A More Beautiful You Cleveland Breast Augmentation Surgery at Plastic Surgeons of Akron
For women in metro Cleveland, breast augmentation surgery can often be a great way to enhance your appearance, boost your self-confidence, and improve the look of your wardrobe.
Plastic Surgeons of Akron combines elite-level surgical skills and training with an uncompromising commitment to all their patients’ care and satisfaction. We invite you to schedule a consultation to learn more about what breast augmentation can accomplish for you.
Breast augmentation (also known as augmentation mammoplasty) is a customized surgical procedure that gives you the option of changing the size, shape, and “feel” of your breasts. The surgery involves placing breast implants under the breast tissue or chest muscles.
Breast augmentation is now the most-performed cosmetic surgery in the United States.
Breast implants get filled with either saline solution or silicone gel. When fat from another part of your body is being used to increase the size of your breasts, the procedure is known as fat transfer breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation can:
FDA regulations require that women be at least 18 years of age to receive saline-filled implants and at least 22 years old to get silicone implants. Women who opt for silicone gel implants will need to get an MRI exam three years after surgery and about every two years after that to ensure no leakage or rupture occurred. In addition, breast augmentation may, in some cases, make it more challenging to get a mammogram.
Selecting the right surgeon for you is the most critical decision you will make. Your choice of plastic surgeon is the key to the safety and success of your surgery. The founder of Plastic Surgeons of Akron is a Cleveland board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. John C. Pedersen, who has over 18 years of experience as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Pedersen is a fellow of The American College of Surgeons and a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Preparing for your breast augmentation
You’ll need to provide your doctor with your complete medical history, including all previous surgeries. You will likely have some pre-surgical lab work done and need to give your doctor a list of all medications and supplements you are taking.
Additionally, for several weeks before your surgery, your doctor will likely direct you to stop taking any medications (such as aspirin) that can promote excessive bleeding. Finally, a “baseline” pre-surgical mammogram may be ordered to both confirm your breast health and to provide a means of comparison following your procedure.
Your breast augmentation procedure
Breast augmentation surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia to ensure you remain pain-free during the operation. The procedure usually takes between one and two hours. Your surgeon will make incisions either under your breasts, under your arms, or around your nipples. Your doctor will decide the location of the incision based on your body type, the kind of implant you have chosen, and the extent of your desired augmentation.
After the type of implants you and your doctor have selected is correctly placed and aligned, your surgeon will close your incisions using sutures and surgical tape. The surgeon will then apply gauze dressings to your breasts. You will likely have post-surgical drainage tubes. Breast augmentation surgery is often performed as an outpatient procedure, but your doctor may want you to stay overnight in the hospital.
Take a few days off, and make sure you have some help at home. You will probably have some temporary swelling around your incisions. Your doctor will make an appointment for you to get your drainage tubes and sutures removed. You may need to wear a surgical bra for up to several weeks. You and your doctor will then schedule a series of follow-up appointments to ensure you are healing well and achieving the results you want.
While changes in the size and shape will be immediately noticeable, it may be weeks or months before you reap the full appearance benefits of your breast enhancement. So be prepared to make some “happy adjustments” in both your wardrobe and your outlook!
You deserve the best. At Plastic Surgeons of Akron, we are committed to your health, safety, and satisfaction. Therefore, we warmly invite you to schedule a consultation at our Cleveland plastic surgery clinic to learn more about the benefits of breast augmentation surgery.
What are the risks of breast augmentation surgery?
Risks include, but are not limited to, infection, scarring, poor wound healing, complications from anesthesia, allergic reactions to medications and materials used in surgery, and changes in nipple and breast sensation. Have a thorough conversation with your doctor before your surgery.
Is breast augmentation considered major surgery?
Yes, but under-the-muscle breast augmentation is minimally invasive and does not require an extensive healing period.
Is breast augmentation surgery painful?
Not as painful as you might think. Over-the-counter medications such as Advil and Tylenol are usually sufficient to control any discomfort, and post-surgical soreness should disappear within three weeks.
Does breast augmentation interfere with breastfeeding?
The possibility of affecting the ducts within the breast exists with breast augmentation, breast lift, and even breast reduction procedures, which can impact lactation. However, placing the breast implants under the muscle usually affects milk production less than placing implants above the muscle.
How much does breast augmentation cost?
While costs will vary according to the extent of your procedure, breast augmentation typically costs between $5,000 and $10,000. Go over all costs with your surgeon before your breast augmentation.
Will my insurance pay for my breast augmentation?
Since breast augmentation is considered a cosmetic procedure, your insurance will not cover your costs. An exception might be if your augmentation is medically necessary, such as implants inserted following a mastectomy.
What’s the best age to have breast augmentation?
Maturity is the deciding factor on receiving breast augmentation. Most commonly, women seek breast augmentation in their 20s and 30s. If you want a breast augmentation with implants, remember that you’ll only be able to receive saline breast implants until you are 22 years old, at which point you can get silicone implants.
Can I have additional breast augmentation surgery if I want to change my look?
Yes, you can! Some women may be unhappy with their previous augmentation, decide they want to change their look again or even remove their breast implants altogether. There’s many reasons a patient may have for wanting to change their breasts in some way after a breast surgery. Breast revision surgery addresses this. Keep in mind that implants generally need to be replaced every ten years or so, as well.
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