Breast augmentation or augmentation mammaplasty is a surgical procedure targeted at enhancing the size of the breasts. Yet many women are reluctant to consider breast augmentation because of the potential general anesthesia risks. The purpose of the surgery is not only to increase the size of the breasts, but to restore the shape of the breast after pregnancy, weight loss or other surgeries as well. In certain circumstances, a combination of breast surgeries is chosen to provide an aesthetic alignment for asymmetric breasts as well.
With advancement of technology and refined surgical techniques, many cosmetic procedures can be performed safely under local anesthesia alone and Dr. Shah uses these techniques exclusively.
Awake Breast Augmentation is one of the procedure performed with this new technique where patients are awake and comfortably interacting with Dr. Shah and his surgical staff throughout their procedure. Patients can even sit up and help determine the desired fill size of the implant with the aid of a large mirror held by our staff. This technique avoids the risks of traditional general anesthesia and speeds up post-operative recovery.
Breast augmentation surgery in Oxnard is mainly done with three different types of implants – silicone, saline and alternative composite breast implants. They are placed either under the breast tissue (sub-glandular) or under the pectoral muscle (sub-muscular). An average breast implant can be expected to last from 10 to 12 years.
Types of Breast Implant
Taking into consideration the degree of enhancement desired, the patient’s anatomy and obviously, their personal preferences, there can be three different types of breast augmentation implants to choose from.
One of the most commonly used implants, these are basically made of silicone shell and filled with silicone gel inside (also known as gummy bear implants). Although silicon implants are sturdy and durable, patients are recommended to have regular follow-ups with their cosmetic surgeon following the surgery.
Patients who opt for saline implants also receive an implant made of elastomer silicone shell. However, inside the shell, the liquid injected is a sterile saline solution, the amount of which is determined by the amount of enhancement needed. Many people choose this over silicone because of its organic nature. If the saline implant leaks, the saline solution oozes out, it will simply be absorbed by the body and expelled naturally. There is no risk of any foreign-body like reaction from ruptured saline implants.
Alternative composite elements
Although rarely used because of its high cost and uncommon nature, alternative composite implants are still preferred by some. These implants use polypropylene string, soy oil or other elements as a filler.
Before proceeding with breast augmentation surgery, the type of incision should also be discussed with your cosmetic surgeon. Usually, there are four types of incisions used for augmentation mammoplasty.
- • Inframammary incision- The incision is placed underneath the breast in the inframammary fold.
- • Transaxillary incision- An incision is placed in the armpit along the axillary crease line.
- • Periareolar incision- An incision is made around the areola
- • Transumbilical incision (TUBA)- An incision is made at the belly button
The final decision about the type of implant and placement of incision should be discussed with your breast augmentation surgeon at the time of consultation.
Luxe Aesthetic Surgery & Medical Spa is the best clinic for breast augmentation in Oxnard. We have state-of-the-art equipments, top-notch technologies and skilled cosmetic surgeons to deliver the best cosmetic outcomes. To learn more about the procedure and the cost of breast augmentation surgery, please call us at 805 500 6589, and request a complimentary consultation.