Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. and one of our most popular services. Breast augmentation can give women 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, including balancing breast size, compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery, and correcting a congenital breast defect. Under Dr. Kurtzman’s expert care, patients enjoy great-looking, natural-feeling breasts that are one or more cup sizes larger after the operation.
Fully Customized Breast Enhancement
We know that every woman is unique in both her desires and her body shape. With that in mind, we 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. All of our patients receive a completely customized treatment, designed with her specific goals in mind.
Breast augmentation can achieve dramatic and beautiful results, as well as in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery or non-invasive procedures. We sometimes recommend combining breast augmentation with other procedures, such as a breast lift, for more satisfying results.
Saline and Silicone Gel Breast Implants
Breast implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel. Both implant types are very safe, and each offers it’s own advantages. Dr. Kurtzman will help you decide which implant is right for you. During surgery, we will place the implants behind each breast, underneath either breast tissue or the chest wall muscle.
After many years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved silicone breast implants for breast augmentation surgery. Dr. Kurtzman is proud to offer patients the option of silicone gel-filled breast implants, since they are much softer and feel more natural than saline-filled breast implants.
Breast Augmentation Surgery – Incision Techniques
The breast augmentation procedure takes 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 may be located:
- In the armpit (transaxillary),
- In the crease on the underside of the breast (inframammary), or
- Around the areola, the dark skin around the nipple (periareolar).
The breast is then lifted, creating a pocket into which the implant is inserted.
Saline implants may also be placed endoscopically through an incision in the navel. This minimally-invasive breast enhancement technique is known as a transumbilical breast augmentation or TUBA approach.
Breast Augmentation Surgery – Placement Options
Implant placement beneath the muscle of the chest offers a few advantages over placement beneath the breast tissue only. These include: reduced risk of capsular contracture (post-operative tightening around the implant) and less interference with mammogram examinations. Possible disadvantages include: need for drainage tubes, and elevated pain in the first few days following surgery. Dr. Kurtzman will discuss which option may be best for you.
In the TUBA procedure, implants cannot be placed beneath the chest wall.
After the implants have been inserted and positioned beneath the nipples, the incisions are stitched closed, then taped and bandaged. In a few days, these bandages may be replaced with a surgical bra.
Most patients feel tired and sore after breast augmentation surgery. This usually passes in a day or two. Many patients return to work within the week.
Stitches are removed in a week to 10 days after breast augmentation. 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 Patient Testimonial
“I just wanted to thank Dr. Kurtzman and the rest of the staff at Kurtzman Plastic Surgery.
I cannot express my gratitude in words but I am going to try. I went to 4 different doctors to decide who I wanted to use for my breast augmentation before deciding on Dr. Kurtzman.
The entire office was so warm and welcoming. I was extremely nervous about having elective surgery, but after my first visit at the office I felt completely at ease. Dr. Kurtzman always made sure I was comfortable and understood everything. My appointments were never rushed. He sat patiently and answered all of my questions, and I had a ton of questions. My surgery went well and my results are fantastic. I showed Dr. Kurtzman a picture of what I wanted and he matched it to perfection. He is truly an artist. Thank you so much. I’ve never felt more confident about my body, and didn’t realize what that was going to do for my self-esteem. It has really been life changing. I feel more confident than ever.”
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