Breast augmentation is a very popular cosmetic surgery. In fact, more than 300,000 women underwent breast augmentation in the United States in 2017. Dr. Bernard Kopchinski of Prestige Cosmetic Surgery in San Antonio, TX has helped many women achieve the figure they want by performing expertly planned and performed breast augmentation procedures. He can create a custom treatment plan that helps you look and feel your absolute best.
When to Consider Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation typically involves the placement of silicone or saline implants to alter the size or shape of the breast. In some cases, fat from another part of your body is used to enhance the breast.
There are several reasons why a woman might choose breast augmentation:
- Increase the size and fullness of smaller breasts
- Enhance the appearance of the breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Lift sagging breasts (severely sagging breasts might require a breast lift, with or without augmentation)
- Correct uneven breast size
- Improve the balance of the breasts and hips
- Improve your self-confidence
- Restore the bustline after a mastectomy
Bernard Kopchinski, MD, FACS has been a general surgeon for more than 20 years and is listed in the Guide to America’s Top Surgeons. He is also a HealthGrades® Recognized Doctor and a recipient of the Patient’s Choice Award.
The Treatment Process
The breast augmentation process starts with a consultation with your plastic surgeon. You will work with your doctor to determine the size, feel, and appearance that you want to achieve. You will need to decide on several implant variables, including silicone gel vs. saline, round vs. teardrop-shaped, and smooth vs. textured. You will also choose the best placement method (above or below the pectoral muscle).
Breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis in a surgical center or outpatient facility, meaning you should be able to go home the same day.
An incision will be made in one of three places: in the crease under the breast, under the arm, or around the nipple. The implant is then positioned behind or in front of the pectoral muscle. If you are receiving saline implants, they will be inserted empty and then filled with a sterile saltwater solution. Silicone implants are filled before they are inserted. Once the procedure is complete, the incision will be sutured closed and bandages will be placed.
It can take up to a year for swelling to completely subside and your breasts to fully heal, but you can expect to see satisfying results much sooner. You might have to wear compression bandages or a sports bra to provide extra support and help keep the breasts in place. You should also avoid strenuous activity and anything beyond light exercise for several weeks. Dr. Kopchinski will schedule follow-up appointments and let you know when you can resume more strenuous exercise.
Implants can be placed above or below the pectoral muscle.
Benefits of Breast Augmentation
If you feel self-conscious about having small breasts or feel unhappy with the effects of aging or having children, breast augmentation can give you the figure you have always desired. You will fill out clothes and bathing suits better, and you will be able to wear those cute tank tops and fancy dresses that never quite work. If you have undergone a mastectomy, augmentation can make you feel complete and feminine again.
Contact Prestige Cosmetic Surgery Today
Bernard Kopchinski, MD, FACS has been a general surgeon for more than 20 years and is listed in the Guide to America’s Top Surgeons. He is also a HealthGrades® Recognized Doctor and a recipient of the Patient’s Choice Award. Go online today to request a consultation or call (210) 255-1764 today.