The size, fullness, and shape of the female breast can be effectively increased with breast augmentation, or breast enhancement surgery. Aesthetic breast augmentation, also called mammoplasty, is performed to enhance the appearance, size, and contour of a woman’s breasts. Women may opt to have this surgery to enlarge small, undeveloped breasts of for breasts that have decreased in size subsequent to childbearing.
View the before and after pictures for women who have had breast enlargement surgery to get an idea of the results that can be achieved with Dr. Placik. For patients with severe sagging of the breasts, Dr. Placik may recommend an additional surgery with breast augmentation, one that reshapes and lifts the breasts. Mammoplasty is performed under a general, intravenous, or local anesthetic depending upon the surgical technique, your anesthesia preference, and the decision made between you and Dr. Placik.
To perform breast augmentation, a small incision about two inches in length is made either in the fold beneath the breast, in the underarm area, or around the lower half of the areola (dark skin around the nipple). Once the incision is made, Dr. Placik will create a pocket either:
- Underneath the pectoral muscle, or
- Directly beneath the breast tissue and above the pectoral muscle, depending on the patient’s anatomy and the surgeon’s technique.
The breast implant is then inserted into the pocket; as your body heals, scar tissue is formed around the device to hold it in place. Several sutures are used to close the incision. The procedure may take from one to two hours and is performed on an outpatient basis.
Questions about the type of implant, the surgical technique, and any safety concerns will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Placik.
Following breast augmentation surgery, a dressing and elastic bandage is applied for about one week. You should be up and moving the day following your surgery, but strenuous activity or exercise, and heavy lifting should be avoided for approximately four to six weeks. Your breasts may be swollen or discolored after the operation. The bruising and discoloration will disappear within a few weeks and the swelling will subside after a few months. You also may experience some degree of firmness in the breasts for a few weeks following breast enlargement surgery, but this will also diminish with time. A process called capsular contracture sometimes leaves the breasts too firm due to excessively tight scar formation; if this occurs an additional surgery may be needed.
You can minimize any risks by following the instructions from Dr. Placik and his staff, both before and after your breast augmentation surgery.