Breast Augmentation Options
Breast augmentation accounts for nearly one-fifth of all cosmetic procedures performed in the United States each year. Just last year, nearly 300,000 augmentation procedures were performed. At Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, the prevalence of breast-oriented cosmetic surgery is evident as well. There is a big difference between quantity and quality, however.
Although so many procedures are performed each year, they don’t all end with high-quality, natural-looking results. At Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, Dr. Brian V. Heil thoroughly reviews the numerous options with each patient regarding breast augmentation. Based out of Pittsburgh, Dr. Heil plays an integral role in the advancement of plastic surgery. Moreover, his commitment to his patients is of the utmost importance. It’s his top priority to help each patient achieve their personal aesthetic goals by delivering the best possible results. Dr. Heil strives to accomplish a cohesive look that enhances your existing beauty for patients living in the following areas:
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Morgantown, WV
- Bethel Park, PA
- Cranberry Township, PA
- And many other nearby areas!
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
Women of all ages, with all different breast sizes, concerns, and aesthetic goals request breast augmentation in the Pittsburgh area. Any woman looking to enhance the volume and projection of her breasts can be a potential candidate as long as they are physically healthy and their breast tissue is fully developed.
Patients are asked to quit smoking well before their surgery to improve the overall results and recovery period. Patients may also be asked to stop taking certain medications before, during, and after the procedure. Another important aspect of candidacy relates to patient expectations.
An ideal candidate is someone that’s looking to:
- Increase overall bust size
- Restore volume after weight loss or pregnancy
- Counteract the effects of aging
- Improve symmetry
- Correct elongation (tubular breasts)
Breast augmentation options, however, cannot address the issue of extreme ptosis or drooping of the breast. Augmentation can be used in combination with breast lift procedures to both increase volume and positioning. A tummy tuck can also be paired with breast implant surgery to create a Mommy Makeover package (in combination with a variety of different procedures). Overall, the combination makes for ideal body contouring.
What must I decide to ensure beautiful results?
The term “breast implant surgery” covers a wide spectrum of procedures. Just like each patient is entirely unique, so are their goals. First, there is the question of the implant material. Most commonly, patients choose between a saline or silicone prostheses. Saline was more popular for decades. Recently, silicone implants have become the selection of choice for patients looking to mimic the feel and appearance of a natural breast. Ultimately, the choice comes down to the individual’s desired results.
Saline or Silicone?
Saline implants are comprised of a thin implant shell, which is filled with sterile salt water. Should the implant leak or become punctured, the implant exterior will collapse. The saline is then absorbed and naturally expelled from the body. Saline offers a uniform shape and overall firmness.
Silicone implants, on the other hand, are filled with a gel substance that more accurately reflects the firmness of a natural breast. If a silicone implant leaks, it will not collapse. The gel remains inside the shell or implant pocket. The size of each implant is determined during your consultation. To attain symmetrical results, one implant can be adjusted to be larger or smaller than the other, depending on the existing breast tissue.
How will the implant be inserted?
Insertion technique also varies from patient to patient.
The implant can be inserted:
- Through a small incision in the armpit (transaxillary incision)
- Under the breast fold (inframammary incision)
- Through the areola (periareolar incision)
The insertion technique is dependent on the size of the implant as well as the original breast tissue. Furthermore, the implant can be placed behind the breast tissue, but in front of the pectoral muscle (submammary placement). Conversely, implants can be placed behind the pectoral wall (submuscular placement).
Dr. Heil will be able to discuss each of these options at length during your initial consultation to better determine which technique should be used in order to achieve your ideal fullness, positioning, nipple placement, and other specifications.
What should I expect the day of the procedure?
Before undergoing surgery, you will talk with Dr. Heil about breast augmentation options, the procedure, recovery, and other details during your consultation. When the operation day comes, a certified member of Dr. Heil’s team will administer the anesthesia. The incision will be made in the chosen location, and the implant is then inserted. The incisions are then sutured shut. Results are immediate.
After the procedure is complete, you will be taken to a recovery area for close monitoring. We carefully wrap your breasts in specialized bandages and a support bra to minimize swelling and promote the healing process. You are permitted to go home the same day and begin recovery.
How uncomfortable will recovery be?
Dr. Heil will prescribe you the appropriate medication to combat any pain or swelling after the procedure, as well as give you specific instructions on how to care for your breasts after surgery, how long to abstain from heavy lifting or intense labor, and how best to avoid infection. Recovery times will differ from patient to patient, and Dr. Heil will be better able to outline the length of your recovery period during your consultation.
Patients are required to wear a special support bra 24/7 for the first couple of weeks to ensure proper healing. Proper cleaning techniques are crucial during your recovery, and special ointments may be provided after surgery. Soreness and swelling are completely normal during the weeks following surgery. Dr. Heil will advise you on when to return to normal activity and regular exercise.
What about scars?
Each incision is strategically placed to minimize the appearance of scarring. Because the incision is made in a natural fold or crease, any scarring will be virtually unnoticeable. Scars will level and fade over time, becoming almost invisible. To see real results, visit our patient gallery.
Why choose Dr. Heil?
Dr. Heil is not only a board-certified plastic surgeon, but he is also a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, Robert H. Ivy Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Pittsburgh Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is a member of the Medical Spa Society, the International Medical Spa Association, the Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and many other esteemed plastic surgery societies.
Dr. Heil has helped thousands of patients achieve beautiful results. He is extremely thorough throughout each step of the process. During the initial consultation, he takes the time to fully understand your goals and inform you on every step of the procedure and recovery. Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology is committed to patient education. When you better understand the process, you can more actively and accurately engage in all decisions. Consequently, you are more likely to receive beautiful results.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Heil can provide you with specific information on implant size, procedure times, and the recovery period during your personal consultation whether you’re from Bethel Park, PA, Cranberry Township, PA, or Morgantown, WV. Be prepared to discuss your aesthetic goals and your expectations from the procedure. There are many reasons that women seek breast augmentation, and Dr. Heil will work tirelessly to help address your specific concerns.
Call Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology today to learn more and schedule your consultation.
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