Breast Augmentation New Jersey
Breast Augmentation is one of the most common procedures performed in the US, and one of the most popular services performed by Dr. Friedlander. Many of you may have done extensive research on line and spoken to friends. There is a great deal of information available, most is accurate, some is outdated and much of it can be very confusing. The following sections on Breast Augmentation look to put things in perspective and help guide you prior to your consultation.
Dorin’s Breast Augmentation Story
*Results may vary
The Ideal Candidate for Breast Augmentation
If you are like most women seeking breast augmentation, you have been considering the operation for many years. Some of you are looking to have natural appearing breasts that bring your body into balance, while others are looking for an increase in size without the telling signs of surgery. It is performed to enhance breasts which appear to be too small as a result of inadequate development, post pregnancy shrinkage or large fluctuations in weight. It may also be used to correct breasts which are asymmetrical. The result is intended to enhance the physical appearance, and improve self esteem and inner confidence.* Under Dr. Friedlander’s expert care, you can enjoy the size and shaped breasts you have always desired.
Common Reasons for Breast Augmentation
Pregnancy and nursing often contribute to the issues we wish to address, such as areolar enlargement and nipple hypertrophy (increase in size and projection). During pregnancy, the breasts enlarge stretching the skin. There is a loss of elasticity of the skin, which typically is not appreciated because the skin retracts afterward. The breast can easily accommodate a larger implant, restoring the fullness that we all liked during pregnancy. The use of extremely large implants can contribute to further stretching and should be thoroughly discussed*. Often times the nipple and breast tissue descend downwards and require additional techniques such as breast lift or mastopexy to correct.*
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Breast augmentation is a procedure that involves the placement of an implant to enlarge the size of the breast. It is not a generic procedure as there is a great deal of planning that goes into creating an excellent result. Few women are symmetrical. The differences between the breasts may be subtle, but can be magnified by the procedure. When we look at ourselves in the mirror, we focus on the shape and size of the breast. Other considerations for the plastic surgeon include the position and size of the nipple, the location of the natural fold, and the distribution of tissue. Breast augmentation is intended to restore fullness to the breast. Visually, the implant needs to be centered behind the nipple. Variations in chest anatomy such as curvature created by scoliosis, a prominent rib cage, nipples which naturally are located to the side or one breast being higher than the other will need to be addressed by the surgeon to create an aesthetically pleasing result.*
Planning Your Breast Procedure
There are many considerations that go into planning a breast augmentation procedure, and often, many choices that have to be made. Dr. Friedlander knows that your desires are unique and will take the time to learn about your ideal size and shape and then customize the surgery to fit your goals. She will make recommendations during your consultation that are specific to your needs but always in consideration of what you desire.
- Implant Type-Gel “Gummy Bear” vrs Saline
- Implant Shape-Round vrs Shaped
- Implant Position-Under vrs Over the Muscle
- Implant Size
- Implant Placement
Both Silicone and Saline implants are available for augmentation and offer excellent results. The silicone implants we use today are “Gummy Bear” or cohesive gel. This means that if you cut the implant, the gel will not ooze out. Saline implants offer the advantages of being adjustable intraoperatively to compensate for small size differences. Unfortunately, saline implants and much more visible and frequently lead to rippling of the skin. Most often, she will recommend round implants which will sit naturally behind the breast. The technique she uses creates a natural appearance with a gently rounded slope above and fullness below. The round implants have varying profiles, which is a measure of fullness. The moderate or mid-range profile create the most natural appearance. The high-profile versions were created to give a more rounded, augmented look. Low profile implants are used when very subtle improvements are desired. Shaped implants are ideal if there is minimal breast tissue and a relatively flat chest.
She places the implants behind the muscle for several reasons:
- This is the preferred position for future mammograms
- This helps to prevent scar tissue around the implant
- This helps to create a natural appearance
The decision on implant size is based on your desired result and your chest measurements and anatomy. You will have the opportunity to review photos of patients of similar heights, weights, body frames and breast shapes to help you decide which implant is right for you. Dr. Friedlander will review your expectations several times pre-operatively to maximize your satisfaction after the procedure.
Constricted or Tuberous Breasts
As you spend more time looking at breast augmentation photo galleries, you will come to appreciate the wide variety of breast sizes and shapes. Breast constriction create unique challenges for augmentation. The constricted breast lacks tissue vertically. That means the breast base is fuller horizontally than it is vertically. Constriction can be mild to severe in nature. The treatment involves unfolding the breast tissue inferior to the nipple while augmenting the breast. Dr Friedlander will review this with you in detail if you are unhappy with the shape of your breasts because they are constricted.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Process
Postoperative swelling is normal. As the swelling disappears, the implants will look smaller. They are not. It is simply the swelling improving. The body is not symmetrical. Swelling postoperatively is not symmetrical as well. Most of the swelling is gone by 4-6 weeks after the surgery*, and the implants “settle” into their final position after a couple of months. Most women are able to resume regular work 5-7 days* after the procedure although they can work from home after 1-2 days*. No strenuous activity or heavy lifting is permitted for 4 weeks.
More Information about Breast Augmentation & Breast Surgery
- Gummy Bear Implants
- Most Common Questions
- Tuberous Breast
- Selecting an Implant Size
- Breast Asymmetry
- Revision Surgery
- Breast Lift
Schedule a Breast Augmentation Consultation
If you are interested in Breast Augmentation and would like to find out if you are a good candidate, please contact our office in New Jersey at 973-912-9120 to schedule a consultation. You may also use our online consultation tool provided on this page.
* = Results may vary