Are you unhappy with the size of your breasts? Have circumstances led to uneven breast size over time? Do you wish they were larger, perkier, and more shapely? If so, breast augmentation may be right for you! Also known as Augmentation Mammaplasty, this procedure is designed to improve the form and shape of your breasts—giving you a higher, fuller bust line that looks and feels natural.
As an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lisa J. Learn has successfully performed this procedure on thousands of women, including those who have breastfed multiple children, lost weight, or simply aged in an unflattering way—and she can help you too!
Breast augmentation has been proven to be a safe and effective way to regain your confidence. Whether your goal is to restore your body after pregnancy or weight loss or simply add shape and definition to your breasts, Dr. Learn can help you achieve the results you have always wanted.
If you are considering this procedure, read on to find out more information. You can also check out our free guide to breast surgery for even more information on all the different types of breast procedures Dr. Learn has done many times before and can do for you.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that helps improve the size, shape, and appearance of your breasts. Breast implants, a silicone gel or saline-filled device placed behind each breast to give it fullness and plumpness, are used to correct breasts that are too small or unevenly sized. Both types of implants have their advantages; however, many women choose silicone gel-filled breast implants because they tend to feel more natural and appear more like real breasts.
Why Breast Augmentation Could be Right for You
Breast augmentation is a safe, effective breast enhancement procedure that can give you fuller breasts and an improved body image. If you are unhappy with your breasts or want more volume in your cleavage, breast augmentation could be the answer.
The procedure can be a good option for women who want to improve their breast size and shape. This may include:
- Women who are unhappy with the current contour of their breasts.
- Women who have lost weight and now have sagging breasts.
- Women who have lost breast tissue after pregnancy.
- Women with large breasts but small nipples.
- Women with one breast that is smaller than the other.
- Women looking to improve their appearance after breast cancer surgery.
- Women with a breast deformity, such as Poland Syndrome or pectus excavatum.
- Women who want a fuller chest for their own personal confidence boost.
Whatever your reason for contemplating breast augmentation, Dr. Learn will carefully evaluate your needs, discuss your goals, and perform a breast augmentation consultation to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Experience Meets a Female Perspective
What happens when you combine personal experience with a female perspective? You get a better understanding of your needs and desires.
If you are considering breast augmentation, you are looking for expertise that only a female plastic surgeon can provide. As a woman who has performed this same procedure on many other patients, Dr. Learn understands the concerns and questions you may have better than most other doctors would—and will be able to address them honestly. Dr. Learn fully understands that breasts come in different shapes and sizes, and not necessarily in the ways we want them to be.
Many people think of cosmetic surgery as purely an aesthetic choice. But for many women, choosing to undergo this procedure is about much more than how we look. It is also about how we feel—confident in our own bodies and empowered by our own choices.
At the end of the day, it is not just about your breasts—it is about how each individual part of your body fits together to create an overall picture of health and wellness. Let Dr. Learn be an ally in your journey to confidence, wholeness, and self-love.
How Breast Augmentation Works
Breast augmentation is a popular procedure, as most women want to enhance their natural beauty. Breast implants can lift, round, or enlarge drooping breasts and restore physical balance by giving each breast a similar shape and feel.
The implants can be placed under the chest muscle (submuscular), over the chest muscle (subglandular), or behind the breast tissue itself (transaxillary). The type of implant used will depend on several factors, including your body type and desired look.
Breast Implant Options
There has never been a better time for women who want to enhance their breasts. Today, more options are available than ever before! Whether you are looking for a more dramatic enhancement or something subtle, there is an option that meets your needs.
Breast implants are available in various shapes and sizes. The size and shape you choose will depend on your body type, aesthetic goals, and the surgeon’s recommendation. Here are some of the options you can expect to discuss during your initial consultation with Dr. Learn:
Breast implants come in a variety of sizes, ranging from about 150cc to 800cc or more. Many women need to have different-sized breast implants in each breast, as this helps create better symmetry.
The size of your implants will be determined by many factors: the size of your current breasts, what type of look you hope to achieve, and the advice from your surgeon.
The most common types of breast implants are silicone gel-filled and saline-filled. Neither implant is necessarily preferable to the other and both are FDA-approved, but it is important to consider their various costs and differences in incision requirements.
- Silicone gel-filled breast implants: Consisting of a silicone shell filled with a liquid silicone filler called cohesive gel, this type of implant is soft, smooth, and round in shape.
- Saline-filled breast implants: These implants are made from medical-grade plastic that contains a sterile saltwater solution instead of cohesive gel.
Your cosmetic surgeon will help you determine which type of implant is best for your body and lifestyle.
Implants come in both round and shaped options. Round implants typically give the upper portion of your breasts a fuller look, while shaped implants tend to lend a gentler slope. Both can be made to look very natural with the help of a skilled cosmetic surgeon.
The distance a breast implant protrudes from the chest wall is its projection. Implants can range from moderate to high projection, depending on your needs. If you want a more natural look, it may be best to go with moderate or low-projection implants.
The profile of an implant refers to its overall curvature—the shape that results from a combination of its base diameter, projection, and volume. Smaller-framed patients tend to have less available breast tissue and may need implants with a higher profile in order to fill out their desired size without causing pain or discomfort.
What to Expect When Getting Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation (like many surgeries) is a multi-step process unique to your body type and needs. Here are some general guidelines for what you might expect during the course of your breast augmentation procedure:
Leading Up to the Procedure
The first step is to meet with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lisa J. Learn, who will perform a breast examination to determine if breast enhancement is appropriate for you. Our team will then also discuss your goals and expectations, as well as what types of implants are available and their associated risks.
If you decide to move forward, Dr. Learn will schedule a preoperative appointment for you approximately two weeks before your procedure, where we will discuss the procedure with you in greater detail.
Dr. Learn and her surgical team will make a single incision in either the crease under your breast, the armpit region, or around your nipple. Once the incision has been made, the team will separate the breast tissue from muscles and connective tissues.
The implant is positioned within a pocket directly in front or behind the outermost muscle of your chest wall (pectoralis major). Saline implants are injected with sterile salt water once they are in place. Silicone implants contain silicone gel from the moment of insertion. When the implant is appropriately placed, the team will close the incision with stitches and bandage it.
You will see Dr. Learn two days after your surgery for a check-up to ensure everything is going well and that you are healing properly. We will change your bandages and check the drainage. We will also provide any additional information you might need about the recovery process. Sutures are typically removed 1-2 weeks after the procedure.
No Scar Worries!
Concerned about noticeable scarring? We can reassure you that all incisions are made in discreet places—under your breast, armpit, or around the nipple(s)—so there will be no visible scars.
Factors like implant size and type will determine the location of the incision. We will discuss these issues prior to surgery so that you know what to expect. That said, you must take care of the healing areas after your surgery. The recovery process requires you to take special care of the area. This includes applying medication and keeping the wound clean with gauze or bandages (the same post-op instructions for most surgeries).
Additionally, you will need to rest for the first few weeks and gradually increase your activity level. You may also need to wear a support bra at all times during this period of recovery.
It is important to remember that swelling and soreness may occur during recovery, but pain medication will help reduce discomfort. Following Dr. Learn’s post-op instructions is essential to ensure a good outcome from the surgery.
How can I Tell if a Particular Size is Right for Me?
We help patients choose their desired implant size by having them try on implants in the office. Implants are measured in cubic centimeters (ccs), not cup sizes. Most women choose an implant size that is between 200 and 450 ccs. The cup size of the final breasts depends on how large they were before augmentation and what brand of bra you prefer.
What is the Typical Recovery Time Following Surgery?
The recovery time for a breast augmentation can vary widely. Although it is considered a major surgery requiring general anesthesia, most people can return to work and other non-strenuous activities within two weeks of having breast augmentation. Movements such as stretching and lifting may be limited for several months while you wear a supportive bra to help with re-strengthening your shoulder muscles. We will discuss this in greater detail with you at your initial consultation.
What is the Difference Between Round and Teardrop-Shaped Implants?
Most women seeking breast augmentation are small-breasted and want upper pole fullness, so they usually choose round implants. Teardrop-shaped implants require a larger incision for insertion and tend to shift more than round ones.
How Long Do Breast Implants Actually Last?
Patients must understand that breast implants do not last forever and will need to be replaced at some point. Although the majority of breast implants last for over fifteen years, some ruptures occur earlier in their life span. Some manufacturers will replace your implant at no cost if it ruptures within ten years.
Are Most Breast Implant Patients Satisfied with Their Surgery?
Yes! Our clients are thrilled with their new look and enjoy feeling more confident. They love the way their clothes fit them now, as well as being able to wear swimsuits for the first time in years! You can read some of their testimonials right on our website.
Find the Confidence You Deserve Today!
When breast augmentation is complete, the look of satisfaction on a patient’s face provides a sense of pride for both surgeon and patient. But it is critical to find the right plastic surgeon who understands what makes your body different from the last patient and who can customize the appropriate implant style that will enhance your body type and the desired results—that is where Dr. Lisa J. Learn and her team has you covered!
For more information about breast augmentation or to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Learn, please call our Fort Lauderdale office at (954) 380-8411, or fill out our online consultation request form. Our team members will be happy to help you with any questions you may have.
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