Every year breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. It’s not surprising because if a woman has never been satisfied with the size or shape of her breasts, this procedure can change all of that. Breasts and body image have a direct correlation for many women. Whether you’ve never felt your breasts were proportional with the rest of your figure, whether you’ve felt there was some asymmetry between your breasts, or whether you’d simply like to have larger breasts — augmentation with Dr. Reynolds is a satisfying procedure.
There are many decisions to be made with augmentation, and Dr. Reynolds and our entire team will ensure you have the information you need to confidently make each one.
What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure where implants filled with either silicone or saline are implanted in the breasts to increase their fullness, size, and/or projection. The procedure has many variables from implant type and size to the location of the incisions. Recovery is not difficult, and the procedure can truly change a woman’s life.
Every year satisfaction rates with breast augmentation surgery and its results are among the highest in the entire aesthetic world.
Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation?
Different women have different reasons for wanting to augment their breasts. This is a big decision and it will change your life. However, Dr. Reynolds stresses this to his potential augmentation patients — the decision to augment your breasts needs to be made for you, not for a partner, spouse, or anyone else. Beyond that, if you’ve never cared for the size or shape of your breasts, if you feel that you lost volume due to breastfeeding, or you simply want to add some curves to your figure, there are plenty of reasons you’d be a great candidate for augmentation with Dr. Reynolds.
What are the types of implants?
You’ll choose between silicone and saline implants. Most patients choose silicone implants and Dr. Reynolds usually recommends silicone as well. The silicone gel used to fill today’s implants is much more cohesive than the silicone used in the 80s and 90s. The consensus is that silicone implants feel the most like natural breast tissue. Silicone is safe but if there is a leak or rupture this can lead to some firmness. There is a < 1% leak or rupture rate with silicone. If there is a leak, there is no danger and it is not urgent to remove or replace them. The implants usually last more than twenty years but may need to be exchanged at some point. This procedure is usually a straightforward outpatient procedure.
Saline implants require smaller incisions because they are filled once placed into the breast pocket. If a saline implant ruptures, the body simply absorbs the saline solution but unlike silicone implants the rupture is immediately evident because it deflated right away with a leak or rupture. Leak and rupture and rippling rates are higher than silicone.
You and Dr. Reynolds will also decide on the profile of your implants. The profile dictates how much the implants project. Some of this decision is based on the volume desired for the diameter of the breast. We’ll discuss your options with you.
Dr. Reynolds almost always recommends placing the implants under the muscle for several reasons. The results look and feel more natural, the capsular contracture rates are lower and the implants last longer.
What are my incision options?
You also decide on the incision locations for the placement of your implants. There are basically three choices for your incisions:
As the name suggests, these incisions are made on the border the dark skin of the areola on the lower side. These incisions become almost invisible after healing. The implants can be placed above or below the pectoral muscle. This incision type can limit the size of silicone implants.
Inframammary crease incisions
This incision is made in the crease under the breast. This incision placement allows the scar to be hidden in the natural crease under the breast. This incision can handle any size of implant.
This option is usually better with saline implants. The incision is made in the armpit. Dr. Reynolds may use an endoscope for better viewing of the breast pocket with this incision. This incision leaves no scarring on the breasts, and the line in the armpit will become virtually invisible with time. Implants can easily be placed behind the chest muscle without any cutting. Plus, nipple sensation and later breastfeeding is unaffected by placement through transaxillary incisions. Recovery can be a little harder with this incision.
How is breast augmentation performed?
This is not a difficult procedure. Augmentation is performed as outpatient surgery with the patient under general anesthesia. The surgery takes from 45 minutes to one hour. Dr. Reynolds will generally make a one-inch incision for placement of saline breast implants, and a 1.5-2-inch incision for silicone implants. This difference is because saline implants are filled after placement, while silicone implants are placed already filled.
After the incisions are made, a pocket is created behind each breast that will hold the implant. Then the implants are inserted. He checks symmetry and position and then closes the incisions with tiny sutures to minimize scarring.
Dr. Reynolds has extensive experience with various incision locations. He takes care to avoid injury the nipple (to not affect sensation) or the milk ducts (to not impact breastfeeding).
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"Dr. Reynolds is AMAZING!!!
I wasn't sure what size or what kind of implants to get (there's high, medium, and low profile, saline v. silicone v. gummi bear silicone); all I had to do was tell him the look I was going for, and he recommended the PERFECT combination of size and material! However, it didn't end there. He has a state-of-the art breast imaging machine which scans your body and you can actually visualize what the implants will look like on you (see pics below). The size I got looks EXACTLY like the visualization. He also takes a couple extra sizes into the OR that day just to make sure the implants look how you wanted IN your body .
My breasts look full, natural, and they're the perfect size for my body. Highly recommend!!!"
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What is recovery like after breast augmentation?
Many women are surprised that their recovery after augmentation is relatively easy. You’ll return home a couple hours after your surgery. You’ll have bandages on your breasts and will be wearing a surgical bra for support. You’ll need pain medication for 2-4 days, but the pain isn’t overwhelming. Usually after one day, you’ll return and Dr. Reynolds will remove your dressing. At this point, he will demonstrate breast massage techniques that will relax the muscle and help the implants settle into their breast pockets. This type of postoperative massage has been proven to significantly reduce the risk of capsular contracture (where scar tissue contracts and hardens around the implant) and decrease discomfort.
You’ll discuss how your recovery will likely progress, and Dr. Reynolds will stress the importance of wearing the surgical bra and then transitioning to a support bra at all times for a full month.
What are the risks with breast augmentation?
Many research studies have been performed on both silicone and saline breast implants. When issuing its approval for both silicone and saline implants, the FDA conducted rigorous reviews and found these studies did not show any link between breast implants and breast cancer, autoimmune or other systemic diseases.
Recently, Allergan voluntary recalled all textured implants, as they may be linked to a very rare condition called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. There have only been 573 in the world out of 11 million implants. So the chances are 1 in 20000. It has never been reported with smooth implants. Dr. Reynolds uses only smooth implants for this reason. He also places them under the muscle.
One of the risks with implants is capsular contracture. This is the formation of scar tissue around the implant, which tightens around the implant and can cause firmness or discomfort. If this happens, the implants can be removed, the scar tissue excised, and new implants placed.
Still there are risks involved with augmentation:
- Change or loss of nipple sensation - usually temporary
- Capsular contracture
- Problems with the implant position
- Implant rupture
- Implant rippling (with saline implants)
Dr. Reynolds will discuss these risks with you during your consultation.
How long do breast implants last?
Breast implants have a lifespan. At some point the implants may rupture or begin leaking and may need to be replaced. This usually takes more than 20 years. There is a warranty on the implants that varies by manufacturer. How long your implants will last can vary. Implant durability is increasing as durability improves. Replacement surgery is usually easier than the original augmentation surgery. Dr. Reynolds has much experience with implant exchange as well.
How much does breast augmentation cost?
The cost of augmentation depends on a few factors, such as the type of implant and whether a lift is needed. During your consultation, Dr. Reynolds can give you a more precise estimate of your cost.
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