What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast Augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that increases the size of the breast through the use of a breast implant.
Breast enhancement is often performed for several types of patients; those who have lost breast size due to having children, those who have lost a significant amount of weight, or those who simply want to have larger breasts.
Am I a good candidate?
If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts, augmentation surgery is a choice to consider. Breast enlargement can increase the fullness and projection of your breasts, improve the balance and proportions of your figure, and improve your self-image and self-confidence.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
The surgery is outpatient (the patient goes home the same day). Typical surgery can range from 1 ½ – 2 hours for breast enlargement alone, but can be longer if other procedures are performed at the same time.
Breast Implants – Silicone vs Saline
Breast implants can be filled with either silicone or saline (salt water) depending on patient preference. One of our board-certified plastic surgeons will help guide you through the decision-making process and help you determine which implant is right for you.
Implant brands include Mentor™ silicone and saline. Mentor products include high profile, moderate profile, moderate plus profile and mentor memory shape. Mentor implants are the only implant made in the USA. We also offer Allergan™ breast implants.
Choosing the right breast implant size
Our board certified plastic surgeons will assist you in choosing the breast implant that fits you best with the assistance of our state of the art imaging software which allows you to see what you would look like with different implants at the time of your consultation.
Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift
Breast Augmentation alone does not correct severely drooping breasts. If you want your breasts to look fuller and to be lifted due to sagging, a Breast Lift may be required in combination with breast augmentation. Breast lifting can often be done at the same time as your augmentation.
Can I have a mammogram with breast implants?
Patients can still have mammograms with breast implants. It is important to let the person performing your mammogram know that you have breast implants so that special views can be taken to help see all of the breast tissue.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Recovery varies by the type of procedure and patient factors. Many patients are able to return to work a week after surgery and can perform regular activities at 4 weeks. Your surgeon will be better able to discuss individual recovery length during your consultation.
Ready to get started?
Are you ready to take the next step? Learn more about breast augmentation and find out if you are a good candidate. Call (616) 459-1907 to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons in Grand Rapids, MI.
Additional Resources Available:
If you’re considering breast augmentation, detailed information can be found at www.PlasticSurgery.org