Breast Augmentation

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Dr. Samir Shah discusses Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, also known as mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to enhance the shape and size of a woman’s breasts, using breast implants. This procedure can help to make the breasts more proportionate to the rest of the body, even out breasts which are different in size or shape, and it can enlarge and reshape breasts which have lost their fullness or shape due to weight loss, pregnancy, breast feeding, or age. Breast augmentation can also be used for reconstructive purposes on patients who have undergone mastectomy or those with a congenital breast deformity.

The best candidate for breast augmentation is a woman over the age of 18 who is unhappy with her breast size or shape and is looking to alter their appearance. Patients must be psychologically stable, physically healthy, and have realistic expectations. Breast augmentation can enhance the look of the breasts, and often has the added benefit of increasing one’s self confidence.

How much does breast implant surgery cost?
There are many components that factor into the price, which include the implants, anesthesia, operating room costs, and surgeon’s fees. The starting cost for saline is $5,000 and silicone is $6,000. Final costs will be determined at your consultation. In addition, costs for lifting procedures or revision are additional.

The Consultation Process
You will meet with Dr. Samir Shah or Dr. Rajendra Shah to discuss your concerns and expectations. The doctors will spend time with you to evaluate your anatomy and present options of implants to pick the best size for you. Also, they will use 3D imaging to give you an idea of how the surgery will turn out on your own body! Dr. Shah feels using 3D imaging is such an important tool for patients’ decision process. They have an extensive gallery of before and after photos and implant sizes for you to try during the consultation.

What types of incisions are available?
Breast augmentation involves many different options and techniques. Choices must be made about the incision location and the implant placement. The choices that are right for you will depend upon your individual circumstances, and, thus, are best made with the help of Dr. Shah. In terms of incision placement, the axillary and inframmary placements are typically associated with fewer complications with future breast feeding, though both of these placements do produce a visible, though small, scar. The periareolar placement involves a less visible scar, but it is associated with an increase in breast feeding complications. There is also a fourth placement, known as the umbilical or endoscopic placement, which involves the placement of the implant through the naval or belly button, though this is a relatively new technique, and generally not recommended.

Where is the implant placed?
Regarding placement of the implant, there is a choice between subglandular and submuscular. For the subglandular placement, the implants are placed above the chest muscle. Though this placement typically involves shorter surgery and recovery times, less pain and easier accessibility in case of reoperation, it may also involve an increased risk of implant palpability, capsular contracture, and mammography interference. The patient must be evaluated for appropriate soft tissue coverae

On the other hand, submuscular placement, or beneath the chest muscle, typically involves a decreased risk of capsular contracture, implant palpability, and mammography interference. However, this placement is also associated with longer surgery and recovery times, more pain, and less accessibility in case of reoperation.

The most common technique used is a dual plane method. It combines the benefits of both submuscular and subglandular. The lower portion of the implant is in the subglandular plane and helps to define the fold, while the upper half of the implant is submuscular which is beneficial for coverage.

The Surgery
Breast augmentation typically takes between one to three hours to complete and may be performed under general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation at our AAAASF Certified Surgery Center in Oak Lawn, IL.

There are several different possible locations for the incisions: axillary, which is under the armpit, inframmary, which is within the crease below the breast; and periareolar, which is around the nipple. Once the incision is made, the breast tissue is lifted to make a space or pocket into which the implant is then inserted. The implant may be placed in one of two locations: subglandular, which is above the chest muscle, or submuscular, which is beneath the chest muscle. The implant is inserted, the incisions are then closed. Often times, Dr. Shah will use sizers to prior to permanent implant placement to ensure the accuracy. Additionally, Dr. Shah employees a “no touch” technique when inserting implants by using the Keller Funnel. This will reduce the change of complications. Tape may be used for added support and the breasts may also be wrapped with gauze or other bandages.

The Recovery
After surgery, patients often feel somewhat sore, tired and stiff, which can last for several days. Local anesthetic is given at the time of surgery. Prescribed pain medication can help alleviate any pain or discomfort you experience. Dr. Shah may also request that you keep your arm extensions to a minimum, raising your elbows no higher than your armpit, for three to five days after surgery.

A few days after surgery, any bandages that were applied are usually removed. Many times, patients are required to wear a support bra or compression bandage to help support and position the breasts. All sutures are dissolvable.

The breasts may feel tight at first as the skin adjusts to the new breast size, and the breasts themselves may seem hard at first, though they do soften in time. Swelling is common and usually begins to fade within a few weeks. Increased sensitivity to physical contact of the breasts may occur for a month or longer. The scars will be pink right after surgery and for several weeks, but will fade over a period of several months. Often times, breast exercise are performed to help the implants settle.

The amount of time it takes to recover will be different for each patient and for each technique. However, most patients find that they can return to work a few days after surgery. Nonetheless, you will need to refrain from overly strenuous activities for several weeks.

How long do implants last?
There is no set time frame on the longevity of implants. Most companies will provide a warranty for implants should there be any issues such as deflation, rupture, or capsular contracture. Dr. Shah will provide yearly visits to ensure the implants are in good position. Also, you will be able to obtain mammograms, but have to inform the technician that you have implants.

If you are interested in seeing if you are a candidate for a Breast augmentation, call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shah. Call 708.424.3999 or contact us online.

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