Charlotte Breast Implants and Breast Enhancement Surgery
Many women with small or uneven breasts due to genetics, pregnancy, or weight loss turn to breast augmentation in Charlotte to give them a fuller, more proportionate breast. Breast enlargement is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery operations, and can be performed in conjunction with a breast lift to correct sagging or drooping.
After an initial consultation, Dr. Liszka will assist you in determining what size implant you should have and whether a saline or silicone gel implant is better for you. Implants are placed through a tiny incision at the breast fold, base of the areola, or armpit. The operation takes approximately one and one half hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Many of our patients elect to receive a state-of-the-art pain relief system that reduces the need for narcotics and allows for a quicker, gentler recovery. Typical recovery time is within three to seven days, with no exercise before two weeks.
View Plastic Surgery Before and After Photos of Breast Augmentation and Breast Implants Procedures by Dr. Liszka in Charlotte, NC.
BREAST ENLARGEMENT PROCEDURE STEPS
WHAT HAPPENS DURING BREAST ENLARGEMENT SURGERY?
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during breast augmentation surgery. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia with a board certified anesthesiologist caring for you. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The Incision
Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. You and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome. Incision options include: under the breast at the fold,the underarm, or around the base of the areola.
Incisions vary based on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy, and patient-surgeon preference.
Step 3 – Implant choice:
Silicone breast implants or saline breast implants?
Breast size and shape are important, so be honest and open about your expectations when talking with your surgeon.
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.
Options for Implants
Saline Implants are filled with sterile salt water. They can be filled with varying amounts of saline which can affect the shape, firmness and feel of the breast. Should the implant shell leak, a saline breast implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.
Silicone Implants are filled with a semi-solid cohesive gel. The gel feels and moves much like natural breast tissue. If there is a problem with the outer shell, the gel may remain within the implant. If you choose these implants, you may need to visit your plastic surgeon regularly to make sure the implants are functioning properly. An ultrasound or MRI can help assess the condition of breast implants.
A leaking implant filled with silicone gel may not collapse. An ultrasound or MRI screening can assess the condition of breast implants.
Implant manufacturers occasionally introduce new styles and types of implants, so there may be additional options available.
Currently Saline breast implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women 18 years of age and older.
Currently Silicone breast implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women 22 years of age and older.
Saline or silicone implants may be recommended at a younger age if used for reconstruction purposes.
Step 4 – Inserting and Placing the Implant
After the incision is made, a breast implant is inserted into a pocket either:
- Under the pectoral muscle (a submuscular placement)
- Directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle (a submammary/ subglandular placement)
The method for inserting and positioning implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your body type, and your surgeon’s recommendations.
Step 5 – Closing the Incisions
Incisions are closed with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin. Over time the incision lines will fade.
Step 6 – See the Results
The results of breast augmentation surgery 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.
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