Do you wish your breasts were larger, fuller, or more shapely? Then breast augmentation surgery may be the right choice for you. Breast augmentation in Maryland (also called “mammaplasty”) is a cosmetic procedure that uses implants to enlarge and shape the breasts.
Breast augmentation may be a good option for you if you consider your breasts to be too small or underdeveloped, believe your figure is out of proportion, feel you have limited choices of flattering fashions, or your breasts have asymmetry (vary in size or shape from one another).
Breast Augmentation Surgery
The technique used for your surgery depends not only on your surgeon's preferences, but also on your desired results. The incision is small and is usually made in one of three locations:
- Underneath the breasts just above the crease
- Around the lower edge of the areola
- Within the armpit
Once the incision is made, a pocket is created into which the implant is inserted. This pocket is placed either directly behind the breast tissue or under the pectoral muscle located beneath the breast tissue but above the chest wall.
Breast Lift Surgery
Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. A breast lift, or “mastopexy,” is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts.
Techniques vary, but the most common breast lift procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast. The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down together to reshape the breast.
Getting Back to Normal
Healing is a gradual process. Although you may be up and about in a day or two, don't plan on returning to work for a week or more, depending on how you feel. The operation should not affect your future ability to breastfeed, since your milk ducts and nipples will be left intact. And in most cases, nipple sensation is not immediately or permanently affected.
Your New Look
If you’re like most women who have these procedures, you’ll be very pleased with the results. An augmentation, lift, or combination of both procedures, will mean you will no longer need padded bras or bust-lifting undergarments. Your new, natural curves will let you wear a greater variety of fashions with confidence—whether you're at the beach or in the boardroom.
To visit our cosmetic plastic surgery office in National Harbor, Maryland, serving Washington, DC, and Alexandria, Virginia, request a free consultation online or call the office at 866-BELLA 06.
By Michael F. Chiaramonte, MD, FACS, Bella Cosmetic Surgery