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Breast Augmentation Fayetteville

Breast augmentation has been performed for over fifty years, and is one of the most popular elective procedures that Plastic surgeons perform. The operative procedure and the implant products have improved over that time, and the procedure is well accepted by patients.

There are no limitations on activities for breast augmentation patients once the healing period is completed. Patients that have gotten breast augmentation have engaged in sky-diving, martial arts, tennis, jogging, motorcycle riding, scuba diving, and almost any other activity imaginable without difficulty or problems.

The satisfaction rate for breast augmentation is very high, and many patients return for a different procedure at a later time. Many patients report improvement in self-confidence after the breast augmentation procedure and feel much more comfortable in social situations. Some patients report that shopping for clothes and bathing suits is much easier because they are more in proportion and fitting is much easier.

Breast augmentation is not a solution to all life challenges, but it can improve a patient’s general proportion and improve confidence.

Problem– The lack of development or atrophy (shrinkage) of the breast causes the body to be out of proportion.

Solution– Breast augmentation increases the size of the breast to make the body more in proportion, improve the appearance, make clothes fit better, and improve self-esteem.

Breast augmentation was first performed over one century ago. The modern era of breast augmentation began with the first clinical trial of sealed silicone implants which was performed in the early 1960’s. Breast augmentation surgery provides many options for patients, including but not limited to surgical access options (where the incision is made), the type of implant filler (saline, silicone gel, other), implant shape (round, contoured), implant shell (smooth, textured), implant size, and implant position (above the muscle, below the muscle, partially below the muscle, below the fascia, partially below the fascia). These options in breast augmentation are explained to the patient, which allows the patient to make a more informed decision regarding breast augmentation options. Because of wide variations in patients before breast augmentation surgery and variations of patient goals with breast augmentation surgery, it is important for the patient to make an informed decision. Patients should always ask any questions they might have at the time of the breast augmentation consultation and seek second opinions if so desired.

Breast augmentation surgery is generally considered safe if the patient follows some common sense guidelines. First, a consultation with a properly trained plastic surgeon is important. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is also an important consideration when considering breast augmentation. During the consultation for breast augmentation surgery the patient should explain their general expectations of the surgery, and those expectations should be realistic. Second, when considering breast augmentation surgery the patient should be sure that they understand the before and after surgery instructions. It is important to follow these instructions after breast augmentation surgery for your safety. Third, be sure that your surgeon plans for proper follow-up visits after breast augmentation surgery, and that you honor these appointments. Failure to schedule or honor appointments after breast augmentation surgery places the patient at risk. Follow up appointments should be with the operating surgeon, or otherwise pre-arranged. Patients that have had breast augmentation surgery should have life long follow-up, preferably with the plastic surgeon that performed the surgery.

Finally, it is important to understand that breast augmentation, while greatly improved over the past forty years, is not perfect. During that time, breast augmentation implant materials have improved, breast augmentation surgical techniques have been re-analyzed, imaging (X-ray) technology and radiology skills have improved, and evidence based medicine has become more prevalent.

In summary, when considering breast augmentation, seek consultation with a well trained surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is an important consideration for breast augmentation surgery. Ask questions about breast augmentation and then make an informed decision.

Breast Enlargement (Augmentation Mammaplasty)

Procedure: Enhance the size of breasts using inflatable implants filled with saline or silicone gel.

Length:1 hour

Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general.

In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.

Side Effects: Temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, bruising. Breast sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.

Recovery: Back to work: a few days. Physical contact with breasts: 3 to 4 weeks. Fading of scars: several months to a year or more.

Duration of Results: Variable

All procedural information is provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. For more information on Breast Augmentation or Breast Enlargement, contact Dr. Herring Plastic Surgery in Fayetteville, North Carolina.