Breast Augmentation Surgery

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgery that can improve the shape and size of a woman’s breasts. Hundreds of thousands of women undergo breast augmentation every year to achieve the breasts they desire. Whether you desire more breast fullness, larger breasts, better proportions, or voluptuous curves, breast augmentation can accommodate your needs. Breast augmentation can help you achieve a more positive body image and greater self-confidence by causing your breasts to look and feel fuller, larger, and even more beautiful.

The Benefits of Breast Augmentation

  • Increases breast size
  • Improves breast fullness and shape
  • Balances body proportions
  • Enhances clothing fit
  • Strengthens self-image and confidence

Achieved With Breast Augmentation

Voluptuous Curves

A common motivation for undergoing breast augmentation is the desire to achieve a more feminine and curvaceous figure. Some women lack the natural curves that are so often associated with feminine beauty. Implants can create these curves and give you a more voluptuous figure.

Natural-Looking Enhancement

Often, women who come in for their consultation express a desire for their breasts to be larger but still natural looking. Breast augmentation can produce results that look incredibly natural. Dr. Schlechter can help you select implants that are perfectly tailored to your anatomical needs. With breast augmentation, your results can look and feel natural but still give your breasts the size boost they need.

Improved Fullness and Shape

Breast augmentation can also help women who want to improve their breast fullness and shape. Pregnancy, nursing, aging, and weight loss are all common causes of apparent breast “deflation” and shape changes. If your breasts are elongated or deflated, implants can fill them out to give you a better breast shape and greater fullness.

Better Balance

A beautifully balanced figure is difficult to achieve, and few women are naturally blessed with it. You may feel that your breasts are too small compared to your hips and buttocks, or you may feel that your breasts should be larger to make your waistline look narrower. Your breasts may even be asymmetrical and unbalanced with each other. Breast augmentation can make your breasts symmetrical and balanced to give you a more beautiful body shape.

Your Breast Augmentation

The following details determine the surgical techniques and results of your breast augmentation. Dr. Schlechter will provide you with a detailed explanation of all your options to help you come to the best conclusions for your needs.

Implant Type

Saline
  • Silicone shell filled with a saltwater solution
  • Inserted and then filled to size
  • Allows for a smaller incision
  • Tends to produce a firm, full look
Silicone (recommended)
  • Silicone shell filled with cohesive silicone gel (also called “gummy bear” implants)
  • May be round or anatomically shaped
  • Includes a variety of implant profile options
  • Feels and looks similar to natural breast tissue

Implant Placement

Submuscular (recommended)
  • Places implants beneath the breast tissue and the pectoral muscle
  • Leads to a lower risk of capsular contracture
  • Offers greater coverage of the implants for women with naturally smaller breasts
Subglandular
  • Places implants beneath the breast tissue but above the pectoral muscle
  • Can provide a subtle lift for candidates with mild sagging
  • Recovery tends to be shorter and easier

Incision Type

Inframammary (recommended)
  • Incision runs along the breast crease beneath the breasts
  • Offers the best access for implant placement
  • Lowest risk of complications
Periareolar
  • Incision goes around the areolas
  • Potential risk of loss of nipple sensation
  • Limits the placement of larger silicone implants
Transaxillary
  • Incision is hidden within the underarm
  • Leaves no scarring on the breasts
  • Can be performed with saline implants only

FAQs

Intravenous sedation is used so that you can sleep comfortably during the procedure.
If you have breast sagging, Dr. Schlechter can perform a lift during your breast augmentation to re-center your breast tissue and nipples in a more pleasing position.
You will be able to return home on the same day after your surgery. Your breasts will be lightly bandaged and secured with a soft bra. You should expect some mild swelling and discomfort, possibly accompanied by minor bruising. Dr. Schlechter will give you medications to manage your symptoms. You should be able to resume light work and basic daily activities only a few days after your procedure, but you should avoid strenuous activities for four to six weeks. Your sutures will dissolve on their own, and scarring is typically minimal.
Breast augmentation candidates are in good overall health and have realistic goals and expectations. You must desire the procedure for your own benefit, not to meet a standard of beauty that has been set for you by someone else. You should also recognize that breast augmentation can give you a positive overall change, not just an aesthetic physical change. Lastly, you should be prepared for the recovery period and be willing to be patient with your body during that time.
Your choice in implant size should be based on your anatomy and your desires. As you express your desires to Dr. Schlechter, he can advise you on what size implants will best reflect both your aesthetic goals and your anatomic realities. Dr. Schlechter uses the Vectra® 3D Imaging System to help you visualize your results and select the best size before your procedure.
Years of research and testing by plastic surgeons and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have concluded that breast augmentation is a safe procedure. Breast implants are among the most thoroughly tested medical devices of all, and Dr. Schlechter uses only those that have been FDA approved.
Once they have fully healed and settled, your breasts will look and feel larger, fuller, and rounder. Your results can last for many years. Upon seeing the results, many women feel better about their bodies. Breast augmentation can greatly enhance your confidence and self-esteem and give you a better outlook and quality of life.