Breast augmentations are among the most popular cosmetic procedures in Baltimore year after year. A breast augmentation, sometimes called a “breast aug” or “boob job,” can be performed to increase the size of breasts or restore breast volume lost due to weight loss or pregnancy and breastfeeding. In addition to altering the size, breast augmentations can achieve a more rounded shape as well as improved symmetry and proportions.
Breast augmentation is commonly referred to as a “boob job” by patients although the technical term for the procedure is “augmentation mammaplasty.” It is a procedure designed to increase the size of the breasts, as well as to achieve a desired shapeliness or correct asymmetrical breast sizes if necessary. Breast augmentation Baltimore is often performed using either saline or silicone implants, but the procedure can also be performed using fat transfer.
Breast implants can be chosen to achieve a variety of aesthetic changes. These include increasing the fullness and projection of the breasts, improving the balance between the breasts and hips, and improving symmetry between the two breasts. In addition, many patients choose breast implant surgery to improve their overall self-confidence.
In some cases, breast implant surgery may be performed for breast reconstruction after mastectomy or injury. Breast reconstruction has unique considerations compared to cosmetic breast implants, however, and implants are only one method of reconstructing the breasts.
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Before undergoing Baltimore breast surgery, it is important to have realistic expectations and an understanding of what breast enhancement can accomplish. Notably, breast implant surgery cannot correct drooping or sagging breasts. To reposition the breasts and correct sagging or drooping, a breast lift rather than augmentation is necessary. However, this procedure is often performed in combination with breast implant surgery to create a fuller and more lifted appearance.
Combining breast augmentation and a breast lift can typically be performed in a single surgery, but in some cases two operations are necessary. Dr. Rosenberg will advise a treatment plan that will be most effective in achieving your goals after a consultation.
After being placed under general anesthesia, Dr. Rosenberg will make an incision in one of three ways, depending on your goal results and needs. The incision may either be made around the areola (periareolar), along the fold under the breast (inframammary), or under the arm (transaxillary). Through this incision, the implant can be placed either directly behind the breast tissue in what is called a submammary or subglandular placement, or behind the pectoral muscle in a submuscular placement.
As breast surgeries continue to gain popularity in Baltimore and across the US, the procedure is becoming more accessible than ever. However, it’s important to know that this procedure should only be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, not only to minimize risks and side effects, but also to ensure the most natural looking results. Dr. Rosenberg of the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland is double board certified by the American Board of Surgery as well as the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Before Baltimore breast implant surgery, you will need to decide what kind of implant you will receive. Breast implants are filled with either silicone or saline (saltwater), which look and feel slightly different from one another.
Silicone (also known as “gummy bear”) breast implants tend to feel more like natural breast tissue. However, if the implants are to leak, saline is naturally absorbed by the body, whereas silicone remains in the shell or implant pocket and needs to be removed surgically. Saline implants tend to be cheaper than silicone breast implants and may result in less scarring, as the implant shell can be inserted first, then filled later.
In addition, you also need to choose what size breast implant you will use. Choosing the size of your breast implants depends on your goal results and body proportions. During your consultation with Dr. Rosenberg, you can “try on” several sizes of implants to see how they look and feel. Dr. Rosenberg will help you determine a size that is in proportion with your body and flattering to your features.
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Candidates for breast augmentation in Baltimore are generally healthy people who are also non-smokers. The best candidates:
Although breast augmentation does not usually affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed, it is recommended that if you are planning to have children and breastfeed them in the future, wait to have breast surgery until that time has passed. Pregnancy brings many changes to the breasts and can alter the position and effect of implants. In the same way, getting implants before breasts are fully developed can result in unpredictable changes as the tissue around a breast implant grows and matures.
People eligible for breast enhancement surgery should also have reasonable expectations for what the surgery can and cannot achieve. During breast augmentation consultations with Dr. Rosenberg, you will become more familiar with all the available options for your desired results.
During your Baltimore breast implant consultation, you can explain your current concerns and ideal results to Dr. Rosenberg. He will then examine the area and evaluate your general health to determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure.
At this appointment, you will discuss your treatment options, such as the type of implants you will receive, and ask any questions you might have. Dr. Rosenberg will also take photographs and measurements as necessary to further develop a plan for your breast implant surgery procedure.
Before your breast augmentation, you may ask any questions you have to Dr. Rosenberg, a Baltimore board-certified plastic surgeon, during your consultation appointment. Some common questions include:
After your Baltimore breast implant surgery, the breasts will be covered by elastic bandages and/or a support bra to encourage proper healing and minimize swelling. Some discomfort is normal, but you will be given pain medications to maintain your comfort as you heal. Drains may be in place to prevent fluid accumulation as well.
Dr. Rosenberg will give you specific instructions on how to care for any drains, your incisions, and your general health and healing in consultations before the surgery. Most patients require rest for about a week before they can return to work and other non-strenuous activities. Dr. Rosenberg will monitor your healing during post-operative appointments.
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Breast implants are a long-lasting way to get the self-confidence of looking great in whatever you want to wear. To find out more about breast augmentation in Baltimore and whether breast implants are right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg today. Call the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland at (410) 324-3071 or request your appointment online.