Breast augmentation offers the unique opportunity to transform your breast size, volume, and shape, resulting in a flattering new you. This procedure involves using breast implants to increase the size of your breasts and to restore breast volume that may have been reduced because of pregnancy, general aging or weight loss. Call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Paul A. Watterson. Dr. Watterson is proud to offer patients in Draper, Salt Lake City, Sandy, South Jordan, and the entire Wasatch Front, the latest in breast augmentation and care.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION OPTIONS
Incision options can be discussed with patients in a breast augmentation consultation, but they will be made in inconspicuous areas to hide scarring. You have many options when it comes to breast implants and this is a decision our plastic surgeons make with you. The size and type of the most suitable implant depends on multiple factors such as your desired increase in size, but also on your breast anatomy, skin elasticity, and body type. There are many resources to help you evaluate and understand your options with breast augmentation, but sometimes it’s hard to know which source to trust. We can help answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.
ARE YOU A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION?
While many women are interested in breast augmentation, for a variety or reasons, not every woman is a viable candidate. At Watterson Plastic Surgery we are zealous both for effective procedures and for patient safety, which means we carefully screen our patients to ensure they are a good fit for breast augmentation in a one-on-one consultation with our renowned plastic surgeons.
The patients who make good breast augmentation candidates are:
- In good overall health and with fully developed breasts
- Bothered by the feeling that their breasts are too small
- Concerned that they have lost volume and shape following pregnancy, general aging or weight loss
- Unhappy with the upper part of their breasts feeling “empty”
- Worried that their breasts are not the same shape or size (known as asymmetry)
In a pre-surgery consultation with your plastic surgeon, you’ll learn more about whether you are a qualified candidate for an effective and safe procedure.
How do I select the right implant for me?
I like to use several methods to determine size, shape, and projection of the implants. First and foremost is your communication to me at our consult. I couple that with photos that you have selected or bring to help communicate your desired outcome. I will also take measurements to determine what size would fit your torso and chest wall. Lastly, and very importantly I will try sizers out in the operating room to determine the final size, shape, and projection of the implant. I do this with you sitting up, while asleep to give us the most accurate determination. So, you can see it is a multifactorial assessment to arrive at the best size for you.
Another issue is saline versus silicone. Saline is wonderful because our bodies are largely composed of saline and when saline implants fail or leak (all implants do at some point) it tells you that they have leaked by getting smaller. That’s terrible when you are on a cruise, but at least you know and can correct the problem. Another positive about saline implants is they seem to have less capsular contracture or tightening than their silicone competitors. The problem with saline implants is the rippling! Women hate that and choose silicone for that reason. So, you must go with what is most important to you and with what you feel best about. Silicone implants are wonderful because they don’t ripple as much as saline. They have a more natural feel. This is the most popular choice right now for women. The problem with silicone is that we cannot tell when they have ruptured or failed, hence the term “silent rupture” unless we order an MRI study which is very expensive and a nuisance. The FDA suggests getting MRI’s after the third year and every other year thereafter. Rarely is this done. Very, very few women do this.
Choose a surgeon with experience, skill, and judgment, who is willing to listen and communicate with you and help you determine what is best. There are so many factors that go into making a wise decision, it is best to select a surgeon you can trust and partner with to help you choose the very best and unique option for yourself.
HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?
A common question about breast augmentation: How big should breasts be? This is something you can discuss with your physician, but one thing we like to tell people is that the “Baywatch look,” which emphasized exceedingly buxom physiques is no longer trendy.
The sweet spot is when your breasts feel big to you when you’re wearing your swimsuit, but not so big that you feel the need to cover up; and, they feel small again when you get dressed. More than anything else, good plastic surgery appears natural and is potentially undetectable. We want to offer our patients the volume and self-confidence they seek, but we also want to give them plausible deniability; it should not be obvious that they’ve had implants, except perhaps to the people who know them the best.
WHAT’S NEW IN BREAST IMPLANT TECHNOLOGY?
Another important note is that breast implant technology is always evolving. At Watterson Plastic Surgery, we delight in remaining on the forefront of new advancements, and in offering our patients the most sophisticated breast implant options available today. Specifically, some of the latest implant technologies can:
- Offer better breast contour customization
- Provide better implant matches for the patient’s desired size, volume, and shape
- Give more control over some of the nuances of breast shape
- Create greater longevity of results
- Offer better results with smaller incisions
- Provide higher standards of patient safety
During your breast augmentation consultation, your plastic surgeon will be glad to go over the options in greater detail.
IS BREAST AUGMENTATION THE RIGHT APPROACH?
For those who are seeking increased breast volume, augmentation is likely the way to go—but what about women who are fine with their volume, yet worried about the shape of their breasts? For these women, our team generally recommends a breast lift, also known as a mastopexy.
Some women may wish to have both procedures performed, while others will only need one. As you meet with your surgeon, you’ll get a better sense of the procedure that best matches your desired outcome.
Do I need to be done breastfeeding?
Yes! We want to have your breast size at normal for you so we can size you appropriately at surgery. A good suggestion and guide is to wait 3-6 months after breastfeeding.
What type of results can I expect after my surgery?
Fantastic results of course! When we carefully assess and set expectations accordingly, you can and will have a great outcome. Initially, you will be swollen from surgery and the implants can “ride” a little high at first, but usually settles down after six weeks. Your pain won’t be horrible either, because we will place a long acting anesthetic in the pocket to help. After a day or so we will place you on ibuprofen and that works amazingly well for pain control.
BRILLIANT DISTINCTIONS REWARDS PROGRAM
Enrolling in this program is free, so if you are a skin care advocate why not take an easy step towards keeping your skin that much more healthy and radiant?
“When I had my breast surgery, during all of my visits, everyone was so kind and supportive. The nurses and anesthesiologists were so sweet and understanding, and my doctor was warm, comforting, and knowledgeable as ever.”
LENGTH: 1 hour.
ANESTHESIA: General (asleep).
SIDE EFFECTS: Temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, bruising. Breast sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.
RISKS: With any surgery, risks such as infection and blood clot exist. Our surgeons will always talk with you about potential risks specific to your procedures in your consultation. Other risks may include scarring, increase or decrease of sensitivity and mammography requiring a special technique.
RECOVERY: Back to work: a few days. Physical contact with breasts: three to four weeks. Fading of scars: several months to a year or more.
DURATION OF RESULTS: Variable. Implants may require removal or replacement.
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