reast augmentation, also known as breast enlargement or breast enhancement, is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States. Women choose to have breast augmentation for a number of reasons. Sometimes a woman’s breasts are simply are underdeveloped. In other cases, breast volume has diminished due to weight loss, child bearing or aging. Breast augmentation can be used to balance uneven breast sizes or to balance the contours of the body. In some cases a breast lift, or mastopexy, is needed in addition to augmentation to lift sagging or drooping breasts. The breasts are enhanced using implants to increase the size of the breast. There are three types of breast implants available: saline, silicone and cohesive gel, often called “gummy bears”. Saline implants, which have been available since the late 1960s, are the least expensive but are fairly easily discerned and do not work well for very thin patients. This implant is made of a silicone shell filled with sterile salt water. Silicone implants give a very natural appearance and feel. They were developed in the 1960s but the FDA limited their use for a period of time in the 1990s due to concerns about the risks associated with a rupture of the implant. They were made available again in 2006 after the FDA completed studies that showed no significant risk with silicone implants. Cohesive gel implants became available in the U.S. in 2001 requiring the patients to be enrolled in a ten year study. They are now available to all patients. Implant size and shape is a choice for a woman to make in consultation with her surgeon. It is not always easy for a woman to envision how she will look after breast augmentation. In our practice we use state-of-the-art Vectra 3D imaging to help our patients compare different implants. A patient can see how she will actually look with breast implants compared side-by-side with how she looks now. Recovery from breast augmentation is very quick. Many of our patients return to their normal activities within 24 hours of surgery and to work within a day or two after surgery. There is nothing wrong with taking more time off if you’d like but most patients find they can go out to dinner the night of their surgery.
Before/After Simulation by Breast Sculptor®
Dr. Turkle offers an ongoing series of free webinars on various surgical and non-surgical enhancement topics. To view a webinar go to www.turklemd.com.
Breast augmentation is a deeply personal choice. Like any surgery, there are certain risks. Only a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you determine if breast augmentation is right for you.
Dr. Jan Turkle Turkle & Associates
If you’d like to learn more about this or any of our other procedures, call 317-848-0001 to arrange a consultation.
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