Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently-performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. It can give women with small or unevenly-sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look through the placement of implants behind the breast. Women may elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic motivations, including balancing breast size and compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery. The procedure may be combined with others such as a breast lift for more satisfying results.
Implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel. They are placed behind each breast, underneath either breast tissue or the pectoralis muscle. The procedure lasts approximately two hours and is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation given by a board-certified anesthesiologist, making the patient totally unaware of the procedure without the need for general anesthesia, while providing post-operative pain control with a long-lasting local anesthetic. After surgery the patient’s bustline may be increased by one or more cup sizes and minor drooping will also be improved. A great deal of time will be spent by Dr. Reiffel exploring the various options with you and discussing any and all concerns about safety and results, so that you should feel totally comfortable and excited about the surgery.