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Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, includes all surgical procedures used to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. The optimal result of these procedures not only includes increasing the volume of the breasts but also to bring them closer together to create cleavage and to lift the breasts to correct sagging.

Some reasons our patients consider Breast Augmentation surgery include having naturally small breasts, wishing to restore lost volume after childbirth and nursing, to correct asymmetry in cup size, and as reconstruction following mastectomy for breast cancer.

There are various implants that can be used for breast augmentation. You can choose between textured or smooth implants; the shape can be round or tear drop; and the composition can be saline, silicone gel and soon to come, the silicone “gummybear” implants, also known as Allergan Style 410 implants. Dr. Le will explain the differences between the implants to guide your choices and help you achieve the results you desire.

There are several surgical approaches we use, including inframammary, trans axillary, peri-areolar and umbilical. The implant can be placed above or below the pectoralis (“pec”) muscle. Dr. Le will discuss all your options with you and make a recommendation on what he believes would give you the best cosmetic result.

What you can expect:

Most breast augmentation procedures take between 1 and 2 hours. Some procedures require general anesthesia and others can be done under local with sedation. In general, these are done as an outpatient, and you will go home the same day. You can expect temporary swelling, soreness, change in nipple sensation and some bruising. Your breasts will remain sensitive to touch for several weeks after the procedure. The risks of these procedures include risk of bleeding, infection or the need for reoperation. The implants may need to be replaced for various reasons, including capsular contraction, a condition in which scar tissue develops making the breasts feel tight or hard. Occasionally patients have a decrease in the sensitivity of the nipples or breast skin; rarely this can be permanent. You can expect to be back to work in a few days but should not allow vigorous physical contact with your breasts for 3-4 weeks after surgery. It takes several months to a year for your scars to mature and reach their final result.

It would be our pleasure to answer your questions and provide you with more information about our breast augmentation procedures. Please call our Los Gatos Office at 408-370-1110 for an appointment with Dr. Le or email our New Patient Coordinator, Tiffany To, at tiffany@drjonathanle.com

(408) 370-1110

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