A successful, natural appearing breast augmentation relies heavily on the skill of your surgeon and the type of implants used for the procedure. Dr. Peter H. Grossman is a well-respected, very talented plastic surgeon who insists on using the best implants available for your body shape and expected results. Contact Grossman Plastic Surgery in West Hills, California, to schedule your consultation regarding breast augmentation.
Breast Augmentation Q & A
What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure during which an implant is placed behind the breast tissue to give it an enhanced appearance and shape. Dr. Grossman uses Allergan Natrelle® or Mentor® breast implants and prefers silicone over saline fillers. Each of these brands has numerous shapes, types, and sizes to choose from, which Dr. Grossman will discuss in detail during your pre-surgical consultation.
What are saline and silicone fillers?
Breast implants consist of a flexible outer shell made from silicone that is filled with liquid. The amount and type of liquid used affects the shape, size, and feel of the breast. Surgeons generally use implants filled with saline or silicone gel. Rarely, other materials such as soy oil are used as fillers.
Why choose breast augmentation?
Many women choose breast augmentation to enlarge naturally small breasts while others are motivated by other factors, which may include:
- Restoring breast fullness, size and shape after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight loss
- Creating symmetry when breasts have developed asymmetrically: A relatively common and sometimes very noticeable issue
Will I lose sensitivity in my breasts?
There may be a temporary change in sensation as you heal, but loss in sensitivity is not typically a permanent issue and not considered a significant risk factor for breast augmentation.
How long does the surgery last?
Dr. Grossman performs breast augmentations in the clinic’s outpatient surgery center. The procedure is done under general anesthesia, which means you’ll be asleep for the surgery. It generally lasts 2-4 hours and patients are released home the same day, but you’ll need someone to drive you home.
How long does it take to heal?
Recovery time varies per patient. There will be some soreness and slight swelling afterward. Most patients can resume all normal activities after six weeks. Dr. Grossman will provide you with detailed care instructions regarding the incision sites and specific information about what to expect as you heal. For optimal recovery, it’s important to follow his directions carefully.
Are the implants permanent?
Like other medical prosthetics, such as an artificial knee or hip joint, breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime. Most women require a replacement implant at some point, especially if you were very young when you had your initial surgery. You may also opt to have repeat surgery to alter the size of your breasts.