A breast augmentation (aka augmentation mammoplasty or breast implant surgery) is a plastic surgery procedure that uses saline or silicone breast implants to increase breast volume. For many patients, breast augmentation is simply a way to enhance their image and confidence. Other times, it comes on the coattails of a mastectomy due to breast cancer.
How is the Procedure Performed?
Breast augmentation usually takes one hour. Patients who are having additional procedures such as a breast lift or mommy makeover should expect to remain within the surgical area longer. Once the patient has been properly and safely sedated by our board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Esmailian will begin the procedure. It starts with an incision placed in your chosen location. This incision has been fully discussed beforehand, so the patient understands the shape of the scar as well as the expected recovery time. With the incision made, Dr. Esmailian creates a pocket for the implant. This pocket will be slightly larger than the implant size. This is because the implant should have some space to move around, contributing to a natural look and feel. Once the pocket is created, Dr. Esmailian inserts the implant using a device called a Keller Funnel, which minimizes friction and strain between the implant and the incision, lending further safety to the procedure. At this point, Dr. Esmailian will close the breast tissue leading to the pocket as well as the outer incision. He does this using precise suture techniques to minimize scarring. Once this is done, the breast augmentation is complete.