What is a Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation, also known as an augmentation mammaplasty or breast enlargement, is a surgical procedure that increases the size of the breasts. It is one of the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the world. Patients choose to have a breast augmentation in order to increase breast size, correct asymmetry or replenish lost breast tissue from weight loss or pregnancy.
Who is a Candidate for an Augmentation Mammaplasty?
Augmentation mammaplasty candidates include women that want larger breasts, to fix asymmetrical breasts, or to restore breast tissue. However, before undergoing surgery patients must have fully developed breasts, be physically healthy and have realistic expectations of their surgical outcome.
Types of Breast Implants
- Gummy Bear
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Austin Cosmetic Surgery performs all breast surgeries in their outpatient surgery center. The breast augmentation procedure typically takes about 1 to 2 hours under general or local anesthesia. First, Drs. Carlotti will make inconspicuous incisions to place the implants. They place these incisions in the armpit, the crease on the underside of the breast, or around the areola to minimize scar visibility. Next, Drs. Carlotti will lift the breast and create a pocket to insert the implant into. The implants and then placed and the incisions are closed.
It is important to note that a breast augmentation does not lift the breasts like a mastopexy. Therefore, many patients choose to have an augmentation mammaplasty in combination with a breast lift. This combination extends the amount of time spent in surgery but provides patients an opportunity to recover from two procedures at once. During your consultation, Drs. Carlotti will discuss your options and plan the surgery that works best for you!
Before & After Breast Augmentation
Recovery from a Breast Augmentation
When recovering from surgery, patients commonly complain about tightness in the chest. This pain is due to muscle expansion when placing the implant. Typically, this tightness will subside significantly subside in 24 hours and can be controlled with pain medication. Patients often return to work in about a week and come to Austin Cosmetic Surgery for a follow-up appointment.
Drs. Carlotti will check in with your progress and remove the stitches. Patients should avoid exercise and heavy lifting for a few weeks after surgery. Drs. Carlotti recommend wearing compressions garments during recovery to minimize swelling and provide support. Your final results should be apparent about 3 months after surgery when the breasts have settled.
Dr. Albert Carlotti sits down with patient Carmen to answer some frequently asked questions about breast augmentation
What Are the Risks of an Augmentation Mammaplasty?
There are risks associated with any surgery, however, the following risks are specific to augmentation mammaplasty using implants:
- Capsular contracture
- Implant leaks and ruptures
- Implant deflation or shifting
- Temporary or permanent change in nipple/breast sensation
- Irregularities in breast contour/shape
- Partial or total loss of nipple/areola
Breast Augmentation at Austin Cosmetic Surgery
We tell every patient the same thing, breast augmentation is the “happiest operation we do.” Most women after surgery say that they wish they had done it sooner as it gives them more confidence in and out of clothing. With a male and female perspective, the advantage of having two experienced surgeons, two sets of hands and two sets of critical eyes, the patient truly benefits in our practice.
“Upon researching other recommended surgeons, I am more than happy with my ultimate decision of choosing The Carlottis for my procedure. From my initial phone call to my primary consultation and then some, I was impressed by their expertise and concerns. I felt like more than just a patient, and they answered any questions and doubts that I had. Even after the procedure, they still made me a priority. The result is a more natural look and feel than I could have ever expected. I am beyond happy and grateful for The Carlottis. I wholeheartedly recommend them for any procedure for their top-notch service.” – Crystalle C.