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What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a popular surgical procedure to increase breast size and shapeliness. The surgery is most commonly performed to add volume to smaller breasts or increase breast symmetry, but it’s also used to restore breasts that have been affected by various conditions.

How Does Breast Augmentation Work?

Breast augmentation is typically achieved by inserting breast implants either under the breast tissue or the chest muscles. There are several popular breast implant options, the most common of which are silicone and saline implants. Alternatively, some breast augmentations are performed using fat transfer, in which fat is taken from a different body area and injected into the breasts. Fat transfer breast augmentation is primarily used for women who desire only a small increase in breast size.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation can provide several significant benefits if you’re unsatisfied with the appearance of your breasts:

  • Larger, natural-looking breasts
    Improved breast shape and symmetry
  • A more curvaceous and youthful figure
  • Increased self-confidence
  • New fashion possibilities
  • Long-lasting results
  • Improved body proportions
  • Contours the body after weight loss, aging, or pregnancy
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What Should I Expect During the Surgery?

If you’re interested in breast augmentation, the first step in the process will be to have a consultation with Dr. Shafa. This consultation will allow the doctor to understand exactly what you hope to achieve with the procedure. Dr. Shafa will also have questions about your medical history and any medications you’re taking. Plus, the meeting will allow you to ask Dr. Shafa any questions you have and voice any concerns or reservations about the surgery.

When the day of your breast augmentation surgery arrives, it will begin with you being administered general anesthesia. Dr. Shafa will then strategically make the necessary incisions in areas where scarring will be minimized. Next, he will carefully insert your personalized breast implants. Once the implants have been placed, Dr. Shafa will close your incisions to finish the procedure. Usually, the surgery takes between one and two hours to complete.

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How Long Is the Recovery Time?

Typically, you can leave the hospital and head home within an hour or two of waking up from your breast augmentation, but you will likely need someone to drive you. Dr. Shafa will give you thorough instructions for your recovery and may prescribe you pain medication. After about a week, you should be able to have your stitches removed and return to normal daily activities. You’ll need to avoid heavy lifting for at least four weeks and wait approximately six weeks before engaging in sports or strenuous exercise.

How Long Will It Take To See Results After Breast Augmentation?

You should start to see the results of your breast augmentation immediately after the surgery, but it could take several weeks or months for the swelling to subside completely and the implants to settle into place. Once visible, the surgery results should last 10 to 20 years before another procedure becomes necessary to maintain them.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Anyone who wants to increase their breasts' size, shapeliness, or symmetry may be a candidate for breast augmentation. Ideal candidates for the procedure should meet the following requirements:

  • Be in good physical health
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Have fully developed breasts
  • Not be currently pregnant or nursing
  • Be unsatisfied with the appearance of your breasts
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Why Choose Dr. Shafa?

When you go with Dr. Brian Shafa for your breast augmentation, you’ll be provided exceptional personalized care and compassion. Dr. Shafa is a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon who approaches every procedure with precision and attention to detail. He and his expert team go above and beyond to create a comfortable environment and achieve superior results for every patient.

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