What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation (breast enlargement) is performed to increase breast size and/or fix breast asymmetry. Candidates include women who want larger breasts, and those who want to restore the breast volume often lost as a result of pregnancy or significant weight loss. Breasts can be enlarged with implants or by fat transplantation. Breast augmentation is not a substitute for mastopexy, which is a procedure to “lift” breasts that sag significantly.
types of breast implants
Silicone and saline are the two implant types most commonly used in Breast augmentation. Silicone implants feel more like natural breasts than saline ones. There are a variety of shapes and size of both saline and silicone implants which are matched to the patient.
breast augmentation procedure
The breast implant can be placed either above or below the muscle. The procedure lasts 1 to 2 hours, and is typically performed with general anesthesia, although local anesthesia combined with a sedative may be used. Incisions are made in inconspicuous places (typically, in the crease on the underside of the breast, or around the areola) to minimize scar visibility. A pocket is then created into which the implant is inserted.
breast enlargement With Fat Transfer
Breast augmentation with fat transplantation, also known as fat transfer, uses liposuction to harvest excess fat from other parts of the body; the fat is then injected into the breasts. Breast augmentation is appropriate for women who are not looking for a dramatic increase in breast size, and want breasts that look and feel as natural as possible.
For a number of weeks prior to breast enlargement, tissue expanders may be placed below the muscles of the chest wall to expand the breasts, and increase the amount of fat they can hold. When the tissue has expanded enough, augmentation using fat transfer can begin. First, fat is removed using liposuction, in which a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) is inserted through small incisions, and then moved back and forth to loosen excess fat, which is suctioned out using a vacuum or a cannula-attached syringe. The harvested fat cells are then purified. In the second procedure, which takes place on the same day, the fat is injected into the breast through small incisions. The procedure takes approximately 4 to 5 hours.
breast augmentation reCOVERY
A surgical bra is typically put over the bandages to minimize swelling and support the breasts. For a few days post surgery, most patients feel tired and sore, but many return to work within a week. In 1 week to 10 days Dr. Kressel will remove your stitches; postoperative pain, swelling and sensitivity diminish during the first few weeks. Scars begin to fade in a few months.
After augmentation with fat transplantation the recovery time is short. Normal activities can resume as soon as the patient feels comfortable. Compression garments are typically worn over the areas that received liposuction.
schedule a consultation
Breast augmentation is a great option to increase your breast size. To find out if you are a good candidate, call (212) 772-6968 to schedule a consultation with NYC Plastic Surgeon Dr. Aron Kressel.