What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation, also called breast enlargement, creates a more attractive breast shape and size using implants or excess body fat.
Who is a candidate for breast enlargement?
Clareo doctors see a range of patients in their early 20s to enhance their breast size, others are moms who want to restore the volume and /or shape lost after having children; some have a narrow body, others a wider frame. Clareo doctors take all these factors into consideration when presenting options to patients.
Benefits of breast augmentation
While each woman’s reasons for considering breast augmentation are unique, our patients’ goals often include:
- Increasing the size and fullness of their breasts
- Improving proportions to the rest of their bodies
- Restoring volume lost after pregnancy, nursing, or significant weight loss for a more youthful appearance
- Creating symmetry when one breast is larger than the other
It is important that all patients are aware of the risks and responsibilities associated with breast implants. Clareo surgeons carefully review the facts with each woman at her initial consultation. Additionally, they perform a comprehensive health examination for all breast enhancement patients.
Choices to meet your goals
Once you decide to get breast implants, your Clareo surgeon will guide you through a variety of options so that you get the results you desire. For example, if you want your breasts to look very natural, you may opt for anatomically shaped silicone gel implants rather than round implants that can offer a more dramatic transformation.
Together, we will choose:
- Size of your implants
- Shape of your implants
- Implant filler: silicone or saline
- Implant shell texture
- Incision locations – under the breast, within the areola, in the armpit
- Implant placement – behind the breast tissue and above the pectoral muscle, or a dual plane placement under the pectoral muscle
Clareo doctors perform breast augmentation using general anesthesia because it relaxes the muscles, decreasing bleeding and the risk of capsular contracture. Breast pocket symmetry is also better when the muscles are relaxed. The recovery after general anesthesia is no longer than with sedation anesthesia. Regardless of your choices, our doctors use advanced suturing techniques to ensure your scars are as fine and discreet as possible.
After placing the implants and closing the incisions, our medical staff closely monitors your recovery to determine when you are ready to return home. Patients typically leave an hour after the procedure ends, only need MOTRIN® for pain control, and return to normal activities the evening of surgery or day after surgery.
Over the years, many patients have asked, “Can’t you just take some of the fat from down here and put it up there?” Well, now the answer is, “”Yes!” Clareo offers our patients breast augmentation using the micro fat grafting technique. We remove unwanted fat from areas such as the abdomen, love handles, or thighs using liposuction. The fat is then prepared and transferred to the breasts through micro grafting.
Patients interested in liposuction and a modest breast augmentation or improvement of breast shape may by good candidates for fat transfer. The recovery from the surgery is similar to the recovery from liposuction.
Preview your results
Clareo offers our patients the opportunity to preview their results through 3D simulation using Crisalix software.
Recovery and results
Breast enlargement is performed as an outpatient procedure, which means that you will be able to go home the day of surgery. Make sure you arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you the evening of surgery. Within the first week following breast augmentation, you should be able to return to most of your normal activities, adding in exercise and other strenuous activities about three to four weeks after surgery.