Is Breast Augmentation Right for me?
Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure with a well-earned reputation for helping women dramatically improve their figures. In recent years, there have been significant advances in surgical techniques that provide better, safer results by using a wide range of gel implants, saline implants, and, in some cases, fat transfer.
Are You a Candidate?
Your level of satisfaction with the appearance of your breasts has a direct impact on your self-image and how others perceive you. Common reasons for getting breast augmentation include having breasts that are proportionately too small for your body, post-childbirth changes, weight gain/loss, and breast asymmetry as well as being part of a greater breast reconstruction surgery.
If you are in good health and have clear, realistic ideas of your desired outcome, you probably are a good candidate for this procedure.
How Do I Choose a Surgeon?
Always choose a surgeon, like Dr. Roth, who is Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery with an established record of success performing breast augmentation on numerous patients for many years. It’s imperative that you are comfortable with your doctor and can confirm their skills by viewing before and after photos.
How Do I Prepare for My Procedure?
If you smoke, you’ll need to stop for at least two weeks before surgery. Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs are contraindicated during the pre- and post-op period because they can increase bleeding. It’s also critical that you maintain healthy hydration and nutrition before and after surgery to ensure best results. A pre- and post-op mammogram may be required to track any tissue changes.
What Can I Expect During the Procedure?
After you arrive at the facility, you will be prepped and administered general anesthesia to put you comfortably to sleep. Breast augmentation procedures usually take one hour to perform.
Dr. Roth uses the advanced dual-plane method of implant placement. With this technique, he will position your implant below your pectoral muscle through a small four-centimeter incision, hidden in your breast crease. This strategy minimizes visible scarring and provides a more natural look. Additionally, Dr. Roth uses the Keller Funnel™to provide “no-touch” surgery. Because he will never physically handle your implant, you will face minimal risk of infection and capsular contracture. After placing your implant, Dr. Roth will carefully close the incisions with sutures and glue.
When the procedure is completed, you’ll be taken to a recovery area for a short period of observation. Unless Dr. Roth thinks otherwise, you’ll be able to go home in your dressings and surgical bra the same day. Later that night, Dr. Roth will call you to see how you feel, to review the details of your surgery, and to see if you have any questions. Thereafter, you’ll have regularly scheduled follow-up visits to ensure optimal results.
What is the recovery time?
It is essential to follow all post-op instructions—including wearing compression garments, when to take pain medications, and avoiding some activities. You will, of course, initially experience some swelling and pain which normally resolves between two and six weeks after surgery. During the first few weeks, you will need to rest and avoid strenuous physical activity.
The good news is that you can typically return to work within a few days and begin regular exercise after four weeks.