Breast Augmentation Morehead City, Jacksonville NC
Breast augmentation, also known as breast enhancement, is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures. The goal of breast augmentation is to create larger, but still soft and proportionate breasts.
If you are considering a breast augmentation, read below for information about the procedure, and visit Carolinas Center for Plastic Surgery with any questions or concerns you may have.
Breast Augmentation: What to Know
There are two types of breast implants:
Saline (Salt Water)
- Inherently safe, since 70 percent of your body is made up of salt water
- Leakage does not present a risk to the patient
- Cohesive gel decreases likelihood of leakage or rupture
Breast implants can be placed either above or below the chest wall muscle. Dr. Klainer strongly recommends placement below the chest wall for benefits like more support, a softer and more natural appearance, and most importantly, decreased interference with the early detection of breast cancer.
There are three commonly used incisions for the placement of breast implants:
- Periareolar (under the nipple)
- Inframammary (under the breast)
- Transaxillary (under the arm)
Dr. Klainer believes the periareolar breast augmentation approach is the best option because it’s the least obvious and best healing, it offers more opportunity for a natural look, and it’s the easiest to hide in the rare case of scarring*.
Rest and Recovery
Following your breast augmentation, you may have limited ability to perform normal activities for approximately one week. During your one week and two week visits, Dr. Klainer will remove sutures, instruct you on the care of the incision, and teach you about breast massage.
The “downtime” after your procedure varies from patient to patient. Most activities including exercise can be resumed 3-4 weeks after surgery. Scars will fade within and up to 6 months.
To learn more or discuss your questions about breast augmentation surgery, contact Dr. Klainer and the team at Carolinas Center for Plastic Surgery. Schedule your consultation in Morehead City or Jacksonville, North Carolina, today at (252) 222-5888.
Before and After Photos
Dr. Klainer’s breast augmentation before and after photos are meant to show many different breast types and how breast implants can enhance a person’s appearance.
Breast Augmentation Patient 1
Breast Augmentation Patient 2
Breast Augmentation Patient 3
Q: What happens if the breast implant leaks?
A: The body will absorb the saline and the breast implant will deflate leaving the breast appearing smaller. It is not an emergency and you will experience no ill effects. A new breast implant can be placed through the previous incision with minimal discomfort and time off from work. There is no risk to the patient if the saline leaks.
In the case of silicone gel implants, the material stays close to the breast implant. There have been no proven side effects from contact in the body with the gel matrix. As there is little change in the breast with an implant leak or rupture, the FDA has recommended MRI examination periodically to examine the integrity of the implants. If a leak is identified, the breast implant can be replaced through the previous incision with minimal discomfort and time off from work.
Q: What is a capsule or capsular contracture?
A: A capsule is the body’s natural protective mechanism against foreign objects (i.e., the breast implant). This only becomes a problem if the capsule begins to shrink, thicken, or tighten resulting in hardening and/or visible changes in breast shape (capsular contracture). With breast implants, this occurs in approximately 5-10% of patients. If this happens it may require a second surgery to correct the problem. You will be taught techniques of massaging the implants/breasts after surgery that may help in decreasing the occurrence of a capsular contracture.
Q: Can I lose nipple sensation?
A: Yes, but this is very rare, with complete and permanent loss of sensation occurring in 1% or less of patients. Many women will experience a transient change in nipple sensation but this usually returns to normal within 6-18 months following surgery.
Q: Can I breastfeed?
A: Although scarring may affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed, most women can breastfeed after breast augmentation with either saline or silicone gel implants*. It is also important to note that it is safe for the child.
Q: What type of anesthesia is used?
A: Dr. Klainer recommends general anesthesia both for comfort and to allow complete relaxation of the chest wall muscle.
Q: Where is the procedure performed?
A: The procedure is performed either in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center setting.
*Results may vary