Breast Augmentation Procedure | New York, Woodbury & Southampton,NY
One of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States, breast augmentation can give women with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look through the placement of saline or silicone implants in the breast. A breast augmentation procedure can be very successful for not only enlarging the breasts but also improving their symmetry and contour.
Patients may elect to undergo breast augmentation from the age of 18 years old and beyond. After the surgery, women often report a surge in self-confidence due to even, shapely, natural-feeling breasts that are one or more cup sizes larger than they were previously. By completely customizing each procedure based on the patient’s unique body, breast shape and size, we can achieve impressive results and very high patient satisfaction.
The breast augmentation procedure typically lasts one to two hours and is performed with the patient under general anesthesia.
Breast augmentation can achieve dramatic and beautiful results on its own as well as in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery or non-invasive procedures. Some patients may benefit from combining breast augmentation with other procedures such as a breast lift for more satisfying results. This is most commonly recommended to treat any sagging that has resulted from aging or pregnancy. During this combined procedure, some breast tissue is removed, the breast skin is tightened and lifted, and an implant is inserted.
Are Breast Implants Safe?
By choosing a surgeon who is very experienced in performing breast augmentation surgery, a patient is much more likely to avoid complications and realize a satisfying outcome. While there are risks involved in breast augmentation, as there are in any surgical procedure, they are uncommon. These risks include capsular contracture, changes in sensation of the breast and rupture of the implant. However, follow-up appointments on the day after the surgery and periodically thereafter will further minimize the chance of any complications developing.
Once the procedure has been scheduled, all patients are required to obtain medical clearance from their primary care physician to ensure that their overall health is adequate prior to surgery. Any patient who has a breast infection or untreated breast cancer, is under 18 years of age or is currently pregnant or nursing is not considered a good candidate for a breast augmentation at this time.
Breast Augmentation Results
While breast augmentation is not considered a permanent procedure, the vast majority of patients should have long-lasting results. Choosing a surgeon with expertise and a good deal of experience in this type of surgery can increase the likelihood that patients will enjoy a satisfying outcome that lasts for many years after the procedure.
Over time, however, the normal effects of such factors as gravity and aging will eventually produce changes in the shape as well as the size of a woman's breasts whether she has undergone an augmentation procedure or not. For those patients who are not happy with the appearance of their breasts years after their surgery, a breast lift procedure may be the ideal method for restoring and improving their shape.
Breastfeeding With Implants
Most patients are successful at breastfeeding after undergoing a breast augmentation procedure. However, in some cases, depending on certain surgical factors and the type of incisions that are used, there are women who will not be able to breastfeed following their augmentation. Patients who are pregnant and considering a breast augmentation procedure should wait until after the baby is born to schedule the surgery. For those not yet pregnant but planning to have children at some future point, all questions about post-surgical breastfeeding can be answered and explained by the doctor.