For women with small or deflated breasts, a breast augmentation offers a chance to feel womanly, slightly voluptuous, and have a balanced figure again. For young women who never developed much breast tissue, an augmentation changes their life. For women who have lost breast tissue after nursing, it is a means to get their pre-pregnancy figure back. For the massive-weight loss patient, it may be necessary with a mastopexy to re-mold their upper torso.
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure, never reimbursed by insurance unless the patient had breast cancer. Breast augmentation can boost self-confidence, and you feel more balanced and beautiful. Dr. Cherup will do the surgery for you, but she must believe and you must demonstrate to her that you are doing this for you and no one else.
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Breast Augmentation Consultation
Choosing An Implant Shape
- Fills the implant with salt water, the same solution we put in your IV fluid.
- If implant ruptures, the saline is absorbed by your body.
- Least costly.
- Often gives a more augmented look.
- Better if you have enough breast tissue to cover the implants.
- This cohesive gel will never travel outside the breast capsule if the implant is ruptured.
- Most advanced technology to date.
- Better for thinner patients with little breast tissue.
- Lighter in weight – feels most natural.
- More costly.
- Available in saline and silicone (as of four years ago).
- Provides a rounder, fuller upper breast.
- Good if you have a depleted upper pole, or you want more cleavage.
Anatomical or Teardrop Shape
- Now available in saline and silicone (since 2013).
- Provides a more natural breast shape with the most projection in the bottom half of the breast.
- Good for tuberous breasts and poorly developed breasts.
Utilizing your exam and your VECTRA imaging, and surveying photos of other patients, you and Dr. Cherup will decide which shape and which fill of implants will give you your desired result given your anatomy. If Dr. Cherup recommends a mastopexy, whether it would be a periareolar or full mastopexy, you will see the benefits of performing or not performing it. John Tebbetts, M.D., has written extensively about the negative effects of very large implants on breast tissues. Essentially, the larger the implant, the heavier it is, and the less likely your tissues will be able to support the weight of the implant. Your skin and muscle pocket will stretch. If it stretches inferiorly, the implants will bottom out. If it stretches laterally, the implants will migrate to underneath your armpits. If the pocket stretches anteriorly, your nipple-areola complex will stretch in size. Dr. Cherup does not like to use very large implants because she believes it only makes the patient look matronly, like a grandmother. Very, very large breasts do not make most people look youthful, they make them look older. Dr. Cherup’s goal is to make your figure look beautiful by augmenting your breasts to the point where your breasts match the circumference of your hips. Usually, this can be done with an implant less than 500 cc in volume.
Breast Augmentation Surgical Procedure
Post Operative Care
During your first week after breast augmentation surgery, attempt to sleep on your back instead of on your side. We want your breast implants to stay in position during the initial healing process. This is not a life or death issue, however. If you cannot sleep on your back, sleep in another comfortable position.
Avoid heavy lifting and straining for a minimum of two weeks. You may, however, do normal activities at any time if they cause no pain or discomfort. Let your body tell you what you can or cannot do.
You will have Steri-Strips on your inframammary incision that will stay on for two weeks. They will stay on even in the shower. The bra acts as a dressing, holding the breasts and implants in a perfect position. Try to keep the bra evenly positioned on your chest. If the bra feels too tight or uncomfortable, switch immediately to any bra that feels comfortable. We want you to wear a bra at all times for two weeks. After two weeks, you may sleep without the bra. You should not go braless during the day for four to six weeks after breast augmentation surgery. It is probably more comfortable not to wear an underwire bra.
Showering and bathing:
You may shower the day that Dr. Cherup sees you for the first time after the surgery. If you prefer to bathe in a bathtub, do not allow the incision lines to soak for more than a few seconds in the bath water. Leave the Steri-Strips on your skin. If you have any questions about your breast augmentation, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Cherup and her staff!
Schedule a Consultation
For more information on scheduling your breast augmentation, contact surgeon Lori L. Cherup M.D. at her main office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Call Dr. Cherup at (412) 220-8181 or (877) 441-0639 or use our online form below.
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