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You Guide to Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Procedure in Jackson, MS

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that places an implant, either saline or silicone, under the breast tissue or under the muscles of the chest wall to increase the size of the breasts and to enhance the shape of the breasts.

Who Benefits From a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed procedures in plastic surgery, with very high rates of patient satisfaction. Individuals seeking breast augmentation do so for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Desire to have larger breasts or breasts with more projection and fullness
  • Desire to correct asymmetry in the size of breasts
  • Restore lost volume following pregnancy or weight loss
  • Improve overall aesthetic balance in body proportions
  • Improve self-image and self-confidence
  • Correct a congenital absence of breast tissue

Is breast augmentation surgery for me?

Breast augmentation is an excellent choice for those who wish to increase the size and shape of their breasts. Breast augmentation is a very personal choice, and each individual who seeks breast augmentation has personal goals for their desired appearance. Those who are good candidates are in good general health and have a desire to:

  • enhance or enlarge the breasts
  • increase projection and fullness of breasts
  • restore volume after pregnancy or weight loss
  • correct asymmetry in breast size
  • correct congenital absence of breast tissue
  • improve body proportions through increasing breast size to fit their body
  • improve self-confidence and self-esteem

If any of these desires apply to you, and you are in good health with realistic expectations, breast augmentation may be an excellent choice for you. Call Allure Plastics today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Walker and see how breast augmentation can improve the aesthetic appearance of your breasts and give you that extra confidence you desire.

Are there non-surgical options to enhance the size of my breasts?

Victoria has her proprietary Secrets! My approach however is surgical.

Who is not a candidate for breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation has a high patient satisfaction rate and is appropriate for healthy individuals with appropriate expectations. However, breast augmentation is not appropriate for individuals that have any of the following:

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder or other unstable psychiatric illnesses
  • expectations of salvaging a relationship by undergoing breast augmentation
  • peer pressure from friends, co-workers, family members or spouses
  • collagen vascular disease
  • age less than 18 years
  • severe fibrocystic changes or atypia, as breast augmentation can make mammography more difficult
  • unrealistic expectations

Which implant type is best for me?

The choice of implant can be confusing for individuals seeking breast augmentation, and the decision should be based on your desired look and feel following the procedure. Your surgeon will guide you in this process during preoperative consultations.

Implants can be saline-filled or silicone-filled, smooth or textured, round or anatomically shaped.

Silicone gels tend to have a feel that more closely resembles that of natural breast tissue. Silicone gel breast implants are FDA approved for use in individuals 22 years of age or older. Therefore, silicone gel implants are not for use by individuals under the age of 22.

Saline implants are FDA approved for breast augmentation in individuals over the age of 18. Saline provides a firm feel and look, which some individuals find desirable. Incisions for breast augmentation can be shorter when using saline implants because the implant can be placed before filling them with saline, which is not an option with silicone implants.

The choice between textured vs. smooth implants will largely depend on implant pocket selection. Textured implants are recommended for placing in a pocket directly under the breast tissue or above the muscle, as there is a decreased risk of capsular contracture with textured implants in this location. Smooth implants are preferable when placed in a submuscular pocket or under the muscle, and they tend to have a softer feel.

The final choice to be discussed when considering breast implant choices is shaped vs. round implants. Anatomically shaped implants are fuller in the inferior portion of the implant and are tapered towards the top. Rotation of this style of implant within the pocket can produce an unnatural and distorted appearance. Round implants, which are uniform in shape and size, can rotate without producing these undesirable changes in shape.

Too many choices? Call Allure Plastics today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Walker. He will be happy to sit down with you and discuss implant selection as well as other aspects of breast augmentation with you. Through education and guidance, you will feel much more confident in your decision to undergo breast augmentation and your choice of implant. We look forward to seeing you.

Can you tell me more about recovery the period following breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is well tolerated by the vast majority of patients, and most individuals will go home the same day. Pain is mild to moderate and is well controlled by oral medications. For those who have the implant placed under the muscle, a muscle relaxant will be prescribed along with pain medication. In addition, medications for nausea, which is common after anesthesia, and an antibiotic will be prescribed for a few days following breast augmentation.

Strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided following breast augmentation. You will also be asked to wear a supportive bra during this time period, which will both help control swelling and support the breasts as they heal.

At your first follow-up appointment, we will review implant manipulation techniques that will assist in keeping the pocket open and prevent scarring of the tissue to the implant and potentially distorting the shape of the breast. While simple and not time-consuming, you will need to perform these implant manipulation techniques for an extended period of time.

What results are expected from breast augmentation surgery?*

Immediately following breast augmentation, your breasts will have visibly increased in size. The degree of size change will be dependent on your individual preoperative goals and desired look as well as anatomical constraints encountered during your operation. My goal with breast augmentation is to give your breasts the fullness and shape that you desire while maintaining the natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance of your breasts and balance to your body proportions.

Long-term results may vary. Implants may need to be replaced, and changes may occur in the breasts