Women who desire larger and perkier breasts may benefit from breast augmentation, a procedure that enhances the size and shape of the bustline using breast implants. Those with a naturally small chest or breasts that have changed with time can achieve a more voluptuous physique by undergoing this customized procedure. Dr. Apodaca tailors each breast augmentation to meet each patient’s unique goals and match their specific body type.
Candidates for Breast Augmentation
The best candidates for breast augmentation are non-smokers in good overall health. Having a realistic expectation of the results is also important for a positive experience. Breast augmentation is ideal for women who struggle with the following concerns:
- Disproportionately small breasts
- Breast asymmetry
- Deflated breasts following pregnancy, weight loss, or aging
Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos
Breast Augmentation Options
Breast augmentation is an outpatient surgery performed at our modern surgical facility. During the procedure, Dr. Apodaca exclusively utilizes the inframammary incision, which provides optimal access to the treatment area. When planning their breast augmentation procedure, patients have several options that will give them beautiful and personalized results.
The kind of implants used for your breast augmentation will depend on your cosmetic preferences as well as your anatomical needs. Patients have a choice between the following breast implants:
- Saline implants are cost-effective and can be inserted through a shorter incision.
- Silicone implants typically result in a more natural look and feel than the saline variety.
- Gummy bear implants hold their shape due to the highly cohesive nature of the silicone gel filler.
Breast implants may be placed either above the pectoral muscle (subglandular) or underneath both the pectoral muscle and glandular tissue (submuscular). Subglandular placement is ideal for patients with sufficient natural breast tissue to conceal the edges of the implant as well as those opting for silicone implants. Subglandular placement is best for women with minimal existing breast tissue because it produces a natural-looking breast slope.
At Pure Gold Medical Center, breast augmentation patients have the luxury of selecting deep IV sedation to ensure their surgery goes as smoothly as possible. Deep IV sedation is administered by a certified anesthesiologist who also monitors the patient throughout the procedure. This method is proven to be more comfortable than other alternatives and does not result in nausea or vomiting.
Depending on your specific objectives, you may consider combining your breast augmentation with the following procedures:
Breast lift: This technique is ideal for patients with breast ptosis (sagging) as well as volume loss. Breast lift surgery removes excess skin and tightening the remaining tissues. Adding implants gives the bust a fuller and more youthful contour.
Mommy Makeover: Women with multiple aesthetic concerns may be candidates for a Mommy Makeover procedure package. It can include various procedures that restore the physique, including tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, or vaginal rejuvenation.
Recovery After Breast Augmentation
Every patient can have a different experience after breast augmentation. Most women can expect some discomfort, bruising, swelling, and tightness following their procedure. These side effects should subside gradually over the first few days of recovery, especially if the recommended garment is worn, as instructed. Physical activity should be limited for up to six weeks. However, taking short walks can help speed the healing process.
Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled so that your progress can be carefully monitored. Dr. Apodaca will provide you with specific directions that reflect your individual needs and surgical procedure.
Breast Augmentation Results
The results of breast augmentation are intended to last many years, as long as no significant complications are experienced. The breasts are still susceptible to aging, pregnancy, weight gain, and other factors that can change the way they appear over time. Some patients opt for a revision procedure within approximately 10 years to maintain or alter their results.