At the Ann Arbor Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we strive to make our patients’ breast augmentation experience as comfortable as possible. Our 4 board-certified plastic surgeons conduct consultations themselves to better understand each patient’s unique goals. Our practice is conveniently located in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, making cutting-edge technology accessible to our staff. We also have satellite offices at St. Joseph Mercy Brighton Health Center and St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital.
Candidates for Breast Augmentation
Women who feel that their breasts are too small, or are not proportionate to their body can often benefit from a breast augmentation. Those who are unhappy with asymmetrical breasts, underdeveloped breasts, or have breasts that have lost shape due to pregnancy or weight loss can also be good candidates for this procedure.
Breast augmentation can result in larger, more shapely breasts. It can also create a more balanced figure for a more positive self-image.
Breast Implant Choices
Today, there are two types of implants used in breast augmentation procedures: saline and silicone. Saline implants are filled with a salt-water solution after they are placed. Silicone implants are much more popular due to their natural feel. Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel and come in both round and teardrop shapes. We offer only FDA-approved breast implants such as Natrelle® implants in both silicone and saline. The Style 410 cohesive silicone gel “gummy bear” breast implants are a popular choices because of the soft, natural look and feel these implants provide.
During a consultation, patients will be given the opportunity to meet with their surgeon to discuss the desired procedure. Any questions that you have can be answered, as well as the steps of the procedure. Our surgeons take the time to thoroughly educate patients on the procedure to ensure that they are comfortable with the process.
On the day of surgery, patients can expect to be under local anesthesia with sedation. During the procedure, a small incision is made in order to place the implant, which is usually inserted under the breast tissue and pectoralis muscle.
Our surgeons offer the following two types of incisions for breast augmentation:
- Periareolar incision is made around the edge of the areola (nipple).
- Inframammary incision is made along the breast crease.
The type of breast augmentation incision used will be decided upon during your consultation. Each patient is unique, and not every patient can expect to see the same results using the same incision.
Another procedure to consider is a breast lift, also known as a mastopexy. This procedure raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. It’s best to correct moderate to severe sagging where the breast is resting on the abdomen, nipples that point downward, below the inframammary fold, and are the lowest part of the breast, or lack fullness in the upper part of the chest or breast.
Recuperation and Healing
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure. Patients are sent home wearing a bra and ace wrap, which helps hold the breasts in the correct position. Initial discomfort is almost always controlled with oral pain medications.
Sutures are usually removed in 7 to 14 days during your follow-up appointment. Light activities can be resumed as tolerated. Aerobic activities or intimate contact can be resumed in a few weeks as healing progresses. Incision lines typically will continue to fade over the next year.
A breast augmentation is an invasive procedure, and therefore will require at least week of downtime before you can resume daily activities. It is important to listen to your body while healing, so if you are experiencing pain, it is best not to push it.
Multiple follow-up appointments will be scheduled at one week, two weeks, one month, three months, and one year to ensure optimal results.
Learn more about the recovery time following a procedure here.
Breast enlargement is usually considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.
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