Raleigh’s Specialists in Plastic Surgery, is known throughout North Carolina for offering the widest selection of breast augmentation and breast implant options—including saline implants, as well as today’s highly-advanced and popular anatomically-shaped silicone gel breast implants.
Are Breast Implants Right For Me?
If you are healthy and don’t smoke, but are dissatisfied with the shape, size, or position of your breasts, you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation.
Breast implant augmentation can:
- Increase breast size
- Balance breast appearance
- Make the body more proportionate
- Replenish fullness lost due to weight loss
Breast augmentation or breast enhancement will make your breasts appear younger, fuller, and more proportionate to the rest of your body. Although the surgery has many benefits, it is not right for every woman. A consultation at our state-of-the-art Raleigh surgery center is the best way to determine if breast augmentation for you.
Breast Augmentation Before and After Case
The benefits of Breast Augmentation
For many women, their breasts and their body image are intricately linked. For that reason, if a woman has always felt her breasts were out of proportion with the rest of her figure, that affects how she sees her overall figure. After these procedures, our Specialists in Plastic Surgery patients tell us how much they now enjoy buying new clothes. Shopping for workout clothes or a new swimsuit is fun again. They take new pride in their curvier figure.
If you wonder about the benefits of breast augmentation, check out these statistics from the United States. Women who have had breast augmentation are routinely surveyed in the months and years afterwards. They report incredibly high rates of satisfaction. A recent survey from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 98 percent of women felt their augmentation either met or exceeded their expectations. Over 90 percent of the women also said they felt the procedure increased their self-esteem.
Is breast augmentation painful?
Our patients are often surprised at how little pain is involved in recovery from augmentation surgery. Many patients don’t feel the need to use any of their prescription pain medication, feeling that over-the-counter options are all that’s needed. We’ve had patients equate the feeling afterwards as being similar to the feeling they’ve had after a very strong upper body workout at the gym. You’ll have some soreness, not really acute pain, and this will last from 2-4 days.
Vectra 3-D Imaging for Breast Enhancement
At your consultation, we use our Vectra 3D Imaging to help plan your breast augmentation. After capturing six photos simultaneously, the computer creates a 3D image that can be rotated and viewed from above or below. With up-to-date information on breast implant sizes and shapes, the Vectra system visually approximates the changes in your appearance that can be expected after your breast augmentation.
How to prepare for Augmentation surgery
There isn’t any special preparation required for breast augmentation surgery with the team at Specialists in Plastic Surgery. It is surgery, so you’ll need to stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications, blood thinners, aspirin, and most supplements for a few days prior to your procedure. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop for at least two weeks prior to and after your surgery, as smoking constricts the blood vessels, and this can hinder incision healing. We will discuss these things with you during your consultation.
These procedures do not involve a difficult recovery, so you don’t need to prepare for a long downtime.
How is breast augmentation performed?
At Raleigh's Specialists in Plastic Surgery you'll have the choice of several different breast implant types, which come in a wide range of sizes. Today's breast implant enhancements are filled with saline or silicone gel. Each implant type offers distinct benefits. During your breast enhancement consultation, we can help you find a breast implant that will meet your needs and personal goals.
Before your breast surgery, general and/or local anesthesia is combined with sedation to make you comfortable. Small incisions are made in locations decided upon by you and your doctor based on your consultation and which type of implant enhancement you are receiving. The incisions’ size and location will be discussed but typically includes the breast crease, and in certain situations be under the areola. Through the incision, a pocket is made behind or in front of the pectoral muscles—depending upon which placement is best for you. The implant is then placed into the pocket and secured with sutures.
After Your Breast Augmentation
Even though the changes to your breasts will be immediate, swelling and bruising from surgery may initially obscure the changes, making it difficult for you to see clear results for the first few weeks. This is a normal part of the healing process and is generally not cause for concern.
You will be required to wear a special bra for several weeks following your breast implant augmentation. This bra will help with the normal swelling encountered after surgery. Temporary surgical dressings may also be applied. Fortunately, this surgery does not typically involve drains. Even though you will be ambulatory—able to walk—it will generally be advised that you take it easy and relax for several days. Most patients can return to work in 3-5 days.
Within a week after your breast augmentation surgery, you will return to your doctor to check on your progress and remove your sutures and surgical dressings. Recovery times vary. Minor swelling and bruising is expected.
Normal activities can usually be resumed in a few days, but intense physical activity should be postponed for four to six weeks. Your chest should be protected from accidental impact and sun exposure for several months. Your results will be noticeable instantly; however, the final results take a few months to achieve. Incision lines will fade and lighten during the 12-18 months following the surgery.
Risks of Breast Augmentation
All surgeries carry the risk of complications. Possible complications from breast augmentation include discomfort, bruising, infection, asymmetry, capsular contracture, and changes to skin sensitivity. We'll review the breast augmentation risks and safety information during your consultation
Can I combine a Breast Augmentation with other procedures?
These are surgeries where you’ll be placed under general anesthesia, so it doesn’t make sense to combine them with non-surgical treatments. However, you could combine your augmentation with something like liposuction on the lower abdomen or the flanks. Our four board-certified plastic surgeons perform mommy makeovers, which combine a breast lift (with or without augmentation), a tummy tuck, and liposuction into a single surgical session, so there is precedence here. Adding some liposuction to your augmentation would not be difficult or make for a much more involved recovery.
Also, some women, whether due to prior pregnancy and breastfeeding or the gain and subsequent loss of a large amount of weight, have a large amount of sagging skin on their breasts. Their breasts have flattened, and mass has accumulated in the bottom of the breasts. This is the scenario when a breast lift is needed, as augmentation alone will not resolve the loose, sagging skin. Many of our breast lift patients opt to add implant augmentation to their lift to return volume to their breasts or simply to increase the size of their breasts. Adding implants to a breast lift is not difficult as our surgeons can place the implants through incisions they’ve already made for the breast lift.
If you’d like to combine procedures, let’s discuss that during your consultation.
Will I need to get my implants replaced during my lifetime?
Unfortunately, there are no “lifetime” implants. Like anything that is manufactured, implants have a lifespan. Implant manufacturers warranty their implants for 10 years, so they expect them to last at least that long. However, some implants may only last five years, while others last 20 years. When implants reach their lifespan, they will weaken and rupture. That will require revision surgery to remove the ruptured implant (and any silicone gel that may have leaked out with silicone implants) and to replace both implants with new implants.
So, a woman having breast implants in her 30s can reasonably expect to need to replace her implants at least two or three times, and possibly four times in her lifetime. Implants are becoming more durable, but at this point this is a good estimate.
One plus about replacing implants is that the surgeon can enter through the original incisions. Plus, unless there is extensive capsular contracture, the breast pockets created for the original implants should still be able to be used for replacement implants.
Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation in Raleigh
Our plastic surgeons have over 75 years of combined experience in cosmetic plastic surgery. If you're ready to learn more about breast implant enhancement, please contact our office in Raleigh to schedule a consultation.