Breast augmentation, technically known as “augmentation mammaplasty,” is a surgical procedure that uses implants to improve the shape and increase the fullness and projection of the breasts. Women concerned about the size or shape of their breasts can experience improved self-confidence and an enhanced appearance through this breast enlargement procedure.
Candidates for breast augmentation may have one or more of the following conditions:
- Breasts perceived as underdeveloped
- One breast larger than the other (breast asymmetry)
- Loss of breast volume or firmness after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss
- Lack of fullness in the breasts
- Insecurity resulting from small breasts
- Breasts that are disproportionately smaller than the rest of the body
Breast augmentation is generally performed on an outpatient basis, and general anesthesia is administered for patient comfort and safety. Patients at our Wichita, Kansas practice will discuss their preferences for implant type and implant placement with Dr. Conrad prior to surgery, and he will help determine the best choices for each patient’s individual circumstances and body type.
Saline implants are composed of a silicone outer shell filled with a sterile saltwater solution. This type of implant will be filled after insertion into the breast so that minor adjustments in size can be made and a smaller incision can be used. If a saline implant leaks, the body will safely and naturally absorb the saltwater.
Silicone implants consist of a silicone outer shell filled with elastic silicone gel. These implants feel similar to natural breast tissue but require a longer incision than empty saline implants. An MRI screening may be needed to determine if a silicone implant has ruptured because the implant shell may not collapse.
Submuscular Implant Placement
Dr. Conrad uses a submuscular implant placement, which involves placing the implant beneath the pectoral muscle and above the chest wall.
The incision is made below the breast along the crease. This is the most common incision location choice.
A small incision is made around the outside of the areola, usually just along the lower edge.
After surgery, the breasts will be wrapped in a surgical dressing that may include a compression garment. The patient will then be moved to a recovery area to be monitored by specially trained medical professionals. Most patients are able to go home a few hours after surgery. Be sure to carefully follow the specific recovery instructions given by your plastic surgeon.
Dressings will be removed within several days, and steri strips will be placed to protect the incision until the area is completely healed, usually for about 3 weeks. Most patients are able to return to work after four to seven days, but strenuous activities, lifting, pushing, and pulling should be avoided. Swelling and discoloration will likely be present for a couple weeks but should resolve within a month at most. Patients are generally very satisfied with their results and enjoy their increased self-confidence.
If you are interested in breast augmentation or any other breast enhancement procedure, Dr. Conrad is an experienced Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and certified by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. To learn more about your options for breast enhancement, please feel free to contact his Wichita, KS practice by calling (316) 681-2227 or filling out our online contact form.