Breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty) is a surgical procedure many women choose to improve and balance their figure. This operation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for women. Many undergo this procedure to “refill” their breasts after pregnancy and/or significant weight loss, enlarge the bust line to improve the balance of their figure, or to correct volume differences between the breasts.
Is Breast Augmentation Right For Me?
A breast augmentation can be performed on anyone who is fully developed, though there are regulatory restrictions on implants in anyone under the age of 18. Prior to 2006, only saline filled implants were available, now silicone filled implants are available for those over the age of 22. There are pros and cons to each implant and Dr. Nitta will review those with you during your consultation.
Breast augmentation alone will not lift a severely droopy breast. Those patients would benefit from a breast lift (mastopexy), which is frequently done in conjunction with an augmentation.
The basic principle upon which this operation is based is the creation of a pocket into which either a saline-filled or silicone-filled implant is inserted.
The incisions that Dr. Nitta utilizes for the operation include:
Periareolar – under the nipple at the junction of the areolar and breast skin.
Inframammary – in the crease between the breast and the chest wall.
Axillary – in the armpit.
Placement of Implant:
In most cases, the implant is placed under the pectoralis major muscle (right image). Dr. Nitta prefers this pocket for a more natural, supported shape.
In some cases, the implant may instead be placed over the muscle, subglandular. (left image)
The general recovery time for breast augmentation surgery is ten full days of rest and relaxation. Most patients will be able to return to work after a week, and resume regular activities after a month.
You have made a big investment in your appearance, by investing another 10 days of total rest and relaxation your long-term results will be so much better.
Following your surgery, you will be discharged in a surgical bra and dressing. The first few days after a breast augmentation are uncomfortable. You will experience pain and the sensation of pressure in the breast area, but will be able to walk and move around. Dr. Nitta administers a long-acting local anesthesia in the surrounding muscles to ease the pain, as well as medications for pain and nausea.
Two days after surgery you may remove the dressings and take a shower. You will continue to wear the surgical bra or a sports bra for the next month. Walking and light activity is permitted, but driving is not recommended, and patients must avoid aerobic activities and heavy lifting for a month. Dr. Nitta has specific exercise protocols for her dancers and athletes as well as tips for Moms with newborns.
To learn more about your options for breast augmentation, call our office at (949) 722-6644 to schedule your free consultation with Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Katharine C. Nitta today!