Breast augmentation is a personal decision for every woman. There are a variety of reasons, such as wanting to increase one’s breast size, as to why a woman may consider this surgery.
Other cosmetic motives may include achieving a more balanced symmetry and even to regain breast has been compromised due to age, weight loss or post pregnancy.
The surgical insertion of breast implants can increase fullness and achieve a larger bra size.
Some women, who have undergone breast augmentation, have indicated a personal boost in self-confidence especially regarding their newfound appearance.
The ideal surgical candidates for a breast augmentation, also technically referred to as an augmentation mammoplasty, include:
An initial consultation with Dr. Bolitho will allow the time you need to discuss your breast augmentation aesthetic goals. At that time, Dr. Bolitho will convey implant choices, along with the right implant size and features which would be best suited for your body type.
New implants are manufactured on a regular basis which gives additional aesthetic opportunities to patients.
As briefly mentioned earlier, Dr. Bolitho will take into account a woman’s size and body type in choosing an implant size so she stays proportionate. Measuring the shape and dimensions of her chest and the natural base of the breast is part of this calculation.
Other considerations will include a patient’s lifestyle and activity levels.
Photos will be taken for your medical file and downloaded to a state-of-the-art software program, TouchMD. The photographs will reflect the areas of potential cosmetic surgical treatment and are then uploaded to a touch screen in your examining room. Dr. Bolitho will utilize this software to get more in depth information regarding your aesthetic wishes. Dr. Bolitho will explain the surgical process with this touch screen and discuss the latest techniques he uses to achieve the most desired aesthetic outcome.
If you choose to move forward with your surgery, your patient coordinator will schedule a preoperative appointment. During this appointment you will meet with Dr. Bolitho once again to review your procedure and goals. You will also receive pre and postoperative detailed instructions. Dr. Bolitho will provide you with prescriptions prior to your surgery.
Considered medical devices, the shell of breast implants are made with solid silicone. The interior of the implant may be filled with a saline solution or silicone gel. Both types are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
There are a range of breast implant features, such as:
While the FDA finds silicone gel-filled implants to be generally safe, they advise consumers to keep in touch with their healthcare professionals. Routine follow-ups are recommended, such as an MRI every three years, to detect any changes in the implants.
A breast augmentation surgery typically takes one to two hours.
There are a few different methods to inserting breast implants, and Dr. Bolitho will discuss your wishes along with his own recommendations. The type of implant chosen may also be a determining factor.
The three surgical incision techniques are:
After your anesthesia has been administered and when the incision is made, your breast tissues will be lifted so Dr. Bolitho may create a pocket for the implant. This pocket may either be either behind the breast tissue or underneath the pectoral muscle.
After the implant is in place, Dr. Bolitho will suture the incision with dissolving stiches and apply a sterile skin adhesive or surgical tape to the surgical site. A gauze dressing may also be applied as part of the healing process.
Dr. Bolitho will give you postoperative instructions to help guide you following your surgery and help reduce any complications.
A postsurgical bra will be provided as well as waterproof dressings which will enable you to shower the next day.
Although you will be moving around in a day or two after surgery, you may feel sore for a few days longer. Dr. Bolitho will prescribe medication to help control any discomfort. Depending on your employment type, you may be able to return to work in a few days.
The scars from your surgical incision may be pinkish in color for several weeks, but following several months, they will fade and become less noticeable.
In your initial consultation, Dr. Bolitho explains how cosmetic surgery is a journey. The transformations are wonderful, but patience is needed as your body adjusts to their new improvements.