Breast Augmentation in Philadelphia
Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Bryn Mawr and The Main Line of Philadelphia, PA
What is a Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, also known as an augmentation mammaplasty or breast enlargement surgery, is one of the most common procedures performed in the United States. It is also the most popular procedure that Dr. Claytor performs. Patients receive a breast augmentation when they want to increase their breast size or fix breast asymmetry. The breast augmentation procedure can give women with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look. Our goal is to help women fit better in clothes and feel more comfortable with their figure.
Breast Augmentation Candidates
Types of Breast Implants
Breast augmentation patients have a choice of three types of breast implants, silicone, saline, or gummy bear. Breast implants are silicone shells filled with either saline or silicone gel. This choice is often a personal one and Dr. Claytor will help you select the implant that is the best option for you. During your consultation, Dr. Claytor will go over the details of each implant as well as answer any questions you may have. All of these implant types are very safe, approved by the FDA, and offer their own advantages.
The main difference between silicone and saline is the feel and contents of the implant. Silicone implants feel more like natural breasts, but, in the rare case the implant ruptures, your body will absorb the saline naturally. If a silicone implant breaks patients can experience inflammatory nodules or enlarged lymph glands. Gummy bear breast implants are different than silicone and saline in that they are not filled with liquid but silicone gel. This allows them to keep their tear-drop shape and have a lower rupture rate than traditional silicone and saline filled implants.
Dr. Claytor details the silicone implant placement and the 2 month post-op results of a patient.
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 what placement is best. In this way, every one of our patients enjoys a completely customized treatment designed with her specific goals in mind. In addition, patients will have a chance to see Crisalix 3D Imaging technology at work. Patients can virtually try on their new breast size and see how they will look in different types of clothing.
Dr. Claytor demonstrates Crisalix 3D Imaging technology.
Breast Enlargement Surgery
After choosing your implants, patients can schedule their surgery. The breast augmentation procedure typically takes about one to two hours and patients are under general anesthesia. First, Dr. Claytor makes incisions in inconspicuous places on the breast to minimize scar visibility. This can either be inframammary, in the crease on the underside of the breast or periareolar, around the areola. Then, Dr. Claytor will lift the breast which creates a pocket to insert the implant.
The implant can be placed beneath the muscle of the chest or simply beneath the breast tissue. When placed under the muscle, the risk of capsular contracture is reduced and mammogram examinations are more comfortable. However, patients would need drainage tubes after surgery and it is likely that they would experience slightly more pain following surgery. Dr. Claytor will discuss these options during your consultation.
Once the implants are in place, the incisions are closed with stitches. Tape and bandages are also wrapped around the area. Under Dr. Claytor’s expert care, patients enjoy beautiful, natural-feeling breasts that are one or more cup sizes larger after the operation.
Breast Augmentation Before and After
What is an Augmentation Mastopexy?
While a breast enhancement can achieve dramatic and beautiful results on its own it cannot accomplish everything. A breast augmentation does not lift the breasts as a breast lift does. Patients that are experiencing sagging and want to increase the breast size at the same time can choose an augmentation mastopexy or a breast augmentation with lift.
During this procedure, Dr. Claytor performs a breast augmentation while also trimming excess skin, tightening tissue, and lift the breasts to sit higher on the chest. This combination allows patients to receive both surgeries at once and have one recovery period. If you feel this is an option for you, Dr. Claytor can discuss this combination surgery during your consultation.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
After surgery, most patients feel tired and sore. This usually passes in a day or two and many patients return to work within the week. About a week to 10 days after surgery patients will come to Claytor Noone Plastic Surgery to have their stitches removed. Additionally, bandages can be removed and replaced with a surgical bra. This will need to be worn for a number of weeks after surgery. Scars from the surgical incisions will start to fade and become near invisible.
View images from breast enlargement patient during consultation, 5 days post operative, and 2 months post operative.
Breast Implant Risks
Complications following breast augmentation surgery are uncommon and usually minimal. We recommend patients regularly monitor their breast implants after surgery to ensure continuing breast and implant health. If a silicone implant ruptures, due to injury or normal compression and movement, call our office immediately. Additional risks from breast implants include:
- Capsular contracture
- Infection around the implant
- Change in nipple sensation
- Change in milk production if you were recently nursing
- Breakage or leakage of the implant
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. Patients interested in their financing options can contact an office staff member for more information.
Breasts of my Dreams! – Bryn Mawr, PA
Meeting Dr. Claytor has changed my life! I have never met a plastic surgeon who genuinely cares and listens to every concern and question. Dr. Claytor was great from my first visit to the office and even after the surgery. I absolutely love my results and I would recommend him to anyone! Hands down the best experience!
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. Our practice serves patients from Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, Main Line and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania.
“Having children made me feel complete, but Dr. Claytor made me feel whole again.”
Wish I had gotten this done sooner!
I was hesitant to get a breast augmentation at all because I didn’t want to look “fake”. So many girls I know have had them and I didn’t always like the way they looked, but didn’t really know how to explain it. When I saw Dr Claytor for the first time I showed him some of the ones I felt looked “fake” and he told me exactly why they looked that way and how to avoid it. When choosing a size, he helped a lot with picking what would get the result I was looking for without going too big (by the way, they have this really cool virtual reality thing where you can “try on” the implants beforehand!). Dr Claytor is so ridiculously nice and extremely knowledgeable. You could not be in better hands. He called me the day before my surgery and a few times after (not counting follow up appointments). I know I’m not his only patient, but he sure makes me feel like it. I just wish I would have seen him sooner! I have to travel an hour to his office even though there are other surgeons closer to me, I just liked him immediately and got a good feeling so it was worth the trip.