping or sagging breasts, but we can easily perform a breast lift at the same time if that’s a concern.

What materials are used for breast implants?

Breast implants consist of a rounded or teardrop-shaped outer shell that’s made from silicone. They come in varied sizes and are typically filled with a sterile saline solution or specially designed silicone gel. Some types of breast implants also contain inner structures that help them maintain their shape.

Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water and provide a uniform shape and firmness. Structured saline implants have an inner framework that’s designed to make the implant feel more natural.

Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel that feels more like natural breast tissue because it’s generally thicker and thus moves differently from the water used in saline implants.

There’s also the option of silicone-filled implants known as “gummy bear implants.” These implants contain a thicker silicone gel that makes them firmer and, by some accounts, more natural-looking than standard implants.

Which size and shape of implant is best?

We determine that together after a complete evaluation and thorough discussion about what you can expect from breast augmentation surgery. Petite frames, for instance, are generally more suited to a higher, rounded profile while other women may require a more sloped profile that’s larger at the base for the most natural-appearing effect.

What is breast augmentation surgery like?

You are asleep for the surgery. It’s typically an outpatient procedure, meaning there’s no overnight hospital stay, and you can expect to be up and walking around a couple of hours after waking from the general anesthesia.

We discuss the procedure itself in detail before we schedule your surgery. Generally, however, I make an incision, slip the breast implant in place, and use a layered suturing technique to close the incision.

The incisions are relatively small and typically well-hidden in the natural crease under your breasts, in the pigment transition line in your nipple area, or in your armpit region. Scarring is very minimal, and many women report difficulty even locating the incision site once it’s healed.

What is recovery like?

You receive detailed written instructions about postsurgical wound care, activity, and other issues before and after your surgery. Generally, however, I usually ask my patients to take a week off of work, and to refrain from strenuous activity or exercise for one to two weeks so the surgical sites have time to heal.

You can otherwise expect to resume normal activities within a couple of days, but you need to wear an elastic wrap around your breasts or a support bra for a time to help speed healing and reduce swelling.

We see you on the third-day post-op, then once a week, then every other. We tell our patients no lifting, pushing or pulling for 6 to 8 weeks. You are in your surgical bra for two weeks, then a support sports bra. no underwires for six months. We schedule several follow-up visits to ensure you’re healing as expected and your breast implants are achieving the desired effects.

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