Breast Augmentation in Manhattan
Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures, and one of my most popular services. Breast augmentation can give a woman with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look through the placement of saline or silicone implants in the breast.
Our patients elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic reasons: These include increasing breast size, balancing breast sizes, compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery, and correcting a congenital breast defect. Patients enjoy great-looking, natural-feeling breasts that are one or more cup sizes larger after the operation.
Fully Customized Breast Enhancement
I know that every woman is unique in both her desires and her body shape. With that in mind, I take the time during the pre-operative consultation to learn what each patient hopes to gain from breast augmentation surgery and to decide which implant type and placement is best. In this way, every one of my patients enjoys completely customized treatment designed with her specific goals in mind. I use the latest 3D technology to simulate the surgery and show you what the result is most likely going to look like. I am a pioneer in 3D imaging technology and was one of the first to have this technology available to patients.
Complementary Breast Procedures
Breast augmentation can achieve dramatic and beautiful results on its own or in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures. Most commonly, I will do a breast lift (also called mastopexy) in selected patients.
Saline and Silicone Gel Breast Implants
Breast implants are silicone shells filled with most commonly silicone gel. Occasionally, we will use saline-filled implants. Both implant types are very safe, and each offers its own advantages. Silicone gel-filled breast implants are much softer and feel more natural than saline-filled breast implants.
We will help you decide which kind is right for you. During surgery, we will place the implants behind each breast, underneath either breast tissue or the chest wall muscle.
Breast Augmentation Incision Techniques
Breast augmentation surgery usually lasts one to two hours and is typically performed with general anesthesia. Incisions are made in inconspicuous places on the breast to minimize scar visibility. These are most commonly located underneath the breast in the inframammary crease. Occasionally, I will make an incision around the areola. During your consultation, I will discuss the benefits of each of these options.
Breast Augmentation Placement Options
Implant placement beneath the muscle of the chest offers a few advantages over placement beneath the breast tissue. These include reduced risk of capsular contracture (post-operative tightening around the implant) and less interference with mammogram examinations. Possible disadvantage includes elevated pain in the first few days following surgery. We will discuss which option may be best for you.
After the implants have been inserted and positioned, the incisions are closed, then taped, and small bandages placed. A surgical bra is usually used for support.
Recovery from Breast Augmentation Procedure
Most patients feel tired and sore after breast augmentation surgery, but this usually passes in a day or two. Many patients return to work within the week.
Sutures are usually absorbable. Any post-operative pain, swelling and sensitivity will diminish over the first few weeks.
Scars from breast augmentation incisions will begin to fade in a few months and will continue to fade for months or years.
Breast Augmentation Complications
Complications following breast augmentation surgery are uncommon and usually minimal. They may include capsular contracture, swelling and pain, infection around the implant, and a change in nipple sensation.
If a saline implant ruptures, the implant will simply deflate and your body will absorb the salt water. If a silicone implant leaks, you will need to see your doctor. Regular monitoring of breast implants after breast augmentation is recommended to ensure continuing breast implant health.