Breast Augmentation

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Beth Collins performs breast augmentation in Guilford for women throughout West Hartford and the shoreline areas who want a larger breast size to enhance their overall body proportion. Dr. Collins takes a special focus on this popular cosmetic procedure, along with many other surgical procedures of the breast.

The Basics of Breast Augmentation

Using saline or silicone gel filled breast implants, Dr. Collins can significantly increase your breast size. Many common benefits of breast augmentation include:

  • More feminine appearance
  • More clothing options
  • Improved confidence
  • Balanced proportions
Beth Collins, M.D.

Beth Collins, M.D.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Beth Collins offers a blend of clinical expertise and warm, open communication to ensure beautiful results from your chosen procedure. Learn more about her experience and explore what she can do for you.

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Breast Augmentation Candidates

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. For some patients, a combined approach with breast lift may be more appropriate.

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What Happens During Surgery?

When Dr. Collins performs breast augmentation, she first chooses an appropriate technique based on the patient’s goals and unique anatomy. Each patient has a variety of breast implants to choose from in Guilford. 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 1 to 2 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 the following:

  • Beneath the breast
  • In the underarm
  • Around the areola
  • 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.

Breast Augmentation Recovery & Results

Once the breast implants 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 1 to 2 weeks. Within 10 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 the 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’re ready to discuss the details of your own breast augmentation in the Guilford, West Hartford, and shoreline areas, we’re ready to help. Request your consultation online or call our office at (203) 689-5295 to get started.

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