What is Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation, or breast enlargement surgery (boob job), at DePerro Plastic Surgery is an outpatient surgical procedure performed to enhance the size and appearance of a woman’s breasts. This is accomplished with saline or silicone breast implants placed above or below the pectoralis muscle in order to enhance a woman’s breast shape and cleavage. The surgery usually takes about an hour, and the patient goes home later that day.
What are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?
Two major benefits of breast augmentation are the physical and mental benefits gained after surgery is complete. Physically you may notice a change in your posture and feel more physically fit to exercise. Mentally you may find you have gained more self-confidence and self-assurance when approaching your life in any area.
What’s the difference between Saline and Silicone breast implants?
Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. They can be filled with varying amounts of fluid, which can affect the shape, firmness, and the overall feel of the breast. Saline implants tend to give a slightly fuller appearance and feel firmer to the touch. They have a tendency to show more ripples than silicone implants when the patient has less soft tissue coverage. Saline breast implants are slightly less expensive than silicone breast implants and are FDA approved for augmentation in women 18 years of age and older.
Silicone implants are Dr. DePerro’s preferred implant of choice. They are filled with a semi-solid silicone gel that feels and moves much more like the patient’s natural breast tissue. Silicone implants tend to feel softer than saline implants and show less rippling. They come in varying sizes and projections, which enable everything from a subtle augmentation to a completely augmented appearance if the patient desires. Silicone breast implants are slightly more expensive than saline implants, but most plastic surgeons feel the benefits are worth the additional cost. They are FDA approved for breast augmentation in women 22 years of age and older.
Who is a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
In order to be a good candidate for breast augmentation, a patient must be healthy both physically and emotionally. The patient must not have any medical conditions that preclude elective surgery. Also, the patient must have realistic and reasonable goals. The patient must be at least 18 years old and fully developed. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are not surgical candidates until at least six to 12 months after they’ve had their child or finished breastfeeding.
How is Breast Augmentation Performed?
There are three main incision options that can be used for a breast augmentation. The choice of which incision is best for you will depend on your anatomy, the implant type and size you choose, and which scar will be hidden the best.
- The inframammary incision is a 3 to 5 cm incision beneath the breast in the breast crease or breast fold.
- The periareolar incision is an approximately 4 cm incision around the areola from the 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock position.
- The transaxillary incision is an approximately 4 cm incision in the hairline of the patient’s axilla or armpit.
Each incision has its specific benefits and shortcomings, which Dr. DePerro will go over with you at your consultation.
Frequently asked questions:
- How long is the recovery period?
- How long will I be off work?
- How long before I can return to the gym?
- Do breast implants affect mammograms and breast cancer screenings?
- Can I breastfeed after having a breast augmentation?
- How long do the implants usually last?
- What are the risks?
Dr. DePerro will be sure to answer these questions and any additional questions you have during your consultation.
Does The Implant Go Above Or Below The Pectoralis Muscle?
The implant can go above or below the pectoralis muscle and is usually based on the patient’s body type. It is often recommended that the implant go under the muscle in patients that have a more petite frame and will have less soft tissue covering the implant. Also, the muscle provides additional coverage over the implant, which helps prevent signs of rippling and has been shown to decrease the rate of capsular contraction.
The implant can go above the muscle, also known as the subglandular position, in women who have more soft tissue and native breast tissue. This procedure has a slightly quicker recovery time and is easier on the patient. Also, it may be recommended that the implant go above the muscle in women who compete in fitness or bodybuilding contests because the implant will move superiorly and laterally when flexing if it is placed under the muscle.
What should I bring to my breast augmentation consultation with Dr. DePerro?
- Be sure that you know your accurate medical history including any medications you are taking and your personal and family history of any breast abnormalities.
- Bring photos showing examples of breasts you like and also examples of ones you do not like.
- Bring a sports bra with you. This makes it easier when trying on different size implants.
- Feel free to bring a partner or a close family member/friend with you to help you select the perfect size implant.
- Bring any outfits or swimsuits you would like to try on with different size implants. Many patients take selfies in order to review the different options when they go home.
What happens on the day of surgery?
You will arrive at Knightsbridge Surgery Center about an hour before your procedure. Dr. DePerro will see you in the pre-op area to answer any last minute questions you have and to perform his preoperative markings. A board-certified anesthesiologist will then go over your medical history and answer any questions you may have regarding the anesthesia. An IV will be placed, and you will be given preoperative antibiotics and medication to help relax you. You will then be brought to the operating suite, and Dr. DePerro will remain with you the entire time. You’ll drift off to sleep, and Dr. DePerro will perform your surgery, which usually takes around one hour. After surgery, you will be brought to the recovery room where your pain will be adequately controlled, and you’ll be given some crackers and liquids. Dr. DePerro will talk to your family or friends that came with you and check on you in the recovery room. Once you are fully recovered from anesthesia, your pain is controlled, and you have tolerated a small snack, you will be ready to go home. A family member or friend will need to drive you home.
What happens after surgery?
The afternoon after your surgery will be spent mainly relaxing and taking it easy at home. You will have prescriptions for pain medication, an antibiotic, and anti-nausea medication provided for you. Immediately after surgery, you will be able to do simple tasks and take care of yourself, but you should avoid any heavy lifting or driving. You will be given a specific set of postoperative instructions at your consultation and again before you leave the surgery center. Someone from Dr. DePerro’s staff will call you the day after surgery to check on you and answer any questions you may have. You will be able to shower two days after surgery, and you will see Dr. DePerro in the office five to seven days after surgery
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost in Columbus, OH?
Breast augmentation can vary due to the procedure and surgeon. By scheduling a consultation with Dr. DePerro, you can discuss your wants and plan your procedure. At this initial consultation, the actual cost of your personalized procedure will be calculated. CareCredit® financing is available, or you can pay with cash, check, or major credit card. We are here to work with you to achieve your ideal look.
DePerro Plastic Surgery offers personalized care for personalized results. Residents in or near Columbus and other areas in the state who are ready to make a positive change should take the next step in their lives. Don’t hesitate to contact us and set up your breast enhancement consultation with Dr. Michael DePerro today!