Is Breast Augmentation Right for Me?
At Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, breast augmentation is tailored to meet each woman’s needs. Some women simply seek to increase their bra cup size. Some women have experienced changes in their body after motherhood that have left them feeling less feminine and unable to wear clothing or bathing suits without additional padding. Other women may have developed with asymmetry of their breasts or with underlying developmental irregularities in their breasts.
Whatever your underlying reason for seeking breast augmentation, it is important that you view the surgery as a procedure to fulfill your desires, not someone else’s desires or to fit into an “ideal” image portrayed in our society. Regardless of the reason, the end result can give a woman a new-found confidence and pleasure with her more pronounced contours.
Breast Augmentation Options
At Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery in Denver, Colorado, we offer the most advanced techniques and options available in breast surgery today. Our surgeons have specialized training in breast surgery and are actively involved in publishing and education as it relates to procedures of the breast. To view options available to you in our office, you can view the Saline Breast Augmentation Before & After Gallery as well as the Silicone Breast Augmentation Before & After Gallery.
Types of Breast Implants
Women now have a choice regarding the type of breast implant. Breast implants have a silicone shell that is filled with either silicone gel or salt-water solutions known as saline.
The FDA approved silicone gel implants that are available today and are constructed of a "cohesive" elastic-type of semi-solid gel that feels, looks and moves much like normal breast tissue. Unlike older silicone implants these "new" silicone implants do not leak throughout the body or deflate if ruptured. Currently, silicone implants are FDA approved for women over age 22. Silicone gel implants have been extensively studied,making them one of the most researched medical devices in history.
The overwhelming body of medical literature has demonstrated the safety and efficacy of silicone implants. Both saline and silicone implants can provide natural and long-lasting results. Our doctors will discuss these options with you in more detail and help you select the implant that is right for you.
Types of Anesthesia
At Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, you will have your surgical procedure performed in one of the only dedicated cosmetic surgery centers in Colorado that is both fully state licensed and The Joint Commission Accredited. We are proud to care for your anesthesia needs with one of our board certified anesthesiologists from South Denver Anesthesia.
Our board certified anesthesiologists will be with you from beginning to end insuring your comfort during the surgical procedure. Anesthesia choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor and anesthesiologist will recommend the best choice for you.
Choice of Incision
Incisions are made in inconspicuous area to minimize visible scarring. Incisions can be placed around the areola (the dark portion surrounding the nipple), within the crease between the breast and the chest or in the armpit. You and your plastic surgeon will discuss which option is appropriate for your anatomy and desired result.
BREAST IMPLANT EXCHANGE INCISION TYPES
Positioning of the Implant
Implants can be placed beneath the pectoral muscle of the chest wall or directly behind the breast tissue. Most patients will have their breast implants placed behind the chest muscle unless there are anatomic considerations that warrant the implants being placed directly behind the breast tissue.
Some studies have suggested that implants placed behind your chest muscle have a lower risk of forming capsular contracture (scar tissue that hardens around the implant) and interfere less with breast examination by mammogram than if the implant is placed directly behind the breast tissue. Placement behind the muscle does lead to more muscular discomfort in the initial days after surgery than placement directly under the breast.
Drainage tubes are almost never necessary during breast augmentation. All incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches and a water tight dressing is placed over the incision, enabling you to shower the next day. The total surgery time is approximately 1 hour.
POSITIONING OF BREAST IMPLANTS
Preparing for Surgery
Planning your cosmetic procedure will be an effort that our staff will carefully guide you through. It is important to recognize that each individual will recover at a different rate so be sure you set aside adequate recovery time from work and strenuous activity to allow your body to heal. This will ensure a smooth recovery and a more rapid return to normal activities.
It is also important to have a supportive care group around you especially during the initial 24-72 hours after surgery. Many patients find it beneficial to have additional help with daily activities for the first 4-5 days after Breast Augmentation in Denver, Colorado.
At least 1 month prior to surgery
Stop smoking at least 1 month prior to your procedure. Smoking reduces circulation to the skin, impedes healing, and can lead to major postoperative complications.
2 weeks prior to surgery
Stop all medications that can thin the blood 1-2 weeks prior to surgery. These include drugs such as Aspirin, Coumadin, Lovenox, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, and multiple herbal preparations. These medications may cause bleeding during and after surgery. Please see the warning about blood thinning medications on our website for a list of drugs that must be stopped.
1 week prior to surgery
Report any sign of a cold or infection that appear the week prior to your surgery. You may need to postpone your procedure to avoid unnecessary complications. Make sure you fill all of your prescriptions provided to you by our doctors prior to your surgery day; this will make the transition from the surgery center to your home as smooth as possible.
The day before surgery
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery. This includes water, ice, or hard candy. The only exception is that you may take your blood pressure or heart medication with a sip of water the morning of surgery.
The day of surgery
Plan to wear loose fitting clothes to the procedure, preferrable with a zipper in the front. Do not wear jewelry or bring valuables with you, except for your ID and insurance card. You may wash your surgical site with regular soap the day before and morning of surgery. You must arrange to have a responsible adult drive you home after your procedure.
Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL):
Women with saline and silicone gel breast implants may have a very small and possibly increased risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) in the scar capsule adjacent to the implant. This is a very rare disease and is currently being investigated as to its relationship to breast implants, and whether this is even a cancer or a Lymphoproliferative Disorder. ALCL is an extremely rare cancer of the immune system which can occur anywhere in the body. The National Cancer Institute estimated 1 in 500,000 women per year in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALCL. ALCL in the breast is even rarer with approximately 3 in 100 million women in U.S diagnosed per year. The relationship between breast implants and ALCL is unclear and is currently under investigation. In most cases, women observed changes in the look or feel of the area surrounding the implant after their initial surgical sites were fully healed.
Patients with breast implants should be followed by a surgeon over time and seek professional care for implant-related symptoms such as pain, lumps, swelling, or asymmetry. Patients should monitor their breast implants with routine breast self exams and follow standard medical recommendations for imaging (e.g. Mammography, Ultrasound, MRI). Abnormal screening results or implant-related symptoms may result in additional costs and expenses for tests and/or procedures to properly diagnose and treat your condition. Tests and procedures could include but may not be limited to: obtaining breast fluid or tissue for pathology and laboratory evaluation and surgery to remove the scar capsule around the breast implant, implant removal or implant replacement.
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For further questions about breast augmentation or breast surgery, contact Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery online or call (720) 457-4471 and schedule a free cosmetic consultation.