Many women feel that their breast size is not in balance with their overall body type or may simply not be the volume or contour that they desire. For these women, cosmetic breast enhancement can be the answer. Breast enhancement can balance a woman's upper body with her waistline and hips to provide a wonderful, feminine silhouette.
Seattle cosmetic breast surgeon and breast augmentation specialist Dr. Salemy will meet with you to discuss your desired goals. He will then recommend the most effective technique to achieve the breast enhancement that you desire. This will include selecting the appropriate type and size implant, as well as any other procedures which may help create an outstanding result.
Breast Augmentation In Seattle
Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. and one of our most popular services here in our Seattle office. Breast augmentation can give women with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look through the placement of saline or silicone implants in the breast.
Our patients elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic reasons, including balancing breast size, compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery, and correcting a congenital breast defect. Under Dr. Salemy's expert care, patients enjoy great-looking, natural-feeling breasts that are one or more cup sizes larger after the operation.
Fully Customized Breast Enhancement
We know that every woman is unique in both her desires and her body shape. With that in mind, Dr. Salemy takes the time during the pre-operative consultations in our Seattle office to learn what each patient hopes to gain from breast augmentation surgery and to decide which implant type and implant placement is best. In this way, every one of his patients enjoys completely customized treatment designed with their specific goals in mind.
Breast augmentation can achieve dramatic and beautiful results on its own as well as in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery or non-invasive procedures. Dr. Salemy sometimes recommends combining breast augmentation with other procedures such as a breast lift for more satisfying results.
Saline and Silicone Gel Breast Implants In Our Seattle Office
Breast implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel. Both implant types are very safe, and each offers its own advantages. Dr. Salemy will help you decide which kind is right for you. You will have the chance to see and feel different breast implants during your consultation in our Seattle office, which will also help you decide on the option you want. Dr. Salemy will also help you decide on the appropriate size breast implant to achieve your desired result. During surgery, he will place the implants behind each breast, underneath either breast tissue or the chest wall muscle.
After many years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved silicone breast implants for breast augmentation surgery. We are proud to offer patients the option of silicone gel-filled breast implants, since they are much softer and feel more natural than saline-filled breast implants.
Breast Augmentation Surgery - Incision Techniques
The breast augmentation procedure lasts one to two hours and is typically performed with either general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. Incisions are made in inconspicuous places on the breast to minimize scar visibility. These may be located:
- In the armpit (transaxillary),
- In the crease on the underside of the breast (inframammary), or
- Around the areola, the dark skin around the nipple (periareolar).
The breast is then lifted, creating a pocket into which the implant is inserted.
Breast Augmentation Surgery - Placement Options
Implant placement beneath the muscle of the chest offers a few advantages over placement beneath the breast tissue only. These include camouflaging of the implant and less interference with mammogram examinations. Possible disadvantages include elevated pain in the first few days following surgery, more swelling and more time until the implant settles into its final position.
Implant placement beneath the breast tissue (in front of the muscle of the chest) has advantages and disadvantages as well. Advantages include less post-op pain and a more natural look. Disadvantages include a higher risk of seeing the ripping of the implant wall, particularly in very thin women with saline implants. We will discuss which option may be best for you.
After the implants have been inserted and positioned properly, the incisions are stitched closed, and a surgical bra is placed..
Most patients feel tired and sore after breast augmentation surgery, but this usually passes in a day or two. Many patients return to work within the week.
Any post-operative pain, swelling and sensitivity will diminish over the first few weeks. All of the stitches are dissolvable and Dr. Salemy will see you in a week to check your progress.
Scars from breast augmentation incisions will begin to fade in a few months and will continue to fade for months or years.
Complications following breast augmentation surgery are uncommon and usually minimal. They may include capsular contracture, swelling and pain, infection around the implant, a change in nipple sensation, milk production if you nursed a baby within a year before the procedure, and breakage or leakage of the implant (implant rupture) as a result of injury or the normal compression and movement of your breast.
If a saline implant ruptures, the implant will simply deflate in a few hours and your body will absorb the salt water. If a silicone implant leaks, you will need to see a doctor for replacement of the implant. Regular monitoring of breast implants after breast augmentation is recommended to ensure continuing breast and implant health.