Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures worldwide. Breast implants can help enhance your breast shape and size, whether you’re looking to simply restore fullness lost after breastfeeding, or whether you want a more significant increase in size. Dr. MacLennan has been helping women achieve their breast surgery goals for over 20 years and has the experience to help you make the decision that’s right for you.
Am I a Candidate?
The best candidates for breast surgery are non-smokers in good health, who simply want to increase their breast size. At Mountain Lake Plastic Surgery, we offer multiple choices in implant size, shape, and brand. Dr. MacLennan has been around long enough to have experience with many different types of implants, both silicone gel and saline, and can help you make the choice that’s right for you.
If you’re already happy with your size but want to change your shape or lift your breasts, you may want to consider a mastopexy (breast lift). If you want both an increase in size and a lift, we have lots of experience in combining the two procedures.
How is the Procedure Done?
The consult process is an important first step. Dr. MacLennan will discuss your goals and concerns, and help you learn about the various types of implants available. You may look at photos together, try on sample implants, and hear about issues that may be specific to your body and your desires. The surgery takes about an hour at the private surgery center or at the hospital. A small incision is made, usually in the crease under your breast, and the chosen implant is placed into a carefully made space under your breast tissue or partly under your chest muscle. Dr. MacLennan keeps “abreast” of all the latest safety and outcome information through her close affiliation with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the most up-to-date options and advice.
What is Recovery Like?
Most women find recovery from breast augmentation very manageable. If you’re in the middle of a weight loss journey, or you aren’t finished having children, you may want to wait until your body reaches a steady state before having surgery. Most women can return to work after about a week, and strenuous exercise after 3-4 weeks. Implants placed over the muscle allow a faster recovery, but let’s discuss your specific goals before deciding on a surgical plan.
WHAT TYPE OF BREAST IMPLANTS DO YOU RECOMMEND?
These days, there are many different choices in breast implants and Dr. MacLennan has many years of experience with different types of implants. The most common type recommended by Dr. MacLennan is smooth silicone gel implants by Sientra, Mentor, or Allergan. All have excellent safety profiles and are backed by strong warranty programs.
ARE BREAST IMPLANTS SAFE?
Breast implants are the most heavily studied medical devices in FDA history, and are considered to be very safe. They don’t, however, last forever, so it’s important to know that for most women they aren’t lifetime devices and will need to be replaced at least once during a woman’s lifetime.
HOW DO YOU SELECT THE RIGHT SIZE?
During your consult, Dr. MacLennan will examine you to determine such variables as your breast size, amount of breast tissue, and chest width. After discussing your goals with you, helping you try on different implant sizers, and looking at photos that you like, she can help you determine the right size range for your situation.
If you’ve been thinking about enhancing your breasts with implants, we can answer your questions and use our experience to help guide you to the choices that are right for you. Give us a call at (802) 231-4284 to get started.