Breast augmentation or mammoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that may change the size, volume, shape and position of your breasts. It is recommended for women who have lost a lot of weight or after pregnancy and breastfeeding as well as those who simply do not like the shape or size of their breasts. This procedure may be combined with a breast lift if the breasts are severely drooping. We are pleased to offer breast augmentation with expertise at our office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Breast augmentation surgery can be used for one or more of the following reasons:
- Breast reconstruction after an injury or mastectomy
- Improved balance of breasts and hip contours
- Increase the fullness and projection of breasts
- Enhance self-image and self-confidence
When you have a consultation with our expert plastic surgeon, you can discuss your motives for wanting breast augmentation and your expectations. To be a good candidate for the procedure:
- You must have realistic expectations about the outcome
- Your breasts must have fully developed
- You believe your breasts are too small
- You do not like the shape of your breasts after pregnancy, weight loss or aging
- You believe the upper part of your breast appears empty
- Your breasts have not developed normally
- Your breasts are not symmetrical
If you are a good candidate for this procedure, there are a few things you may be asked to do to prepare for surgery. If you smoke, you must stop as this inhibits tissue repair. You should also mention during your consultation if you take any prescription or over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin, as well as dietary supplements.
The recovery time for breast augmentation may depend on the type of procedure you have and our surgeon’s instructions. After the surgery, you will be closely monitored in a recovery area. Your breasts will be bandaged with gauze and a support bra or elastic bandage. This is to reduce any swelling and support your breasts while they heal. In many cases, women are stable for discharge after an hour or two and can go home. You should arrange for someone to drive you home.
Our surgeon will give you instructions for caring for your breasts while you recover. We may request that you rest for a few days after the procedure because there is the possibility of bleeding around the breast implants. Our surgeon will tell you when you can increase your activity level or resume normal daily activities.
Breast augmentation is beneficial for many women who want a better-proportioned and more appealing figure. It may help your clothing fit better and remove the signs of pregnancy, weight loss and aging in your breasts. It is a long-term solution that will give you a more youthful figure. Our plastic surgeon provides this procedure with expertise at the office of J. Anthony Stephens, MD in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Contact our office today to find out if this popular procedure is right for you.