Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Saginaw | Breast Implants Saginaw

Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. and one of our most popular services. A breast augmentation can give women with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look through the placement of saline or silicone implants in the breasts.

Our patients elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic reasons, including: balancing breast size, compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery, and correcting congenital breast defects. Under Dr. Weiss’ expert care, patients enjoy great-looking, natural-feeling breasts that are one or more cup sizes larger after surgery.

Customized Breast Augmentation

We know that every woman is unique in both her desires and her body shape. With that in mind, Dr. Weiss takes the time during the pre-operative consultations to learn each patient’s goals from breast augmentation surgery and to decide which implant type and implant placement is best.

Complementary Procedures

Breast augmentation can achieve dramatic and beautiful results on its own, as well as in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery or non-invasive procedures. Sometimes, particularly in women who have lost breast volume and developed sagginess after breastfeeding or pregnancy, Dr. Weiss recommends combining breast augmentation with a breast lift for more satisfying results.

Saline and Silicone Gel Breast Implants

Breast implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel. Both implant types are safe, and each offers its own advantages. We will help you decide which kind is right for you. During surgery, Dr. Weiss will place an implant behind each breast, either under the breast tissue or behind the chest wall muscle.

After many years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved silicone breast implants for breast augmentation surgery. We are proud to offer patients the option of silicone gel-filled breast implants, since they are softer and feel more natural than saline-filled breast implants.

Breast Augmentation Surgery – Incision Techniques

The breast augmentation procedure lasts one to two hours and is typically performed with general anesthesia. Incisions are made in inconspicuous places on the breast to minimize scar visibility. These may be located:

  • In the armpit (transaxillary),
  • In the crease on the underside of the breast (inframammary), or
  • Around the areola, the dark skin around the nipple (periareolar).

The breast is then lifted, creating a pocket into which the implant is inserted.

Breast Augmentation Surgery – Placement Options

Implant placement beneath the muscle of the chest offers a few advantages over placement beneath the breast tissue only. These include reduced risk of capsular contracture (post-operative tightening around the implant) and less interference with mammogram examinations. Possible disadvantages include the possible need for drainage tubes and elevated pain in the first few days following surgery.  Dr. Weiss will discuss which option may be best for you.

After the implants have been inserted using the chosen placement technique, the incisions are stitched closed, then taped and bandaged.   In a few days, these bandages may be replaced with a surgical bra.

Recovery from Breast Augmentation Surgery

Most patients feel tired and sore after breast augmentation surgery, but this usually passes in a day or two. Many patients return to work within the week.

Stitches are removed 5 to 10 days after breast augmentation. Any post-operative pain, swelling and sensitivity will diminish over the first few weeks.

Scars from breast augmentation incisions will begin to fade in a few months and will continue to fade for months or years.

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