Whether your breasts have never been the size you’d like or have simply lost volume after pregnancy or weight loss, breast augmentation can help you look and feel great about your body. It can help you feel sexy in and out of clothing and do wonders for your self-esteem and intimate relationships.
To perform a breast augmentation, Dr. Gonyon offers several options for implants, including silicone implants with the highest safety standards paired with an extensive portfolio of size and shape options. These features allow him to give customized surgical options to help you reach your goals.
In addition to offering a wide variety of shapes and sizes of implants, Dr. Gonyon uses intraoperative sizing (sizing during surgery) to ensure that the implant is placed safely in the breast pocket and that the size of the implant meets the patient’s goals. Sizing implants in the operating room allows the surgeon to address asymmetry or rib concavity that may not be apparent to the naked eye at the consult.
You may be a good candidate for breast implants:
Breast augmentation can be customized to fit your body and your cosmetic goals. There are a number of options you can select to ensure your procedure addresses your unique needs and goals. These include:
During your complimentary consultation with Dr. Gonyon, he will listen to your cosmetic goals, evaluate the condition of your breast tissue, and make recommendations about how each of these decisions can help you get the results you desire. Once you have made these decisions, you can schedule your breast enlargement surgery.
Every woman has unique needs and a specific look in mind. Dr. Gonyon respects the different goals and preferences of each of his patients. Some women want a look that is entirely natural, while others want a more enhanced, augmented appearance. The size and profile of your implants will play a major role in achieving your desired outcome.
To choose the breast implant size most suited to your frame, Dr. Gonyon will need to take several measurements during your initial consultation. Using these measurements, Dr. Gonyon can determine what size will provide you with your desired results while still producing a natural and pleasing appearance.
To further assist in this decision, Dr. Gonyon has developed a unique system where you will be given the opportunity to take home a special bra and various implant sizes. With these, you can try on your own clothes and get a better sense of what size you feel most closely matches your goals. This will also allow you to get an impression of the look you can expect after your surgery.
No matter what size you want your breasts to be, Dr. Gonyon can help you find the ideal solution. He approaches every patient with the eyes of an artist and can customize an implant option that will provide you with the look you hope to achieve. Your satisfaction is our primary concern, and we will listen closely to your needs to provide you with an implant size that helps you look and feel your best.
There are two types of breast implants:
Dr. Gonyon has found that both implant types can provide beautiful results. In addition, breast implants come in several shapes, which help you achieve the outcome you desire that is proportional to your frame.
Saline implants are available in sizes exceeding that of silicone implants, making them better suited for women who wish to achieve a more augmented appearance. An advantage of saline implants is that they are filled after placement, which allows Dr. Gonyon to adjust the size of your implants during surgery.
The primary disadvantages of saline implants include reduced breast implant placement options, less natural look and feel, and a greater likelihood of rippling.
Silicone implants are often best suited for all women, but especially those who have very little natural breast tissue and desire a substantial increase in volume. Silicone implants tend to look and feel more natural than saline implants and come in a variety of profiles to more ideally match your natural curves. In addition, silicone implants are less likely to ripple, which can help maintain longer-lasting results.
A common misconception is that because silicone implants come pre-filled, your breast augmentation incision will need to be larger. To address this, Dr. Gonyon offers a cutting-edge technique utilizing the Keller Funnel. This device allows for a smaller incision and a “no-touch” delivery of the silicone implants. It also reduces surgery time and post-operative discomfort.
Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for your personal situation by meeting with Dr. Gonyon at Gonyon Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery for an in-person consultation.
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There are three main profile options for both saline and silicone breast implants:
These different profiles give Dr. Gonyon options to choose the most appropriate implant width. During your consultation, Dr. Gonyon will take various measurements of your breasts to determine which profile best fits your body frame and will give you the best results.
There are three common locations for breast augmentation incisions:
Inframammary incisions are placed in the crease where your breasts meet your chest. This is by far the most common location for breast augmentation for a number of reasons:
Areolar incisions are placed around your nipple, allowing them to be hidden in the change in skin color, texture, and elevation between your areola and your breast. This incision option also allows Dr. Gonyon enhanced visibility and the option for placement of your implants in any location around the pectoralis muscle.
Depending on the size of your areola, it may not be large enough to support certain sizes of breast implants. Areolar incisions can also cause a reduction in nipple sensitivity.
Transaxillary incisions are placed in your armpit and are an alternative location to avoid incisions on or around your breasts. Dr. Gonyon can provide good cosmetic results with this location, but he will not have as much control over symmetry, and the recovery period is typically more uncomfortable. The transaxillary incisions are well hidden when your arms are at your side, but may be visible when you raise your arms while wearing swimsuits or sleeveless clothing.
Transumbilical incisions, placed through your belly button, are also an option. However, this method severely limits control over symmetry, placement and cleavage, and it can damage the breast implants. For these reasons, transumbilical incisions are not performed by Dr. Gonyon.
There are two different breast implant placement options: subglandular placement or submuscular placement.
With subglandular placement, the breast implant is placed behind your breast tissue and over the chest muscle. It is an excellent option if you have a significant amount of natural breast tissue.
Advantages of subglandular placement include:
Drawbacks of this option include:
With submuscular placement, the breast implant is placed underneath the chest muscle. This option is ideal if you do not have a significant amount of natural breast tissue.
Advantages of submuscular placement include:
Patients treated with breast augmentation often see:
After breast augmentation surgery, you may feel sore and tired for a few days. You’ll likely be able to return to your daily routine the week of your procedure as long as you avoid vigorous physical activity. If you work a desk job, you can expect to return to work a week after the procedure.
When considering breast augmentation, you may be curious about how breast implants will affect cancer screenings. Women with breast implants should get regular mammograms to screen for cancer just like women who have not had breast augmentation. Breast implants do not cause cancer and they do not delay its diagnosis.
In order to achieve the best possible mammogram results with breast implants:
During a mammogram, the clinician will compress your breast between two plates to hold your breast in place and allow for clear imaging. Some women say this is actually more comfortable with breast implants than the mammograms they received before their breast surgery.
Depending on the type of mammogram, either an X-ray or digital image is taken of your breast. The image is reviewed by a radiologist to look for irregularities in your breast tissue. If anything irregular is detected, you will likely need an MRI for follow-up testing. Depending on your type of breast implant, you may have regular MRIs anyway. They are recommended for silicone implants to check for rupture.
When you have breast implants, as an extra screening measure you will usually have four additional images taken during your mammogram. These are called implant displacement views, and they allow the radiologist to see the portion of your tissue in front of the breast implant.
Breast implants are not considered to be a lifetime medical device, nor should they be. Over time, you may decide to have them removed or replaced for a different size, or even to change the type of breast implant you have.
Breast implants can last for 10-20 years, depending on the patient, without any noticeable changes. While the most common reasons for breast implant exchange are because the patient wants a change in their appearance or would like to change from saline breast implants to silicone breast implants, it may also be performed for medical reasons. Some patients may have noticeable rippling in their breast implants, while others may experience capsular contracture (scar tissue around the implant).
Replacing breast implants can be a much easier breast augmentation procedure for patients to undergo. It can be a less invasive surgery, with less pain, and there is a faster recovery since the original breast augmentation pocket still exists. Of course, this depends on the circumstances for the breast implant exchange.
Requesting a breast implant exchange at any time is possible. If you would like different cup sizes, a new breast shape, or would like to upgrade the type of breast implant, breast implant exchange is a good option for you.
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