- 1 WHAT IS BREAST AUGMENTATION?
- 2 WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
- 3 BREAST AUGMENTATION CONSIDERATIONS
- 4 THE RAPID RECOVERY PROCEDURE
- 5 RESULTS AND RECOVERY
- 6 BREAST AUGMENTATION IN PORTLAND, OREGON
- 7 BREAST AUGMENTATION FAQS
WHAT IS BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure performed to increase the size of the breasts using breast implants or fat grafts. This treatment can help women to enhance breast volume or restore a natural looking breast shape to their figures.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
Breast augmentations remain one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries from year to year. Women in Portland, Oregon consider this procedure for a variety of reasons, such as:
- You feel that your breasts are too small for your frame
- You feel uncomfortable wearing a swimsuit or low-cut tops because of your breast size
- You have small or deflated breasts due to weight loss
- You have asymmetrical breasts
If you experience one or more of the above concerns, you may be able to benefit from breast augmentation. Breast augmentation patients need to be in generally good health, and have reasonable expectations and motivations for wanting to increase their breast size. Dr. Fichadia may also tell patients to stop smoking before the plastic surgery procedure, as this limits the body’s ability to heal.
At the end of the day, an in-office consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hetal Fichadia is the best way to determine if you’re a good candidate to be a breast augmentation candidate.
BREAST AUGMENTATION CONSIDERATIONS
Breast augmentation comes with a few different choices that will determine the path of your surgery and the outcome of your results. These include your breast implant type, your incision, and the implant’s placement.
The broader classifications of breast implants are silicone gel implants and saline-filled implants (both types are generally made with a silicone shell). These breast implant types are FDA approved, and breast implants in general are some of the most widely studied and documented medical devices in history.
Saline implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution after placement inside the breasts, and the advantage of these implants is that it requires a smaller incision that is easy to conceal within the breast’s natural folds and pigmentation. The downside is that it is liable to deflate the breast if it ruptures, but this makes it easy to detect.
The other types of breast implants are filled with silicone gel. Their advantage is that they are softer and give a more natural look and feel compared to saline implants. Since they do not deflate with a rupture, however, this type can require an MRI scan to detect any weak areas or tears. “Gummy bear” implants are silicone implants but are filled with a more cohesive silicone gel, which is more like a solid than liquid, giving it a “gummy bear” consistency that feels very similar to natural breast tissue.
Additionally, implants come in many different shapes and sizes, meaning Dr. Fichadia can assist you with selecting the ideal implant for your exact results. Some factors include projection, profile, shape (round or teardrop-shaped), and texture, all of which will produce different results. It’s important to know exactly how you would like your results to appear so that choosing your type of implant becomes easier.
There are also a number of incision patterns that can be used for breast surgery. Dr. Fichadia offers breast augmentation techniques using these incision options:
- Inframammary incision, which follows the curve of the natural breast fold.
- Periareolar incision, which follows the pigmentation of the areolae.
Each of these incisions offer different benefits, depending on your implant choice and intended results. Both offer effective concealment for scarring, but you can speak with Dr. Fichadia about your options if your skin is especially prone to scarring.
Implants can be placed in one of two ways during a breast augmentation procedure: underneath the pectoral muscle or above it. In either case, a small pocket is formed within the breast tissue to accommodate the breast implant. Each placement type offers different benefits, and will provide different feel, comfort, and projection. For example, implants placed underneath the muscle will have a more natural feel and look, but will not project as much. Implants placed on top of the muscle will provide greater size and projection, but are more prone to rippling. During your consultation, Dr. Fichadia will discuss your best options for all the various breast augmentation procedures, including implant size, shape, and placement.
THE RAPID RECOVERY PROCEDURE
Dr. Fichadia prefers to practice a set of techniques called rapid recovery breast augmentation, which leads to excellent results without the extended recovery period of traditional breast augmentation Portland. This surgical procedure includes taking care at all steps of the procedure to avoid tissue aggravation and rough handling, both of which contribute to swelling and the risk of complications like capsular contracture. In practice, here is what rapid recovery breast augmentation looks like.
This process starts at your consultation with the precise and complete measurement of the treatment area, implants, and incisions. Although this is done at any breast augmentation consultation, the rapid recovery technique does it with the intent of reducing as much trauma and manipulation to the surrounding tissues as possible. When Dr. Fichadia has exact measurements and can precisely plan her technique, she can avoid these things that commonly contribute to extended recovery periods.
Most patients are surprised to learn that the rapid recovery method avoids using any deep anesthetic, intubation, or ventilation, and can be performed with a combination of lighter anesthetics. This greatly reduces any nausea or adjustment period after the surgery is complete, meaning many patients can be mobile after their procedure. The surgical techniques also focus on reducing bleeding, tissue trauma, and time spent in the operating room. Another factor that greatly reduces downtime is avoiding contact with the breast implant, which also greatly reduces the chance of infection.
Unlike traditional breast augmentation recovery, which focuses on minimal movement or lifting, the rapid recovery method utilizes a long-lasting local anesthetic at the treatment area. This allows for light stretching and mobility soon after surgery, which can reduce the risk of capsular contracture. In fact, most rapid recovery plastic surgeons instruct their patients to regularly stretch and move around during the initial recovery. Traditionally, the first few days after the procedure can be the most uncomfortable for a patient. The use of a long-lasting nerve blocker allows patients to recover comfortably, without the use of heavy pain medications.
RESULTS AND RECOVERY
You will receive detailed instructions for your rapid recovery during your consultation with Dr. Fichadia, but generally, you can expect to take two to three days off of work or school. After your breast augmentation surgery, you will be placed in a surgical bra to help minimize swelling and support your new breast size and shape as you heal. Mild swelling, discoloration, tightness, and discomfort are expected. Excessive physical activity should be avoided for the first two weeks, though light walking is recommended. While most of the physical and emotional recovery occurs within 1-2 weeks after surgery, the recovery of the augmented breasts to their final appearance usually takes several months.
BREAST AUGMENTATION IN PORTLAND, OREGON
If you want to boost your self confidence by looking great in whatever you choose to wear, breast augmentation may be right for you. We know you have many breast augmentation choices and we’re ready to show you why Dr. Hetal Fichadia is the best choice for your plastic surgery. Please contact our office today by calling (503) 488-2344 or contact us online to schedule your consultation with Portland breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Fichadia.
BREAST AUGMENTATION FAQS
How long is breast augmentation recovery?
Dr. Fichadia uses innovative techniques to make breast augmentation a rapid recovery procedure. Patients can expect to take up to three days off work or school. Any physical or strenuous activity should be avoided for two weeks post-op, at which point normal daily activities can be resumed. The optimal results from breast augmentation will still not be apparent for a few months as the tissues heal.
What happens if you do not massage your breast implants?
Some patients have heard that massaging your breasts after breast augmentation is good for preventing capsular contracture, but this is a myth. Massaging the breasts after breast augmentation can do more harm than good. After surgery, breasts will be fitted with a surgical bra or compression garment to aid in healing and making sure the implants settle into the desired position.
What causes breast implants to rupture?
All breast implants have a chance of rupturing. Over time, the risks of implant rupture increases. Most implant rupture is caused due to aging of the implant, but it can also be caused by trauma from accidents or impact to the breasts.
What is a gummy bear implant?
A gummy bear implant is one of the many implant options available for breast augmentation. these implants are silicone gel breast implants that contain a more form-stable material. They are called gummy bear implants because they are known to retain their shape better than other types of implants while still allowing breasts to still be naturally soft.
Do breasts sag after breast augmentation?
Breast implants can sag over time, especially if they are large. The augmentation surgery does not stop the skin from aging so the natural strength and skin elasticity of the breasts can change, to causing the implants to sag.