Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures that our plastic surgeon, Mark Pinsky, MD, performs. He is one of the foremost breast augmentation surgeons in the country, and focuses on delivering a wide range of customized breast enhancement options. Dr. Pinsky is highly skilled in developing surgical solutions aimed at resolving even the most complex cosmetic breast augmentation concerns. He has more than 20 years of experience with a broad spectrum of breast implants and advanced surgical techniques that help him achieve beautiful results. To learn more about Dr. Pinsky and breast augmentation, we have provided answers to many frequently asked questions provided below:
- What is a Breast Augmentation?
- What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?
- Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation Surgery?
- How Should I Prepare for Breast Augmentation Surgery?
- What Happens During the Breast Augmentation Procedure?
- What Can I Expect During Breast Augmentation Recovery?
- What Will My Breast Augmentation Results Look Like?
For a comprehensive one-on-one consultation with Dr. Pinsky to discuss your breast augmentation goals, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.
What is a Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation surgery is a plastic surgery procedure in which saline or silicone filled breast implants are placed—either below the pectoral muscle (sub-muscular) or directly behind the breast tissue (sub-mammary)—to increase breast size, enhance breast shape, and create firmer, more symmetrical breasts.
What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation surgery is a very versatile procedure that can accomplish a multitude of cosmetic breast improvements. Many women choose to undergo breast augmentation to:
- Add fullness to the breasts
- Create a more proportionate figure
- Improve breast symmetry
- Reshape the breasts
- Achieve more youthful-looking breasts
- Enhance cleavage
- Restore depleted breast volume after weight loss of pregnancy
- Replace breast implants or improve the results of a prior breast augmentation (called breast augmentation revision)
- Reconstruct breasts after illness or injury
- Complement a breast lift
- Boost self-confidence
A wide variety of implants can be used to accomplish a breast augmentation, so it is important for Dr. Pinsky to have a good understanding of your aesthetic goals. Based on bio-dimensional planning principles, and often having patients bring in photographs of their desired breast size and shape, Dr. Pinsky will guide you through the process of selecting the right implant type, size, shape, and texture, as well as the most suitable approach for implant placement.
Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Women considering breast augmentation should be prepared to have a serious discussion about their expectations for the surgery during the consultation. They must also be aware that there are important pre-surgery and post-surgery actions that need to be followed to ensure the success of the procedure. As with any other surgery, breast augmentation entails some risks and Dr. Pinsky carefully reviews them as they pertain to the specifics of each procedure.
Anyone over the age of 18 can be considered for breast augmentation surgery. Generally, you must be over the age of 22 to receive silicone implants. You should be in good general health with no bleeding problems or other issues that could affect surgery or your capacity to heal well. Smoking contracts blood vessels, so people that smoke are generally advised to stop before breast augmentation surgery. Anyone with an active infection anywhere in the body should not undergo breast augmentation surgery, nor should any woman with pre-cancerous or cancerous cells who is not yet being treated for their condition. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should wait to get breast augmentation. If you intend to become pregnant in the near future, you should discuss these plans with Dr. Pinsky during the consultation. Pregnancy can cause changes in breast tissue that may affect the augmentation result. Dr. Pinsky may suggest waiting until after your pregnancy to place the implants.
Either saline or silicone implants are used to accomplish the majority of breast augmentation procedures. Saline implants are filled sterile saltwater, and silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. Dr. Pinsky will help you choose an implant depending on your goals and individual needs.
How Should I Prepare for Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Proper preparation before your procedure can help surgery go smoothly and hasten your recovery time. You will be required to have some laboratory tests done to determine the overall state of your health. Your doctor may recommend getting a mammogram before your surgery to serve as a baseline for future testing. Generally, patients are required to eat a healthy diet and get sufficient rest in the weeks before your procedure. You should avoid taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs for at least a week before surgery to prevent excessive bleeding. Herbs and supplements should also be stopped for at least two weeks before you undergo surgery. Stop smoking at least 6 weeks before surgery. If you are on other medications on a regular basis, your physician may advise you to stop taking them for a period of time before surgery. The physician will also give you specific instructions for the day of the surgery. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure your safe surgery. You will be groggy after surgery, so you should arrange to have someone drive you home and stay with you for a time until you fully awake from the anesthesia.
*Individual Results May Vary
What Happens During the Breast Augmentation Procedure?
In a breast augmentation procedure, the patient must first be put under anesthesia. Your physician will determine the best type of anesthesia based on your medical history. Where the incision is placed depends on the type of implant and your individual needs. The incision is generally positioned where it will be least visible.
A pocket is then formed either behind the pectoral muscle or on top of it to hold the implant. The implant is inserted and positioned properly for the most natural effect. The incision is then closed and allowed to heal. Any scarring from the incision generally fades over time.
What Can I Expect During Breast Augmentation Recovery?
Breast augmentation surgery can be done in a doctor’s office, in the hospital or in an ambulatory surgery center. After surgery, you will be released to a responsible person who will take you home to begin your recovery. It is recommended that patients have someone with them after surgery for 24 hours. Patients should walk around as soon as possible after surgery to relieve the effects of anesthesia. Your doctor will instruct you on how to clear fluids that may drain from the incision. When lying down, use pillows to elevate the upper body to about 30 degrees and keep your knees flexed. Limit arm movements for 48 hours. Eat lightly after surgery, starting with liquids and then progressing to Jello and soup. The day after surgery you can begin to eat normally. Avoid smoking during the recovery period. Your doctor will recommend exercises to help settle your new breast implants into natural position. Generally, the implants will settle into the breast tissue over a period of 12 weeks. You can return to work after a week, but you should avoid any heavy lifting for at least 2 weeks.
What Will My Breast Augmentation Results Look Like?
Dr. Pinsky always strives to create the most beautiful breast augmentation results possible, given your anatomical characteristics and the aesthetic features you desire for your enhanced breasts. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Pinsky can use VECTRA® 3D Imaging technology to show you a simulation of your breast augmentation. He can also simulate the potential results that may be attained with different sized and shaped implants to help you make decisions prior to surgery. The vast majority of Dr. Pinky’s patients are thrilled with the results of their breast augmentation procedure. If you would like to view breast augmentation before-and-after photos featuring Dr. Pinsky’s patients, we invite you to browse through our digital gallery. We have a wide variety of photos that provide a representation of Dr. Pinsky’s highly customized breast procedures.
For more about breast augmentation and other plastic surgery procedures that Dr. Pinsky performs, please contact Pinsky Plastic Surgery today.