If you wish your breasts were larger, fuller or had more shape, breast augmentation (breast implants) at our Birmingham, Alabama facility may be your answer.Please take a moment to fill out the form below to get started with Breast Augmentation. We will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Before the breast augmentation procedure at the Birmingham, Alabama-area Premier Plastic Surgery Center, patients consult with plastic surgeon Dr. Van Hoy to determine the size and shape of the breast implants that will best suit their needs. Breast augmentation is typically done in our Birmingham area cosmetic surgery facility as an outpatient procedure. Patients are given anesthesia. The breast implants are placed below the pectoral muscle.
Premier Plastic Surgery provides detailed post-operative instructions and follow-up care for its breast augmentation patients. Once healing has occurred, breast augmentation patients can expect their breasts to look fuller, shapelier and have a youthful look.
Breast augmentation (breast implants) surgery can be performed on an outpatient (not in the hospital) basis or in a hospital. It can be done under general anesthesia (put to sleep or not aware of having surgery).
Surgery can last from 30 minutes – hour depending on your particular case (your condition, implant choice, incision site, implant placement, etc.).
Before surgery, your doctor should discuss with you the extent of surgery, the estimated time it will take, and the choice of treatment for pain and nausea.
Shape and Size – Depending on the desired shape and size you wish to achieve, you and your surgeon may choose a round or contoured breast augmentation (breast implants) shape of appropriate size (volume). You should be aware that contoured breast augmentation (implants) that are placed submuscular (under the pectoralis major muscle) may assume a round shape after implantation. Your surgeon will also evaluate your existing tissue to determine if you have enough to cover the breast augmentation (breast implants).
Implant Surface – Textured surface breast augmentation (breast implants) were designed to reduce the chance of capsular contracture. Some studies with small numbers of women suggest that surface texturing reduces the chance of severe capsular contracture. However, other studies of a large number of women with saline-filled implants show no difference in the likelihood of developing capsular contracture with textured implants when compared to smooth-surfaced breast augmentation (breast implants).
Implant Palpability/Visibility – The following may cause breast implants to be more palpable (more easily felt) or more visible: textured breast implants; larger volume breast implants; subglandular placement; and thin skin/tissue available to cover the breast implants.
The breast augmentation (breast implants) can be placed either submuscularly or subglandularly. You should discuss with Dr. Van Hoy the pros and cons of the implant placement selected for you.
The sketches below show the differences between subglandular and submuscular placement of your implant compared to a breast before augmentation.
Choosing the Surgical Incision Site
You should discuss the pros and cons for each incision site you are considering with your surgeon. Your surgeon may recommend an incision site for you depending on whether you will be having breast augmentation (breast implants) or reconstruction.
Breast Augmentation Incision Sites – The three common incision sites are under the arm (transaxillary), around the nipple (periareolar), or within the breast fold (inframammary). The sketch below shows each of these incisions sites.
Questions to ask Dr. Van Hoy about breast augmentation (breast implants)
The following list of questions may help you to remind you of topics to discuss with Dr. Van Hoy. You may have additional questions as well.
Breast augmentation surgery, as with all surgeries, carries risks and these risks will be discussed during the initial consultation. If you are considering breast augmentation, it is important to thoroughly consult with an experienced plastic surgeon to ensure your expectations are met. At the Premier Plastic Surgery Center in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Van Hoy performs approximately six times as many breast augmentation surgeries as any other average plastic surgeon. We have extensive experience with this procedure, and breast augmentation is performed in our Birmingham, Alabama facility. Plastic surgeon Dr. Van Hoy and his professional staff are available to discuss your breast implants options in the Birmingham, Alabama area.
Here are some breast augmentation (breast implants) information that might be helpful.
(Courtesy of the FDA breast augmentation (breast implants) Consumer Handbook)
Asymmetry – Uneven appearance between a woman’s breasts in terms of size, shape, or breast level.
Breast Augmentation (Breast Implants) – Includes cosmetic uses, such as to increase breast size or for asymmetry. Augmentation is one of two indications (clinical uses) for breast augmentation (breast implants).
Breast pocket – A pocket surgically created to hold the implant.
Breast tissue atrophy – Thinning and shrinking of the breast tissue.
Periareolar – Around the nipple.
Ptosis – Sagging/drooping of the breast.
Reconstruction – Includes non-cosmetic uses such as post-mastectomy, a severe injury to the breast, a birth defect that affects the breast, or a medical condition causing a severe breast abnormality. Reconstruction is one of three indications (clinical uses) for breast augmentation (breast implants).
Redness/ bruising – Bleeding at operative site that causes discoloration and varies in degree and length of time. This is expected following breast implant surgery or breast procedures
Reduction mammoplasty – Surgical procedure to reduce breast size.
Saline-Filled breast augmentation (implants)
A single lumen (breast implants) that is filled during the operation with saline through a valve. This type of implant allows for adjustments of the saline volume during the operation.
The filler is sterile saline that should conform to United States Pharmacopeia (USP) standards for Normal Physiological Saline (injection grade).
Silicone Gel-Filled breast augmentation (breast implants)
Single lumen implant that is prefilled by the manufacturer with a fixed volume of silicone gel.
Subglandular – When the breast augmentation (implants) is placed under and within the breast glands but on top of the chest muscles.
Submuscular – When the breast augmentation (implants) is placed underneath the chest muscles.
Transaxillary – Under the arm.
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