Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that involves the placement of breast implants to achieve larger, fuller, and more symmetrical breasts. If you have naturally small breasts that you want to enlarge, or if you want to restore the breast volume that you have lost due to breastfeeding and weight fluctuations, then breast augmentation could be a good treatment option for you.
Our patients have a very important decision to make before getting a breast augmentation. To get the most natural-looking result from breast augmentation, Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Russo will help choose the type of implant to be used for your needs. There are two types of breast implants for breast augmentation: saline and silicone breast implants.
use sterile saltwater. This is filled to fit the desired size, shape, and firmness of our patients. In cases when a saline implant leaks, the saline solution will be absorbed by the body and naturally expelled.
on the other hand, use an elastic gel. When used for breast augmentation, they mimic the same feel and movement of a natural breast.
The most obvious and immediate benefit is larger breasts for your body.
This can allow you to be satisfied with your figure in new ways, including creating new proportions, changing your body profiles, and enhancing your overall feminine look. Bigger breasts can increase confidence, whether you go up one size or more, and help you become happier with your figure when you look in the mirror.
In addition to the size and type of breast implants, you will also need to consider the shape you would like for your augmentation. The two shapes to consider are round and teardrop. Round implants are just like they sound, with precisely symmetrical sphere-shaped implants. Teardrop implants are a bit different in that they better copy the shape of a natural breast, with a narrower top and fuller bottom.
Note that if you choose teardrop implants, they include a textured underside which helps reduce the chance that they will slide out of place and make your breasts look uneven. During your consultation with Dr. Russo, he will cover each of your options’ respective benefits and drawbacks.
To learn more about breast augmentation of all available shapes, types, and sizes, schedule a consultation with Dr. Russo. This will allow him to conduct an exam, review your medical history, discuss your concerns, and create a customized plan for what you want to be done. The best candidates for breast augmentation are not nursing, not pregnant, not experiencing breast growth, in good health, and are nonsmokers.
Your surgery for breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, so you should be able to return home afterward.
You will be under general anesthesia during surgery, so you will first need to recover from that before being released to return home. During surgery, Dr. Russo will use the customized plan he made for you to make incisions in your breasts. He will insert the implants, place them, and then either fill them or shape them. Once done, the incisions will be sutured closed. Generally speaking, it can take up to two hours from start to finish for your breast augmentation.
After your surgery, you will need to rest to allow your incisions time to heal. Our patients who have undergone breast augmentation are usually well enough to return to work a week after the procedure, but we advise that they take things slow and regulate their activities. You will need to avoid housework, driving, and heavy lifting as well.
It is normal for our patients to feel slight discomfort and tightness in the chest area. Patients are provided with oral medication to help manage the pain. Breast augmentation patients will be asked by our Boston team to wear special garments to help stabilize the new breasts.
You will immediately notice the change in your enlarged breasts after surgery. However, you will need to wait up to six weeks for your final results, which will allow time for your swelling to fade and your body to adjust to the new size and weight of your implants.
This includes allowing your skin to heal and stretch, and the implants to soften and feel more natural. Still, it may take up to a year for your new breasts to feel like a natural part of your body. It’s important to wear a bandeau during this healing period to keep them in place so there’s no tugging on your incisions, particularly when you lay down. This will also help shape them. Wearing a bra both day and night will be especially helpful if you had much smaller breasts previously or asymmetry.
Patients who feel an increase in the size and shape of their breasts will make an improvement in their appearance usually come in for consultations for breast augmentation in Boston. Breast augmentation can do wonders for our patients in restoring the desired contours for their bodies that will give them revived self-confidence and a positive self-image.
If you are thinking about getting a breast augmentation, then look no further and schedule a consultation with Boston’s renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Russo. With his years of experience as a cosmetic surgeon in Boston, Dr. Russo can provide the best patient care as well as excellent results for his patients who went through a breast augmentation procedure.
While you will be sedated during the procedure, once you wake up, you will immediately notice the extra weight on your chest from the implants. This is accompanied by aching, soreness, and even tightness in your breast as if you’ve overworked your muscles. These sensations are completely normal.
As you heal, you will continue to feel mild to moderate pain from bruising, swelling, and incisions. You can usually manage this discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers, but if you think you need something stronger, make sure to ask the doctor.
Because there will be incisions during the surgery in order to insert the implants, there will be scars left behind. However, Dr. Russo is an expert specialist in breast augmentation, so he makes the incisions to minimize the appearance of the scar or hide it altogether, such as your breast crease, underarm area, or around your areola. Over time, these scars will fade into fine lines that will make them even less visible.
The cost for breast augmentation will vary according to what size you get, what shape, and what specific type of implant. If you have breast augmentation for medical reasons, like corrective surgery after a mastectomy, your insurance provider should cover some or all of the costs. However, if you have breast augmentation as elective cosmetic surgery, then you will need to cover the costs yourself. You can apply for financing or inquire about payment plans if needed.
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