Augmentation mammaplasty, commonly known as breast augmentation or breast enhancement surgery, is one of the most sought after procedures performed by a cosmetic surgeon today. The procedure involves surgical placement of saline or silicone implants to increase the size and fullness of breasts. Dr. Paul McCluskey is an experienced plastic surgeon providing breast augmentation and other procedures to patients in Atlanta, GA and surrounding areas.
Not every woman may be a suitable candidate for breast augmentation. The surgeon will examine the general health condition, breast anatomy and aesthetic goals of the patient before recommending them for this procedure. The following women typically make spectacular candidates for breast augmentation:
- The patient is unhappy with naturally smaller sized breasts.
- The patient is keen to increase the size of normal breasts for aesthetic purposes.
- Breast volume has been lost following a pregnancy, breastfeeding or loss of weight.
- One of the breasts is smaller than the other.
- The patient has undergone a mastectomy or has suffered loss of breast tissue due to a breast injury.
The cosmetic surgeon performing breast augmentation will try to ensure that the patient has a positive outlook, clear aesthetic goals and realistic expectations from the procedure.
Choosing Breast Implants
Breast augmentation is a fairly customizable procedure due to multiple choices available in terms of implant types, sizes, shapes, projection, and texture. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. McCluskey educates his patients about the choice between saline and silicone implants, and helps them choose the appropriate size ranging from 120cc to 960cc.
Implant shape may be teardrop or round shape, and the surface the implant may be chosen between plain and textured. Patients in and around Atlanta, GA have an opportunity to discuss their best choices during the initial consultation with Dr. McCluskey.
Breast augmentation will be performed using general anesthesia or IV sedation. The surgeon will begin the procedure by making an incision in a pre-determined location that keeps the scarring inconspicuous. The incision may be placed below the breast crease, encircling the areola, around the belly button, or the underarm area. The surgeon will create an implant cavity in the breast to place the implant shell under the chest muscle or between the breast tissue and the chest muscle.
Augmentation mammaplasty procedure will usually last anywhere between one and three hours, depending on the extent of surgery involved. If the surgeon needs to perform breast augmentation in conjunction with another procedure such as a breast lift, the total surgery time may be longer. Once the implants are inserted and adjusted well into their desired position and shape, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures or skin adhesive.
Most patients will experience mild pain and soreness in the breasts for a few days, which can be managed with pain relieving medication prescribed by the surgeon. Sutures will be removed in about a week, and the patient will be ready to go back to work or resume regular activities. The results of breast augmentation can last for several years, provided the patient maintains a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
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