About Breast Augmentation
Breast enhancement surgery is a procedure that reshapes the breasts for a fuller appearance. It is known as one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, offering women who are unhappy with their breast appearance numerous options for improvement. Using breast implants or fat grafting, this cosmetic treatment improves breast size and shape and produces a beautiful and balanced outcome. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andre Levesque is highly trained in executing this procedure and performs countless breast augmentations year round. During your consultation at Levesque Plastic Surgery, he will assess your concerns and desires. When you visit our plastic surgery office, Dr. Levesque can discuss with you with all of your options and tailor a personalized surgical plan to achieve your goals.
When you are in your consultation with Dr. Levesque, the correct implant will be chosen based on your body frame and aesthetic goals. Breast implants come in varying sizes, profiles, shapes, and textures. All of these factors are taken into consideration to achieve your desired results. Today, the most commonly chosen breast implants are saline or silicone. Both of these are widely chosen and approved for use by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). It is important to mention that candidates considering saline breast implants must be 18 years of age, while patients must be 22 years of age in order to receive breast augmentation with silicone inserts. Two other types of augmentations include gummy bear implants and an autologous approach through fat grafting. Even aside from the type of augmentation chosen, there are other notable factors to consider when constructing your customized enhancements.
Implant size is chosen based on the number of CCs of silicone or saline used. To determine the correct amount, Dr. Levesque will assess how much original tissue exists and the size you wish to achieve. During surgery, it is common for Dr. Levesque to temporarily switch out multiple implants to get an idea of a better fit.
Breast implants are produced in either a round or teardrop shape. and both are commonly used. However, the majority of our patients prefer a round shape. A rounded implant often appears more natural and adds a fullness to the top portion of the breast that most patients want.
Breast implant profile references the projection. Meaning, this is what you see from the side view. The most common projections include a profile that ranges from low to extra high.
Making Your Choices
These options may seem overwhelming, but picking the right implant is easy once your objectives have been discussed during your consultation. These considerations, paired with the knowledge of Dr. Levesque, will make certain the right outcome is attained.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"Fantastic Surgeon - Dr. Levesque is a stellar doctor. He is thorough, attentive, and knowledgeable. He provides information and statistics beneficial to the procedure. I had breast augmentation done on a Friday and was mobile within 48 hours. The pain was minimal compared to what I had anticipated. I have waited almost a year before posting my review. No complications and happy with my results."- C. / RealSelf / Jul 23, 2018
Breast Augmentation Candidates
The choice to undergo breast enhancement surgery is personal. If you are considering this surgery, it is important you do it for yourself. You should be healthy and at a normal weight with breasts that are fully developed. In addition to these qualifications, you must be the right age to receive implants (18 years old for saline implants and 22 years old for silicone). If you are dissatisfied with the shape of your breasts, you could certainly benefit from this surgery. If your breasts have been affected by age, pregnancy, or weight loss, this treatment can bring them back to life with increased volume.
Breast Augmentation Technique
Incision type and implant placement are decisions that will need to be made prior to your surgery. During the procedure, an incision is created and the selected implant is then slipped into its position. There are a few different techniques that could be employed for implant placement. These include either submuscular placement (under the pec muscle) or submammary/subglandular placement (over the pec muscle). Where to place the implant is based on numerous factors, including the size and type of implant as well as the judgment of Dr. Levesque. Regardless of the incision type, scarring is usually rare. Implant placement is determined based on your body type, implant size, and lifestyle.
What to Expect
Cosmetic breast surgery is performed as an outpatient surgery using general anesthesia. The implant will be placed through the incision and deposited into a surgically created pocket. From there, it will be fitted into its proper position. Following the placement of the implant, the incision is closed with sutures or surgical adhesives. All patients will be taken into a recovery area and observed before being released. You will be sent home wearing a medical sports bra to assist with swelling. Within a few days, the swelling will start to dissipate, and your breasts will begin to feel normal as they get used to their new position. The majority of patients can resume normal activities within several days; however, exercise should be avoided for about 6 – 8 weeks. This surgery produces beautiful outcomes that look and feel natural. This treatment can be life-changing for many and grant women the opportunity to rediscover their self-confidence.
Breast Augmentation FAQs
How much does breast augmentation cost?
Your cost for breast augmentation will vary based on your choices and if you are having any other surgeries concurrently. When your treatment plan is developed during your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Levesque can talk to you about estimated costs and financing options. To ensure your results match your goals and last a long time, it's important to focus on quality over costs.
Do I need a breast lift or augmentation?
Your plan may include breast augmentation, a lift, or both. A breast lift removes excess skin and improves the breasts, while augmentation addresses the size and shape of the breasts. During your consultation with Dr. Levesque, he will listen to your needs and goals before explaining your treatment options. A combination of augmentation and lift are often a part of a mommy makeover to rejuvenate the breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Can I breastfeed with implants?
If you want to breastfeed after breast augmentation, be sure to tell Dr. Levesque during your consultation. It is usually possible to breastfeed after implants as long as the right surgical technique and placement were employed during the procedure. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can alter your results, so it is best to wait until after you are done having children to receive breast augmentation.
Can I have my implants removed?
You may decide that you want to replace or remove your implants. If this happens, Dr. Levesque can perform breast revision surgery. During the revision surgery, your current implants can either be replaced with new implants or removed. If you choose to have your implants removed, you may need to have excess skin removed since larger implants can stretch your skin. If you have any questions or concerns after your augmentation surgery, schedule an appointment at Levesque Plastic Surgery to discuss your options.
Do implants cause breast cancer?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a link between implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). This is not breast cancer, but cancer of the immune cells. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), implant-related ALCL occurs very rarely and is easy to treat when caught early. Dr. Levesque encourages all patients with implants to receive regular screenings for breast cancer. You should contact Levesque Plastic Surgery if you notice any concerns, such as swelling or other visible changes.
Get the Look You Want
Cosmetic breast surgery is popular among women of varying ages for so many reasons. It is FDA approved for safety and effectiveness, and this procedure is known to produce gorgeous outcomes. With an abundance of enhancement options, you can achieve the appearance you have always desired. Levesque Plastic Surgery is proud to provide this life-changing treatment to our patients. Contact us in Austin, TX to schedule your first office visit with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andre Levesque.