Breast augmentation (also referred to as breast enhancement or breast enlargement) is a cosmetic plastic surgery that enlarges your breasts for a more feminine, curvy and/or balanced look. Soft, natural-feeling and -looking breast implants filled with silicone or saline are placed either behind the breast tissue only or behind both the breast tissue and the breast muscles. The choice of where to place the implants is dictated by such factors as skin quality, amount of breast tissue, aesthetic considerations and your own preferences.
Implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes to match your desires and your body type. The most important consideration is to find the perfect breast implant that works with your body type and lifestyle.
Is Breast Augmentation Right for You?
There are many reasons why you may wish to enhance your breast size. Some of the most common reasons women have for choosing a breast augmentation are:
- You believe your breasts look too small for your body
- Your breasts are uneven or differently shaped
- You have lost breast volume to pregnancy or age that you would like to replace
- You would like to add more shape to your breasts
- You desire a curvier figure
- You believe it will make you look more feminine
- You need to replace a missing breast or breasts
The Most Beautiful Implant for You
Dr. Julio Garcia is not only a Las Vegas plastic surgeon based in Henderson, NV, he also has the eye of an artist and earned a degree in Art History. He will bring his keen sense of aesthetics as well as his surgical expertise to your breast augmentation.
During your consultation, Dr. Garcia will take measurements of your body and also note your overall shape. Together you will discuss the options that are available to make your breasts match your desires as closely as possible, and what can be expected from your final results. Dr. Garcia will make recommendations on the sizes and shapes of implants that will most flatter your natural beauty and curves to look harmonious and balanced with your unique figure.
You will also learn about the differences between silicone-filled implants and implants that are filled with saline, how each one feels and why one might be the better choice for you. Even factors such as how active your lifestyle is may dictate which breast implant shape and size will work best for you in the long term.
Implants With a Lift
If you are looking to replace breast volume owing to nursing, pregnancy or aging, you may wish to undergo a breast lift as well as an augmentation. A breast lift, also referred to as mastopexy, will raise your breasts, eliminate sagging and remove unnecessary skin. Rejuvenating your breasts with a breast lift can make your augmentation even more flattering.
During your consultation, Dr. Garcia will discuss with you whether this option will further enhance your results. Women should have completed their families before undergoing a breast lift, as subsequent pregnancies and nursing may un-do the benefits of the lift.
Preparing for Breast Enlargement
Once you decide to undergo breast augmentation, Dr. Garcia will explain the entire procedure to you in detail and help you select the right size and type of breast implants and the right location for their placement in order to achieve your desired results.
Dr. Garcia encourages you to ask questions and discuss your expectations. By the time you are ready for surgery, you should be extremely familiar with what to expect throughout the entire process.
In preparation for your surgery, Dr. Garcia will give you specific guidelines on what to eat and drink and what vitamins or medications to take or avoid before your surgery. If you smoke, you must stop at least two weeks before and after surgery to ensure that your body heals well.
Knowing the Risks of Breast Augmentation
Although Dr. Garcia is an accomplished breast surgeon, there are risks of complications with your breast augmentation, just as there are with any major surgery. He will discuss these with you, but the most common problems include:
Capsular contracture – the scar capsule around the implant tightens and causes the breast to feel hard
Implant rupture – the implant bursts and deflates
Either of these complications can be corrected with an additional revision surgery to remove and replace the implant.
Understanding the Procedure
During the breast enlargement procedure Dr. Garcia will make an incision in one of three places:
- The underarm
- The crease where the breast meets the chest
- Around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple)
Then the tissue is lifted to make a pocket for the implant. Your implant is inserted either behind the breast tissue or behind the breast tissue and the muscle. The procedure usually takes from one to one-and-a-half hours.
You will need a friend to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first 24 to 48 hours. During your recovery, you will be limited to minimal activities during the first two weeks. You can gradually return to your normal activities in about four weeks.
Contact our Henderson Breast Augmentation Surgeon
Are you ready to learn more about your breast augmentation options and take the first steps toward the shapelier figure you want? Call Julio Garcia, MD, Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic today at (702) 870-0058 to schedule your breast enlargement consultation. We welcome patients from the Las Vegas area, including Henderson, Paradise, and from around the world.