To meet your specific needs and desires, our surgeons use Mentor and Allergan breast implants. These implants are available in a variety of sizes and profiles. They are filled with liquid silicone gel or salt water that is similar to the fluid that makes up most of the human body. The saline implants are inserted into the body without fluid and then filled during surgery through a fill tube. When the fill tube is removed, the implant automatically seals itself. Gel filled implants require a slightly larger incision.
View the video to hear Dr. Gallaher explaining the process of choosing your specific size and shape of implant.
Round implants are the most popular choice, and are available in both moderate, moderate plus and high profile styles. Moderate profile implants offer a full, round shape. High profile implants provide greater forward projection for a more prominent silhouette in a narrower chest area.
The Size of Your Implant
Our surgeons will guide you in determining the size of your implant and having realistic expectations. To help you visualize your new breast size, you may look at before and after photos or try on a bra with the implants. It’s important to realize that your final result will be influenced by two main factors:
Your breast augmentation will be performed as an outpatient procedure. The surgery usually lasts one to two hours. Your surgeon will make an incision and form a pocket to hold the implant. When it’s in its proper position, the incision will be closed with stitches and possibly taped. To achieve the best results and to make your recovery as quick as possible, we will discuss with you specific surgical techniques that are best suited for your needs.
Every woman’s recovery is different. In general, you will probably feel a little sore and tired for several days following your surgery. The first 24 to 72 hours after your procedure is when you will experience the most discomfort. However, your breasts may remain swollen and tender for a month or longer. You should avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks, but it is likely that you may be allowed to resume light activities after about one week and return to work within a few days. Part of your recovery also involves wearing a postoperative bra or compression garment. These items are designed to provide you with extra support and positioning while you heal.