Breast Implants / Augmentation
Breast implant surgery, also known as a breast augmentation, is the surgical insertion of saline implants or silicone (gel) implants to increase or create breast volume. The implant can be inserted under or above the pectoralis muscle through either an incision at the lower border of the areola (nipple area) or through a small incision above the inframammary crease (the natural fold under the breast). The procedure can be strictly cosmetic. In other cases, breast augmentation is reconstructive to treat patients post-mastectomy, with genetic or traumatic breast absence, including amastia or Poland’s syndrome or with congenital glandular asymmetry. Patients who have undergone a breast augmentation can be routinely screened for breast cancer using mammography.
Because many women want to only increase a cup size, Dr. Deutsch can also perform smaller implants, where sizes can range from 175cc and 200cc to 250cc. Whether you desire large breast implants or small breast implants, a breast augmentation procedure takes approximately 1 hour. Patients are discharged home the day of surgery and are prescribed a muscle relaxant, a narcotic and given a detailed instruction sheet. Patients are instructed to wear the post-operative bra as much as possible the first week following surgery for comfort and compression. Patients may return to normal activities as soon as they feel comfortable but are to avoid heavy exercise or lifting for 4 weeks.