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. A large number of procedures are performed each year, but not all receive natural looking results. At Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, Dr. Brian V. Heil thoroughly discusses the numerous options with each patient regarding breast augmentation. Pittsburgh-based, Dr. Heil has played an integral role in the advancement of plastic surgery. Moreover, his commitment to his patients is total, ensuring that he not only helps each patient achieve their personal aesthetic goals, but that he delivers the best possible results. Dr. Heil strives to accomplish a cohesive look that enhances your existing beauty.
Women of all ages, with all different breast sizes, concerns, and aesthetic goals request breast augmentation. Any woman looking to enhance the volume and projection of her breasts can be a potential candidate on the condition that they are otherwise 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 looking to increase overall bust size, restore volume after weight loss or pregnancy, counteract the effects of aging, improve symmetry, or correct elongation (tubular breasts).
Breast augmentation, 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.
The term “breast implant surgery” covers a wide spectrum of choices. Just like each patient is entirely unique, so are their goals and their procedure. First, there is the question of implant material. Most commonly, patients choose between a saline or silicone prostheses. Saline was predominantly more popular for decades. Recently, silicone implants have become the implant 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 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.
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), or through the areola (periareolar incision). The insertion technique is dependent on the size of the implant and the original breast tissue. Further, 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 to use. Each technique is chosen by Dr. Heil to achieve your ideal fullness, positioning, nipple placement, and other specifications.
Before undergoing surgery, you will talk with Dr. Heil about 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 will be permitted to go home the very same day and begin recovery.
Dr. Heil will prescribe you the appropriate medication to combat any pain or swelling after the procedure. Before you leave, Dr. Heil will 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. He will answer any lingering questions you may have. 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 absolutely 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 be able to advise you on when to return to normal activity and regular exercise.
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 and become nearly invisible. To see real results, visit our patient gallery.
Dr. Heil is not only a board-certified plastic surgeon, he is 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 does not, however, only care about the results. Dr. Heil is extremely thorough throughout each step of the process. During the initial consultation, he takes the time to fully understand your goals and fully 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. Consequentially, you are more likely to receive beautiful results. Most of all, Dr. Heil is completely committed to his patients. He cares about your comfort and your satisfaction. Learn more about Dr. Heil’s qualifications here.
Dr. Heil will be able to provide you with specific information on implant size, procedure times, and the recovery period during your personal consultation. 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 to schedule your consultation.
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