Grossman Plastic Surgery has been helping women achieve beautiful, natural looking breasts for more than 30 years. Whether you are unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts or you simply wish to recapture the perkiness they had before aging and childbirth, breast augmentation may be the ideal option to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Considerations for Successful Breast Augmentation Results
There are several factors which must be considered when planning your breast augmentation to ensure you achieve the exceptional results you desire. These include:
- Size expectations: It is important for Dr. Grossman, Dr. Capraro, and Dr. Baker to understand your goals regarding your desired breast size. This will enable our Denver plastic surgeons to more effectively recommend the appropriate implant to achieve your desired outcome.
- Your tissues and dimensions: Your procedure will be customized in order to achieve natural looking results which complement your body’s dimensions. Our plastic surgeons will consider your frame, natural breast size, and amount of natural breast tissue in order to recommend the right style and size implant to help you look and feel your very best.
- Beautiful breast shape: Achieving a good looking breast augmentation outcome is about much more than making your breasts larger. Dr. Baker, Dr. Grossman, and Dr. Capraro will work with you to achieve a beautiful breast shape that is symmetrical, natural looking, and restores a youthful appearance.
- Lifestyle considerations: If you lead an active, athletic lifestyle, you should consider how breast implants will affect your ability to participate in your favorite activities. In some instances, you might want to choose a more moderate-sized implant that will not interfere with your active lifestyle.
Benefits of Breast Augmentation
The primary benefit provided by breast augmentation is an improved breast appearance. This is not just limited to the size of your breasts. Your breast augmentation can also improve:
- Breast projection
- Breast symmetry
- Lost volume due to age, pregnancy, or weight loss
In addition to an improved breast appearance, many women also enjoy the following benefits after breast augmentation:
- Improved self-confidence
- Improved social opportunities
- Ability to look better in clothing and swimsuits
- Feeling more youthful
Breast Implant Sizing
Determining the proper breast implant size to suit your unique body type requires skill, experience, and an artistic eye. There are many factors to be considered, and our plastic surgeons will work to develop a close personal relationship with you in order to help you achieve a breast size that looks natural and meets your aesthetic goals.
Remember: bigger isn't always better. A particularly large implant size might not be right for your frame.
Dr. Grossman, Dr. Capraro, and Dr. Baker will evaluate several factors when recommending the appropriate breast implant size for you, including:
- Your height, weight, chest, and breast dimensions
- The amount of breast tissue already present
- Skin elasticity
- Desired final cup size
- Your lifestyle and types of physical activity
The breast implant sizing process begins at your initial consultation. Our surgeons will use a variety of techniques, including sample implants, to help give you a better idea of what your new breasts may look like. However, we must stress that it is impossible to provide you with an exact model of your new breasts. Any visualization techniques employed are intended to help guide you in your sizing decision.
The ultimate breast size achieved is one of the most important and challenging aspects of breast augmentation. As a result, our surgeons spend a great deal of time with you in order to arrive at a general idea of your desired breast size and appearance. These options will be reviewed with you at your follow-up consultation, and again on the day of your surgery.
When creating your customized aesthetic plan for your breast augmentation, one of the most important options you will discuss with Dr. Grossman, Dr. Capraro, and Dr. Baker is the placement of your breast implants. There are essentially two breast implant placement options to choose from:
- Subglandular placement (over the muscle)
- Submuscular placement (under the muscle)
Subglandular placement offers you a variety of benefits, including:
- Allows for a larger breast implant size
- More lift
- Shorter recovery time
- Ease of placement
- More well-defined cleavage
On the other hand, if you choose submuscular placement, your breast implant will be placed behind the chest muscle. This option is ideal for petite women with minimal natural breast tissue since it will provide better coverage of the implant. Submuscular placement also gives you more support than subglandular placement, reducing the likelihood of sagging.
Other benefits of submuscular placement include:
- More natural look and feel
- No unnatural motion or flexing of the breast
- Less interference with a mammogram
- Reduced risk of capsular contracture
- Reduced risk of rippling
This is the kind of decision that can only be made through a thorough, comprehensive discussion with our plastic surgeons.
When considering breast augmentation, you will have three incision options to choose from. There are pros and cons to each option, and ultimately you must work with our Denver plastic surgeons to determine which one will deliver the best results for your unique body type and aesthetic goals.
The three breast augmentation incision options are:
At your initial consultation, Denver breast augmentation surgeons Dr. Grossman, Dr. Capraro, and Dr. Baker will discuss each incision option with you in great detail and recommend the best one for you.
If you choose the inframammary incision, your plastic surgeon will make the incision at the breast crease where your breast meets your rib cage. This is the most common breast augmentation incision option since it provides our plastic surgeons with the greatest amount of control when placing your breast implant.
The peri-areolar incision is made around the nipple. It generally results in a thin scar that blends in with the areola, making it less visible than the scars formed by other incision options.
The peri-areolar incision results in a very precise formation of the breast implant pocket, making it an ideal option to use with both saline and silicone breast implants. Due to the placement of the incision around the nipple, the peri-areolar option is ideally suited to correct nipple inversion.
In the transaxillary option, your incision is made on the armpit. This placement eliminates any visible scarring on the breast. It is most commonly used with submuscular breast implant placement.
Saline vs. Silicone Implants
Finally, you'll have to choose between saline and silicone implants. Both saline and silicone breast implants can achieve excellent results that will dramatically improve your appearance. They each have their unique strengths and drawbacks, making it important for you to spend as much time as necessary learning the differences between the two in order to choose the right option to address your unique needs.
Saline breast implants have been one of the most popular breast implant options for decades, and many women continue to experience exceptional results with these implants today. Saline implants are approved by the FDA for use with women over the age of 18. They consist of a silicone shell filled with a sterile saline solution.
You will experience a number of benefits when you choose saline breast implants:
- Saline implants can be filled after they are inserted into your body, giving Dr. Grossman and Dr. Capraro greater control over the size of your implants and making it easier to correct issues associated with breast asymmetry
- In the event of a rupture, the saline solution is safely absorbed by your body
- Your incision is smaller than with silicone breast implants, minimizing scarring
- Less expensive than silicone breast implants
After well over a decade of research into the safety of silicone breast implants, the FDA re-approved them in 2006 for use with women over the age of 22. Silicone breast implants today are much more advanced than ever before, and they deliver exceptional results that are very safe. The implant consists of a silicone shell containing a cohesive silicone gel material.
The greatest advantage offered by silicone breast implants is a much more natural look and feel. As a result, their popularity has increased significantly in recent years. For this reason, the doctors at Grossman Plastic Surgery often recommend silicone breast implants to their Denver area patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
As you might expect, we get a lot of questions about the breast augmentation procedure. We feel it's important to answer these questions and address your concerns before moving forward with any extensive cosmetic procedure.
Can I undergo breast augmentation if I plan on having children in the future?
Yes. Breast implants should not interfere with childbearing, and most women will still be able to breastfeed after their procedure. However, future pregnancies may adversely impact your results, so you may want to wait until after you are done having children before moving forward with your procedure. Make sure to discuss any pregnancy plans with Dr. Grossman, Dr. Baker, and Dr. Capraro during your initial consultation.
Do I need to quit smoking before I undergo breast augmentation?
We recommend quitting smoking because the nicotine in cigarettes may adversely affect the healing process. To reduce the risk of complications with your breast augmentation and post-operative recovery, you should stop smoking cigarettes and using nicotine replacement medications at least three weeks prior to surgery.
How long will it take to recover after breast augmentation?
In general, the recovery period after breast augmentation is relatively short. You should be able to resume normal activities within 3-5 days, but it may take up to a month before you can engage in strenuous exercise. It is important to follow the after-care instructions provided by our Denver plastic surgeons in order to ensure a smooth recovery.
How Will My Exercise Routine Be Affected By My Breast Augmentation?
The good news is that you will be able to exercise and keep active after receiving breast implants. Still, your lifestyle will affect many of the choices you make before your augmentation.
If you run now, you’ll be able to run with breast implants. If you hike now, you’ll be able to hike with breast implants. If you play tennis now, you’ll be able to play tennis with breast implants. A breast augmentation will not prevent you from living the lifestyle to which you’ve become accustomed.
However, it’s important to remember that a major physical change like the one resulting from a breast augmentation will affect your lifestyle in various, often-subtle ways. Fortunately, the breast augmentation is an eminently customizable procedure, and our board-certified plastic surgeons will help you make the decisions that fit with your lifestyle.
Let’s say you’re a long-distance runner. This won’t in any way affect your ability to undergo a breast augmentation. However, you should keep your running in mind when considering implant sizing – larger implants often make such exercise rather more uncomfortable, which means it might be a good idea to opt for a smaller implant.
On the other hand, you might be a weight lifter. In this case, a sub-muscular implant placement might be better for you than a sub-glandular placement.
The Grossman Plastic Surgery Difference
Throughout their careers, board certified plastic surgeons Dr. John A. Grossman, Dr. Matthew B. Baker, and Dr. Philippe A. Capraro have developed a reputation as three of the premier plastic surgeons in the Denver, Colorado area. Their philosophy of providing each and every patient with the highest levels of personal care and their ability to approach breast augmentation from the perspective of an artist have enabled them to make a profound impact on the lives of their patients.
Please contact Grossman Plastic Surgery today through our online form or by phone at 303-320-5566 to schedule your initial breast augmentation consultation. We serve patients in and around Denver and Littleton, Colorado.