If you’re considering breast augmentation, you’re not alone. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 800,000 women chose to undergo breast augmentation surgery in the past three years alone. Many women choose breast implants to boost their self-confidence, to make it easier to find bras and shirts that fit well, or even for reconstructive purposes after a mastectomy. Whatever your reason, Drs. Marc Soares and Julio Soares at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara, California, understand and are eager to assist you in becoming the best version of yourself possible.
Many women are more familiar with the term breast implants. Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to improve contour for women with smaller breasts, improve symmetry for women with different sized breasts, and restore loss of volume after pregnancy or weight loss. During breast augmentation, a silicone or saline breast implant is inserted beneath the skin and fat or the pectoral muscle.
There is no single answer to this question. Some women should have their implants placed under the muscles, some should go with over-the-muscle implants, and some would achieve safe, beautiful results either way.
During your consultation appointment at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery, our qualified team will examine your existing breast tissue, review your medical history, and discuss your treatment goals to determine the best method for you.
Most patients have a positive, comfortable experience during their recovery from breast augmentation surgery due to a combination of prescription and over-the-counter medications designed to relax the muscles, alleviate inflammation, and prevent nerve pain. Soreness and limited mobility can be expected during your recovery.
You won’t need to replace your implants unless you’re having problems with them or would like to change the size of your implant. Many women find that their breast implants last for many years without complication.
Your return to work will depend on whether your implants were placed under or over the muscle and a few other factors. On average, women who work in an office or other light-duty settings can return about a week after their procedure, while women who perform more physical work may need as long as six weeks off of work.
Many women need a breast lift in addition to augmentation in order to achieve the look they desire. Generally speaking, if the nipple falls below the level of the breast crease, a lift may be necessary to prevent the implants from causing further sagging. Only an experienced doctor can determine whether a lift is necessary; schedule your consultation today to learn more.