It’s all about self-confidence. This is the most frequently requested surgical procedure – and I love to see the physical and emotional transformations it brings.
You may be able to trace your decision for breast augmentation back to your desire for improved self-confidence. For many women, your breasts are an integral part of your femininity, but having breasts that look disproportionate to the rest of the body can affect your self-image.
Breast augmentation uses an implant to enlarge or reshape your breasts. Ultimately, the goal is to add fullness to the breasts in a way that looks natural. Through the insertion of an implant, Dr. Andrews can change the size, shape, weight and feel of your natural breasts.
Why Choose Breast Augmentation?
Everyone has their own reasons for undergoing breast augmentation surgery, and Dr. Andrews will discuss your personal cosmetic goals during a consultation. Typically, women desire breast augmentation to address:
- Small breast size
- Asymmetric breasts
- Deflated breasts after weight loss
- Breasts that lack significant upper breast volume
Together, you and Dr. Andrews will discuss the ways in which he can utilize breast augmentation to give you the feminine figure you’ve been looking for. During an examination, Dr. Andrews will determine the optimal technique that will provide the most beautiful and natural result.
Along with augmentation, it may be beneficial to consider having a breast lift. Breasts with excess skin tend to sag, a lift in addition to an augmentation can provide better breast shape and a more youthful profile.
Breast augmentation is also part of the “mommy makeover” procedure — a series of body contouring procedures that address the cosmetic changes that occur in the abdomen with pregnancy and the deflation and stretching that occur with lactation.
What Are Your Options?
Breast augmentation is one of the most customizable plastic surgical procedures that you can undergo. With the varying shapes, sizes, textures, and materials that make up different implants, along with the alternatives in placement and incisional techniques, you can truly have a breast enhancement procedure that specifically addresses your breast shape and aesthetic goals.
Dr. Andrews has performed hundreds of successful breast augmentations, and his goal is to produce the most natural results possible. He’ll discuss the best technique for you, which most commonly includes implant placement underneath the pectoral muscle through an incision placed in the crease under the breast.
He will also help you select the implant that best suits you. In addition to the size you desire, your options include both round and teardrop-shaped implants filled with either saline or silicone gel.
The implant and placement technique that you and Dr. Andrews decide upon depends on your individual breast size and shape. The natural size of your breasts, along with the amount of skin available and extent of volume loss can dictate the size and shape of your implants. Other factors that with be discussed include your timeframe, budget and cosmetic goals.
Life After Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation surgery typically takes between 60 and 90 minutes to complete, and general anesthesia is administered during surgery to ensure your comfort.
Because breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, you will be able to return home a few hours after surgery, but it’s important that you follow the post-operative instructions Dr. Andrews gives you. You’ll receive guidance on how to care for your breasts following augmentation, which include removing surgical bandages, use of a surgical bra, and taking oral medication to reduce pain. Most patients find that they can return to work 2-3 days after the procedure.
You can expect your breasts to feel swollen and sore for the first few weeks after surgery, and Dr. Andrews will recommend that you refrain from any rigorous activity while you heal. All breast implants “ride high” in the immediate post-operative period, that “push-up bra” look will subside as the breast implants “settle” into a more natural position in your breasts. If you have questions or concerns about the recovery process, you can contact Dr. Andrews and his staff at any time. He will also schedule follow-up appointments to check your progress after your procedure.
Full results usually appear within four to six weeks, but during that time, you can slowly return to your daily routine. As you heal and adjust to the look and feel of your new breasts, you’re sure to experience an increased confidence in your body image.
For more information about breast augmentation, or to find out whether the procedure is right for you, contact Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery at (319) 382-8230 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrews and his staff.
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