Breast Augmentation

An enhanced, feminine contour can improve self-esteem and self-confidence, and provide more shapely curves. Breast augmentation enhances the size, shape and contour of the breasts with FDA approved implants – it is more common today than ever, and Dr. Kennedy utilizes a variety of the latest techniques to reach your goals.

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Who considers a breast augmentation?

Women wanting a fuller, more feminine, and more youthful appearance to their breasts often consider breast enhancement. Throughout life, many things can affect the appearance and a woman’s satisfaction with her breasts. These include:

  • Age
  • Pregnancy or nursing
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Gravity

What is a breast enhancement?

Breast augmentation is more than simply enlarging the breasts. Breast augmentation offers customization that produces a look that is natural, balanced, and beautiful. The operation is more popular now than at any time in its history. Goals of breast augmentation include:

  • Creating beautiful cleavage and fullness in the breasts
  • Achieving symmetry between breasts that differ in size or shape
  • Re-creating fullness after breasts have become deflated as a result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss
  • Fulfill a desire to obtain feminine curves to fit into desired clothing or create proportion with the rest of the body

Dr. Kennedy only uses FDA-approved implants to enhance the size, shape, position, and symmetry (evenness) of the breasts. Saline (IV solution) or silicone gel (also referred to as Gummy Bear or simply gel) implants are placed behind the breast tissue to improve the shape and volume of the breasts. A variety of implant styles and incisions can be used. Breast augmentation does not “lift” the breasts. If droop or unevenness is significant, a breast lift may be required as well to provide a result as close to your vision as possible.

How is the procedure performed?

  • Surgery is generally performed in our nationally accredited surgical suite.
  • Anesthesia providers monitor your heart & lungs and keep you comfortable during surgery
  • A small incision is made to place the implant. The incision is generally under the breast but can be placed around the nipple or in a manner to lift and reposition the breast.
  • An implant is placed in front or behind the chest wall muscle and inflated to the desired effect.
  • Surgery is performed using general anesthesia. The surgery takes approximately 2 hours and patients return home the same day.
  • Breast Lift (mastopexy) can be performed at the same time as augmentation if breast droop exists. This involves slightly different incisions.

What is normal recovery?

Patients are generally back to work in less than a week. Prescription medications are used during this time to relieve surgical pain and muscle cramping. Bandages and displacement exercises in the early postoperative period help keep the implants in the proper position. Upper body, cardio, and more vigorous activity can be resumed in 4 to 6 weeks.

What are the expected results?

Results are custom-tailored to each patient as everyone has their own desires. Fuller, more shapely breasts are the usual result. Patients see better proportions, a more feminine shape, improved self-esteem, and self-confidence.

Are there potential complications?

Breast augmentation is a common surgery but no surgery is without potential risks. The majority of these are minor. Smoking increases your risk for numerous complications and may lead to your surgery being canceled. General risks of any surgical procedure can be found on our information page by clicking HERE.

Complications specific to breast augmentation may include:

  • Change in nipple sensation (increased, decreased or numb)
  • Possible effect on future lactation (breast feeding) and or mammogram
  • Future breast growth (if young) or volume loss (with age or weight loss)
  • Uneven shape or size between the breasts.
  • Firmness from scar tissue around the implants (capsular contracture)
  • Leak and deflate
  • Unintended movement or unevenness.

Additional FAQs

Do you offer both Saline & gel implants?

We do. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of implant and neither is right for everyone. Dr. Kennedy will review both types of implants and help you decide which is best for your personal situation.

How often do they rupture? Is there a warranty for the implants?

Implants are not considered ‘lifetime’ devices, but many women never experience an implant rupture. All current FDA-approved implant manufacturers offer lifetime replacement of their implants, so if the implants rupture the company will replace your implants.

Effect on cancer detection/ mammography?

After breast augmentation, you will have a third ‘displacement’ view when you have routine mammography. If your implants are placed behind the muscles of the chest wall, mammograms continue to screen back to the chest wall muscle. If your implants are above the muscle, there can be some concern if all of the breast tissue is being viewed. New 3D and digital mammography have led many radiologists to report much less ‘loss’ after implants or other breast surgery.

Can I still breastfeed after implants?

There is no reason you should not. This is something you should discuss with Dr. Kennedy at your consultation and may affect what incision is used. Scars around the nipple would have more potential effect on future lactation and sensation than scars underneath the breasts.

Do they need to be replaced?

If your implants are not ruptured (deflated), are even, soft, and are providing the effect you desire, then there is no reason you need to replace them.

Do you do transgender augmentation? 

We are committed to helping all patients achieve their best selves possible. We have helped numerous MTF women on their journeys and hope they felt welcomed and accepted as they pursued this portion of their lives with us.

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