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What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery used to increase the size of the breasts. The procedure, which improves the shape and symmetry of the breasts, can also be used to restore lost volume to breasts affected by several conditions.

How Does Breast Augmentation Work?

There are two primary types of breast augmentation: breast implants and fat transfer breast augmentation. Breast implants are the more popular option of the two. You can typically choose silicone or saline breast implants, which are carefully inserted either beneath the chest muscles or beneath the breast tissue to increase the size and adjust the shape of the breasts.

Fat transfer breast augmentation is usually used for patients who desire only a small increase in breast size. These breast augmentations are performed by removing fat from a separate part of the body and injecting it into the breasts.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation can offer the following benefits to those who are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts:

  • Larger, more shapely breasts
  • A more curvaceous figure
  • Increased wardrobe options
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Improved breast symmetry
  • Improved body proportions
  • Long-lasting results

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What Should I Expect During the Surgery?

If you decide to undergo a breast augmentation, consultation with Dr. Shafa will be the first step. During this meeting, which will take place at Dr. Shafa’s luxurious office, he will work with you to create a personalized plan for your procedure. Dr. Shafa will also have questions about your medical history, the medications you take, and your goals for the breast augmentation surgery.

At the beginning of your surgery, you’ll be given general anesthesia to prevent any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Next, Dr. Shafa will make inconspicuous incisions under the breasts, along the edges of the areolas, or in the armpits. He will then carefully insert your personalized breast implants and close the incisions. In total, breast augmentation surgery usually takes between one and two hours.

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How Long Is the Recovery Time?

After your breast augmentation procedure, you should be able to return home within a couple of hours. Dr. Shafa will give you clear instructions for the healing process, and you’ll need someone to provide you with a ride home. You will likely have some swelling and bruising for a few weeks, for which you may be prescribed pain medication.

After resting for about a week, you should be able to have your stitches removed and start easing back into your normal routine. However, you must avoid heavy lifting for at least four weeks and strenuous exercise for four to six weeks.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

If you want to achieve more prominent, shapely breasts, you may be a candidate for breast augmentation. Ideal candidates for the surgery should meet these requirements:

  • Have realistic expectations
  • Be in good physical health
  • Have fully developed breasts
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have the desire to increase or restore the size of your breasts

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

Although the effects of your breast augmentation may be visible immediately after the procedure, the final results will appear gradually. It can take a few weeks to a few months for the swelling to fade entirely and for the implants to settle correctly. Once your final results are visible, they should remain for at least 10 to 20 years before an additional procedure may be needed.

Why Choose Dr. Shafa?

Dr. Brian Shafa is a board-certified plastic surgeon known for his extraordinary skill and unmatched level of patient care. When you choose Brian Shafa Plastic Surgery for your breast augmentation, Dr. Shafa and his team will go the extra mile to give you a comfortable experience and help you achieve the beautiful breasts you desire.

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