“If I’d known how happy I was going to be with the results, I would have done this years ago! The procedure was relatively short and there was surprisingly little pain. I actually enjoy clothes shopping again!”*
– Shelly M., Newport News, VA
Many women are choosing breast augmentation through the use of breast implants. Some may want to correct an imbalance in breast size, others have found their breasts have changed after childbirth or weight loss, or simply feel that their breasts are too small.
A bustline can be increased one or two cup sizes by inserting an implant behind the chest wall muscle of each breast. This technique makes mammograms easier to read and gives a natural, softer result. Many patients keep their original implants for more than 20 years.
HOW IT WORKS
At least two weeks prior to surgery, you will decide the size of your implants and be formally sized. Most breast augmentation procedures are done under general anesthesia and take about 90 minutes.
Incisions are made as inconspicuous as possible – around the nipple, under the arm, or under the breast in the crease. After your surgery, you will have the option to stay for extended recovery at The Carney Center or going home. Most patients return home on the day of their surgery.
After surgery, you will be able to have limited activity. You will likely be ready to shower and wear a bra within two days. You can return to most activities including work within three to four days but significant strenuous exercise is not advisable for two to four weeks.
You will need to massage and move the implants on a daily basis in order to improve the softness of the implant. As the weeks pass your implants will become less noticeable. You will return periodically to the office so Dr. Carney can assess your long-term results and address any questions or concerns you might have.
IS BREAST AUGMENTATION RIGHT FOR YOU?
The typical patients for breast augmentation are women with children who are approximately thirty years of age and hope for improvement in their new look. Their ages range from twenty years to octogenarian.
Learn More About Breast Augmentation
If you’d like to learn more about breast augmentation, please watch our educational video below. Just select the procedure from the dropdown video menu below. You can also learn more about breast augmentation from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is also a good source of information about breast augmentation. Dr. Carney is a member of both medical societies.
Individual results may vary.