How Breast Augmentation Works
We place the implant may under the muscle (subpectoral), under the fascia (subfascial), partially under the muscle (dual plane), or above the muscle (subglandular). We determine the placement of the implant based on your pre-existing breast tissue, breast skin envelope characteristics, anatomy. We find the right size implant by taking breast and chest measurements during the consultation in addition to performing a physical examination.
Dr. Short also reviews visual pictures selected by you to determine the desired shape, volume, cleavage, and other breast characteristics desired after surgery.
The doctor utilizes a sizing technique in surgery based on the information gathered at the consultation. The doctor places implant “sizers” in the operating room and evaluates the implant size appearance in an upright position. Based on the appearance of the implant sizer, we select the final implant for use in the breast implant pocket. The decision of your breast augmentation options are multi-factorial and are customized for each patient.
Before & After Photos
Breast Augmentation Options
The Gillian Institute discusses options for breast augmentation including implant selection, incision types, placement of the implant and desired cup size at the consultation. We tailor every surgery to best fit each patient’s specific needs. The implants available are saline (salt water) or silicone (cohesive). A small incision may be made under the breast crease (inframammary breast crease), around the inside part of the areola (periareolar), or in the axilla/armpit (transaxillary).
When Should I Consider Breast Enlargement?
- Smaller than desired breasts
- Improvement with breast asymmetry
- Correction of Poland’s Syndrome (underdevelopment of one breast)
- Loss of fullness following pregnancy or breast feeding or weight loss
- Loss of volume in the upper portion of the breast
- Larger, more shapely breasts
- More full, youthful, uplifted breasts
- Breast symmetry improvements
To ensure a natural result, we take breast measurements during the consultation to help determine the appropriate implant profile selection. The breast measurements and examination of the breast anatomy in combination with visual examples of your desired outcome will guide our doctors in surgery with selecting an implant sizer while in the upright position.
We encourage patients to select the desired cup size that is within the patient’s natural boundaries. The Gillian Institute is able to select from 3 implant saline and silicone profile options: Moderate Profile (MP), Moderate Profile Plus (M+), and High Profile (HP). Each profile has pre-determined standard measurements for implant width and projection. The MP implant has the most width and least amount of projection and the HP implant has the most narrow width and the most projection. For example, a patient who has a very narrow chest diameter is able to achieve a Full C or Low D cup appearance by using an HP profile implant. An appropriately selected implant will achieve optimal cleavage, an increase in breast volume and projection without excessive lateral (side) fullness or artificial, exaggerated upper pole fullness.
What Can I Expect?
The smooth round saline implants can enhance the breast size and are likely to give a more rounded curve to the breast area. But if a “too” rounded upper pole breast appearance is not the desired outcome, We can achieve a more natural slope by placing a smooth round saline implant under the pectoralis major muscle (a subpectoral approach). The smooth round surface of the saline implant design makes this implant feel softer and is less likely to wrinkle compared to the textured anatomical implant. Smooth round saline implants can still achieve a natural contour.
For some patients with minimal breast tissue, the textured anatomical implant may reflect a more natural slope of the breast, especially in the upper pole. The anatomical implants require a texture to maintain the position of the implant in the breast pocket; however, the texture component also makes the implant feel harder and firm after surgery. The texture on the implant can also increase the risk of wrinkling or rippling of the implant edges.
Is it Safe?
Silicone implants are FDA approved. Silicone implants is the most “studied device” in the history of the FDA. Silicone gel filled implants are advantageous to some patients because they offer a softer feeling implant and a more natural appearance for some patients. Silicone implants also decrease the risk of implant wrinkling. For patients who do not have ample breast tissue for good coverage of an implant, silicone implants achieve a more natural upper pole appearance and offer a softer “feel”, resembling the feel of natural breast tissue.
Silicone gel implants feature a cohesive silicone, not a liquid or semi-liquid, allowing the substance to hold together uniformly. This physical property allows the silicone to remain intact even after an event such as a rupture to the shell of the implant. Silicone implants can be placed either through an inframammary breast crease or periareolar incision.
Each Option Will Be Discussed At The Consultation:
- Implant Type: Silicone OR Saline
- Implant Placement: Subpectoral (Variation-Subfascial or Dual Plane) OR Subglandular
- Implant Incision: Inframammary Breast Crease (IMC) OR Periareolar (PA) OR Transaxillary (TAX)
- Implant Size: A/B/C/D/D+ Ranges (At the preoperative appointment, the use of breast sizes can be placed in a bra to demonstrate a visual of the desired outcome)
Planning the Surgery
Time off Work
7-10 days for implants placed under the muscle (Subpectoral Placement)
3 – 5 days for implants placed above the muscle (Subglandular Placement)
You will need a caregiver for the first 24-48 hours after your surgery. If you do not have someone to care for you a nurse can be provided for a minimal fee.
The Day of Surgery
The procedure is performed as an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The procedure takes approximately 1-1.5 hours.
You will return home with light dressings and you are able to take a shower after 72 hours. Skin glue or steri-strips are applied to the incisions for 2 weeks. Scar treatment options are available at your two week appointment. The scars will fade over time. The surgery does not eliminate the ability to breastfeed. Light activities can be resumed as tolerated at 14 days. Aerobic activity may resume at 4-6 weeks.
The Gillian Institute requires that you begin breast massage 3 days after surgery. The breast massage will aid in the settling of the implants, decrease the swelling, and increase the softness of the implants. The breast massage will also decrease the risk of a breast capsular contracture (scar tissue formation around the breast implant). Our technique and postoperative instructions will yield a lower risk of a capsular contracture. You will be encouraged to continue the breast massage techniques aggressively for 6 weeks. Typically, it will take 6-8 weeks to “settle” the breast implants and achieve the appearance you desire.
Note: It is important to address any concerns with The Gillian Institute at the time of your consultation. There is some risk, as with any surgical procedure. Minor complications that do not affect the final outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual. Our doctors can explain the procedure and potential complications to you in detail and she can assist you in determining if a breast enlargement is right for you.
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