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Breast Augmentation


One of the most often performed plastic surgery procedures is breast augmentation surgery. Also known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast augmentation uses implants to increase the size and improve the shape of the breasts. The procedure may be performed for any number of reasons ranging from a desire to increase naturally small breasts to a desire to correct noticeable breast asymmetries. Whatever your motivation, breast augmentation can enhance your breasts, improve your figure, and boost your self-image and self-confidence.

What Are Your Goals?


Natural-Looking Enhancement


Breasts that are naturally small or are smaller than you would like can be enhanced with breast implants. Certain breast implants can give your breasts a subtle boost and help create a naturally enhanced appearance.

A Voluptuous Appearance


If you lack bold and voluptuous curves, breast augmentation can create them. With appropriately sized implants custom-selected for your body shape, implants can create sensuous curves to help your figure stand out.

A Balanced Figure


Some women have big hips but a small bust. Others may have noticeable breast asymmetries. In both cases, breast implants can create a more balanced figure that is neither bottom heavy nor asymmetrical but, instead, natural looking and proportional.

Greater Self-Confidence


Your body should reflect the person you are inside. If you are unhappy with your appearance, you may have lower self-confidence as a result. Breast augmentation can enhance your figure so that you feel more confident in your image and in yourself.

Youthful, Firm Breasts


Pregnancy, breastfeeding, major weight loss, and aging can all lead the breasts to appear deflated and saggy. Breast implants can improve breast volume to make the breasts look and feel firmer and more youthful.

Breast Augmentation Options


Your breasts will be bandaged and wrapped in a compression garment to minimize swelling. Some swelling, bruising, and tenderness are common during recovery. Prescribed medications can ease any pain or discomfort. Patients should limit upper body/chest movement to reduce strain to the operated-on areas. Most patients return to work after one week. Dr. Morales recommends waiting at least four weeks before resuming strenuous exercises. Additional postoperative instructions will be given to you at your consultation.

Implant
Type

Saline

  • A silicone shell filled with a saltwater solution
  • Creates a firmer, rounder appearance
  • FDA approved for women ages 18 and older
  • More affordable than silicone

Silicone

  • A silicone shell filled with silicone gel
  • Produces a more natural look and feel
  • FDA approved for women ages 22 and older
  • Reduced rate of rupture and rippling

Submuscular

  • The implant is inserted beneath the pectoral muscle
  • Lower risk of capsular contracture, visible rippling, and inaccurate mammogram readings

Subglandular

  • The implant is inserted above the pectoral muscle but beneath the breast tissue
  • Less tissue trauma, which leads to a shorter recovery

Incision
Location

Periareolar

  • The incision goes around the areola of the breast
  • Scarring blends with the edge of the areola
  • Allows for moderate control over implant placement, but has an increased risk of changes in nipple sensation

Inframammary

  • The incision extends along the crease beneath the breast
  • Scarring is more extensive but can be hidden by clothing
  • Preferred by many surgeons for the ability to accommodate any implant type and the reduced risk of complications

Transaxillary

  • The incision is placed within the armpit
  • Leaves no scars on the breasts
  • Limits implant types and limits control over breast implant placement

Addressing Your Concerns


Before & After


Frequently Asked Questions


Breast augmentation enhances breast volume but does not lift sagging breasts. If you wish for a more uplifted appearance, your breast augmentation can be combined with breast lift surgery to simultaneously enhance breast volume and breast placement.
There are multiple implant characteristics that every breast augmentation candidate must choose between. In addition to implant type, these include implant profile, texture, shape, and size. During your personal consultation, Dr. Morales will offer a detailed description of each of these characteristics to help you choose the implants that will best fit your needs.
Choosing the right implant size is one of the biggest concerns that women have about breast augmentation. Implant size is not measured in cups but in cubic centimeters, and even two women with the same size implants will not look the same. The end result depends on size, other implant characteristics, and your natural body shape. It is important that you discuss your desires in detail with Dr. Morales so that with his expertise and experience, he can recommend an appropriate implant size for you.
Like any major surgery, breast augmentation presents a risk of side effects. These include bleeding, infection, adverse reactions to the anesthesia, scarring, capsular contracture, unsatisfactory results, implant rupture, and other complications. Dr. Morales offers breast revision surgery to help women who experience unanticipated side effects from breast augmentation.
The choice to undergo breast augmentation, as well as the appropriate timing for it, is highly personal. If you anticipate becoming pregnant in the near future, it is generally recommended to postpone your procedure. However, if having children is in the more distant future for you, the choice is up to you. Women who are concerned about the ability to breastfeed after breast augmentation should choose the inframammary incision location to minimize the risk of complications.
Breast augmentation is commonly combined with breast lift surgery, liposuction, tummy tuck surgery, and other procedures that enhance body shape. If you are interested in combining procedures, Dr. Morales can recommend procedures that can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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