One of the most prominent areas of physical change after pregnancy and breastfeeding is the breasts. After having children, and often after breastfeeding, you may find that the breasts have lost volume and shape, taking on a somewhat saggy appearance.
As part of a Mommy Makeover procedure, Dr. Tiffany McCormack can perform a breast augmentation with implants fullness to the breasts and give them new balance and contour. This procedure, also referred to as breast enlargement, can recontour the bustline for a more youthful, sensual appearance, as well as bring the size of the breasts into better proportion with your body frame. Dr. McCormack is highly skilled and experienced with breast enhancement procedures, and can help you improve the appearance of your breasts with beautiful, natural-looking results.
Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation for breast augmentation with implants in the Reno, Nevada and Lake Tahoe, California region.
Breast implants, both saline and silicone, are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and types. Dr. McCormack will meet with you in an initial consultation to discuss your goals, and together, you will choose the breast implants that will be best for your needs. The two main types of breast implants are:
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in women over the age of 18, saline breast implants are composed of a silicone outer shell, filled with a saline (saltwater) solution. Saline implants are often filled after placement into the chest, making it possible for Dr. McCormack to create a smaller incision, and therefore, less visible scarring. In cases of implant rupture, the saline inside the implant is easily absorbed by the body. In some cases saline implants have been known to cause a rippling appearance to the breasts. They can also potentially cause a condition called capsular contracture, which is scar tissue forming around the implant that gives the area a hardened feel.
Silicone breast implants are approved by the U.S. FDA for breast augmentation procedures in women over the age of 22. They are made of a silicone outer shell and filled with a silicone gel. With silicone breast implants, there is less risk of developing a rippling appearance, as opposed to their saline counterparts. Silicone implants are also known for their natural look and feel. However, as with saline breast implants, there is a risk of capsular contracture. Plus, a rupture in a silicone implant is less noticeable than with a saline implant. It is important for patients with silicone breast implants to undergo routine breast exams to ensure that the implants are working properly.
Incisions for a breast augmentation procedure can be created in a number of different areas, depending on your needs. Incision locations will also depend on whether the implants are being placed beneath the chest muscle or directly behind the breast tissue. Dr. McCormack will take great care to make any residual scarring as light as possible. Incisions are usually made in one of the following areas: under the breast crease; around the areola (the dark-pigmented region surrounding the nipple); or through the armpit. After placement, the incisions are closed and the procedure complete. Breast augmentation with implants typically takes about one to two hours to complete and can be performed as an outpatient.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Bruising, swelling, and numbness can be expected in the first few weeks after breast augmentation surgery; however, pain and discomfort can be controlled with medication. Dr. McCormack will usually have the stitches removed after about 10 days, and will advise you to limit your activities for the first two weeks after surgery to give the breasts adequate time to heal. You should not engage in strenuous activity for at least 6-8 weeks after breast augmentation. Dr. McCormack will also prescribe antibiotics to lessen the risk of infection. You will be given instructions on special breast massage techniques to use during your recovery to help keep the breasts soft and natural looking. The breasts will likely appear a bit swollen and high on the chest for a period of time after surgery, but this is normal and they will eventually take their normal position. Some numbness in the nipple areas may be present during recovery, but this will typically dissipate. However, in a small number of patients, this numbness will be permanent.
When you have a mammogram, a special version of the exam will need to be performed in order to see around the implants for the most accurate results possible.
Dr. McCormack understands what can happen to the breasts and your overall appearance after having children, as she is not only a doctor, but also a mother. She takes pride in delivering natural-looking, beautiful breast augmentation results that add fullness and new contours to the breasts. Please contact McCormack Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for breast augmentation with implants as part of a Mommy Makeover procedure. We will be happy to address any concerns you may have.