What Is A Breast Augmentation?

What Is A Breast Augmentation?

A breast augmentation is a procedure in which implants are placed inside breasts to enhance their size and shape. Women typically have this procedure done to have breasts that are in better proportion with their body, or after having children to rejuvenate the shape and appearance of their breasts.

Breast augmentation is a very common procedure. More than 300,000 breast augmentation procedures were done in the United States in 2017, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Tampa Breast Augmentation

In Tampa, breast augmentation procedures are available at Coberly Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, which has an experienced staff led by Dr. Dana Coberly.

Types of Implants Used

Each woman is different and will need a unique implant for their situation. At Coberly, each patient meets with Dr. Coberly to discuss their situation and determines the type of implant best suited for them.

Typically, patients receive an implant with a solid, silicone shell. Inside the shell is a gel. In some cases, the outside shell is textured to reduce the chance of scarring. These implants are softer than implants of the past and less likely to be felt through the skin. The federal Food and Drug Administration has approved silicone gel implants as safe for breast augmentation.

Patients also can use fat from their own body injected into their breasts. This procedure is available for some, but not all, patients.

Another choice is the Ideal Implant, a new type of implant that involves two shells nested together with saline inside separate chambers. This implant, which is also FDA approved, has better strength than other implants and requires a smaller incision.

Recovery Time

The ASPS reports that many of those who have a breast augmentation will be discharged in as little as an hour after the surgery is completed. There will be restrictions on movement.

At Coberly, post-surgery procedure includes monitoring the patients until they are ready for discharge. Patients are given pain medications and can typically return to normal activity within one or two days, with restrictions on what they do. They can return to work in three to seven days, although physical restrictions still apply. Swelling may not completely go away for a few weeks.

Other Breast Procedures

Other procedures related to breast augmentation include the following.

  • Breast Reduction. This procedure reduces the size of large breasts.
  • Breast Lift. This procedure raises sagging breasts by modifying size, contour, and elevation.
  • Breast Reconstruction. This procedure is used to rebuild a breast using tissue from the patient or prosthetic material

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic surgery that can give women a breast size that feels more in proportion with their body. For those considering breast augmentation, it’s reassuring to know they have options and that the procedure has proven to be by safe and effective for millions of women.

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