Jacksonville Breast Augmentation
Breast enlargement, referred to as augmentation mammaplasty, is performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. John J. Obi. The breast enlargement procedure is performed at our on on-site surgery facility, The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center, on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation and is usually completed within 1 ½ to 2 hours. The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center is accredited by the prestigious American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).
The decision to have a breast enlargement is a very personal one and the most frequent factors in this decision are:
- to restore volume after pregnancy and breast feeding
- to enhance breast volume and contour
- to correct for size differences
- in reconstruction following mastectomy
Breast enlargement can enhance a woman’s appearance and self-confidence, in addition to making the selection of certain clothing articles easier as a result of a more balanced and desirable shape. Women of all ages find the breast enlargement procedure to be a most rewarding and beneficial experience. This procedure should not affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed.
Breast augmentation involves placing an incision in one of several locations (areolar, inframammary or axillary) about the breast, with the inframammary incision being the most commonly selected by patients. Either the breast or the breast and pectoralis muscle are then elevated off the chest wall to create a space where the implant will then be placed. The actual implant placement will depend on several factors including the patient’s anatomy, desires and the type of implant chosen. The implants available today for breast enlargement are either saline-filled or silicone gel-filled. There are distinct advantages to each of these implants that will be discussed in detail at your consultation with a recommendation being made based on the findings of your exam. There has been a great deal of controversy in the past about the silicone gel-filled implants and fortunately the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) finally put these concerns to rest in November of 2006 when they released the results of their investigation and released the implants for patient choice.
The implants are not permanent devices, and it is possible that they could fail with time. Currently the manufacturers offer lifetime replacement of the implant in the event of a failure and in addition offer financial assistance to help offset the expense of replacement if the device fails within ten years.
There are risks involved with any surgical procedure, and the specific risks and restrictions after surgery will be discussed in detail at your consultation. Generally it is recommended that patients avoid smoking and the ingestion of any medications (aspirin, Vitamin E, etc.) that may affect bleeding before any surgery is undertaken.
There are physical restrictions immediately following the surgery, and patients are usually able to return to full physical activity within three weeks.