What is breast augmentation?

Our plastic surgeons in both Holmdel and Old Bridge, New Jersey, offer breast augmentation surgery which enhances the shape and size of a woman’s breasts, using breast implants.Breast augmentation surgery is done to enhance the contours of the body, to correct loss of breast volume following pregnancy and breast-feeding, to make breasts symmetrical, or for other reasons. After breast augmentation surgery, a woman’s breasts can be increased by one or more cup sizes depending on the size of the breast implant used.

At Samra Plastic Surgery in Holmdel and Old Bridge, New Jersey, we routinely perform breast augmentation surgery with either cohesive-gel silicone breast implants or with saline breast implants.The choice is made based on each person’s individual needs and desires. During your consultation you will hear about the pros and cons of each and your surgeon you will guide you to make the right choice.

About breast augmentation surgery:

In our cosmetic surgery practice in Holmdel and Old Bridge, New Jersey, we perform breast augmentation surgery under general anesthesia. The breast augmentation surgeon will first make the surgical incision, with the most common being along the crease on the underside of the breast or around the areola. The breast augmentation surgeon then works through the incision to create a pocket behind the breast tissue or underneath the chest muscle to accommodate the breast implant.

Breast augmentation surgery requires one to two hours to complete. The incisions will be closed using stitches and finally bandages, tape, and gauze may be applied for support and to assist with healing.

Recovery after breast augmentation surgery:

At Samra Plastic Surgery in Holmdel and Old Bridge, New Jersey, your breast augmentation surgeon and our staff will monitor your progress after surgery. You may feel tired and sore for a few days after breast augmentation surgery, but you should be mobile in one to two days. Gauze and surgical dressing will be removed within a few days (usually within 24-48hrs), at which time you may change to a soft cup bra without any underwire. Any sutures that do not dissolve on their own will be removed in seven to 10 days. During the first two weeks, your nipples may experience a burning sensation. This will subside as post-surgical bruising begins to fade. Swelling after breast augmentation surgery may persist for three to five weeks with implants placed under the breast gland. In breast augmentation where the implants are placed under the muscle, swelling may persist significantly longer, approximately three to five months.

Most patients return to work a few days after breast augmentation surgery, depending on the amount of activity their job requires. During the first two to three weeks, your breasts will be very sensitive to direct stimulation. If your breasts are no longer sore after three to four weeks, breast contact should be fine. No heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling with the upper body is recommended for at least four to six weeks after breast augmentation surgery. We discourage any activity that causes an increase in your heart rate or blood pressure for the first two weeks.

After breast augmentation surgery, the surgical scars will appear pink and firm for several weeks. The surgical scars may appear to widen or remain the same size for several months. They will eventually fade, though they will not disappear completely. If you should experience any serious complications during your recovery period, contact our Holmdel or Old Bridge, New Jersey, office to speak with your breast augmentation surgeon.

Potential risks and complications:

At Samra Plastic Surgery in Holmdel and Old Bridge, New Jersey, we perform breast augmentation surgery often, and usually achieve excellent results. Yet, as with other types of surgery, there are a number of potential risks.

One of the more common complications following breast augmentation surgery is called capsular contracture, which occurs when the capsule or scar around a breast implant tightens. As capsular contracture progress, it can cause a woman’s breast to feel abnormally hard. This condition is treatable,and often requires an additional surgery. Other complications after breast augmentation surgery that may require a second operation include excessive bleeding or infection. Oversensitive, undersensitive,or numb nipples are other possible but infrequent complications.

There is a chance that a breast implant will rupture or break. If a saline breast implant breaks or leaks, the implant will drain completely within a few hours and your body will absorb the salt water harmlessly. If a silicone gel-filled implant breaks, you may not detect the leak as the scar tissue around the breast implant usually remains intact. Furthermore, with cohesive-gel implants, the silicone rarely leaks out of the implant shell. If a saline or silicone implant breaks, you will require a second operation to replace the ruptured implant. If your implant breaks, contact our office in Holmdel or Old Bridge, New Jersey to speak with a breast augmentation surgeon.

Some breast augmentation patients have experienced symptoms of arthritis-like conditions and immune system diseases. As of now, researchers have found no clear link between symptoms of connective-tissue disorders and silicone breast implants. The FDA is currently conducting further studies on the matter.

Though current evidence does not show a link between breast augmentation surgery and breast cancer,breast implants can alter the way a mammography is performed in order to detect breast cancer.Trained radiologists will need to perform special displacement techniques as breast implants may obscure breast tissue on some views.

Over the last many years, several studies have been conducted on silicone gel breast implants and the FDA has determined that silicone gel breast implants are safe and effective for use in breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. Now, women over the age of 22 can choose what type of implant they prefer.

To learn more about our cosmetic surgery office in Monmouth County or Old Bridge, New Jersey, or to speak with a breast augmentation surgeon, contact Samra Plastic Surgery today.

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