Breast Enlargement Plastic Surgery
According to the data provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), more than 4.5 million breast enlargement cosmetic surgery procedures were performed between 1997 and 2012. At present, the procedure ranks as the second most popular cosmetic surgery in the US after liposuction. Advancements in surgical techniques and quality of implants have contributed to the wider acceptance of the procedure.
The procedure can be used to effectively enhance breast size for women seeking more aesthetically appealing breast appearance. Sometimes it may also be used to reconstruct breasts following a mastectomy. Dr. Brian J. Parker is a leading plastic surgeon providing breast enlargement and other procedures to patients in Las Vegas and surrounding communities.
The following women may make outstanding candidates for breast augmentation plastic surgery:
- Unhappy with the disproportionately small size of breasts.
- Seeks more voluptuous looking breasts for aesthetic reasons.
- Is bothered by the unevenly shaped or sized breasts.
- Wants to restore breast figure to a pre-pregnancy level.
- Needs correction of birth defects in one or both breasts.
- Needs correction of micromastia condition.
- Needs breast reconstruction using implants.
One of the key reasons behind the popularity of breast augmentation is that a skillful cosmetic surgeon can customize the procedure significantly to meet the unique aesthetic needs of a patient. The patient can make important choices with regard to the size and type of breast implants, location of the incisions, and placement position of implants in the breast tissue. Dr. Parker receives patients from Las Vegas and nearby locations for breast enlargement surgery.
Types of Implants
Breast implants are available in saline and silicone type, both of which have been approved by the FDA. Silicone implants are relatively more popular today due to their superior touch and feel. Implant sizes are available from 120cc to 960cc, and the shape of implants may be anatomical or round. Different profiles and textures are also available in implants, and patients can make the right choices in consultation with the surgeon.
Incision and Implant Placement
Incision for placing the implants may be made at the base of the breast along the breast crease, in the armpit, or around the areola. In some cases, a transumbilical or TUBA incision may be used. The implants can be place in front of the pectoral muscle, behind the breast tissue, or underneath the pectoral muscle. These decisions will be taken by the surgeon after consulting the patient.
The procedure can be performed using general anesthesia or IV sedation in some cases. Incisions will be placed discreetly, and the surgeon will create a breast pocket through the incision. The implant will be placed in the pre-determined position and adjusted carefully into place. The surgeon will then close the incisions with sutures.
Mild pain, swelling, and bruising are expected after the surgery for a few days. Pain medications may be prescribed by the surgeon for the first few days. Most women can resume their normal routine in about 10 to 14 days.