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Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Emile Brown offers a variety of breast augmentation options to patients in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Annapolis and the surrounding areas of Maryland. If you wish for fuller, rounder, more symmetrical breasts, then a breast augmentation may be able to help. As one of the most customizable procedures, the breast augmentation comes with a lot of options. Dr. Brown can help develop a treatment plan that is unique to you.
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Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States. It involves placing implants, or transferring your own fat, to boost the size of the breasts and/or to reconfigure their shape. Breast augmentations provide long-lasting results and can be customized to give you the exact look you desire. A breast augmentation is often performed alone, but can also be combined with another procedure like a breast lift. Patients will be able to choose the material (saline or silicone), size, shape, texture, and placement of their implants in order to achieve the results they want.
- Naturally small breasts
- Breast asymmetry
- Volume loss after childbirth and breastfeeding
- Volume loss after a significant weight loss
- Volume loss and sagging with age
You might be a candidate for a breast augmentation if you are unhappy with the size, shape, or symmetry of your breasts. This can be due to aging, weight loss, childbirth, or genetics. With the use of implants, women can achieve significantly larger breasts, while those who wish for a more subtle enhancement might choose a breast augmentation with fat transfer alone. Candidates must be in good health with breasts that are done developing. Those who are currently breastfeeding or plan to have kids in the near future may want to wait to have their breast augmentation procedure.
Using local or general anesthesia, your surgeon will create a “pocket” for your implant to sit in. This pocket may be:
- Directly underneath the breast tissue and on top of the pectoral muscle (sub-glandular placement)
- Partially under the pectoral muscle (dual plane placement)
- Fully underneath the pectoral muscle (sub-muscular placement)
If you are also having a breast lift performed, your outer skin will be trimmed and tightened before closing your incision. The incision may be hidden in three different locations, depending on patient anatomy and preference including:
- In the fold underneath the breast (inframammary or IMF approach)
- At the border of the areola (periareolar approach)
- In the armpit (transaxillary approach)
In order to achieve optimal results with an incision in the armpit, the surgeon must use specialized equipment including a camera and video screen. This procedure is commonly referred to as “scarless breast augmentation” since the incision is hidden within the armpit and there is no visible scar on the breast. The technical name for this procedure is “endoscopic transaxillary breast augmentation.” Dr. Brown is pleased to have this specialized equipment and be able to offer all three of these incision options to patients.
A fat transfer breast augmentation involves the use of a patient’s own fat cells for the enhancement. Fat cells are obtained through liposuction techniques, using tiny incisions where a cannula can be inserted to remove stubborn fat. This is typically done on areas like the abdomen, flanks, and thighs. These fat cells will then be processed and purified. The fat will then be placed in the breasts in order to enhance size, shape, and contour.
After breast augmentation, some swelling, bruising, and general discomfort can be expected. Patients should plan for about a week off work to properly recover at home. During this time, it is important to rest and avoid certain movements that involve the chest muscles like lifting weights or doing yoga. For several weeks, patients will need to avoid exercise, only adding more strenuous movement after getting the okay from their surgeon Dr. Brown. As swelling diminishes over the next several months, the breast implants will also continue to settle into a more natural position.
During your consultation at the Aesthetic Center at Woodholme, we will be glad to answer all of your questions, including those pertaining to specific techniques that might affect your cost. We will also help you determine the best method of payment based on your needs and budget. Many times, we are able to offer specials that help patients maximize their cosmetic procedure dollars. On other occasions, we may recommend financing through a major credit card or low-interest financing through CareCredit® or Prosper® Health Care Lending.
If you are anxious to look and feel your best, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Emile Brown today to schedule your breast augmentation consultation. We proudly serve patients from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Annapolis and the surrounding areas of Maryland.