Breast augmentation is performed for women who want a larger breast size to enhance their overall body proportion. For women in the New Haven area, Dr. Beth Collins (in Guilford) has a special focus on this popular cosmetic procedure, along with many other surgical procedures of the breast.
Using saline or silicone gel filled breast implants, Dr. Collins can significantly increase your breast size. Commonly reported benefits of breast augmentation include:
- More feminine appearance
- Better clothing fit/options
- Improved confidence
- Balanced body proportion
Before & After Breast Augmentation in Guilford, CT
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Before seriously considering breast augmentation, you should consult with a plastic surgeon to determine if you are a suitable candidate.
Who Should Undergo Breast Augmentation?
An elective procedure like breast augmentation is a choice you should make for personal reasons. Before making that choice, you should learn about the various risks, benefits and expected outcomes of the surgery. Second, you should be realistic in your expectations. Like any surgery, best results are achieved when the patient is both physically and mentally healthy.
The most common reason for surgery is simply dissatisfaction with small breast size. But there are other indications that are more restorative in nature. For example, it may be used for correction of breast asymmetry or restoration of breast fullness after weight loss.
What Does a Breast Augmentation Surgeon Do?
When Dr. Collins performs breast surgery, she first chooses an appropriate technique based on the patient's goals and unique anatomy. Each patient has a variety of choices in breast implant size, type, shape and texture. One important choice is the type of breast implant. Saline filled implants have been popular for many years, but many women are now choosing silicone gel for its natural characteristics. During your consultation, you can discuss the merits of each implant with Dr. Collins.
Surgery is typically performed with general anesthesia. The operation takes one to two hours to complete. Dr. Collins will make a short surgical incision on your body to insert the breast implant centrally below the nipple. There are several incision techniques in breast augmentation. Possible locations include 1) beneath the breast, 2) in the underarm, 3) around the nipple/areola and 4) in the navel. With all incisions, the goal is to minimize visibility of the surgical scar. Beneath the tissue, your breast implants can be placed above, below or partially below the chest muscles.
After Breast Augmentation: What to Expect
Once the breast implant are properly situated, Dr. Collins will close the incisions with sutures and cover them with adhesive or surgical tape. You may be discharged the same day and within 24 hours, you should be able to walk around. Total recovery time is about one to two weeks. Within ten days, your sutures can be removed. Discomfort or pain during recovery is managed with prescription medication. Dr. Collins may advise you to wear a special bra that is designed to provide extra support after cosmetic breast surgery.
Beyond the recovery period, there are steps to follow for your health and safety. Regular exams are recommended to ensure integrity of your breast implants. Today's breast implants are advanced medical devices, which are designed to last a very long time. However, unexpected complications can occur and future revision surgery may be necessary. To learn more about possible complications of breast augmentation, please ask Dr. Collins for information during your consultation.
If you are are ready to discuss the details of breast augmentation, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Beth Collins in Guilford, Connecticut. Our office is located at 2614 Boston Post Road, Willow Hall, Suite 16C, in Guilford CT. Contact us using the online email form or call the office at 203-208-3275.