Breast Augmentation

Drs. Butler and Leveque have performed thousands of breast augmentations over the course of their careers.  They make sure each operation is thoughtfully planned and carefully executed.  Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery uses VECTRA 3D Imaging technology, which allows you to “try on” different sizes and types of implants BEFORE surgery so you can be sure that your implants give you the look you want.

Breast Augmentation by Dr. Leveque

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Breast Augmentation by Dr. Leveque
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Breast Augmentation by Dr. Leveque


 

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Typical Timing/Age

18-50

Problem

Small breasts

Procedure

A thoughtfully and carefully selected silicone or saline breast implant is placed under the breast tissue. The superior (top) part of the implant is usually placed under pectoralis major muscle as well (dual plane position). The top of the implant can be placed superficial to the pectoralis major muscle (total subglandular position) in appropriately selected patients. The breast implant pocket is created and accessed from an incision in the inframammary fold (crease under the breast), an incision around the areola or an incision in the axilla (arm pit). If a trans-axillary incision is used, an endoscope may be utilized for better visualization during pocket creation. The dissection is done with an electrocautery to create a bloodless field that is thought to reduce the risk of infection and capsular contracture. After the pockets are created, temporary intraoperative “sizers” may be used to confirm or assist with final implant selection. Once the final implant choices are made, the pockets are irrigated with an antibiotic solution. The implants are then opened and placed directly from the manufacturer’s packaging into the pocket – being touched and manipulated as little as possible with a fresh pair of surgical gloves. The operation usually takes 1-2 hours.

Breast Augmentation by Dr. Butler

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Breast Augmentation by Dr. Butler
After

Breast Augmentation by Dr. Butler


 

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Goal

To improve breast size and shape.

Facility

Surgery Center or Hospital

Preparation

Patients should be at a stable weight and cannot be using any nicotine containing substances. Patients should not be pregnant, breastfeeding or recently postpartum.

Anesthesia

General anesthesia

Introduction to Breast Augmentation

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Recovery

Hospital stay

Most patients choose to go home after surgery.

Assistance

You will be able to walk around, feed and bathe yourself. Depending on your pain medication requirements, you may not be able to care for others or drive a car.

Walking

You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.

Showering

After 48 hours you should remove your dressings and take a shower.

Breast Augmentation

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Exercise

You should do mild/gentle stretching exercises immediately after surgery to prevent your arm and chest muscles from getting tight. Light exercise is ok 1 week after surgery with your new breasts well supported. No arm exercises (other than stretching) for 3 weeks.

Sex

Wait 1 week because you don’t want to increase your blood pressure during the early healing period. After 1 week, sex is ok ONLY if your partner is able resist touching your new breasts. You are the only person allowed to touch your breasts for the 6 weeks following surgery.

Work

Depending on your type of work you can resume light office work as soon as you feel you are able to do so. Most people take about 1 week off of work following a breast augmentation.

Swelling

Usually peaks around 3 days and gradually goes away.

Bruising

If present, should subside within 1-2 weeks.

Follow-up Appointments

1-3 days after surgery, 7-10 days, 4 weeks, 6 months, 1 year.

Inherent Risks & Complications

Hematoma, Infection, Implant malposition, Numbness, Capsular contracture, Implant rupture, Poor scarring, Need for revision, Complications related to anesthesia.

Performed by: Dr. Butler, Dr. Leveque

 

*Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank: Statistics 2013. (2014). Aesthetic Surgery Journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 34(1 suppl), 1S-22S.doi:10.1177/1090820X14542571

Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery is the only plastic surgery office in the area offering Canfield Vectra 3-D Imaging and Breast Sculptor software.