Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery has been helping women achieve beautiful, natural looking breasts for more than 30 years. Whether you are unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts or you simply wish to recapture the perkiness they had before aging and childbirth, breast augmentation may be the ideal option to achieve your aesthetic goals.
- What is Breast Augmentation?
- What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?
- Breast Implant Sizing
- Breast Implant Placement
- Incision Placement
- Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants
- Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation Surgery
- The Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery Difference
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure using breast implants to enlarge the size and enhance the overall shape of breasts. Hundreds of thousands of women undergo this procedure each year! In fact, it has consistently ranked as the Number 1 cosmetic procedure in the U.S. since 2006, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Breast augmentation may be right for you if you've always wanted fuller breasts, or if you've noticed a decrease in breast volume at this point in your life. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Grossman | Capraro can help you determine if you're a good candidate for this procedure.
Here are some of the common questions we hear about breast enlargement surgery:
- How much do breast implants cost in 2020? The price has always been variable because of price differences between surgeons, between locations and based in the type of breast implant used. We'll provide you with a cost estimate at the time of your consultation and describe your payment and financing options.
- What's the difference between breast augmentation and implants? Breast augmentation is the procedure, and breast implants are the medical devices placed beneath the chest muscle or just below the breast tissue.
- How long does breast augmentation last? Breast implants do NOT have to be replaced every 10 years. Instead, they are replaced as needed. Most women do not have their implants for an entire lifetime, and replace them at some point. Wear and tear, rupture, sag, or the desire to refresh the results are all common reasons for replacement.
- Is the procedure painful? The procedure is not painful because your sensation to anything uncomfortable is blocked with anesthesia.
- Is the recovery painful? Post-operative discomfort is managed with pain medication. Most people don't need their pain medications for longer than 2-3 days post-op.
For a great experience and beautiful results, choose a plastic surgeon who is personally committed to tailored results. At Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery, our plastic surgeons first want to listen to your goals during a consultation at our practice. We'll make sure this procedure meets your expectations. The plastic surgeon will recommend a breast implant size for you based on your body frame, current breast size and amount of breast tissue.
What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?
This breast surgery improves overall breast appearance, which is the primary reason women across the country elect it year after year. In fact, a few hundred thousand women in the U.S. have their breasts augmented each year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Although this procedure of course increases size, the benefits don’t stop there. Breast augmentation also enhances:
- Breast projection
- Breast symmetry
- Lost volume due to age, pregnancy, or weight loss
Breast enlargement benefits aren’t only physical. Many women report mental and emotional benefits as well, such as:
- Improved self-confidence
- Improved social opportunities
- Ability to look better in clothing and swimsuits
- Feeling more youthful
In fact, the BREAST-Q study is one of several studies showing improved quality of life after breast augmentation. In the BREAST-Q, women reported significant improvements in satisfaction with their breasts, and psychosocial and sexual well-being. That being said, breast augmentation is only beneficial if it’s right for you as an individual and something you decide you want to do for yourself. Consult our experienced plastic surgeons to discuss this procedure.
Remember: bigger isn't always better. A particularly large implant size might not be right for your frame.
Breast Implant Sizing
When it comes to breast implant size, there’s the size you are envisioning, and the range of sizes your body frame and current breasts can accommodate. Part of our job is to help you choose the right size with these factors in mind. As part of recommending size, we’ll also discuss:
- Your height, weight, chest, and breast dimensions
- The amount of breast tissue already present
- Skin elasticity
- Desired final cup size
- Your lifestyle and types of physical activity
During your initial consultation, we’ll provide sample implants you can place under your clothes, to get an idea of different sizes. This method does not at all provide an exact prediction, but it provides a visual so you and our plastic surgeons are on the same page about the final look you want. Then they can describe which implant sizes will product that outcomes. These options will be reviewed with you at your follow-up consultation, and again on the day of your surgery.
Breast Implant Placement
The placement of the breast implants is another important part of your procedure. There are essentially two breast implant placement options to choose from:
- Sub-glandular placement (over the chest muscle)
- Sub-muscular placement (under the chest muscle)
Sub-glandular placement offers you a variety of benefits, including:
- Allows for a larger breast implant size
- More lift
- Shorter recovery time
- Ease of placement
- More well-defined cleavage
On the other hand, if you choose sub-muscular placement, your breast implant will be placed behind the chest muscle. This option is ideal for petite women with minimal natural breast tissue since it will provide better coverage of the implant. Sub-muscular placement also gives you more support than sub-glandular placement, reducing the likelihood of sagging.
Other benefits of sub-muscular placement include:
- More natural look and feel
- No unnatural motion or flexing of the breast
- Less interference with a mammogram
- Reduced risk of capsular contracture
- Reduced risk of rippling
This is the kind of decision that can only be made through a thorough, comprehensive discussion with our plastic surgeons.
When considering breast augmentation, you will have three incision options to choose from. There are pros and cons to each option, and ultimately you must work with our Denver plastic surgeons to determine which one will deliver the best results for your unique body type and aesthetic goals.
The three breast augmentation incision options are:
Our surgeons will discuss each incision option with you in great detail and recommend the best one for you.
If you choose the inframammary incision, the incision is made at the breast crease where your breast meets your rib cage. This is the most common breast augmentation incision option since it provides our plastic surgeons with the greatest amount of control when placing your breast implant.
The peri-areolar incision is made around the nipple. It generally results in a thin scar that blends in with the areola, making it less visible than the scars formed by other incision options.
The peri-areolar incision results in a very precise formation of the breast implant pocket, making it an ideal option to use with both saline and silicone breast implants. Due to the placement of the incision around the nipple, the peri-areolar option is ideally suited to correct nipple inversion.
In the transaxillary option, your incision is made on the armpit. This placement eliminates any visible scarring on the breast. It is most commonly used with sub-muscular breast implant placement.
Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants
You’ll also choose between saline and silicone implants. Both saline and silicone breast implants can achieve excellent results that will dramatically improve your appearance. They each have their unique strengths and drawbacks, making it important for you to spend as much time as necessary learning the differences between the two in order to choose the right option to address your unique needs.
Saline breast implants have been one of the most popular breast implant options for decades, and many women continue to experience exceptional results with these implants today. Saline implants are approved by the FDA for use with women over the age of 18. They consist of a silicone shell filled with a sterile saline solution.
You will experience a number of benefits when you choose saline breast implants:
- Saline implants are filled by your surgeon, providing greater control over the size of your implants and making it easier to correct issues associated with breast asymmetry
- In the event of a rupture, the saline solution is safely absorbed by your body
- Less expensive than silicone breast implants
After more than a decade of research into the safety of silicone breast implants, the FDA re-approved them in 2006 for use with women over the age of 22. The implant consists of a silicone shell containing a cohesive silicone gel material.
The greatest advantage offered by silicone breast implants is a much more natural look and feel. As a result, their popularity has increased significantly in recent years. For this reason, the doctors at Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery often recommend silicone breast implants.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation Surgery
The plastic surgeons at our practice are personally committed to providing clear, straightforward information so our patients can make well-reasoned decisions. A selection of the questions we often receive are answered below.
Can I undergo breast augmentation if I plan on having children in the future?
Yes. Breast implants do not interfere with becoming pregnant, being pregnant or having a baby! Most women will still be able to breastfeed after their procedure. However, future pregnancies may adversely impact your results by causing your breasts to sag, so you may want to wait until after you are done having children before moving forward with your procedure. We’ll help you decide if it’s the right time in your life for breast enhancement.
Do I need to quit smoking before I undergo breast augmentation?
You must stop smoking in the weeks leading up to surgery because the nicotine in cigarettes may adversely affect the healing process. To reduce the risk of complications with your breast augmentation and post-operative recovery, you should stop smoking cigarettes and using nicotine replacement medications at least three weeks prior to surgery.
How long will it take to recover after breast augmentation?
In general, the recovery period after breast augmentation is relatively short. You should be able to resume normal activities within 3-5 days, but it may take up to a month before you can engage in strenuous exercise. It is important to follow the after-care instructions provided by our team.
How Will My Exercise Routine Be Affected By My Breast Augmentation?
The good news is that you will be able to exercise and keep active after receiving breast implants. Still, your lifestyle will affect many of the choices you make before your augmentation.
If you run now, you’ll be able to run with breast implants. If you hike now, you’ll be able to hike with breast implants. If you play tennis now, you’ll be able to play tennis with breast implants. A breast augmentation will not prevent you from living the lifestyle to which you’ve become accustomed.
However, it’s important to remember that a major physical change like the one resulting from a breast augmentation will affect your lifestyle in various, often subtle ways. Fortunately, the breast augmentation is an eminently customizable procedure, and our board-certified plastic surgeons will help you make the decisions that fit with your lifestyle.
Let’s say you’re a long-distance runner. This won’t in any way affect your ability to undergo a breast augmentation. However, you should keep your running in mind when considering implant sizing – larger implants often make such exercise rather more uncomfortable, which means it might be a good idea to opt for a smaller implant.
On the other hand, you might be a weight lifter. In this case, a sub-muscular implant placement might be better for you than a sub-glandular placement.
The Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery Difference
Throughout their careers, board certified plastic surgeons Dr. John A. Grossman, Dr. Teresa C. Cunningham, Dr. Matthew B. Baker, and Dr. Philippe A. Capraro have been personally committed to achieving results their patients love. Their philosophy of providing each and every patient with the highest levels of personal care and their ability to approach breast augmentation from the perspective of artists have enabled them to make a profound impact on the lives of their patients.
Please contact Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery today at 303-320-5566 to schedule your initial breast augmentation consultation. We serve patients in and around Denver and Littleton, Colorado.