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Maryland Breast Augmentation Procedure: What to Expect

Breast augmentations are among the most popular cosmetic procedures year after year. A breast augmentation sometimes called a “breast aug” or “boob job,” can be performed to increase the size of the breast 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.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is commonly referred to as a “breast aug” or “boob job” by patients or “augmentation mammaplasty.” It is a procedure designed to increase the size of the breasts, as well as offering a more rounded shape or improving size asymmetry if necessary. Breast augmentation is most achieved using either saline or silicone implants, but the procedure can also be performed using fat transfer.

What Can a Breast Augmentation Do?

Breast augmentation 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 augmentation to improve their overall self-confidence.

In some cases, breast augmentation using implants may be performed for breast reconstruction after mastectomy or injury. Breast reconstruction has unique considerations compared to cosmetic breast augmentation, however, and implants are only one method of reconstructing the breasts.

What Breast Augmentation Cannot Do

Before undergoing breast augmentation, it is important to have realistic expectations and an understanding of what breast augmentation can accomplish. Notably, breast augmentation 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 augmentation 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.

The Breast Augmentation Procedure

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.

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Choosing a Breast Implant

Before the breast augmentation procedure, 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 implants tend to feel more like natural breast tissue. However, if the implants are to leak, saline is naturally absorbed by the body, while silicone remains in the shell or breast implant pocket and needs to be removed surgically.

Choosing the size of your breast implants depends on your goal results and body proportions. During your consultation, 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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Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Candidates for breast augmentation are generally healthy nonsmokers. The best candidates:

  • Do not plan to become pregnant or breastfeed
  • Have fully-developed breasts
  • Are dissatisfied with the size or shape of their breasts
  • Are at a healthy and stable weight

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Recovering from Breast Augmentation Surgery

After breast augmentation, most patients experience swelling, bruising, and soreness. Discomfort can be treated using medications that Dr. Rosenberg will prescribe. In the first few days after a breast augmentation, you should rest according to Dr. Rosenberg’s directions. Most patients return to work and non-strenuous activities around five to seven days after the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Schedule a Consultation

To find out more about the breast augmentation procedure and whether it is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg. Call the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland at (410) 324-3071 or request your appointment online.

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Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg is a founding member of The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland. He began his plastic surgery practice in Baltimore after completing 13 years of extensive postgraduate training.

Today, he is a distinguished surgeon, expertly performing breast augmentations, breast lifts, liposuctions, tummy tucks, facelifts, facial rejuvenation, and more for patients in the Maryland area and beyond.

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