If you are unhappy with the shape and size of your breasts or if you want to improve your body proportions, consider breast augmentation surgery in Nashville.
Breast enlargement surgery can increase your breast volume, balance your breast shape, and boost your overall confidence. Our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Olivia MaDan, specializes in breast surgery and offers various techniques to achieve your ideal appearance. Call now to schedule a breast augmentation consultation with Dr. MaDan to talk more in-depth about your cosmetic goals and ideal outcome.
What Is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
A breast augmentation operation in Nashville is a way to enhance breast shape, volume, projection, and overall symmetry. A “primary” augmentation indicates the first or initial surgery of placing the implant device. The procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery, and it takes less than an hour. The incision to place the implant is less than two inches long and can be made in different locations—the most common being in the crease or the fold of the natural breast.
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Breast Augmentation Procedural Techniques
To augment the breast, Dr. MaDan uses two primary methods: Implant-based or Autologous tissue. Autologous augmentation would involve liposuction of a particular area, processing the fat, and transferring it back into the breast tissue to enhance the chest. Implant-based augmentation uses an implant (silicone or saline) placed above or below the pectoralis major muscle to increase breast volume, projection, and upper pole fullness.
Use of a breast implant can provide improved height retention and more upper pole fullness compared to fat transfer. Breast implants require routine rupture surveillance and exchange/replacement surgeries in the future. There is no breast implant that is considered a lifetime device. Fat transfer is a permanent method of increasing breast volume. The fat that is transferred establishes a new blood supply and becomes a part of the breast. Fat transfer does not always increase the breast cup size significantly or create a perfectly round, augmented appearance. Some breast enhancement patients in Nashville choose fat transfer as a more natural option as opposed to a prosthetic breast implant.
Benefits and Expectations of Breast Augmentation Surgery
Most patients seeking breast augmentation in Nashville want to feel more feminine, improve body proportions and overall self-esteem.
When discussing breast enhancement, a crucial first step is for the surgeon to identify and educate the patient on her own natural asymmetries. From there, the patient and surgeon can discuss realistic expectations after an augmentation procedure.
For example, a patient who currently wears size 36D, previously breastfed, and has significant skin laxity is unlikely to achieve the same surgical outcome as a patient who has no skin laxity, never breastfed, and wears 36AA. It is important to remember that breast augmentation is an individualized surgery that is tailored to a specific person and their body.
What Is the Recovery Time for Breast Augmentation?
After your breast augmentation procedure in Nashville, you will experience various stages of healing. For the first few days, you will need to rest at home. This is an ideal time to enlist family and friends to help you with day-to-day tasks, such as eating, bathing, and using the restroom. You will feel tired and sore during this period of time, and Dr. MaDan may recommend a prescription or non-prescription pain medication to help you stay relaxed.
After the initial recovery time, you will need to limit your activities as required by our plastic surgeons. This protects the sutures and helps the tissues heal properly. You may be required to stay at home resting for one to two weeks.
In the months after your breast augmentation, the swelling gradually subsides. If, during this time, your breasts do not look as expected, understand that inflammation can mask the final results. You will also see the incisions start to heal and form a pinkish scar line. The scar will eventually change to a color that is slightly darker than your natural skin tone, but it will not disappear completely.
Schedule a Breast Augmentation Consultation in Nashville
Many women in Nashville are choosing breast augmentation to improve breast shape and volume. Some women simply want larger breasts to feel more feminine and proportionate. Others feel that their breasts are uneven and wish to achieve a more symmetric, balanced appearance.
No matter what your reason is, the caring and highly-trained staff at Plastic Surgery Affiliates, along with talented plastic surgeon, Dr. MaDan, are dedicated to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals and feel more confident in your own skin. Call today to set up an initial appointment and learn more about your various breast enhancement options.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an alternative to breast implants?
Instead of placing silicone or saline implants, fat grafting can be performed to augment the breast. Liposuction is performed on an area of your choosing, the fat is processed and then placed in each breast. The viability of grafted fat varies, and you may require more than one procedure to achieve your desired result. The biggest risks of breast fat grafting is contour deformity and need for multiple procedures.
Do breast implants sag over time?
Breast implants do not counteract gravity. Breast implants do not stop the breasts’ natural aging. Often times, the breast implant can remain in good position, under the muscle, but the breast tissue itself continues to sag, hanging off of the implant. This can cause the “snoopy” deformity. A breast lift, or mastopexy, can often improve this deformity.
Which type of breast implant feels the most natural?
Classically, silicone implants have a softer feel compared to saline implants. There is usually less rippling and visibility with silicone implants. New, structured saline implants are being developed which can sometimes fool the experts!
What are gummy bear implants?
The term “gummy bear” refers to the cohesive nature of the silicone gel. A “gummy bear” implant is one which is highly-cohesive meaning the gel would not budge if you cut the implant in half with a knife. It would resemble the appearance of a “gummy bear” cut in half.
How long does breast implant surgery take?
The outpatient augmentation procedure usually takes less than 1 hour. The outpatient augmentation and lift procedure (augmentation mastopexy) takes around 2 hours. With either procedure, you are able to go home the same day. You should be up, walking around the house, but taking it easy the next day and throughout the recovery process.
Is breast augmentation painful?
The procedure causes more of a feeling of “soreness” than sharp pain. The pain may be the worst 1 – 3 days after surgery and consistently improving thereafter. Muscle spasm medication is often more effective than a narcotic at treating breast augmentation pain. Most patients are able to switch to anti-inflammatory medications (Tylenol, Advil) after the first 3 days.
How do you choose breast implant size?
Breast implant size range is best estimated by your individual breast width. We also use an insert sizing system in our office. This allows you to estimate breast shape/size while wearing clothes. With your breast width and desired insert size, we are able to determine the best size for you. It is also helpful to bring photos of what you think is “too big”, “too small”, and “just right”.
Can you be allergic to breast implants?
All implants have a silicone shell- even saline and structured saline. They are completely latex-free. There is no reliable evidence that any illnesses or allergies are associated with breast implants.
Silicone or saline?
Silicone has a more natural, softer feel. However, monitoring for implant rupture is more difficult with silicone implants. The FDA recommends an MRI within the first 3 years after breast implant surgery, and every other year after that.
Saline implants, while more visible and prone to rippling, are easier to monitor for rupture. If rupture occurs, your body simply absorbs the saline and your breast returns to its pre-operative size.
The structured saline implant gives you less rippling and visibility more similar to a silicone implant, but with the beneficial rupture surveillance of saline. Your body absorbs the saline and the breast returns to its pre-operative size.
Can breast implants last a lifetime?
There is no exact time-frame that a breast implant will last, but it will not last a lifetime. You can almost be guaranteed to have another surgery by choice or necessity. You may want to have smaller implants later on in life or may be forced to exchange them in the case of rupture or capsular contracture.