The breasts are one of a woman’s power centers. When they are out of proportion to the rest of your body, the situation can hamper not only your self-confidence, but also your sense of self. Breast augmentation is the surgical procedure aimed at increasing the size of your breasts, but it can do so much more than simply pump up the volume.
Breast augmentation surgery is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the world for a reason. It can increase breast volume with an implant, fix breast asymmetry, and even correct breast deformity. The procedure can restore a more youthful appearance post-childbirth as part of a mommy makeover, as well as reconstruct breasts that have been lost to cancer.
Dr. Robert Whitfield is a leader in the field of breast surgery. His job with every breast augmentation is to sift through the growing number of modern options and give you the range of choices that best suit your individual needs and goals. The most important step in the entire breast augmentation journey is the first step: the consultation.
The difficulty of breast augmentation is actually not in the operating room, but in the consultation room. The procedure requires the patient to make dozens of decisions that can feel overwhelming. Innovations with breast implants have led to more options in terms of shape, size and fill than ever before, which is great news! The more options, however, increases the number of decisions that need be made.
Dr. Whitfield begins every breast augmentation consultation with a full physical exam; it’s a patient’s unique anatomy that dictates her implant options. He will assess the state of your soft breast tissue, skin laxity, and lifestyle, as well as your expectations and desired outcome. From there, he will narrow your implant choices down to the ones that will best suited each of your breasts and deliver your goals.
Dr. Whitfield uses Vectra 3D imaging to show you how each breast implant option will actually look on your body. This is an extremely powerful tool that is over 95% accurate in showing what results will look like. It’s one thing to come in with photos of your desired breasts or your ideal implant size and shape. It is quite another to see a 3D image of your body with that breast implant in place and healed.
Besides size, the other main decisions that all breast augmentation patient needs to make are breast implant type and placement. There are only two types of implants: silicone and saline. Each has its pros and cons:
Implant placement is one of the harder decisions for many patients. Dr. Whitfield will spend time talking and educating you on which option will be most ideal. While the recovery time for implants that are placed above the muscle may be less, many surgeons prefer the look that can be achieved with below the muscle placement. Also, below the muscle placement is thought to reduce the risk of capsular contracture, or hardening of the capsule around the implant.
Dr. Whitfield performs all of his breast augmentation surgeries under general anesthesia in an accredited surgery center. Patients can expect to be sore for the first 1-2 weeks and experience some post-op bruising and swelling. In patients with large implants, the recovery period may take longer.
Most patients can return to mild exercise at 2 weeks, but Dr. Whitfield likes his patients to refrain from heavy exercise and upper body work for at least 6 weeks. It can take anywhere from 3-6 months for the swelling to fully subside and for your implants to drop into their final position.
To find out more about a breast augmentation with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at our Austin location in West Lake Hills.