Is breast augmentation right for you?
Keep in mind that cosmetic breast surgery is a highly individualized procedure and should be done for yourself, not to fulfill someone else's desires. This surgery is a good option for patients who are: healthy, have fully developed breasts and have realistic expectations. If you are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small, or if they have lost their shape, are uneven in size, or haven't developed normally, then you might be a good candidate for the surgery.
Our breast augmentation procedures are performed as an outpatient procedure in our AAAAASF operating suite, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. It is performed under the IV or MAC sedation and the surgery usually takes less than 2 hours. After a brief recovery in our center, our breast surgery patients will go home with a family member or friend. Most Hass patients find their recovery is fairly easy, but they may have mild soreness, swelling, some bruising and tenderness that generally lasts a few days to a couple weeks. Patients are instructed to rest for several days and avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise or activity for about 4 weeks post surgery. Most of our breast surgery patients find they can return to work within 3 - 7 days after surgery.
The Breast Augmentation Consult in Palm Beach Gardens at Hass Plastic Surgery & MediSpa
After you meet with our patient coordinator, Dr. Mike or Dr. B will review the surgery and discuss your goals for your new look. It is important to discuss together discuss size options and implant options that fit your body dimensions in order to give you a complete assessment of how breast augmentation will look for you. In order to help with appropriate sizing we have patients look at photos of topless models in order to get an idea of the shape and size they desire. It is helpful when patients bring in their own photos of breasts that they like. These photos are most helpful when topless as photos with push up bras can give a false representation of what the breasts actually look like.
In our office we also use the Mentor Sizing System in which patients are able to 'try-on' their new look with various sizes of implants placed in a bra. Women often ask about the scarring with augmentation and for this reason we will make the incision in a discreet location on the breast to enhance the overall results of the surgery. The most commonly used incision choices are in the infra-mammary fold or along the edge of the areola. This decision will be based on the patient's wishes and her individual anatomy.
After an initial consultation and surgery is scheduled, a pre-operative appointment will be planned to review all details with the nurse and doctor. Cosmetic breast surgery patients will be required to have an updated mammography if recommended by Breast Cancer Society guidelines, to be off blood thinning vitamins and supplements and receive a CBC (complete blood count) prior to surgery.
Breast implants are offered in a wide variety of sizes and profiles to give a woman the look she desires. Both the saline and the gel silicone implants have been proven to be safe and are FDA approved. Do keep in mind that saline implants can be used in women 18 years and over, however the silicone implants are approved for women 22 years and over, unless used for reconstructive purposes.