Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to improve and enhance the size of a woman’s breast. The procedure is used to enlarge small breasts, to correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy and to balance different breast sizes.
- Larger and shapelier breasts.
- An increase in self-esteem.
- To fit better in clothing.
The patient will go home in an elastic bra which helps hold the breasts in the correct position. Ice packs decrease swelling and bruising, along with oral medication are used for pain control. Sutures are usually removed in 7 days and light activities can be resumed as tolerated. Aerobic activities can be started in about 6 weeks. Dr. Schantz usually suggests patients take 5-7 days off from work.
An additional procedure that would enhance the result is a Mastopexy (breast lift) if the breasts are saggy in addition to being small.
An exceptional discussion of the issue can be found at the FDA’s website or you can request they send you an information booklet by calling (800) 532-4440.
- Patients who have had silicone implants before.
- Patients who require a breast lift with implants.
- Breast Cancer reconstruction patients.
- Patients with a chest wall abnormality.
Our doctors personally prefer silicone over saline implants because they feel more natural. Silicone is also a better alternative where there is less breast tissue or the skin is very tight. Dr. Schantz offers a variety of implant types, such as high profile and “gummy bear” implants.