Breast augmentation is definitely a popular procedure. At The Plastic Surgery Clinic we perform over 400 breast augmentation surgeries per year. No matter how much bigger you are looking to go, our surgeons’ philosophy is always to give you the most natural looking result.
There are a variety of things to consider with breast augmentation surgery. First you’ll want to decide on which type of incision will work best in your case.
There are 4 different types of incisions: the inframammary (that is the crease found just below the breast), the periareolar (otherwise known as the nipple incision), the transaxillary (the armpit incision), or the transumbilical (the belly button incision). Each incision has its advantages and disadvantages, and it really comes down to which one will work best in your particular case.
You’ll also want to consider your implant size of course, as well as your implant type (cohesive gel or saline), and implant shape (round or teardrop).
Although these decisions may seem super straightforward, so many choices are dependent on and need to be adjusted according to your individual anatomy and structure. The broader characteristics of your breasts really matter in these decisions—for instance, your current breast measurements and positioning, your chest wall, as well as your breast tissue all contribute to choosing the best implant for your goals.
Other factors come into play as well, such as whether you want to improve on your cleavage or if your breasts might need a lift as well. These are all considerations that need to be discussed with your surgeon in an in-person consultation before you decide that this is the right procedure for you and for the aesthetic result that you are looking to achieve.
The procedure often begins with liposuction of the abdomen and/or waist to remove excess fat and in order to create more contour in the skin that is left behind. This is followed by an incision that is made just above the pubic area, which will allow your surgeon to remove any excess skin or fat around the middle and lower abdomen.
In some cases, your surgeon will also repair the rectus muscle, which may have been separated during pregnancy in a condition known as rectus diastasis. Barbed sutures are used to repair rectus diastasis and to tighten the abdominal wall. Your surgeon will then remove any excess skin and create and reposition your navel.
What is unique about the tummy tuck procedure at The Plastic Surgery Clinic is that our surgeons helped develop an innovative technique called Progressive Tension Abdominoplasty: in other words, a no-drain tummy tuck surgery.
Older tummy tuck techniques require the patient to live with a drain for days or sometimes weeks in order to remove any excess fluid that may gather post-operatively. This can be very uncomfortable and significantly slows down the recovery time.
However, our surgeons use something called the Quill suture, a special internal stitch that locks the skin and muscle into place with the barbs of the suture, eliminating the need for drains and significantly improving on the patient’s level of comfort and speeding up their recovery time.
The Mommy Makeover
The Mommy Makeover is also a super popular procedure. With over 200 performed per year at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we send our mamas home very happy.
What is the Mommy Makeover? Well it’s a surgery that rolls a number of surgeries into one, all of them addressing the issues that some women want to correct after the strains of pregnancy and childbirth, as well as from the changes in the body that occur due to nursing.
The Mommy Makeover normally includes a breast lift and/or augmentation, a tummy tuck, and liposuction. The advantages of the Mommy Makeover is that because it includes more than one procedure in one surgery it considerably speeds up recovery times and makes it so that you only have to have one surgery as opposed to 3 separate ones—an ideal option for busy moms (is there any other kind?).
One of the unique options we offer for breast lift is what’s known as “auto augmentation” using the patient’s own breast tissue. In other words, our surgeons create a lifted, more voluminous shape in the breast without the need to insert an implant. The tissue from the lower part of the breast is re-positioned into the upper part of the breast creating more fullness in the upper pole.