About Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation, also known as breast enhancement or augmentation mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure to increase the size and/or change the shape of the breasts using saline or silicone breast implants. Dr. Charles Virden, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving Northern Nevada and California, offers a wide range of options for sculpting breasts to help each patient achieve their desired result. Some patients want a subtle, natural look while others want a very round appearance. Dr. Virden will go over all available breast implant options to help each tailor each breast augmentation surgery to the needs and goals of the patient. Dr. Virden's eye for detail and honed surgical technique have helped women from the Tahoe and Reno, Nevada areas enjoy the bodies they’ve always hoped for in their shape.
Patients who want breast augmentation surgery may be ideal candidates if they meet some of the following criteria:
- They are unhappy with the current size and shape of their breasts
- They have lost the firmness of your breast because of weight loss, pregnancy, or breast-feeding
- One breast is larger than the other
- The size of the breasts are not in proportion to the rest of the body
- To restore the shape of the breasts after a mastectomy or lumpectomy
What to Expect
Before you have breast augmentation surgery, you will have a complete physical examination. Overall good health is necessary for a successful result. When deciding which type of implant to use, keep in mind that age can be a determining factor. One of the distinct differences between saline and silicone breast implants is the age restriction. Patients must be 18 years or older in age in order to receive saline implants, and at least 21 for silicone. Existing native breast tissue, breast shape, and skin elasticity are other factors to take into consideration. Measurements will be taken of the breasts, as well as the chest wall, including base width, to help determine the best implant type. This evaluation will help the surgeon develop the best breast augmentation plan.
After surgery, patients can expect to feel sore, so they will be given post-surgical care instructions and pain medication may be prescribed. Each augmentation patient will leave in a sports bra and clean surgical dressings. Patients who live in the Reno area will come back to have their sutures removed, but out-of-town patients are given dissolvable sutures for their convenience. There will be some bruising and swelling for about 1 – 2 weeks. It is recommended for patients to take it easy for those 2 weeks to heal and rebuild strength after surgery. Most patients experience a full recovery between 6 – 8 weeks. Most women find that their breasts look and feel totally natural within just a few short months.
Since Dr. Virden and his staff want to make everything easier for their patients, including the recovery from breast implants, every patient is given a post-operative bra. This special bra has a front closure, no underwire, and mild compression to make the recovery period faster and more comfortable. Patients should wear this bra for at least 3 weeks after their surgery for optimal healing, so our office has additional bras available for purchase.
Plan Your Procedure
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Attain Balance with Implants
Breast augmentation surgery is all about balance. As one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed among plastic surgeons, this surgery will make the breasts symmetrical and proportionate to the patient’s body shape. It is a surgery that produces stunning results for women who desire larger, shapelier breast, and our patients are thrilled with their enhancement. Please call our plastic surgery office and schedule your consultation with our team today.