Breast augmentation is a cosmetic breast surgery that is performed to enhance the shape and size of the breasts using silicone or saline breast implants. This procedure is an extremely common plastic surgery among women for many different reasons — to restore breast volume that was lost due to age or pregnancy; to increase the size of naturally small breasts; to improve balance or accentuate the feminine silhouette; to feel whole again following breast cancer surgery. Whatever your reasons, Dr. Kolder can provide you with the curves you want with a customized breast augmentation procedure.
Your Breast Augmentation Consultation
Dr. Kolder will help you to make informed decisions about your breast enhancement during your consultation. He will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan based on your personal aesthetic goals and anatomy.
Pre-surgical mammography is often recommended to establish a baseline of your existing breast tissues. Current medical studies do not demonstrate increased risk of breast disease or breast cancer in women who have artificial implants for cosmetic or reconstructive reasons. Patients having breast augmentation surgery should be advised that having breast implants may lead to additional future surgery and possible replacement, as the implants cannot be expected to last indefinitely.
During your consultation, Dr. Kolder will cover the details of the procedure, as well as the many options you have to customize your own enhancement. He will go through the specific surgery steps, benefits, and recovery time of the breast augmentation procedure. He will also help you to make informed decisions regarding the type of breast implant (silicone or saline), placement of the implants (subglandular or submuscular), incision location, and more. You will be able to view breast augmentation “before and after” photos so you know what kind of results you can expect.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Your breast augmentation will be performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis at our surgery center. This surgery will be performed by making an incision in the location discussed during your consultation, and placing your chosen breast implants beneath the skin–either on top of the chest muscles (subglandular), or beneath them (submuscular). Silicone implants will be placed pre-filled, while saline implants are first placed within the breast and then carefully filled to your desired shape and size by Dr. Kolder.
If you are also experiencing some sagging of the breasts, you may benefit from supplementing your breast augmentation with a breast lift. This will help to avoid a flat or droopy appearance.
Vectra 3-D Imaging System
Our facility offers the latest technology to help you visualize your breast surgeries, including our VECTRA 3-D imaging system. This system provides simulated, 3-D results to explore possible implant options while educating you on potential limitations and the appropriate expectations.
To see a simulated view of your upcoming breast surgery and learn more about the Vectra Imaging system, please contact us for your complimentary consultation today!
Recovering from Breast Augmentation
The entire breast augmentation recovery process takes several weeks, but you may feel well enough to return to work within seven days. You should have someone with you for the first 24 hours. During that time, you should never be left alone. You should make arrangements to have someone take you home, even if you use our car service. During the first 24 hours, you are encouraged to rest. However, you should not spend all your time in bed. You will need to get up and walk around for five minutes every hour, except when you go to sleep.
Breast Augmentation Results
Once your breast augmentation surgery is complete, you will notice an immediate change in the shape and size of your breasts. However, you will need to wear a special surgical bra or compression garment for the first couple of weeks to help with the healing process. There may be some bruising and swelling at first, but this will gradually improve as your body heals. Your incision lines will fade and flatten, and they should be easily hidden beneath a bra or bikini top.
Our breast augmentation patients often experience a positive boost in their self-confidence. You will likely feel more comfortable in all of your favorite tops and excited to try on new styles that complement your new figure. The goal of our breast augmentation surgery is to provide women with natural-looking feminine curves that bring out the woman they have always felt like on the inside.
Breast Augmentation Next Steps
For more information about breast augmentation, please contact our office to schedule your consultation with our Southern California board certified plastic surgeon. All cosmetic consultations are complimentary at the Pacific Institute in Camarillo.