Having a breast augmentation at our plastic surgery center in Baltimore, MD can enhance your figure and improve your body’s proportion by adding fullness to your breasts. Today, implants are a safe and viable way to improve your appearance. Our surgeons at the Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery have performed countless successful breast enhancement surgeries for our patients.
Besides increasing the size of your breasts, breast implants can enhance cleavage and correct asymmetries between the left and right breast. We customize every breast augmentation based on your body and how you want to look. When it comes to the augmentation, there are several choices for you to make, including the type, size, and shape of your implants.
A breast augmentation can also improve mild droopiness of the breasts. If you have significant sagging, however, we will recommend that you also have a breast lift in addition to your breast augmentation.
During your initial consultation with the doctor, you will discuss your concerns about your appearance, as well as your goals for your breast augmentation. Then, the doctor will measure you in order to better choose the appropriate implants for your needs. It will be necessary to get an understanding of your medical history, any medications you take, and previous procedures you have had performed. Do not hesitate to ask questions, as the goal of this consultation is for you to leave feeling informed, comfortable, and prepared for your consultation.
Are you ready to learn more about breast augmentation? Contact the Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery in Baltimore at (410) 744-0900.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Generally, a breast augmentation procedure takes between one to two hours to complete. In most cases, the incision is made in the breast crease or around the areolas. The implants are then inserted behind the chest muscle. Sometimes, silicone implants can be placed in front of the chest muscles and behind the breast tissue to provide a slight lift. The sutures will dissolve on their own, and the incisions often heal very well.
Silicone or Saline Implants?
When it comes to your breast augmentation, you will have to choose between silicone or saline implants. While both are excellent options, you will need to decide which is best for you and your needs.
Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel by the manufacturer. They feel more natural, and are less prone to rippling, which is a particular advantage for women who have little of their own breast tissue to cover the implant. If these implants rupture, however, you cannot tell. For this reason alone, women with silicone implants should schedule an MRI at least every few years to ensure that no rupture has occurred.
Newer types of silicone implants are called “cohesive” or “gummy bear” implants. The silicone sticks together and does not behave like a liquid, so they are firmer to the touch, and hold their shape – no matter how you move.
Silicone implants are not recommended for women who have rheumatoid arthritis, or other connective tissue disorders.
Saline implants are less expensive than silicone, and are filled with saline after the shell has been inserted into the breast. This allows the surgeon to customize the volume more precisely. Their texture is firmer, and they are more prone to ripping. If they do rupture, you will know immediately, because the implants deflate.
It is important to note that though possible, ruptures are extremely uncommon with both types of implants.
Further, implants come in a variety of shapes. Round shapes provide more cleavage, while anatomical shapes are more like natural breasts with the majority of the fullness on the bottom.
Preparing for Your Breast Augmentation
In order to prepare for your breast augmentation, please avoid taking Advil, Aleve, aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, and Naprosyn for two weeks prior to your surgery. High dose vitamins and herbal medications should also be avoided. Most other medications that you take regularly can be taken before your procedure. It is especially important to take blood pressure medication so that your blood pressure remains normal during surgery.
Your breast augmentation will be performed at the outpatient surgery center. Be sure to have someone available to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24-hours, as you will be drowsy from the anesthesia.
Recovering from Breast Augmentation
You will be fitted with a surgical bra to minimize swelling, which should be worn for a few weeks. Drains are not usually necessary after a breast augmentation has been performed.
Some bruising, swelling, soreness, tightness, and itching are normal after a breast augmentation. You can take medication, if necessary, to ease any sort of pain or discomfort you may experience. However, these symptoms will gradually subside during the first seven to ten days following surgery. As a result, most patients take one week off from work to recover. Please avoid heavy lifting and all strenuous activities for at least four weeks.
At the Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery in Baltimore, MD, we will give you instructions for massaging the scars to reduce scar tissue, redness, and swelling. We will also monitor your recovery to make sure you are happy with your results.
Implant Exchange/Breast Augmentation Revision Procedures
If you have had a complication from a previous breast augmentation, such as a rupture, infection, or capsular contracture, we can do a revision procedure. This usually involves removal of the current implants, and replacing them with new implants.
If you do not see your particular question, or if you still have concerns, please contact the professional staff at the Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery in Baltimore, MD by calling (410) 744-0900.
Breast Augmentation FAQs
One of the most common and popular cosmetic surgeries pursued today, many women often have questions regarding details of the procedure. Below, you will find breast augmentation frequently asked questions.
What is breast augmentation?
Regardless of the reason, if you are unhappy with the size and/or shape of your breast, you may wish to pursue breast augmentation. A breast augmentation refers to an elective cosmetic surgery procedure that successfully alters the size and shape of the breast, often with the use of silicone or saline breast implants.
From weight loss to pregnancy, to hereditary constraints and mastectomies, patients often have different motives for pursuing the surgery, meaning they also have different wants and needs regarding results. Therefore, each breast augmentation is tailored to fit an individual’s specific requirements. Before surgery, a variety of factors will be considered, including: implant size shape and type, as well incision and implant placement.
What does breast augmentation improve?
When performed by an educated and trained professional, breast augmentation can improve a variety of breast imperfections and dissatisfactions. Many women who pursue a breast augmentation have naturally small breasts, and desire a fuller, more voluptuous bust. Yet, other women want to correct asymmetry in the breasts, or improve the shape of their breasts. The surgery is completely subjective. A breast augmentation can also help improve the negative side effects of pregnancy.
Is breast augmentation safe?
As with any type of major or cosmetic surgery, unforeseen complications can always arise. However, when the surgery is performed by a skilled professional, these complications are less likely to occur.
Specific risks that can (but rarely) take place following a breast augmentation include a loss of feeling in the nipple area or breast, a capsular contracture, a change in the implant’s size and/or shape, infections, blood under the skin, and abnormal scarring. An additional surgery may be necessary to fix the issues listed above.
Yet, remember, these risks are uncommon, especially when your surgery is performed by an experienced doctor.
Does breast augmentation hurt?
Pain is subjective, meaning it is hard to determine how you will feel following surgery. All women have a different level of tolerance for pain. Further, the perception of pain can be influenced by a patient’s attitude the day of the surgery. If a woman is anxious or apprehensive of the breast augmentation, then she is more likely to painful experience. In short, a patient’s psyche can alter her overall experience.
Generally speaking, most women feel a certain amount of pressure or discomfort following a breast augmentation. However, your doctor can prescribe pain medication to help soothe you.
To avoid further pain and higher levels of discomfort, it is important to follow your doctor’s orders. You will need to restrict your arm movements, and keep your arms as close to your chest as possible. Patients will discover that limiting the motion of their muscles will result in an easier and faster recovery.
Is breast augmentation expensive?
A: The price of the breast augmentation will depend on a variety of factors, including the size and type of implants chosen by the patient. During your initial consultation, you doctor can give you information regarding the price of the surgery, as well as possible payment plans available.
Before and After Breast Augmentation Photos
Throughout the years, the Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery in Baltimore, MD has had the privilege of working with a variety of women. Take a look at our photo gallery showcasing “before” and “after” images of satisfied patients.
You can click here to see what we can do for you!
Testimonials – Actual Patient Reviews
You can see for yourself what satisfied patients have had to say about the professional staff and services offered at the Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery in Baltimore, MD:
“Dr. Kumar not only delivers excellent, personalized service, but he has also discovered something special. Where many services tend to drop the ball on going that extra mile . . . he strives to create a bond, which makes it a pleasure for his patients to use their services over and over again.” – Satisfied Patient
“Dr. Owens was gracious with her time, and answered all the questions my husband and I had. Never once did I feel like she was trying to rush us through our appointment, and that meant a lot to me! Not only is Dr. Owens an excellent surgeon, she has an exceptional group of women that work for her. Her staff showed my husband and me videos of how these procedures were performed, along with a photo album of other surgeries that Dr. Owens had performed. You could not ask for a better plastic surgeon than Dr. Owens.” – Satisfied Patient
“Dr. Tag has the best bedside manner, and offers much professionalism. He makes his patients feel very comfortable. I am highly satisfied with my experience – not only my phenomenal results, but also from the care I was given by every member of my surgeon’s team.” – Satisfied Patient
“I have now done two surgeries with Dr. Grace, and found him to be a highly skilled surgeon. He gave me an honest and accurate assessment of my condition. My surgeries went smoothly, I got the results I expected, and I was amazed at what a wonderful difference these surgeries made for me. I found Dr. Grace and his staff to be kind, compassionate, and caring. I have already recommended Dr. Grace to my family and friends, and would definitely use him again myself!” – Satisfied Patient