Breast Augmentation Richmond
Are your breasts just not as large or perky as you would like? Have you lost volume in your breasts after having children? Breast augmentation may be the procedure for you! Implants today are safe. In fact, there are many millions of women in America, let alone throughout the world, who have breast implants. They are used to make a larger breast through small incisions which are easily covered by almost any clothing, including a bikini. Breast implants can give a natural look and feel, and the results are long lasting. Studies have shown that breast implants not only improve your overall self confidence, but they can improve satisfaction in other aspects of your life, such as your emotional and sexual well-being. Women are choosing breast augmentation in increasing numbers, with over 290,000 in the United States in 2016 alone, as estimated by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Hubert has successfully performed many breast implant procedures for more than the past decade, and it is an area of particular focus within his practice.
What are the benefits of breast augmentation surgery?
Obviously implants make your breasts larger, but they are very versatile and can help in many ways. The following is a list of some of the benefits of breast implants:
- Enhance the size (volume) of the breasts
- Enhance the shape of the breast
- Restore fullness of the upper part of the breasts after childbirth / breastfeeding
- Correct size and shape asymmetry between the two breasts
- Can give a little natural lift to gently sagging breasts without breast lift scars
What incision patterns are used for breast augmentation?
In other words, where will my scars be? There are three basic approaches to placing breast implants. The first places the scar in the fold beneath the breast, or the inframammary fold (IMF). This is the most versatile site for the surgeon. It is situated on the lower outer portion of the breast, so it is covered by clothing. These scars tend to heal very well for most people. The second places the scar along the lower border where the areola (usually brown or pink) portion of the breast meets the normal skin. This may be advantageous in terms of a camouflage effect for the scar. However, it might also increase the risk for post-operative nipple sensation changes or for not being able to breast feed in the future. The third places the scar in the armpit, also called the axilla, and reaches the breast through a long tunnel. This armpit incision was very popular during the 1990’s and 2000’s, when the FDA limited cosmetic breast surgery only to saline implants, which can be placed through a smaller incision. However, since 2006, when silicone implants were once again available, most surgeons have moved away from this approach.
Do breast implants go under the muscle or on top of the muscle?
Most commonly the the implant is placed under the pectoralis muscle on the chest wall (submuscular), but there are certain reasons why you might have the implant placed on top of the muscle (subglandular). An implant under the muscle might give a better result, especially in thinner patients. Submuscular implants have a lower risk for rippling or visibility and a lower risk for scar tissue forming around the implant, called capsular contracture. However, implants under the muscle can sometimes move when the muscle moves, so fitness enthusiasts or body builders might not do so well with this option. Subglandular implants, on the other hand, have less trouble with movement but may be more visible or more easily felt, especially in thinner patients. During your consultation, Dr. Hubert will discuss all of the options with you. You will also try on sizers that you place over your breast, and under an unpadded bra, to see how you can look and to come up with the right size for you.
All breast implants are made of the same outer silicone rubber shell. What makes them different are what they are filled with, how big they are, and if they are round or shaped. Silicone gel filled implants have a very natural and soft feeling. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) released silicone implants for general use in 2006, after years of scientific study. These studies have shown that silicone implants are safe, and that they do not cause any medical diseases. What happens if my silicone implant leaks? For the most part, the silicone gel is so thick that it does not spread to other parts of your body. Rather is stays put where it was placed in your breast. Because of this, you might not know if and when a silicone implant has ruptured. The manufacturer, therefore, recommends that you get MRI’s every so often just to check to see if they have broken. Dr. Hubert will review these recommendations in greater detail with you during your consultation.
“Gummy Bear implants”
The newest type of silicone gel implant represents the most advanced available. These “gummy bear” implants are filled with silicone that has tighter linking of the individual molecules that it is made with. This highly cohesive silicone is still soft and natural, but it isn’t runny like the other silicone implants. So this silicone gel will hold its shape, and instead of being round, these gummy bear implants have a tear drop shape, like a natural breast, larger at the bottom and a little thinner at the top. Dr. Hubert has experience and has been achieving excellent results with them. Call today to see how this exciting new option can help you look and feel your best.
The other option is saline solution filled implants. They are filled essentially with sterile saltwater, but they still have a natural feel. Because they come from the factory empty, Dr. Hubert can place a saline implant through an even smaller incision. Then he fills them during the surgery which allows for minor adjustments in case you have a small asymmetry between your two breasts. What happens if a saline implant breaks? Your body reabsorbs the saline solution and one side is deflated while the other is not. Generally the implant companies provide a 10 year warranty, so if you have one break, they will usually provide a new implant at no cost and also cover part or all of the surgery costs associated with replacing the implant.
Dr. Hubert can use implants from several of the implant companies. He often uses products from Mentor Corporation, the only implants made right here in the USA. Click here to learn more about quality breast implants from Mentor.
What to expect after breast augmentation surgery
Breast augmentation is typically done under a short general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. You will wear a fitted surgical bra that fastens in the front (so you don’t have to pull it over your head with your arms up) for the first two weeks. After a few weeks you can resume your normal activities and work back into any exercise routine. Women often ask, how long will breast implants last? The implants made today are excellent quality with the highest of technological advances. There’s no way to predict exactly how long they will last, but many women can expect great results for 10, 20, or 30 years or more.
Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos
Check out these before and after photographs of actual patients of Dr. Hubert!