BREAST AUGMENTATION

Balance, Proportion, Beauty

This is one of the most commonly performed procedures by Obagi Skin Health Institute’s plastic surgeons. The breast area may be undersized due to genetics and other factors or volume may have been lost by pregnancies, and/or weight loss. Properly performed by an experienced, trained surgeon, a breast augmentation will give a natural result which will last for many years.

It starts with a consultation where the Institute's Plastic Surgeons will listen to your goals and concerns, and then an informative review of the procedure will take place. You will review the options and alternatives, and receive a step by step description of the procedure. Following this, there is an examination where the specific recommendations for you will take place.

Breast Augmentation is performed under deep sedation or a light general anesthesia, and takes about 90 minutes to perform. The incision choices are around the areola, a small incision under the breast, or in the axilla. The implants are then placed more commonly under the pectoral or chest muscle. In some cases, the implants are placed over the muscle. The implant types are then discussed in detail: saline, silicone, shaped or round, moderate plus or high profile styles, and the benefits of each. Sizing recommendations are based on your height and weight, but the diameter of the breast is the most important factor in determining which implant to use. Significant time is spent making sure the correct size and type of implant is chosen for your individual goals.

The incisions are closed with self-dissolving sutures, and you are wrapped for a few days in ace wraps. A long acting 3 day Novocaine is injected at the time of the procedure to minimize discomfort. Then you are examined, and changed to a bra and may shower. Recovery time from work is approximately a week, depending on the specifics of your work and daily activities. Gym type activities can be resumed, with restrictions in a few weeks.

BREAST LIFT/REDUCTION

Breast lifts and breast reductions are very popular procedures performed with limited discomfort, little down time, and very pleasing results. In a breast lift procedure, the skin “envelope” is tightened, which lifts the breast. While a breast reduction procedure also involves tightening of skin, it also entails the removal of breast tissue.

Generally, our expert cosmetic surgeons perform the procedures in a couple of hours while patients are under a light general anesthesia. Only self-dissolving sutures are used to close the incisions. Depending on the extent to which a patient’s breasts sag and the amount of skin excess, scarring will vary. Following the procedure, the breasts are wrapped for a few days. Then, patients are allowed to shower and can wear a bra.

At the Obagi Skin Health Institute, our cosmetic surgeons will help you to determine the size you choose for a reduction that works with your body frame, including your height and weight. The breast lift may be performed in addition to a breast augmentation if you are small breasted since smaller breasts often do not have the volume to sustain a lift as long as bigger breasts. Commonly, breast procedures are performed at the same time as other procedures, such as a Tummy Tuck, as part of a “Mommy Makeover.”



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