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Understanding Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery performed annually by members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In fact, approximately 280,000 women underwent this procedure in 2015, which is an increase of 31 percent from 2000.
    It is important for the public to be educated about the risks and benefits of plastic surgery. Following are some of the most common questions asked by our patients about breast augmentation surgery.

    Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation? One or more of the following feelings or conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for breast augmentation:
• You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
• Clothes that fit well around your hips are often too large at the bustline
• You feel self-conscious wearing a swimsuit or form-fitting top
• Your breasts have become smaller and lost their firmness after having children
• Weight loss has changed the size and shape of your breasts
• One of your breasts is noticeably smaller than the other

    What type of breast implants can be used for breast augmentation? The size, pocket of dissection, and type of breast implant recommended for you will be determined by your desired goals, existing body frame, mass, and breast tissue. During consultation, your plastic surgeon will help lay out all of the options available and give recommendations based on these factors.
    Options include the following implants:
    Saline implants — Filled with sterile salt water. Saline implants may be filled at the time of surgery to allow for minor modifications in implant size. Because it is filled after being inserted, only a small incision is needed (usually about an inch).
    Silicone implants — Filled with soft, elastic gel. Silicone breast implants are pre-filled and may require a slightly longer incision. The availability of FDA-approved silicone gel implants has created options for women considering breast surgery for the first time and for those seeking replacements or revisions.
    What size implants should I get? This is one of the most important decisions you will need to ask both yourself and your surgeon. Although your surgeon will give you a basic idea of what size would be suitable for your body, it is your decision. Before you come into our office, you should have a general idea of how large you would like to go.
    Where are the incisions made for the placement of breast implants? Incisions can be made underneath the breast, around the lower edge of the areola or within the armpit. The most common approach is an incision in the fold underneath the breast. This typically heals well and becomes hidden in a natural breast crease over time. The lower edge of the areola is also an option to hide a scar because this is where pigmented skin abuts non-pigmented skin. The armpit is another technique employed by surgeons, albeit much less common than the other two options, which entails performing breast surgery from a remote location and leaves the augmented breast scarless. Again, the surgeon will help to determine the best surgical placement of the breast implant based on a series of factors, all of which will be discussed at both the consultation and pre-operative appointment.
    What should I expect during the recovery process? You should be ambulatory immediately after breast augmentation surgery. It is important to walk a few minutes every few hours after surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots.
Two to five days following your surgery, you may feel stiff and sore in the chest region. Your breasts may feel tight and sensitive to the touch, and your skin may feel warm or itchy. You may experience difficulty raising your arms. Lifting, pushing, pulling, or engaging in strenuous activity is discouraged for a few weeks after surgery. It is possible to return to work within a few days or a week, depending on the type of physical activities required at your job. Twin City Plastic surgery performs several sophisticated techniques that ease patient comfort throughout the entire process and allow breast augmentation patients to get back to their normal activities very quickly.
    For patients who are interested in any cosmetic procedure, including the many non-surgical options such as liposuction, dermal fillers, and laser procedures, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons offers the following advice: "Plastic surgery is one of the only fields where there are a lot of non-plastic surgeons providing cosmetic services. We always encourage patients to do their homework, make sure that their plastic surgeon is board-certified, and that they're well-trained in the procedures that the patient wants."

    Board-certified plastic surgeons Laura C. Randolph, Chad Tattini, and Paige Holt, along with their professional and compassionate staff, comprise Twin City Plastic Surgery. Their Bloomington office is located at 2502 East Empire Street, Suite C, which is one mile east of Veterans Parkway, turning on to Audie Murphy Drive. More information on their practice, surgical options, and their consultation services is available by calling their office at 309-662-6772 or visiting online at twincityplasticsurgery.com.


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