Breast Augmentation Nashville, TN
Breast augmentation surgery involves using breast implants or fat, referred to as fat transfer breast augmentation, to increase the size of your breasts or restore breast volume that has been lost after weight reduction or pregnancy.
What can breast augmentation do for you?
- Increase fullness and projection of your breasts
- Improve the balance of your figure
- Enhance your self-image and self-confidence
Types of breast implants
There are several types of breast implants and here you’ll learn more about each as you try to determine what’s best for you. You and your Nashville, TN plastic surgeon will go over your options as you design your treatment plan.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. Should the implant shell leak, a saline implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body. Saline breast implants provide a uniform shape, firmness and feel.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. The gel feels a bit more like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket. A leaking implant filled with silicone gel will not collapse. If you choose silicone implants, you may need to visit your Nashville, TN plastic surgeon regularly to make sure the implants are functioning properly. An ultrasound or MRI screening can assess the condition of breast implants.
Gummy Bear Breast Implants
Form-stable implants are sometimes referred to as gummy bear breast implants because they maintain their shape even when the implant shell is broken. The consistency of the silicone gel inside the implant is thicker than traditional silicone gel implants. These breast implants are also firmer than traditional implants, but are thought to be less likely to break. Gummy bear breast implants are shaped rather than round. They have more projection at the bottom and are tapered towards the top. If a shaped implant rotates, it may lead to an unusual appearance of the breast. Placement of gummy bear implants requires a longer incision in the skin.
Round Breast Implants
Round breast implants have a tendency to make breasts appear fuller than form-stable implants. Higher profile options can achieve even more projection. Because round breast implants are the same shape all over, there is less concern about them rotating out of place.
Smooth Breast Implants
Smooth breast implants are the softest feeling. These implants can move with the breast implant pocket, which may give more natural movement. Smooth breast implants may have some palpable or visible rippling.
What to expect during breast augmentation recovery
During your breast augmentation recovery, you will be taken into a recovery area to be closely monitored following surgery. Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and an elastic bandage or support bra will minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. You may be permitted to go home after a few hours.
Before leaving, you will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for your breasts following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow-up with your Nashville, TN plastic surgeon.
You may be instructed to wear a support bra around the clock for the first week or two. It will be important to cleanse the incision sites and apply ointment as directed. Be sure to follow all instructions carefully. After a post-surgical breast augmentation recovery period of 24 to 48 hours and an additional reduced activity period of a few days, you will likely experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks. Exercise and normal activity can resume at the direction of your Nashville plastic surgeon.
Breast enhancement can help you achieve an improved appearance and boost your self-confidence. Consider all the factors and options when deciding if a breast enhancement procedure is right for you.