Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures performed at our office and throughout the country. Dr. Sozer at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery is ranked Top 50 in the nation among Allergan accounts with an average of over 400 breast augmentation procedures each year. In 2008 alone, more than a quarter of a million women underwent the procedure nationwide.
Breast augmentation (enlargement) at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, involves the placement of breast implants to create a fuller bust line, enhance breast size and shape, and produce the more proportional appearance desired by many women. It is important to note that although breast enhancement will increase the size of the breast, it will not change the shape. For some women, breast enlargement alone may not yield an aesthetically satisfying result. In those instances, the operation may be combined with a mastopexy, or breast lift procedure.
Candidates for Breast Augmentation
If you feel that you fit one or more of the following conditions, you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation:
- You feel that your breasts are too small
- You feel self-conscious when wearing a form-fitting top or a swimsuit
- Your breasts have become smaller and/or have lost their firmness or shape after weight loss or giving birth
- One of your breasts is noticeably smaller than the other
Choosing the Right Implant and Size
Results of the breast augmentation procedure are optimized when the patient and the surgeon have a good understanding of each other’s desires and goals. Therefore, it is important for patients to relay their expectations of the breast enlargement procedure when they consult with Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips. During your breast augmentation consultation, you and your surgeon will also discuss your ideas about breast size and any other bothersome issues that relate to the breasts.
Using state-of-the-art Vectra 3D imaging technology, we can give our patients a preview of what they may look like after breast augmentation. Patients can see how different sizes, shapes, and types of breast implant may look, helping them make the right decisions about their breast augmentation surgery.
At El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, we offer several types of implants. To learn more about implants, please select implant tab on the menu bar. Implants have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Breast Implant Placement and Incision Locations
During the procedure, an implant is placed under the breast chest muscle or under the breast tissue. The location of the incision made during the procedure will determine the appearance of the resulting scar, and Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips makes every effort to use incisions that will minimize or hide the scar. Incisions can be hidden in the breast crease, around the areola, or in the axilla (armpit).
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Breast augmentation patients can go home the same day of their surgery, and they can go back to performing moderate activities within a week to ten days. Vigorous activities such as sports and activities involving arm movement should be avoided for three to four weeks. Patients may return to all of their normal activities in about three months.
Risks and Complications
All surgery has risks and potential complications. Although the risks are not common, it is important that you understand the potential complications and know that no surgeon can offer risk-free surgery or guarantee of perfect result. Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will discuss any possible risks in detail during your consultation and will be sure to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.
Breast Augmentation and Cancer
While breast enlargement with implants does not increase the risk of cancer, it does interfere with the ability of a mammogram to detect suspicious lesions. A mammogram performed before surgery can help physicians detect changes in mammograms performed after surgery. Previous research has proven that a mammogram is affected less when the implant is placed under the chest muscle rather than just under the breast tissues.
Breast Augmentation procedures are considered outpatient surgery and are performed under general anesthesia. Our surgical center, El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center, is in our West El Paso state-of-the-art facility which offers a comfortable and private setting. El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center has been certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. This is a voluntary program of certification, meaning that at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery we choose to have our plastic surgery center inspected to ensure excellence and quality care to our plastic surgery patients. Only those facilities that meet the most stringent requirements for patient care, cleanliness, and equipment are accredited by the AAAASF.
The next step is to schedule your consultation. During your consultation, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will evaluate you and discuss all your questions, concerns and desires before undergoing surgery so you can have realistic expectations. You may call our office at (915) 800-0554 to schedule your consultation or may fill out our “Schedule Your Consultation” tab and someone will contact you to make that appointment. Experience the Science of Beauty.