Breast Implants

Many women who would like to restore or enhance the size and shape of their breasts may benefit from breast augmentation, also known as mammoplasty. One of the most common procedures performed annually by members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation plastic surgery is performed to enhance the breast size and shape due to congenital abnormalities, a lack of development, changes or asymmetries following aging, weight loss, and/or pregnancy. In addition, there may be personal reasons for augmentation mammoplasty. For example, some women may perceive their breasts to be under developed. Women may also decide on breast augmentation, though they may be happy with their breasts, just because they would like them to be fuller. A positive impression of their body image is important to many women, and breast augmentation may aid in offering a more proportional breast size and shape as well as in improving self-confidence.

Would I be a good candidate for breast implants?

A variety of factors may indicate that you are a good candidate for breast augmentation. Some of these feelings and/or conditions include:

  • You feel bothered and/or have low self-esteem that your breasts are too small.
  • After giving birth, your breasts have become smaller and have lost their firmness.
  • You notice that clothes that fit well around your hips are too big at the bust line.
  • You feel self-conscious when wearing a bathing suit or other form-fitting apparel.
  • A weight loss/fluctuation has changed the shape and size of your breasts.
  • There is an asymmetry where one of your breasts is noticeably smaller than the other.

How does the procedure work?

Breast implant surgery is accomplished by surgically inserting either a saline or silicione implant (prostheses) behind each breast. The saline implants (silastic bags filled with physiologic salt water) are placed either in front or behind the pectoralis major muscle and breast tissue. General guidelines suggest that women with larger drooping (ptosis) breasts that do not want a breast lift should have the implant placed above the muscle. Those patients with minimal breast tissue should usually have the implant placed beneath the pectoralis muscle for more soft tissue padding. In any case, your plastic surgeon will determine which placement is best for you. When you come in for a consultation, the different options will be explained in further detail.

Is the procedure safe?

We work to ensure that the procedure is 100% safe and involves as little side effects as possible. The use of anesthetics and safe prostheses are of particular importance in ensuring a successful operation. A general anesthetic is used when the implant is placed under the pectoral muscle while a local anesthetic with sedation can also be used if the implant goes in front of the muscle. Furthermore, the prostheses are made of safe, non-reactive material which have been studied and used since the 1970’s, so much so, in fact, that they are the most studied medical devise in the world.   There has never been any discovery of a link between prostheses to any diseases like auto-immune disease, arthritis, cancer, or other connective tissue diseases. These problems occur to the same extent and at the same rate in women with breast augmentation as those who have not had the procedure. For instance, cancer occurs just as frequently in women with augmented breasts as it does in those with natural breasts.

What choices do I have with my breast augmentation?

Breast implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and profiles in order to offer a custom-fit and natural-looking physique. It is also important to consider the substance and texture of an implant. In particular, those implants approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are filled with silicone or saline. These materials impact the feel and look of a breast implant, and thus are an important consideration in determining the desired appearance of your breasts.

What results can I expect from breast augmentation?

According to studies, more than 90% of women are satisfied with the results of a breast augmentation. This is largely because the procedure often improves a woman’s self-esteem, not to mention quality of life. We aim to custom-tailor your breast augmentation based on your preferences for perkiness, firmness, shape, and size. Our goal is to match the appropriate implant type with the right procedure so that you are completely satisfied.

Breast augmentation will enhance the shape of your breasts as well make them fuller. You may find yourself more comfortable wearing different types of clothing and may enjoy a boost in self-confidence, as is the case with many happy patients.

Usually, you can expect your breast augmentation surgery to have long-lasting effects, unless implant deflation requires surgical replacement with a new implant. Nonetheless, the effects of aging and gravity will eventually alter the shape and size and shape of a woman’s breasts over time. As a result, you may later elect to undergo a breast “lifting” to restore the more youthful shape, size, and firmness.

Prospective patients should know that the final texture, shape, and appearance are not exactly the same as natural breasts. Many patients in fact prefer the firmness and slightly different contours than natural breasts. However, these differences may be more noticeable in some patients than others.  The intended result of the procedure is to enhance the size and shape of the breasts to achieve the body image desired by the patient.

What are some considerations I should take into account when selecting a plastic surgeon?

The most popular way to improve breast size and shape is breast augmentation performed by cosmetic plastic surgeons. Generally speaking, seek out Board Certified Plastic Surgeons with a great deal of experience for best results. Those plastic surgeons that have specialized in breast reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, such as the surgeons at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery, are a great fit for your breast augmentation needs.