What is a Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation, also known as an augmentation mammaplasty or a breast enlargement, is a cosmetic surgery that increases breast size or fixes breast asymmetry. Breast augmentation enlarges breasts using implants or by fat transplantation. Unless done in conjunction, augmentation mammaplasty is not a substitute for a mastopexy, which is a breast lift that corrects significant sagging.
Candidates for Breast Enlargement
Candidates that qualify for a breast augmentation include women that are in good physical and mental health and have fully developed breasts. However, age or even pregnancy has made you feel less confident about them. Patients interested in having a breast augmentation done usually want to:
- Fix asymmetrical breasts
- Increase their breasts size
- Restore lost breast volume from pregnancy
- Restore lost breast volume from significant weight loss
"I had breast augmentation with liposuction with Dr. Hunsaker and I'm very happy with my results, he did a great job. He is a professional plastic surgeon and his staff is very friendly. They were more than willing to answer any questions or concerns I had. I would definitely recommend anyone to go see him!" -Marilyn
Breast Implant Sizes
Breast Augmentation Procedure
There are two types of breast augmentation procedures. The first method is by using implants. Implant options include silicone, saline, "gummy bear," round, smooth and textured. During your procedure, Dr. Hunsaker will insert your chosen implant underneath either breast tissue or the chest-wall muscle.
The second method is by fat transplantation or fat transfer. This method uses liposuction to harvest excess fat from other parts of the patient's body. Then, Dr. Hunsaker injects the fat into the breasts. With either procedure, surgery will take about 60 - 90 minutes.
Before And After Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast Augmentation at Cosmetique Cosmetic Surgery Center
In 18 years of business, our infection rate for breast implants is zero while published rates are as high as 2%. Our rate of capsular contracture, a complication resulting in the development of internal scar tissue, requiring surgical revision is less than 1%. Published rates for capsular contracture are about 2%-20%.
In the last two-and-a-half years over 96% of our breast augmentation patients have stopped needing any prescription pain medicine by the end of the second day. Additionally, nearly 50% stop by the end of the first day. Many patients use only Tylenol or Motrin after their procedure which has allowed them to plan their recovery over a long weekend. While every patient responds differently, and not every patient is a candidate for this approach, our method offers many advantages over more traditional approaches that require prolonged restrictions, recovery and pain.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Risks of Breast Augmentation
In addition to the risks associated with any medical procedure and anesthesia, there are risks related to a traditional breast augmentation. With the location of the surgery, the risks could involve loss of sensation in the breast or nipple area, but this is not common. The most common risks of breast augmentation include:
- Capsular contracture
- Fat transfer calcification
- Implant leaks or deflation
- Irregularities in breast contour/shape
- Loss of volume after fat transfer
- Partial or total loss of nipple/areola
- Temporary or permanent change in nipple/breast sensation