Breast Augmentation in Nashville
As a woman, you know that your breast shape and size influence your self-image. Like many women, you may have found that due to pregnancy, weight loss, or genetics your breasts’ small or uneven shape can affect your daily activities and make you feel less fully yourself.
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Breast augmentation, a type of breast enhancement, is an exciting procedure that can give you the body of your dreams. For many patients, it can be a boost to self-confidence. Breast augmentation has been around for many years, with hundreds of thousands of satisfied patients. Thanks to the constant advances in medical technology and surgical techniques, breast augmentation is a versatile procedure that can help patients achieve many different aesthetic goals.
Breast augmentation involves the use of breast implants. Breast implants are prosthetic inserts that are used to add shape and size to the breasts. Normally, implants come in two major categories: saline and silicone. There are pros and cons to each type of implant, depending on the goals and needs of the patient. Traditionally, saline implants have been more popular, but that is changing with the newest generation of silicone implants.
Saline breast implants are made of a silicone shell and are empty when inserted into the breast pocket. After insertion, these implants are filled with a sterile saltwater solution called saline.
The surgical technique used for saline implants is different than the technique used for silicone implants, because saline implants don’t require as large of an incision. Saline implants can be inserted through shorter and smaller incisions. Due to this, saline implants may be the only type available for certain implantation techniques, such as the transumbilical surgical technique. Saline implants come in a variety of sizes and are available for patients who are 18 and older.
Silicone implants are made of a silicone shell and are pre-filled with silicone gel. Newer generations of silicone implants are often referred to as “gummy bear” implants because of the solid-state gel inside of them. Gummy bear implants are said to have a more natural texture and also pose less of a risk of leakage, since they hold their shape if punctured.
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Silicone implants are inserted pre-filled and typically require a larger incision than saline implants. These implants are available to patients who are at least 21 years of age.
Another aspect of breast augmentation is the surgery involved to place the implant in the breast pocket. Depending on the concerns of the patient and the patient’s body type, there are a number of techniques that differ based on where the implant is inserted. There is the periareolar incision, inframammary incision, transaxillary incision, and transumbilical incision. The best option for you is determined during a consultation with Dr. Maxwell, Dr. Unger and Dr. Amaka.
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The placement of the implant in relation to the chest muscle is an important aspect of the procedure. Implants can be placed in a subglandular, subfascial, subpectoral, or submuscular implant pockets. The implant pocket affects the appearance of the implant and the tissue coverage around the implant. This is determined based on a number of factors, including the amount of supportive tissue the patient may have in that area of the body.
As with any cosmetic procedure, speaking with an experienced professional that you trust is the ideal way to determine your best breast augmentation options. Contact our office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Maxwell, Dr. Unger and Dr. Amaka.
Breast Augmentation Can:
- Increase the fullness and projection of your breasts
- Improve the proportion of your figure
- Correct imbalanced or asymmetrical breasts
- Enhance your self image and self confidence
Planning Your Procedure
In every Nashville breast augmentation procedure they perform, Dr. Maxwell, Dr. Unger and Dr. Amaka aim to provide the most proportional, natural-looking results possible. Individualizing every patient with respect to their existing breast tissues, their desires, and appropriate implant choices is the keystone of a successful breast augmentation outcome. Dr. Maxwell has developed the concept of “biodimensional planning” to measure his patients’ existing breast tissue very precisely, which he will do for you in planning your breast augmentation to plan for high-quality results which are personalized to the patient’s existing shape and better match her desires.
In order to allow you to “see” (or predict) how your own body will look with different shaped and sized implants, Dr. Maxwell has invented an advanced 4-D imaging system which he will use in your consultation. Based on this individualized interaction and taking into account your desires and concerns, he will share his surgical vision and discuss your procedure options thoroughly before creating a surgical plan customized to match your body and goals.
Your breast implant options include:
- Implant type: As the designer of Allergan’s Natrelle™ Collection of breast implants, and especially as a developer of the 410 Matrix of “Form Stable,’ ‘Gummy Bear,” or “Teardrop” implants, Dr. Maxwell has special knowledge and experience with the design and appropriate use of breast implants. Remember, however, that each patient is unique, so Dr. Maxwell will personally help you custom-select the size and shape of silicone gel or saline implant that offers the best results for you.
- Placement: Dr. Maxwell, Dr. Unger and Dr. Amaka will discuss your implant placement options, either above or below the pectoralis muscle, depending on your tissue quality, breast volume, and preference. Today, the majority of patients have their implants placed beneath the pectoral muscle in the upper portion of the breast.
- Incision: Dr. Maxwell, Dr. Unger and Dr. Amaka typically will insert your implants through an incision hidden in the breast crease or at the edge of the areola (the darker skin around the nipple), again depending on your individual needs.
Dr. Maxwell, Dr. Unger and Dr.Amaka understand that many women are concerned with the possibility of scarring, so they utilize techniques that ensure a smooth, highly natural-looking result while minimizing scar appearance. They also offers approaches specifically designed for his breast reconstruction and breast implant revision patients.
Breast Augmentation Surgery and Results
On the day of your procedure, Dr. Maxwell, Dr. Unger, Dr. Amaka and their highly trained team will meet with you to go over all details and answer any questions before you proceed to surgery. Breast augmentation at MAXWELL AESTHETICS is performed under general anesthesia (or intravenous sedation), in our state-of-the-art surgical suite. This in-office surgery center was created for you to ensure the highest standards of safety, convenience, privacy, and patient care.
Breast enlargement surgery typically takes about an hour. Dr. Maxwell, Dr. Unger and Dr.Amaka’s advanced techniques help prevent discomfort, so their patients typically recover quickly and return to their normal activities within a matter of days.