If you’re thinking about enhancing your breast size or shape, you’re not alone. Breast augmentation is the top cosmetic surgery performed in the United States, and the number of women choosing the procedure keeps rising. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Susan Schneider, MD, at The Methodist Physician Group Specialists has extensive experience helping women choose breast implants that meet their desired shape, then performing exceptional augmentation surgery. To schedule an appointment, call the practice in Merrillville, Indiana, or book an appointment online.
In addition to enhancing the size of your breasts, you can use implants to change the shape of your breasts. You may also want to improve breast symmetry or simply restore your breasts to their normal size if they changed due to pregnancy or weight loss.
When you decide to have augmentation surgery, Dr. Schneider guides you through every decision. She explains your options and gives you time to make the best choices.
These are a few of the options when it comes to your breast implants:
There are two basic types of implants. They both have an outer silicone shell, but they have different fillings.
Saline implants are inserted while they’re deflated, then Dr. Schneider fills them with a saline solution. This type of implant has a firmer feel.
Silicone implants come prefilled with a gel-like silicone substance. The silicon gel makes them feel more like your natural breasts.
Dr. Schneider can place your implants in front of or behind the chest muscle. Their placement makes a subtle difference in your appearance, so the best choice depends on your goals.
The basic shapes are round and teardrop, but implants come in a broad range of sizes. You may have a size in mind — and it might be perfect for you — but when choosing a size, it’s also important to consider your skin and anatomy.
Your maximum implant size is determined by factors like the width of your chest and the amount of elasticity in your breast skin. If you get an implant that’s too large, it stretches your skin beyond its limit. As a result, you may develop tissue damage and unsightly sagging.
Dr. Schneider performs breast augmentation as an outpatient procedure that takes 1-2 hours. When making the incisions, she keeps them as small and inconspicuous as possible.
After your surgery, you need at least two days of rest and several more days of reduced activity. You should be able to get back to your normal daily routine in about a week, but your swelling and soreness may persist for up to four weeks.
If you dream of having your breasts enlarged or reshaped, call The Methodist Physician Group Specialists or book an appointment online.