According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 290,000 women in the United States underwent breast augmentation in 2013, making it the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure performed in the U.S.
How is breast augmentation performed?
Breast augmentation surgery, or augmentation mammoplasty, enhances the size and shape of a woman’s breast for a number of reasons, including:
- Enhance the body contour for a woman who feels her breasts are too small
- Correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy
- Balance a difference in breast size
- Reconstruction to the breasts
Both the site of incision and type of breast implants can vary based upon the individual needs of each patient. Implants can be silicone gel filled or saline filled. Silicone implants are by far the most popular after being re-approved in 2004. These implants look and feel more like real tissue. Implants are placed underneath the muscle or underneath the breast tissue through incisions that can be made underneath the breasts or around the nipple.
Breast augmentation is typically an outpatient procedure requiring general anesthesia and takes between 1-2 hours.
What can I expect after breast augmentation?
All patients are given a long-acting local anesthetic, so there is usually no pain when they wake up. In fact, some patients never need any additional oral pain medication in the post-operative period. Patients typically return to work after about 1 week, and return to normal exercise routines after 1 month. It is very important for patients to attend scheduled follow-up visits for a smooth recovery. During the first follow-up visit, the surgery site is examined to make sure the incision is healing properly.
The breasts may sit slightly higher during the initial weeks after surgery. This is a common occurrence. By 3 months, the breasts will drop to a more normal position.
If you are considering a breast procedure, check out our Before and After photos to see the results you could achieve.
Dr. Rosenblatt offers other breast procedures including breast lifts and breast reductions, including male breast reductions.
If you are a patient in Manhattan or the surrounding areas of New York City and are considering cosmetic or reconstructive surgery of any kind, call Lenox Hill Plastic Surgery Center at (212) 570-6100 to schedule a consultation.