What is a Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is one of the most common procedures performed in the United States. It is also Dr. Claytor’s most popular procedure that he performs at his office in Bryn Mawr, PA.
The Breast augmentation procedure can give women with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look. The goal is to help women fit better in clothes and feel more comfortable with their figure.
Breast Augmentation Candidates
Our patients elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic reasons, including balancing breast size, compensating for reduced breast mass after pregnancy or surgery, and correcting a congenital breast defect. Our goal is to help you achieve the beautiful, feminine look you desire. Under Dr. Claytor’s expert care, patients enjoy beautiful, natural-feeling breasts that are one or more cup sizes larger after the operation.
Breast Implant Types
Breast implants can be either silicone or saline. This decision is often a personal one and Dr. Brannon Claytor will help you select the implant that is the best option for you.
Saline and Silicone Gel Breast Implants
Breast implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel and the new cohesive (gummy bear) breast implant. All of these implant types are very safe and approved by the FDA, and each offers its own advantages.
During your consultation in the Bryn Mawr office with Dr. Claytor, he will discuss the advantages of each type of implant and which type is right for you. During surgery, we will place the implants behind each breast, underneath either breast tissue or the chest wall muscle. The location of the implant is best determined following a discussion with Dr. Claytor.
Breast Augmentation Before and After
Silicone Implant Before
Silicone Implant After
The breast augmentation procedure lasts one to two hours. Typically, Dr. Claytor performs the surgery on his patients under general anesthesia. Incisions are made in inconspicuous places on the breast to minimize scar visibility. Breast incisions can be made:
- In the crease on the underside of the breast (inframammary)
- Around the areola, the dark skin around the nipple (periareolar)
The breast is then lifted, creating a pocket into which the implant is inserted. The implant placement beneath the muscle of the chest offers a few advantages over placement beneath the breast tissue only. These include reducing the risk of capsular contracture (post-operative tightening around the implant) and less interference with mammogram examinations. Possible disadvantages include need for drainage tubes and an increase in pain during the first few days following surgery. Dr. Claytor will discuss which option may be best for you.
After the implants have been placed beneath the nipples, the incisions are closed with stitches, then tape and bandages to wrap the area. In a few days a surgical bra will replace the bandages.
Recovery after Breast Augmentation
Most patients feel tired and sore after breast augmentation surgery, but this usually passes in a day or two. Many patients return to work within the week.
Dr. Claytor will remove stitches in a week to 10 days after breast augmentation. Any post-operative pain, swelling and sensitivity will diminish over the first few weeks. Scars from the breast incisions will begin to fade in a few months and will continue to fade for months or years.
Breast Implant Risks
Complications following breast augmentation surgery are uncommon and usually minimal. They may include capsular contracture, swelling and pain, infection around the implant, a change in nipple sensation, milk production if you nursed a baby within a year before the procedure, and breakage or leakage of the implant (implant rupture) as a result of injury or the normal compression and movement of your breast.
If a saline implant ruptures, the implant will simply deflate in a few hours and your body will then absorb the salt water. If a silicone implant leaks, you will need to see a doctor immediately. There is regular monitoring of breast implants after breast augmentation to ensure continuing breast and implant health.
Breast Augmentation Cost
The price for breast augmentation depends on several factors and varies due to each patient’s needs and goals. The complete cost for a surgical procedure will include the surgeon’s fee, the hospital or surgery center fee, and the anesthesia fee.
Can Breast Enhancement Be Combined With Other Procedures?
Breast enhancement can achieve dramatic and beautiful results on its own as well as in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery or non-invasive procedures. We sometimes recommend combining breast augmentation with other procedures such as a breast lift. Dr. Claytor will discuss this option with you during your consultation.
Breast Augmentation Consultation
We know that every woman is unique in both her desires and her body shape. During the pre-operative consultation, Dr. Claytor takes the time to learn what each patient hopes to gain from breast augmentation and decides which implant type and implant placement is best. In this way, every one of our patients enjoys a completely customized treatment designed with her specific goals in mind.
Schedule a Consultation
Do you want to enhance your breast size? Call (610) 527-4833 to schedule a consultation with Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon Dr. Claytor and find out if you are a good candidate for surgery. Our practice serves patients from Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, Main Line and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania.