Breast Augmentation surgery is for someone who wishes to change or enhance the size of small or asymmetrical breasts caused by pregnancy, weight loss, or genetics.
The board certified plastic surgeons at Arkansas Plastic Surgery in Little Rock, Arkansas are very skilled in creating beautiful, natural-looking breasts, whether you desire a subtle enhancement or a more dramatic augmentation of your breasts. They have extensive training and experience and can help you achieve the look you desire.
Dr. Bauer and Dr. Talbert will speak with you in great detail at your initial consultation about your goals and your options for breast augmentation.
There are two main types of breast implants—silicone and saline. They will also present you with options for type, size, shape, profile, and texture to help you to achieve the results you want.
Implant type and size will be determined not just by your desired increase in size, but on your breast anatomy, skin elasticity, and body type. Bringing in photographs from a magazine or the internet of your desired size can be helpful during your consultation. We also have implants available that you can try on during your appointment to help you determine the size you’re looking for.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. These incisions are very small and can be placed under the breast, under the nipple areola, or in the underarm area.
The incision placement and whether the implant should be placed under or over the muscle will be discussed with your surgeon during your consultation. During your breast augmentation surgery, you will be asleep under general anesthesia for your comfort and safety. This one hour surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and can be combined with other procedures.
Aftercare and Recovery Process
A Rapid Recovery Protocol is utilized at Arkansas Plastic Surgery. As a result, most of our patients have minimal bruising and can usually return to light activities within a day or two and full activities within 2-3 weeks. Our rapid recovery protocol includes: topical anesthetics, anti-inflammatories, oral analgesics, muscle relaxers, and the keller funnel which allows the surgeon to make smaller incisions for the insertion of the implant. You will wake up from anesthesia in a surgical bra that you will wear for first 24 hours. At that time, you may shower and wear a regular sports bra.
Immediately after your breast augmentation procedure
Following your breast augmentation procedure, your breasts may feel tight and sensitive to the touch and your skin could feel warm or itchy. You also may experience difficulty raising your arms.
You might see some discoloration/bruising and swelling, but this will disappear quickly. Most patients’ swelling will resolve within a month.
Once the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some pain, which is easily managed with oral pain medication. For more information on breast augmentation surgery, please contact our office in Little Rock, Arkansas to schedule a cosmetic consultation.
Recovery after breast surgery
You should be able to walk around without assistance immediately following your breast augmentation procedure. It is very important you walk for a few minutes every few hours to help reduce the risk of possible blood clots that can form in your legs.
Once you decide to proceed with surgery, it is vital to follow the pre and post operative instructions provided by your surgeon. This will include information about wearing your compression garments, care for your drains, and taking the prescribed medication.
You should receive detailed instructions about the symptoms you will experience and the potential signs of complications. It is always important to remember each patient heals differently and recovery time varies greatly.
Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Augmentation Surgery
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
If you believe your breasts are too small for your body, you feel self-conscious wearing a swimsuit or form-fitting clothes, your breasts have become smaller due to weight loss or having children and if you are in good health and have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
Is breast augmentation surgery safe?
While breast implants are intended to last your lifetime, it is important to keep in mind replacement surgery could become necessary. Post surgery, it is recommended to have periodic exams by your surgeon to monitor the implants.
Surgical techniques for breast augmentation and all breast implants are continually being refined, increasing the safety and reliability of the procedure. Contact Arkansas Plastic Surgery if you have questions or if you are ready to make an informed decision.
How Long Will the Results Last?
Under normal circumstances, the results of your breast augmentation surgery should be long-lasting; however, it is important to remember breast implants need to be replaced if they leak. Schedule follow-up appointments periodically with your surgeon to maintain the look you’re wanting.
What are the Associated Costs with Breast Augmentation Surgery?
The cost of a breast augmentation varies from doctor to doctor. Schedule a consultation with one of our board certified doctors to learn more about the breast augmentation procedure and the costs associated with it.
Will breast implants affect my ability to breastfeed?
In most cases, our patients are able to breastfeed if they have undergone breast augmentation surgery. There can be more risk of complications if your incision is done around the lower edge of the areola and and if the implant is placed above the muscle, putting more pressure on the tissue.
If you are planning to have children in the near future, it is important to consult with your surgeon so you can choose the surgical options that best fit your needs and are in line with your family planning.