There is perhaps no plastic surgery procedure more personal or that holds more promise for enhancing a woman's self-image than breast surgery, which offers not only cosmetic benefits, but health benefits as well.
Known as augmentation mammaplasty, breast augmentation allows women who are dissatisfied with their breast size to achieve a more personally pleasing dimension and shape. A breast augmentation is ideal for patients who want to restore breast size and fullness after pregnancy, breast feeding or weight loss.
Breast Augmentation Fort Myers
Breast augmentation is consistently one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed nationally and is also one of the most common procedures performed in Fort Myers by Dr. Garramone. Patients having breast augmentation are consistently some of the most satisfied patients in his practice.
Types of Breast Implants – Saline vs Silicone Gel Implants
One of the primary decisions to make prior to this procedure is the type of implant and size of the implant. Our Fort Myers Plastic Surgery Practice uses both saline and silicone gel breast implants. Silicone gel implants were approved by the FDA in late 2006 for use in patients desiring a breast augmentation. Prior to that, their use was limited to reconstructive procedures only in the United States. The advantage of these implants is that they feel more natural than saline. Silicone gel breast implants also tend to wrinkle and ripple less than saline implants. Our Fort Myers Plastic Surgery practice is now using silicone gel implants in the majority of our breast augmentation patients.
Breast Augmentation Surgery Procedure
The shape and size of a woman's breasts prior to breast augmentation surgery will influence both the recommended treatment and the final results. During the procedure, a small incision may be made either under the breast, around a portion of the areola or in the armpit. The breast implant is inserted either under the breast tissue, but above the underlying pectoralis muscle - or under both the breast tissue and the muscle. The incision is discreetly closed with tiny sutures designed to be inconspicuous. The best surgical approach for the insertion of implants is determined during the patient's consultation and depends on your preferences, your anatomy and Dr. Garramone's recommendation.
Depending on which procedure is utilized, breast augmentation is performed most often under sedation and local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Regardless of the procedure, most women return to their usual activities including work within one week of the breast augmentation. Strenuous activities should be avoided for two to four weeks. Breast augmentation surgery can be combined with other procedures most often body contouring procedures on the abdomen like a tummy tuck.
Recent Breast Augmentation Articles
Many patients are under the impression that breast implants need to be replaced every ten years. As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, I believe this is misunderstood information based on the fact that the potential for saline breast implants to leak is relatively low for the first ten years after the breast augmentation surgery, then it [...]
So far, we have discussed the initial consultation and we have discussed several aspects with regard to a breast augmentation including the type of implant to be utilized that is silicone gel versus saline and whether the implant is placed under the muscle or over the muscle.Â A breast augmentation, however just makes the breast [...]
Once the decision has been made to proceed with a breast augmentation an initial consultation is made ideally with a board certified plastic surgeon.Â At that consultation you will meet with the doctor or his assistant who may be either a medical assistant or a registered nurse who will obtain some initial information with regard [...]