How Is Breast Augmentation Performed?

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your bustline? If you’ve found yourself wishing for larger breasts or a more firm breast shape, a mammoplasty procedure could be the answer. Breast augmentation surgery helps women all over the world enhance their figures and feel like the best version of themselves.

Ideal Face & Body in Beverly Hills provides mammoplasty procedures that can add several cup sizes to your breasts and improve their shape. Read on to learn more about breast implant surgeries and which patients they serve best.

What Is Mammoplasty?

Mammoplasty is a plastic surgical procedure that uses implants to increase the size of the breasts and improve their shape. It is more commonly known as breast augmentation or a breast implant procedure.

Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgeries in the world, with more than 300,000 being performed in the United States each year.

Candidates for Breast Augmentation

Patients who seek mammoplasty are women who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts. Candidates can be women of any age, from 18 and older.

Mammoplasty patients may feel that their breasts are too small and want to increase their bust by several cup sizes. Other patients do not like the shape of their breasts due to sagging or volume loss. Some breast implant patients seek the procedure because they have noticeable asymmetry between the two breasts.

Breast augmentation is a great option for patients who have lost significant weight and notice a change in the appearance of their breasts. Weight loss can lead to a major loss of volume in the breasts, causing them to drop downwards and appear empty. Having breast implants placed can restore volume to the bust and restore a rounder shape.

Different Breast Implant Options

When it comes to mammoplasty, there are several different ways to add volume to the breasts. The most popular options are silicone or saline breast implants. Some patients wish to have the most natural breast implant, which is called the “no-implant implant.” Learn more about each type of breast implant here.

Silicone

Silicone gel implants are a great option for women with little soft tissue coverage in their breast area. These implants provide a more natural, softer feel that resembles actual breast tissue.

Silicone implants differ from saline implants in that they are pre-filled before placement. The gel filling of a silicone implant is thick and has a consistency that feels similar to gummy candy.

Saline

Saline implants are made of a silastic shell that is not filled with saline solution until after implantation. This makes saline a good option for women who want a small incision in a discreet region. The saline implant can essentially be rolled into a narrow cylinder and inserted through a small incision.

Once placed, it is filled to the desired capacity with sterile saline water. A saline breast implant has the consistency of a water balloon, which feels less like natural breast tissue than a silicone implant.

Fat Transfer “No-Implant” Implant 

For patients who do not want breast augmentation with implants, there is a “no-implant” option. To add volume to the breast without the use of implants, our cosmetic surgeon will perform a fat transfer.

In this procedure, liposuction is used to harvest fat from another area of the body and inject it into the breasts. The stomach, buttocks, and thighs are all common harvest sites for fat transfer breast augmentation.

How Do I Know Which Breast Implant Is Right for Me?

Every patient has unique needs and their own desired outcome for breast augmentation. Deciding which implant will work for you will depend on various factors, including size, shape, and placement.

Before scheduling your procedure, you will have a consultation with Ideal Face & Body to determine the best type of breast implant to meet your needs.

The Complete Mammoplasty Process

Prior to scheduling your mammoplasty consultation, it helps to have a better understanding of what the procedure involves. Take a look at this breakdown of the breast augmentation process so you will know what to ask us before committing to surgery.

Before Your Breast Augmentation

After having a successful consultation appointment, you will need to receive complete medical clearance from your general physician. This ensures that you are healthy enough to be placed under anesthesia for the procedure. The night before your surgery, you will need to abstain from eating or drinking as an anesthetic precaution.

Placing Your Breast Implants

Your mammoplasty will be performed under general anesthesia in our plastic surgical center. The procedure begins by making discreet incisions either under the breast or in the armpit region. The placement of your incisions will depend on what type of implant you are receiving.

Once the incisions have been made, your implants can be placed, and your incisions will be closed using small sutures. This process can take anywhere from two to four hours.

If you are having a breast augmentation with fat transfer, your procedure will begin with a small liposuction process to harvest the necessary fat cells from various problem areas.

Recovering from Mammoplasty

After your breast augmentation, you may need to remain overnight for monitoring. Once discharged, you will need to wear a support bra for the first two to four weeks to promote optimal healing.

You will see the final results of your mammoplasty around one to two months after your surgery, as the tissues need time to heal and settle into their new placement.

Breast Augmentation Surgery at Ideal Face & Body

Ideal Face & Body in Beverly Hills, CA, is a leading provider of breast augmentation procedures. We offer silicone, saline, or fat transfer breast augmentations. Contact us online or by phone to schedule your mammoplasty consultation today!

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