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As one of the points of focus on a woman’s body, the breasts can be a source of discontent for some women if they are too small, misshapen or asymmetrical. Women that are self-conscious about their breasts may find that surgical enhancement is the best way to improve their upper body profile and boost their confidence. With many options to choose from, procedures can be tailored to your unique concerns and aesthetic goals.

Breast augmentation can be the perfect way to improve the size, shape and appearance of your breasts. Dr. Sharma has helped many women achieve a boost in self-confidence after this life-changing procedure. In addition, the surgery can also balance asymmetries in size or shape or correct post-pregnancy (involutional) volume and size loss. Whether you want your clothing to fit better or you desire to look stunning in a bathing suit, the dreams can become realities with breast augmentation.

Who is it for?

Breast augmentation is appropriate for adult women of any age that would like to enhance the appearance of their breasts and their upper body contour. Concerns that can be addressed through this procedure include:

  • Breasts that are disproportionately small
  • Breasts that are different sizes or shapes
  • Breasts that have lost shape or volume after pregnancy
  • Breast changes as a result of the aging process
  • Clothing that doesn’t fit correctly due to small breasts
  • Women that are self-conscious about their breasts

Dr. Sharma and his nurse will meet with you at your initial consultation to discuss your concerns and goals for breast augmentation. He will also collect a full medical history and perform an examination to ensure breast surgery will be safe for you. Through this process, he will be able to determine whether breast augmentation is the right choice for you and the best surgical plan to meet your needs and expectations.

Options in Breast Augmentation

No two women are exactly the same, and no two breast augmentations will be performed in precisely the same way. Numerous decisions will go into creating your surgical plan, which Dr. Sharma will walk you through to ensure the outcome of your procedure is just right for you. Your options will include:

Implant Type

Today, women can choose between saline and silicone-filled breast implants. Depending on your preference and your overlying breast tissue thickness, Dr. Sharma can help you select the best implant for your body. Saline implants are composed of a silicone shell that is filled with a sterile fluid once it is placed into the breast pocket. Silicone implants are now constructed with a cohesive gel and are often referred to as gummy bear implants today. If this implant ruptures or breaks down, no leakage of the implant occurs. Silicone implants give breasts a natural, soft feel that is hardly detectable as the material best mimics the feel of natural breast tissue.

Implant Shape

Implants are both round and teardrop-shaped. Each offers a slightly different result. Round implants tend to feature more upper pole fullness, while teardrop-shaped implants more closely resemble a natural breast shape. One significant drawback to teardrop shapes is that if they migrate within the breast pocket, it can distort the appearance of the breast.

Implant Size and Profile

There is a broad spectrum of sizes in breast implants that allow for full customization of your new look. Dr. Sharma will help you choose a size based on what will give you naturally beautiful curves while fulfilling your aesthetic goals. Profile describes the amount of projection the breast will have from the chest wall. The correct profile for you may be determined by the width of your chest as well as the result you want to achieve.

Implant Placement

The implants may be placed on top of your chest muscle and under the breast tissue, which is known as subglandular placement. Another option is to put the implant behind a portion of the chest muscle, referred to as subpectoral placement. Both options feature pros and cons and will depend in large part on how much natural breast tissue you have.

How does it work?

Breast augmentation is done as outpatient surgery, using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. Incisions may be placed within the pigmented area of the areola or underneath the breast in the crease. Anesthesia and incision location will be discussed at your consultation, so you know what to expect. Once the incision is made, Dr. Sharma can place the implants into the breast pocket with the help of techniques that reduce trauma to the surrounding tissue and ensure a more comfortable recovery process.

Once the implants are in place, Dr. Sharma will use meticulous suturing techniques to close the incisions and minimize post-operative scarring. Most breast augmentation procedures take one to three hours to complete. After your surgery, you will remain in our recovery area for a few hours for monitoring by our staff before you can head home to recover in familiar surroundings.

Understanding the Recovery Process

During the first two or three days of your recovery process, you are likely to experience swelling, bruising and a degree of discomfort. We will provide pain medication for you during that time, as well as instructions to help you reduce swelling and increase your comfort level. Most of our patients are ready to move back to a daily routine within a week. Strenuous exercise will be restricted for up to four weeks to give the breasts sufficient time to heal fully.

What does it do?

Breast augmentation provides dramatic, long-lasting results that can significantly boost a woman’s confidence in her appearance. The process is often quicker and more comfortable than women expect, and the outcome extends for many years. To learn more about your choices for breast augmentation or find out if this procedure is right for you, contact Dr. Sharma at Plastic Surgery Austin at 512-324-2765.

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