One of the most effective methods of enhancing, reshaping, and altering the aesthetic appearance of the breasts if through breast augmentation. This form of surgical breast enhancement results in natural-looking breasts and features a number of different implant options and multiple surgical techniques, each of which is designed to help our plastic surgeons best accommodate your wishes for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
During a consultation with our plastic surgeons in Gainesville, FL, patients can discuss their expectations so that we can provide the perfect enhancement type, size, and placement. It's our mission to provide the best possible experience before, during, and after breast augmentation. Being the best means providing outstanding results with each procedure in a welcoming environment while actively assisting our patients in achieving their goals.
Contact Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center today for more information about the wide range of plastic surgery procedures and non-surgical cosmetic treatments offered through our clinic for enhancing the look and feel of the face, body, and breasts. If you seek aesthetic enhancements, our center for plastic surgery center is your first choice for trusted cosmetic procedures. Schedule a plastic surgery consultation today.
What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure used to enhance the appearance of the breasts through the use of breast implants and autologous fat transfer. This type of breast plastic surgery can restore breast volume lost due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging; provide a rounded breast shape; or improve natural breast asymmetry. Breast enlargement surgery can increase breast fullness and projection, improve the balance of the bustline and hip contour, and improve self-confidence. Breast implants are commonly used for breast reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy.
Breast augmentation does not, however, correct the appearance of sagging or drooping breasts. Patients seeking to increase the size and position of their breasts may benefit from breast lift surgery in addition to breast augmentation. Depending upon a patient’s goals for cosmetic surgery, in addition to a number of factors unique to each patient, breast implant surgery may either be performed as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with breast augmentation fat transfer — commonly referred to as fat grafting, this cosmetic procedure uses liposuction to transfer a portion of fat from one area of the patient’s body to the breasts.
Our Gainesville plastic surgeons perform breast implant surgery with three primary types of implants — silicone implants, gummy bear implants, and saline breast implants. Each of these types of medical prosthesis features specific characteristics with regard to the available ranges for size, shape, and profile; the surgical techniques used for implant surgery; and the aesthetic results following breast augmentation, among a number of additional features.
Saline breast implants are pre-filled with sterile saltwater, or saline — this fluid mimics those that naturally occur within the body. Implants filled with saline provide a perfectly symmetrical shape and a significant degree of breast firmness. Saline implants are filled after they are placed within the breasts, which allows for modifications to breast implant size during surgery.
Silicone implants feature a silicone outer shell that is pre-filled with thick silicone fluid. This type of implant is available in a number of different sizes and shapes and are commonly used in breast augmentation and breast reconstruction as they can produce significant increases in breast size and successfully mimic the soft feel of natural breast tissue.
Gummy bear implants feature a thick, silicone outer shell that is filled with cohesive silicone gel. Commonly referred to as cohesive gel-filled implants, this type of implant is highly resilient and produces voluminous, natural-looking breasts. These implants are commonly teardrop in shape and feature a textured shell to prevent shifting of the implants over time.
Breast Augmentation Before & After
Following breast augmentation surgery, patients can expect a substantial increase and enhancement to both the look and feel of their breasts as well as an improvement in firmness and tone of the breast skin and tissue. Results may vary from patient-to-patient and depend upon the type of surgical technique chosen as well as the patient’s ability to follow the provided preoperative and postoperative instructions. Performed by the plastic surgeons at Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center — Dr. Richard L. Nesmith and Dr. Brad Nesmith — breast enhancement surgery results comprise a high level of patient satisfaction as well as excellent and long-lasting aesthetic results. View our plastic surgery gallery to see breast augmentation before and after photos.
Breast Augmentation Surgery
Anesthetic medications, such as intravenous (IV) sedation and general anesthesia, are administered to the patient prior to the procedure. The type of anesthesia chosen will be determined during the consultation with our plastic surgeon in Gainesville. Breast augmentation typically requires multiple hours and may be performed through an incision in the inframammary fold (the crease located under the breast); through the areola and nipple; or through the armpit. If the patient chooses to undergo breast augmentation with breast implants, the implants may either be placed under or over the chest muscles.
The method selected for inserting and positioning the breast implants depends on the implant type, desired degree of breast enlargement, the patient’s body type, and the surgeon’s recommendations. Specific procedure details will be discussed during the consultation, during which specific instructions regarding both pre- and post-operative care will be provided. Incisions are closed with sutures layered within the breast tissue and with skin adhesive or surgical tape. Over time, the incision lines will fade — the quality and longevity of surgical scars depend on genetic traits, post-surgical care, and a number of additional factors.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Our plastic surgeon provides each patient with specific details regarding post-surgical care to help ensure a successful recovery process. Patients typically require a recovery period of approximately two months following breast implant surgery and one month following autologous fat transfer. Patients may experience pain and swelling around the incision sites in the days and weeks after surgery. Pain medications and antibiotics may be prescribed prior to the procedure to help mitigate any post-surgical pain and to reduce the likelihood of infection during the breast augmentation recovery process. Both preoperative and postoperative instructions are provided during the initial consultation with our plastic surgeon — for more information call Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center.
Breast Augmentation Candidates
Patients may be candidates for breast augmentation if they are over the age of 18, they are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts, and they seek to enhance their breasts with cosmetic plastic surgery. Those seeking to remediate the results of a previous breast procedure may be eligible for breast revision surgery. In general, patients may be good candidates for this procedure if they are physically healthy; displeased with the appearance of their breasts; seek to enhance or alter their breasts with plastic surgery; have fully developed breasts; and have realistic expectations about the results of cosmetic surgery. The best way to determine whether a patient is a candidate for this procedure is through a comprehensive initial consultation with our surgeons.
Breast Augmentation Risks
While breast augmentation produces noteworthy results, there are risks associated with this procedure as with each type of cosmetic plastic surgery. The risks associated with breast enhancement surgery are typically minimal — significant complications are infrequent. Risks and potential complications of surgery include the following. Potential effects of the surgery will be discussed during the initial consultation with our plastic surgeon.
- Anesthesia complications
- Infection of incisions
- Nerve damage
- Changes in sensation
- Bleeding at surgical sites
- Soreness and discomfort
- Hematoma or seroma
- Persistent pain
- Implant rupture
- Excessive bruising
- Rotation of implants
- Capsular contracture