Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure done to enlarge (augment) the size of the breast.   The technical name for the procedure is augmentation mammoplasty and is performed to enhance the shape and size of a woman’s breasts for the following reasons: (1) to enlarge breast size, (2) to correct a breast volume reduction that may occur after pregnancy, and (3) to correct an imbalance in breast size.

The Method(s)
Depending on your anatomy and specific desires or concerns with scarring and pain, Dr. Bates will recommend one of the two methods of inserting and positioning your implant: periareolar (around the nipple area) or inframammary (beneath the breast).  A pocket will be created either above or underneath the chest wall muscle (pectoral muscle) so the implant can be positioned behind the nipples and breast tissue.

Ideal Candidate
Ideal candidate for breast augmentation is a woman seeking  improvement, not perfection, in her physical appearance. She needs to be physically healthy with realistic expectations.

Surgery and Anesthesia
Dr. Bates will perform your breast augmentation in a fully-accredited surgery center or in a hospital outpatient facility. Breast augmentation can be performed in one hour with general anesthesia, allowing you to sleep through the entire operation.

Recovery
For a few days following a breast augmentation procedure, you may feel tired and sore.   Your pain/discomfort can be controlled with prescribed medication.  You will be encouraged to be up and walking the evening of surgery.   Gentle use and movement of the arms are encourage.  Unless your work involves heavy lifting or vigorous activity, you should be able to return to work within 4 days.

You will be sent home in a surgical bra.  You are allowed to shower day after surgery.  Followup is done at 5-7 days and at one month post-surgery.  Patients are encouraged to call with any questions or concerns.

Risks
Risks associated with breast augmentation surgery include:  infection, bleeding, capsular contracture,  change in sensitivity of the nipples, and implant failure.  While only a small percentage of women actually experience these complications, it is important for you to understand the risks and consequences of a breast augmentation procedure. Dr. Bates will discuss specific information regarding these risks with you during the consultation.

For more information

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