Breast Augmentation (Loss of Volume)
After pregnancy, and particularly after breastfeeding, the breasts may lose volume and shape, which can ultimately cause the breasts to take on a sagging or ptotic appearance. Breast augmentation with implants can significantly rejuvenate your breasts, adding volume and improved contours. This popular procedure can be part of a comprehensive mommy makeover from Dr. Tom Lintner, our board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Lintner can restore the appearance of your breasts and address a number of other aesthetic issues that may be having an effect on your self-esteem.
Breast Implants Selection
Breast implants are available in a range of types, shapes, and sizes. They can be round or teardrop-shaped, and they can be of the silicone or saline-filled variety.
- Saline breast implants are made of a silicone outer shell and filled with a saltwater solution. In some patients, saline implants yield a beautiful result.
- Silicone breast implants are composed of a silicone outer shell that encases a viscous silicone gel. These implants have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for breast augmentation in women over the age of 22. Many patients find that silicone implants both look and feel very natural.
Choosing a Size
In terms of size, Dr. Tom Lintner believes that the best options for women involve sizes that fit their unique body frame. He does not subscribe to a “bigger is better” philosophy. Dr. Lintner believes some of the best results from a breast augmentation are those that look as natural as possible. Once you decide to have breast augmentation surgery, you will have a second consultation where you will be shown a variety of sizes and types of implants. Together, you and Dr. Lintner can decide which implant may be best for you, based on your ultimate goals and how the implant may look in relation to your body proportions.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
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During your initial mommy makeover consultation, if breast augmentation is an option you are considering, Dr. Lintner will go over all aspects of the procedure. At this meeting, you will discuss intricacies of the procedure such as the actual placement of the implant under the breast tissue, possible incision locations, risks, possible complications and other topics. Although each breast augmentation is different, incision locations can be either just above the crease of the breast, around the areola (surrounding the nipple), or through the armpit. He will then place the implants either behind the chest muscle, or directly beneath the breast tissue. After that, the incisions are closed. Although your incisions will never completely disappear, Dr. Lintner is a highly experienced breast surgeon and will make every effort to make any residual scarring from the procedure as minimal as possible.
Acute recovery from breast augmentation usually takes about one to two weeks, light aerobic activity can resume at around four weeks and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least six to eight weeks in order for the breasts to completely heal. However, the total recovery time will depend on any other procedures that you may have elected to include in your mommy makeover. Dr. Lintner will discuss all aspects of recovery with you once your customized mommy makeover treatment plan has been created at your initial consultation.
Breast augmentation with implants can resolve a number of aesthetic issues that may have arisen from pregnancy and/or breastfeeding, giving your breasts a fuller, beautiful appearance with natural-looking results.