Breast augmentation can be one of the most positively life-changing procedures a woman can undergo. It can improve your self-confidence and help your body look the way you’ve always wanted. More than 300,000 women in the United States got breast augmentation in 2018, making it the most popular cosmetic surgery in the nation.
At West Michigan Plastic Surgery, Dr. Scott Holley is dedicated to helping his patients look and feel their best. For more than two decades, he has brought an honest and compassionate approach to plastic surgery. He will make your breast augmentation process as smooth as possible by focusing on what’s most important — you. Dr. Holley serves Kalamazoo, Portage, Battle Creek, and surrounding areas of southwest Michigan. Call (269) 222-1611 to schedule a consultation.
Women choose to undergo breast augmentation for several personal and aesthetic reasons. The procedure can:
You must be in good overall health to undergo breast augmentation. Additionally, you should:
The best way to determine if you’re a good candidate is to schedule a breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Holley. In your consultation, he will discuss your aesthetic goals, thoroughly explain the breast augmentation procedure, perform a physical examination, and develop a personalized surgical plan based on your physique. Your consultation will include conversations about your breast implant options, such as:
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You will get to choose from among three types of breast implants for your augmentation. Each has its benefits, and you should decide based on which best meets your aesthetic goals.
The size of breast implants you can get depends on multiple factors, such as:
Try to come into your consultation with an open mind about the size of the implants you want to receive. Breast implants are not measured in cup sizes but in cubic centimeters. This allows for a more uniform system of measurement because cup sizes can differ between bra manufacturers.
You have several options for the location of your incisions. Dr. Holley will recommend the one that best accomplishes your aesthetic goals:
Dr. Holley utilizes two basic placement positions for breast implants. As with your implant type and incision location, you and Dr. Holley will choose the placement that best meets your needs:
Your choice of breast implant size, type, placement, and incision location will determine the specifics of your breast augmentation surgery, but all procedures follow the same basic steps and are performed on an outpatient basis.
Dr. Holley and his attentive, caring staff will ensure you know what to expect the day of the procedure. He’ll also be available afterward to discuss your questions and will plan a follow-up session to make sure you’re healing comfortably.
Recovery time varies from patient to patient. It depends on numerous factors, such as your natural healing ability and the particulars of your procedure. You’ll experience pain in the aftermath of your procedure, but it will subside after a couple of days. Soreness and swelling could last up to several weeks.
Dr. Holley will give you a compression garment to help support your breasts and reduce swelling. Supporting your breasts as your implants settle after your procedure is essential. It’s vital that you follow Dr. Holley’s post-operative instructions during this period and delay wearing sports bras or underwire bras until he clears you to do so. It takes time for your implants to settle and your incisions to heal, but you’ll be rewarded for your patience.
Here’s a broad timeline for breast augmentation recovery:
If you’re unhappy with any sagging of your breasts, Dr. Holley can perform a breast lift at the same time you receive implants. Your implants will improve your breast size and the appearance of your cleavage, while a breast lift can address:
Typically, breast lifts involve elevating the nipples and areolas to a higher position, then removing excess skin, repositioning breast tissue, and reshaping breast skin for a natural look. When performed with a breast augmentation, implants are usually placed in your breasts before the breast lift. That’s because your implants fill loose skin and reduce the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed.
During breast augmentation consultations, women often ask Dr. Holley whether their implants could interfere with mammograms. Augmented breasts may require adjustments from mammogram technicians, but they don’t prevent accurate screenings.
You should tell your mammogram technician that you have breast implants so they can make the necessary adjustments during your screening. Some breast augmentation options also make the mammogram process even easier. For example, submuscular implants require less of an adjustment by the mammogram technician.
Many women also ask Dr. Holley if their breast augmentation will interfere with breastfeeding. Fortunately, it won’t. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not get breast implants, but having breast implants does not affect your ability to have kids or breastfeed them in the future.
If you’re concerned about breast augmentation potentially affecting your ability to breastfeed your future children, you could always opt for transaxillary incisions that avoid cutting into your breast at all. There is also no evidence that breast implant material could affect the quality of your breast milk.
Breast implants are durable and can last for many years. If you’re happy with how your breasts look and haven’t experienced capsular contracture or a rupture, your implants could last up to 15 years. They will eventually wear out and need to be replaced, though.
There are several common reasons why women get their breast augmentation revised:
For more than two decades, women around southwest Michigan have trusted Dr. Holley to help improve their appearance and self-confidence. He serves patients in Kalamazoo, Portage, Battle Creek, and surrounding areas. Call (269) 222-1611today to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Holley will place the implant in one of two basic positions:
Above the muscle (subglandular) placement: This breast augmentation approach is generally appropriate for Michigan women who have a larger amount of existing breast tissue and want to create a more defined cleavage line. Typically, recovery from this approach is also slightly faster. Dr. Holley places the implant behind the breast glands but above the chest muscles.
Below the muscle (submuscular) placement: This approach is highly effective for women who have very little existing breast tissue or who want to achieve a softer, gentler curve from the upper chest to the breast mound. Dr. Holley places the implant behind the breast glands and partially behind the pectoralis muscles of the chest, creating a contour that looks and feels very natural.
Here at West Michigan Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes between one and two hours. Depending on the surgical approach you and your surgeon choose, any scarring will be hidden either in the armpit, within the “inframammary” fold under the breast, or at the edge of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple).
Dr. Holley and our attentive, caring staff will make sure you know what to expect before the day of your surgery, and afterward he will be available to address any concerns. He will also plan a follow-up session to verify that you are healing comfortably.
Patients generally can return to light activities within three or four days and ease into more intensive activities within two weeks. Strenuous exercises should be avoided until about the third week, though you may need to wait longer depending on such unique factors as your healing speed, fitness level, and whether or not you underwent any combination procedures.
Portage and Battle Creek board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Scott Holley, and the team at West Michigan Plastic Surgery understand that each patient has different motivations and goals for his or her procedure. Experience for yourself the advantages of high-quality care, natural and beautiful outcomes, and an understanding surgeon when you contact West Michigan Plastic Surgery today at (269) 222-1611, or online by clicking the button below.Contact Us