Breast Augmentation

Charlotte Breast Implants and Breast Enhancement Surgery

 

bigstock-Beautiful-Large-Female-Breasts-43745392Many 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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Ballantyne Plastic Surgery
14135 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 150
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277

March 18,2020

To Our Patients,

The Surgeon General, the CDC, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have all recommended delaying or postponing elective surgery and medically non essential patient visits during the Covid 19 pandemic as we anticipate an unprecedented strain on our Healthcare System. The Novant Healthcare System has cancelled/rescheduled all elective operations beginning 3/18/2020. They have not given a date when they anticipate opening their operating rooms for elective surgery and we will be monitoring that closely. Also, the CDC and Federal Government have recommended limiting social interactions to try to slow the spread of disease. For that reason Ballantyne Plastic Surgery will be operating on an extremely limited basis for the next two weeks or longer and only be seeing patients for medically necessary reasons. This is defined as patients whose health would be negatively affected if they are not seen. This will apply mainly to patients in the early post operative period. As of March 18, 2020 the following applies to Ballantyne Plastic Surgery:

  1.  All elective surgery is being cancelled and will later be rescheduled when the  operating rooms are open for elective procedures. Every effort will be made to accommodate your scheduling desires.
  2.  All medically non-essential patient visits will be rescheduled for a minimum of 2 weeks or however long the CDC and other governing agencies deem essential to limit the spread of Covid 19. This includes:
          a. All new patient consults
          b. All dermal filler and neuromodulator (botox) patients
          c. All aesthetic services (laser, skin pen, peels, etc.)
          d. All long term post surgical follow up patients unless there is a problem requiring immediate intervention
  3. Dr Liszka will determine who will be seen during this time period and you will be notified as to your appointment date. You also may call the office to discuss whether you need to be seen during this time

All of us at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery are very sorry to have to implement the above protocol for our practice and the impact it makes on our patient’s schedule and lives. This is an unprecedented medical problem and requires extreme measures. We believe this is necessary and in the best interest of our patients, staff, community, and country.

Sincerely,

Thomas G. Liszka, M.D.
Ballantyne Plastic Surgery
(704) 295-0777

Practice Policy Regarding Covid 19

Ballantyne Plastic Surgery is open for consultations, follow up appointments , and selected services. Our commitment to our patients is to provide excellent care in the safest possible environment. We have implemented protocols recommended by the CDC, North Carolina Medical Board, The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons regarding Covid 19 precautions. We are requiring all patients to wear a mask for admittance to our office, answer screening questions, and have their temperature checked. We are also timing appointments to allow for social distancing. We appreciate your trust and consider it a privilege to provide care for all your aesthetic needs. Please call for an appointment or if you have questions regarding our practice during these difficult times.