Many believe that plump, sensuous breasts are the quintessential symbol of femininity. However, pregnancy, significant weight loss, and the natural aging process can contribute to an unsatisfactory breast appearance, and some women are unhappy with their naturally small or asymmetrical breasts. Dr. Sung provides breast augmentation using implants or fat grafting to create customized breast enhancement tailored to his patients’ aesthetic desires.
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The ideal candidates for breast augmentation have realistic expectations of the procedure, are in generally good health, and do not smoke. Individuals may consider breast augmentation if they can relate to any of the following concerns:
Breast augmentation is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia, but some patients may qualify for intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. Depending on a patient’s aesthetic desires and body type, Dr. Sung performs breast augmentation using either implants or fat grafting.
This procedure usually takes one to two hours to complete. Incisions are created in inconspicuous locations to minimize scar visibility. Implants can be placed under the breast tissue or both the breast tissue and pectoral muscle.
This procedure usually takes four to five hours to complete. Liposuction is performed using a thin cannula to harvest excess fat from problem areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs. The fat cells are minimally manipulated and then injected into the breasts through tiny incisions methodically. Breast augmentation using fat grafting is most appropriate for women who wish for subtle and natural enhancement.
For a few days after surgery, patients can expect to feel tired and sore. A surgical bra is typically worn over the bandages to minimize swelling and support the breasts, and, if applicable, compression garments are worn over the areas that received liposuction. Most patients can return to work after one week, but those who opt for breast augmentation using fat grafting may feel comfortable enough to resume working sooner. Patients should avoid strenuous activities for at least four weeks. Stitches are removed seven to 10 days after the procedure, and any postoperative discomfort should subside during the first few weeks of recovery. Patients will start massaging exercise at home for the next few months. A very natural result can be expected after about 6 months.
The effects of breast augmentation, whether with implants or fat grafting, are immediately noticeable. The final results will be more natural once the swelling alleviates, which takes about one month. Any scars that develop at the incision sites can be easily hidden by clothing and tend to fade over time until they are practically imperceivable. Breast augmentation results are considered to be permanent, but pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and aging can affect the appearance of the breasts.
Complications associated with breast augmentation are uncommon, especially when performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Although rare, some of the complications related to breast augmentation using implants include the following:
Risks associated with breast augmentation using fat grafting include those related to liposuction, as well as the following:
Because of the loss of volume that occurs when fat is reabsorbed by the body, touch-up fat grafting is often necessary. Touch up injections can be performed using local anesthesia.
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