Breasts are one of the most feminine parts of the female body. If you are unhappy with the size or appearance of your breasts for whatever reason, breast augmentation surgery in Seattle can help achieve a look that you are comfortable with. There are many reasons for getting breast implants and because the surgery is so customizable, it continues to be one of the most popular plastic surgeries in the country.
Is Breast Augmentation Right For Me?
Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breasts using breast implants. Women often seek out breast augmentation for a number of different reasons including:
- Improvement in the appearance of small, disproportionate breasts
- Restoration of volume to the breasts after weight loss or pregnancy
- Breast asymmetry correction
- Improvement in the appearance of aging breasts (sometimes used in conjunction with a breast lift procedure)
One of the main choices that you will have to make is whether to have your augmentation performed with saline or silicone gel implants. While each is lined with a silicone outer shell, their internal material can make a difference in the look and feel of your breasts. Another key difference between the two is that silicone gel implants are placed pre-filled, where as saline implants are first placed and then filled with a saline solution. Other than material, you will also have to decide on factors such as:
- Texture: smooth or textured
- Shape: round, tapered or the newer tear drop shape
- Profile: low, medium or high projection
- Diameter: the width of the breast implant
Your consultation with Dr. Grenley will help you make better informed decisions about your breast implants so that you are able to achieve the results that you want.
Placing Your Breast Implants
The method of inserting and positioning your implant will depend on your anatomy and Dr. Grenley's recommendation. The incision can be made either in the underlying crease where the breast meets the chest or around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). Every effort will be made to assure that the incision is placed so resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible.
Working through the incision, he will lift your breast tissue and skin to create a pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue (sub-mammary or sub-glandular placement) or beneath the pectoral muscle and on top of the chest wall (sub-pectoral placement). Once the implant is positioned within this pocket, the incisions are closed with sutures and covered with surgical tape. A mildly compressive gauze bandage will be applied over your breasts to help with healing.
What Is Recovery Like Following a Seattle Breast Augmentation?
The surgery usually takes approximately one hour to complete. You're likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you'll be up and around in 24 to 48 hours. There are restrictions in heavy lifting and exercise for the first two weeks, and certain exercises should be limited for about six weeks.
Within a few days, the gauze dressings will be removed and you will be placed into a surgical bra. You should wear it as directed by Dr. Grenley. Your stitches are absorbable and beneath the skin, so they will not require removal. The swelling in your breasts may take a few weeks to dissipate and, during this time, your breasts will become more natural in appearance and feel.
If you are ready to rejuvenate the look of your breasts, click here to schedule a consultation with Dr. Grenley in Seattle. Service areas include: Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Everett, Tacoma, Puyallup, Kent, Federal Way, Redmond, Lynnwood, Renton, Edmonds Washington.