Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure that can help to enhance the size of your breasts by using implants to create a fuller and more balanced figure. Dr. Bedri has extensive experience in this procedure, and can help you sort through the many options of implants and approaches to achieve the outstanding cosmetic results that you desire.
About the procedure
Although each procedure varies, breast augmentation surgeries generally cover the following considerations:
- Anesthetic options may include:
- General anesthesia
- Local anesthesia, combined with an intravenous sedative (allows the patient to remain awake but relaxed)
- Average length of procedure:
- About one hour
- Location of incision:
The method of inserting and positioning the implant depends on the patient’s anatomy and the surgeon’s recommendation. The incision can be made:
- In the crease where the breast meets the chest.
- Around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple).
- In the armpit.
Working through the incision, the surgeon lifts the breast tissue and skin to create a pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath the pectoral muscle in the chest wall. The implants are centered beneath the nipples.
In order to speed up the healing process, patients should try and get plenty of rest. The bandages that are applied right after surgery serve to minimize movement of the breasts. A surgical bra will need to be worn for several weeks after the bandages are removed.
Some patients will experience minor pain after surgery, which can be treated with oral medication. Complications associated with breast augmentation are rare, but if you have any questions about the procedure or post-operative instructions, please call our office.