If you would like to improve the appearance of your breasts, you're not alone. Many women experience the same feelings as you do, which is why breast augmentation is consistently one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed every year.
Breast augmentation is an excellent option to help you achieve your desired breast appearance. The procedure can improve the size and shape of your breasts, allowing you to look and feel your best. Often, breast augmentation can be a life-changing procedure, providing the boost in self-confidence that typically occurs when you’re happy with the way you look.
Dr. Hayley Brown has almost two decades of experience performing breast augmentation procedures. As a female plastic surgeon, she understands the unique issues and concerns impacting women in a way that most male surgeons can never truly grasp. This allows her to forge deep, meaningful relationships with her patients, and enables her to more effectively understand their goals and desired outcome.
You can learn about your options and receive individualized breast augmentation recommendations by speaking with Dr. Brown in person. Please call 702-260-7707 today to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve patients in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada.
- What is Breast Augmentation?
- Dr. Brown's Patient Discusses Her Breast Augmentation
- Benefits of Breast Augmentation
- Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation
- Your Customized Breast Augmentation Procedure
- Breast Implant Options
- Breast Implant Styles
- Breast Augmentation Incision Options
- Breast Implant Placement Options
- Breast Implant Sizing
- Recovery after Breast Augmentation
- Breast Augmentation with Lift
- Contact our Las Vegas Breast Augmentation Surgeon
What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, also called breast enhancement, is a procedure that uses saline or silicone breast implants to increase the size, volume and contours of the breast. Dr. Brown will devise a customized treatment plan to address your unique needs and goals.
In order to achieve beautiful, natural looking results, Dr. Brown will evaluate the following factors when planning your breast augmentation:
- Your desired breast size
- Your natural breast size and the amount of natural breast tissue you have
- Your body frame and dimensions
- Whether you experience breast asymmetry
- Whether you lead an active, athletic lifestyle
Dr. Brown's Patient Discusses Her Breast Augmentation
Benefits of Breast Augmentation
The greatest benefit of undergoing breast augmentation is an improved breast appearance. In addition, you'll achieve a more balanced and proportionate body contour, resulting in an improvement to your overall figure.
This improved appearance isn't limited to the size of your breasts. Breast augmentation provides a wide range of aesthetic benefits, including:
- Improved breast shape
- Correction of breast asymmetry
- Restoration of lost breast volume caused by weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding, or aging
- Improved breast projection
- More attractive cleavage
- Improved appearance in clothing, bathing suits and lingerie
Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
If you would like to improve any aspect of your breast appearance, you are most likely a candidate for breast augmentation. It's important to be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of your procedure. In addition, you should not currently be pregnant or breast feeding. In order to achieve natural looking results, you will also need to have enough natural breast tissue to cover the implant.
Smokers must be willing to quit prior to surgery and throughout the recovery period since smoking can adversely impact healing and your results.
In general, the best candidates for breast augmentation surgery would like to achieve one or more of the following goals:
- Increase the size or improve the shape of their breasts
- Have closer cleavage
- Correct breast asymmetry or a congenital deformity of the chest, such as tubular breast deformities or pointy-shaped breasts
- Restore lost breast volume
- Correct mild sagging issues (severe sagging issues are best corrected by a breast lift)
Due to age restrictions mandated by the FDA, you must be at least 18 for saline implants and at least 22 for silicone implants.
Your Customized Breast Augmentation Procedure
Breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Dr. Brown uses the most advanced techniques to ensure that you achieve the beautiful, natural look you desire.
During your consultation, she will listen carefully to your concerns and goals and evaluate your body type. She'll then discuss your options in detail and work closely with you to develop a customized plan that will deliver your desired outcome. The factors that will impact your breast augmentation plan include:
- Breast implant type
- Breast implant style
- Incision location
- Implant placement
- Implant size
Breast Implant Options
At Desert Hills Plastic Surgery Center, we offer both saline and silicone breast implants. There are three companies on the market providing FDA-approved implants:
Dr. Brown uses breast implants manufactured by all of these companies since they all provide excellent results. During your consultation, she will help you choose the various styles, fillers (saline vs. silicone) and shape or profile that will achieve the best results for your unique personal goals.
Saline breast implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a sterile saline (salt water) solution. The benefits of choosing saline implants include:
- The implant is filled after being inserted into your breast, making it easier for Dr. Brown to correct breast asymmetry, and to adjust the size and volume of the implants as needed
- A smaller incision is used, which will minimize scarring
- In the event of an implant rupture, your body will safely absorb the saline solution
However, saline implants feel less natural than silicone implants. Therefore, they are not a good option if you have a petite frame and minimal natural breast tissue. Other drawbacks of saline breast implants include:
- Your breast implant will immediately deflate in the event of a rupture, resulting in an uneven breast appearance that requires a revision procedure to correct
- More prone to rippling
Silicone breast implants consist of a silicone shell filled with a silicone gel material. These implants are pre-filled by the manufacturer according to the volume specifications requested by Dr. Brown.
The primary benefit of silicone implants is a more natural feel. For this reason, they are the most popular option chosen by our Las Vegas-area patients. In addition, you will experience the following benefits from silicone implants:
- Silicone gel material maintains its shape in the event of a rupture, eliminating the uneven breast appearance occurring when a saline breast implant ruptures
- Reduced likelihood of rippling
The one drawback to silicone breast implants is actually related to one of their benefits. It will be difficult to recognize an implant rupture since they will maintain their shape. Therefore, you will need to undergo an MRI periodically in order to make sure a rupture hasn't occurred.
In addition to traditional silicone implants, a new option called "gummy bear" implants have recently been approved by the FDA. These breast implants are made from a form-stable, cohesive silicone gel. Gummy bear implants have the most natural look and feel of any option. However, they require a longer incision since the cohesive silicone gel can't be compressed during insertion. This may result in a larger scar than you'll experience when you choose a traditional silicone breast implant.
Breast Implant Styles
You have several options when it comes to breast implant profiles and shapes. Moderate profile implants are standard and often provide the most natural look. Higher profile implants are designed narrower with more outward projection, providing a slightly rounder appearance. These implants work will for women with smaller or narrower frames who desire larger cup sizes than would typically accompany their frame.
Implants can come in a round or teardrop shape. Dr. Brown prefers round implants since they look natural in all body positions, and rotational issues within the breast pocket are not problematic. In contrast, teardrop implants are more likely to result in an unnatural breast appearance if they rotate due to their sloped, "teardrop" shape.
Breast Augmentation Incision Options
Dr. Brown will determine the best incision site based on your anatomy and aesthetic goals. The scars are typically 3 cm in length for saline implants and slightly longer for silicone implants, but they fade nicely and are relatively inconspicuous. She prefers to use the following incision locations because they provide a direct approach to the breast pocket:
- Inframammary incision
- Periareolar incision
The inframammary incision is made along the breast crease. Benefits of this option include:
- Provides the greatest amount of control when placing the breast implant
- Scar is discreetly hidden by the breast fold
- Greater preservation of nipple sensation
- Less interference with breastfeeding
The periareolar incision is made around the nipple. Benefits of this option include:
- Results in a very precise formation of the breast implant pocket
- Scar discreetly blends in with the areola
- Most effective incision for correcting nipple inversion
Breast Implant Placement Options
Dr. Brown offers three different breast implant placement options:
- Submuscular placement - Implant is placed beneath the chest muscle
- Dual plane placement - A portion of your implant is not covered by the chest muscle
- Subglandular placement - Implant is placed behind your breast tissue and over the chest muscle
Submuscular placement is advantageous because it provides more natural soft tissue coverage and padding over the breast implant. Therefore, it's an excellent option for women with minimal natural breast tissue. Because submuscular implant placement fills the breast pocket with a "push-forward" technique, the best candidates for this option have breast positions somewhat high on their chest and experience minimal sagging.
In women who have mild sagging or lowness of the breast, "dual plane" implant placement is often common. The portion of the implant not covered by the chest muscle can range from one half to one third of the lower portion of the breast implant. This results in the lower pole of the breast gland being filled out more directly.
Subglandular placement is preferred in women with thicker natural breast tissue, where muscle coverage simply is not necessary to achieve natural looking results. With this option, the implant and gland act as a unit. Women with mild to moderate sagging issues who do not want to undergo a breast lift often benefit from subglandular placement. Patients with minimal natural breast tissue typically achieve better results with one of the other options since subglandular placement provides the least amount of coverage for the implant.
Breast Implant Sizing
There are several factors that impact the ideal breast implant size to achieve your desired results:
- Your height, weight and chest dimensions
- Your skin elasticity
- The amount of natural breast tissue you have
- Your desired cup size after surgery
- Whether you lead an active, athletic lifestyle
It's important to understand that breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (cc's), not cup sizes. There are several reasons for this:
- Not all bra sizes are standard. A C cup bra from one manufacturer may be very different from a C cup bra from another manufacturer. Therefore, it's virtually impossible to arrive at a standardized unit of measurement for cup size.
- In contrast, cc's provide a much more standardized unit of measurement that lead to much more precise breast augmentation results.
Breast implants come in a wide range of sizes. They can be as small as 120 cc's and as large as 850 cc's. To provide a clearer frame of reference, 200 cc's will equate to an approximate increase of one cup size in smaller bra sizes (32 and 34), while a slightly larger implant volume may be required to achieve a comparable increase for larger bra sizes (36 and above).
Dr. Brown always strives to use an implant size that will achieve beautiful, natural looking results. She will recommend the right sized implant to deliver a beautiful shape, cleavage and breast size that enhances your overall figure.
For most women, a moderately sized implant will achieve this goal. However, if you live an active lifestyle, you should consider how larger breasts will impact your ability to engage in your favorite athletic activities. In some instances, very athletic women may want to consider a slightly smaller implant size for this reason.
Recovery after Breast Augmentation
There will be some swelling and bruising which will gradually subside over the first few weeks of your recovery. You may experience some discomfort, but this is easily managed by the oral pain medication and muscle relaxers prescribed by Dr. Brown.
Dr. Brown will provide you with a surgical bra after your procedure. As soon as 24 hours after surgery, you may change into a shapely underwire bra provided by Dr. Brown, which should be worn day and night for 6-8 weeks. The underwire stabilizes the lower and outer breast pocket dimensions, leading to predictable implant position and central cleavage as the implants drop and settle with gravity. Bra support is encouraged long term to decrease the risk of sagging. The larger your implants, the greater the risk of sagging due to gravity.
You should plan on taking 1-2 weeks off work while you recover. Refrain from upper body activity, heavy lifting or fitness activities for 3-4 weeks. You can gradually resume exercise as tolerated after the first month of recovery.
Over time, your breast implants will soften, settle and drop. This typically starts after about 2 months, but the time frame can vary depending on your tissue tightness and skin tone. Mild changes in breast appearance can continue for up to 6 months after surgery.
Breast Augmentation with Lift
Breast implants alone do not treat sagging breasts, especially in cases of moderate to severe sagging. If you would like to improve the size or shape of your breasts and also address sagging issues, Dr. Brown may recommend breast augmentation with a breast lift for the most effective results.
Dr. Brown uses both saline and silicone breast implants for this procedure. Silicone implants tend to feel more natural, making them the more popular option. Dr. Brown prefers submuscular implant placement for the majority of women who undergo breast augmentation with a lift. Your surgical plan will be tailored to your unique needs, ensuring a beautiful outcome that achieves your aesthetic goals.
Sagging affects the majority of women, and most women at some point in their lives may need a breast lift procedure to restore a more youthful, perky breast appearance. The individual personal benefits of breast contouring surgery in women are always remarkable. Breast augmentation with a lift is effective in restoring your perception of yourself as attractive, sexy, healthy, confident, fit, and youthful. This improved confidence and self-esteem carries over into daily life and interactions with others so that quality of life is improved.
Contact our Las Vegas Breast Augmentation Surgeon
Dr. Brown can relate to women who desire breast contouring. She understands the desired shape and cleavage that women want, as well as how the fit of various clothing styles enhance your appearance. She identifies with women who desire a very natural look, yet also understands and satisfies the goals of those women who prefer a very full, curvy, and voluptuous figure.
If you'd like to learn more about your breast augmentation options, please contact Desert Hills Plastic Surgery Center using the form on this page or call 702-260-7707 today to schedule a free consultation. Dr. Hayley Brown serves patients in Las Vegas, Henderson and the surrounding areas of Nevada.