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Considering Breast Augmentation? What Every Patient Should Know

Surgical Breast / February 10, 2022

If you have been interested in or have considered increasing the size of your breasts or have experienced a change in breast shape or size after pregnancy, weight loss, aging, or have always had uneven breast size, breast augmentation with implants can improve contour and restore balance.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Years of research and clinical studies have resulted in significant improvements in surgical techniques and breast implant technology that have resulted in the ability to offer patients of all ages numerous options in size, shape, and contour providing fully customizable results for women of all ages. Breast implant augmentation now allows choices in implant size, shape, and dimension that, combined with versatile surgical techniques that Dr. Barone can offer, provide customizable and safe outcomes for any patient’s unique anatomy and goals.

FDA approved and clinically tested implants are now available in the form of stable cohesive gel (often referred to as ‘gummy bear’ implants due to their natural consistency) or saline fill as well as options in shape and various dimensions to allow natural-appearing results for any patient’s body shape and goals. Dr. Barone also has experience in utilizing a patient’s own fat for grafting to the breasts, which can provide additional benefits with softness and shaping for the appropriate patient.

With many options from which to choose, breast augmentation in Toledo can safely provide the size, shape, and contour for many patients and create or restore a balanced and more youthful appearance for women of all ages and body types. It is important to know that breast implant augmentation will sometimes be combined with breast lift procedures or other plastic surgical shaping techniques to provide more comprehensive and balanced results.

How Breast Implant Augmentation Works

To create safe, consistent, and optimal results, patients interested in cosmetic breast enhancement or breast augmentation with Dr. Barone at EVOLV Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics receive a thorough evaluation and medical history/examination, photo documentation, and 3D computer analysis. It should be emphasized that this is a surgical procedure and therefore a comprehensive review and exam along with education are important to provide each patient with their personalized options to achieve their best results safely. A complete and thorough discussion of all potential complications and risks are reviewed with every patient. Each patient will also have a detailed preoperative appointment in the office 1 week or so before surgery to review plans for the procedure and all instructions, pre-order prescription medications, answer any questions or concerns and sign the consent forms.

The surgical procedure is performed in a fully accredited outpatient facility under a light general anesthetic administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. A small incision is made in the crease under the breast into a pocket created either under the chest wall muscle or under the breast gland itself. It is important to emphasize that the implant is not placed into or within the breast gland but beneath it so as not to interfere with mammograms or breast examinations in the future. With Dr. Barone’s technique, the optimal size and shape implant is decided upon in the operation room by first using a ‘measuring implant’ to determine the optimal size and dimension.

Breast Implant Augmentation Results and Recovery

The breast augmentation procedure typically takes less than 2 hours, and each patient will go home in a light dressing and surgical bra after a short stay in the recovery room. A friend or family member is required to drive the patient home after discharge instructions are completed. Dr. Barone’s surgical approach does not require drains and all skin sutures are internal and absorbable, so no stitches need to be removed after surgery. Dr. Barone also uses a unique long-acting (3 days) pain block in surgery, so most patients are quite comfortable during the post-operative period. Additional prescription pain medication is provided so every patient can feel comfortable during the post-operative period. Each patient will be specifically advised on when and what activities can be resumed so return to work or other duties can be planned.

The first dressing change will be done in the EVOLV office 3 or 4 days after the surgery and then patients may shower at home. Although there will be some mild swelling initially, each patient can immediately see their results. The swelling will gradually resolve and as that occurs, the breast will become more naturally soft and comfortable in time. Some sensation or feeling in the central breast is typically diminished during the first few weeks but will fully recover in time. All post-surgical patients are seen in the office as many times as needed until the recovery is completed and then will be evaluated on a yearly basis.

Breast Augmentation in Toledo, Ohio

Breast implant augmentation consistently remains the most popular of all cosmetic procedures for women. When performed on the appropriate patient and by a qualified and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, results are remarkably safe and effective, and with a very high percentage of patient long-term satisfaction and improved quality of life.  Despite the popularity and high interest in breast augmentation, there is also a considerable amount of misinformation and confusion about this procedure. The most important factor in any cosmetic procedure is the experience, training, and credentials of the provider or doctor and this is especially relevant in cosmetic breast surgery. Dr. Barone and the EVOV Professional staff therefore strongly recommend that any patient considering breast augmentation or any cosmetic surgical or non-surgical procedure, take their time, learn as much as possible from reliable and trustworthy sources and be sure to thoroughly evaluate the training, experience, and board certification of any doctor or provider they are considering for their treatment or procedure.

With the many options and choices available to any patient interested in breast augmentation or cosmetic breast surgery, it can seem overwhelming to learn and evaluate all the information needed to make an informed decision that is safe and best for each patient’s goals and expectations. With over 30 years of experience in aesthetic and plastic surgery, and as a fully credentialed and board-certified plastic surgeon with additional fellowship training and clinical research in breast implants and surgery, Dr. Barone and the EVOLV Team are uniquely qualified to safely address any patient’s concerns or interests in breast augmentation or cosmetic breast surgery. During the consultation and examination, Dr. Barone and the EVOLV staff will inform and guide you through the choices that are best for your concerns, explaining every option and the reasoning and safety behind it. Find out how breast augmentation may help you achieve the body contour you have been wanting by scheduling a consultation today.