Breast Augmentation

Are you someone who’s unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts due to asymmetry or disproportion? Are you looking to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy? Or are you simply wanting to fulfill your desire for fuller breasts? A Breast Augmentation may be the procedure just for you.

WHAT IS A BREAST AUGMENTATION

breast-augmentationBreast Augmentation will increase fullness and projection of your breasts, improve the balance of your figure, and enhance your self-confidence. The surgeon places silicone, saline or alternative composite breast implants under the chest muscles or breast tissue.

HOW IS THE PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

Incisions vary based on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy, and patient-surgeron preference. They are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. You and Dr. Aguilar will discuss which incision options that are appropriate for your desired outcome. Implant type and size will be determined not just on your desired increase in size but more importantly on your breast anatomy, skin elasticity, and body type.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION?

Candidates must be in good health, have no active diseases or serious, pre-existing medical conditions, and must have realistic expectations of the outcome of the surgery. Typically, patients who benefit most from breast augmentation are unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts due to asymmetry or disproportion. You should not have a breast augmentation if you plan to lose a significant amount of weight. Women who are currently pregnant or nursing should not have a breast augmentation.

NOTE: You may not be a candidate for surgery if you smoke, have recently quit smoking, or if you are exposed to second-hand smoke. Primary and secondary smoking decreases blood flow to the body’s tissues. This can result in prolonged wound healing, skin loss, infection, increased scarring, and a number of other complications depending on the kind of procedure performed.

OPTIONS FOR BREAT IMPLANTS:

  • Saline Implants are filled with sterile salt water. They can be filled varying amounts of saline, which and affect shape, firmness, and feel of the breast. Should the shell leak, a saline implant will collapse and the akin will be absorbed and naturally expelled from the body.
  • Silicone Implants are filled with an elastic gel. The gel feels and moved much like a natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket
    • This method of inserting and positioning implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your body type, and Dr. Aguilar’s recommendations. Incisions are closed with layered sutures in the breast tissues and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin. Over time, the incision lines will fade. The results of breast augmentation are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover and realize the fulfillment of your goal for fuller breasts.

PREPARING AND PLANNING FOR YOUR SURGERY

First, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Aguilar. Communication is vital in reaching your goals. You will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and the results you would like to achieve. Dr. Aguilar will work with you to reach an understanding about what you can expect from this procedure and what long-term benefits you will experience. Every patient is different, and Dr. Aguilar will choose the surgical technique and treatment plan that is right for you, during your initial consultation.

  • Provide a complete medical history. Include information about any previous surgical procedures; past and present medical conditions; and all medications or herbal supplements you are taking.
  • Expect Dr. Aguilar to conduct a physical exam of the size and shape of your breasts, the quality of skin and placement of the nipples.
  • Photographs will be taken for your medical record.
  • Be prepared to discuss possible risk and complications of the procedure.

Ask a friend or relative to take you to and from surgery, as well as help you for a few days following surgery. In the days following your surgery it is best to limit physical activity—particularly if it places any strain on your incision site. Avoid taking aspiring and certain anti-inflammatory drugs as they can increase bleeding. Also note that you will be placed under general anesthesia so that you will sleep and remain comfortable throughout the procedure.

There are also some small things in your daily routine that you can adjust to keep movement around your home at a minimum and without strain such as:

  • Place your toiletries, such as your toothbrush, within easy reach.
  • Bring lip balm or wax to moisturize dry lips.
  • If you normally wear contact lenses, put on eyeglasses instead. Bring your contact lenses and eyeglass case with you if you feel you’ll want your contact lenses after surgery.
  • Shower before your appointment.
  • The day before the surgery, pick out some loose-fitting pants and a top that opens in front to wear after surgery to avoid the pain from where you’re sore.
  • You may want to sleep on your couch or recliner for the first few nights following surgery. If so, invest in a high quality pillow and soft sheets before you leave for your surgery.

AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE

Recovery time varies for each patient and it also depends on the extent of the surgery. Your body will take several weeks or more to heal completely. Drink plenty of water and other fluids to help replenish body fluids lost due to surgery. If asked to wear a compression bra, do so as it was recommended by Dr. Aguilar. Once you’re home, it’s important to be aware of the signs of infection which can include fever, chills, aches, nausea, vomiting, or breasts that are red, swollen, hot, painful, or draining white or yellow fluid. If you think you may have any of these symptoms, immediately call Dr.Aguilar for a consultation. While complications are not common, do not risk the chances if you’re not 100% sure that it could or could not be an infection. Without complications, most people return to their regular activities after a week or two post-surgery.

After having breast augmentation surgery, it is also important to stay aware of your body and your implants. Be sure to have regular breast exams and mammograms, and to monitor your breasts on an ongoing basis.