“For some, more bustline becomes more self confidence.”
Women with small and/or asymmetrical breasts may lack self-confidence, considering that large breasts are often seen as a sign of femininity. In order to achieve a fuller bustline, Roxanne J. Guy, M.D., F.A.C.S. offers breast augmentation at her Melbourne, Florida practice. At Brevard Plastic Surgery & Skin Treatment Center, owner and founder Dr. Guy will treat you with sensitivity in a welcoming environment.
Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of breasts for women who feels their breast size is too small, want to increase fullness after pregnancy, want to obtain uniform breasts or want reconstructive breast surgery.
Breast augmentation can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. For many women, the result of breast augmentation can be exhilarating, as they learn to appreciate their fuller appearance. Your decision to have breast augmentation is a highly personal one that not everyone will understand. The important thing is how you feel about it. If you've met your goals, then your surgery is a success.
Types of implants include a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline. Silicone gel implants are used on patients over the age of 22, whereas saline implants are typically used for those over 18 years of age; Dr. Guy will discuss how each type of implant may be used during special circumstances. Our breast augmentation surgeon will provide further information regarding breast implants during your appointment.
Consultation & Preparation
In your initial consultation in Melbourne, Dr. Guy will evaluate your health and explain which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you, based on the condition of your breasts and skin tone. If your breasts are sagging, Dr. Guy may also recommend a breast lift.
Be sure to discuss your expectations frankly with Dr. Guy. She should be equally frank with you, describing your alternatives and the risks and limitations of each. You may want to ask Dr. Guy for a copy of the manufacturer's insert that comes with the implant she will use -- just so you are fully informed about it. And, be sure to tell Dr. Guy if you smoke, and if you're taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
Dr. Guy will give you instructions to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, not smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.
Breast augmentation can be performed with a general anesthesia, so you'll sleep through the entire operation. Some surgeons may use a local anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy, so you'll be relaxed but awake, and may feel some discomfort.
The Plastic Surgery
The method of inserting and positioning your implant will depend on your anatomy and Dr. Guy's recommendation. The incision can be made either in the crease where the breast meets the chest, around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), or in the armpit. Every effort will be made to assure that the incision is placed so resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible.
Working through the incision, Dr. Guy will lift your breast tissue and skin to create a pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath your chest wall muscle (the pectoral muscle). The implants are then centered beneath your nipples.
The surgery usually takes one to two hours to complete. Stitches are used to close the incisions, which may also be taped for greater support. A gauze bandage may be applied over your breasts to help with healing.
Recovery & Results
You're likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you'll be up and around in 24 to 48 hours. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by medication prescribed by Dr. Guy.
The day after surgery, the gauze dressings will be removed, and you may be given a surgical bra. You should wear it as directed by Dr. Guy. You may also experience a burning sensation in your nipples for about two weeks, but this will subside as bruising fades. Implant massages may be started on the 3rd or 4th day post operative. Dr. Guy or her staff will instruct you on how to perform the massage.
You should be able to return to work in a few days depending on the level of activity required for your job. Your stitches will come out in a week to 10 days, but the swelling in your breasts may take three to six weeks to disappear.
Follow Dr. Guy's advice on when to begin exercises and normal activities. Your breasts will probably be sensitive to direct stimulation for two to three weeks, so you should avoid much physical contact. After that, breast contact is fine once your breasts are no longer sore, usually two to four weeks after surgery.
Your scars will be firm and pink for at least six weeks. Then they may remain the same size for several months, or even appear to widen. After several months, your scars will begin to fade, although they will never disappear completely.
Regular examination by Melbourne breast augmentation surgeon, Dr. Guy, and routine mammograms for those in the appropriate age groups at prescribed intervals will help assure that any complications, if they occur, can be detected early and treated.
Augmentation Mammaplasty Basics
Enhance the size of breasts using inflatable implants filled with saline.
1 to 2 hours.
Local with sedation, or general. Dr. Guy prefers general anesthesia.
Temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, bruising. Breast sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.
Lack of implant permanence -- surgical removal or replacement of the implants may be required to treat problems, including: deflation; the formation of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), which may cause the breast to feel tight or hard; bleeding or infection. Increase or decrease in sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, occasionally permanent. Mammography requires a special technique.
Back to work: a few days.
Physical contact with breasts: 2 to 4 weeks.
Fading of scars: several months to a year or more.
Duration of Results:
Variable. Implants may require removal or replacement.
What are my options in breast enhancement surgery?
During a consultation with Dr. Guy, you will discuss the variety of factors to consider regarding breast augmentation ("augmentation mammaplasty"). This includes the size, shape, and placement of the breast implants, along with incision location. You will also be able to view your potential results through a 3D imaging system.
Typically, Dr. Guy prefers the inframammary incision (in the breast crease) when using silicone gel breast implants. Saline filled implants may be inserted through the areola (nipple), axilla (armpit), and breast crease. Based on the patient's anatomy, the implants may be placed either behind the breast tissue or underneath your chest wall muscle (the pectoral muscle). Dr. Guy then centers the implants beneath the nipples. After breast augmentation surgery, patients may return to work in a few days. Scars will be pink for at least six weeks and will continue to fade over time.
Melbourne, Vero, and Viera breast augmentation patients who would like to regain their pre-pregnancy body may wish to learn more regarding other body enhancing procedures. The most commonly combined surgeries include liposuction ("lipoplasty") and tummy tuck surgery ("abdominoplasty"); when performed in conjunction with breast augmentation surgery, it is termed a "Mommy Makeover" procedure.
Roxanne J. Guy, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Our highly qualified plastic surgeon on the Florida Treasure Coast has more than 25 years of experience. She is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), as well as a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), for which she was President in 2007. In addition, Dr. Guy has made several media appearances, including Oprah, Leeza, Jenny Jones, and the Today Show.
Prospective Viera, Melbourne, and Vero breast augmentation patients may schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Guy by calling (321) 727-1600 or sending an e-mail. Patient registration forms are available to print and fill out prior to your visit.