Patients desiring a breast augmentation are usually looking to improve the proportion of their breasts with the rest of their figure. Additionally, breast augmentation can help women regain breast volume that was lost from pregnancy, breast-feeding, or significant weight loss.
Patients who are candidates for breast augmentation include the following:
- Women that desire larger and firmer breasts
- Women with moderate sagging or loss of fullness of the breasts
- Women who experience asymmetry of the breast (one breast is a different size than the other)
Dr. Quintero aims to provide patients with natural results that fit their goals; enhancing the already beautiful you.
A breast augmentation is an outpatient surgery, allowing you to go home that same day. The procedure rarely requires a hospital stay.
To perform a breast augmentation, Dr. Quintero will make an incision in the breast fold and create a pocket for the implant either above or below the chest muscle. Placement of the incision and implant is discussed during your consultation with Dr. Quintero.
Once the implants are in place, Dr. Quintero will confirm that the placement is accurate for symmetry. Additionally, he will check that the selected implant size fits your body type and figure. Finally, he will close the incisions.
Safety Preparation & Risk
In order to perform a safe breast augmentation, a patient must be up to date on their mammogram if it applies to their age group.
We also ask that patients stop certain medications and all nicotine products. Dr. Quintero would like for patients to follow these recommendations for a better healing and recovery process.
Possible risks of a breast augmentation include the following:
- Scar tissue that distorts the shape of the breast implant (capsular contracture)
- Breast pain
- Changes in nipple and breast sensation
- Implant position changes
- Implant leakage or rupture
Correcting these complications might require more surgery, either to remove or replace the implants.
Recovery for breast augmentation varies from patient to patient, but most return to work 5 to 7 days after surgery. Lifting is restricted just after surgery and slowly you may increase your activity. Full recovery to return to everyday activities (normal workout routine, etc.) is usually three months after the procedure.