Am I A Good Candidate For Breast Augmentation?

If you are looking to enlarge the size of your breasts, correct asymmetry, or restore lost volume, you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation. Breast augmentation can also correct congenital breast shape deformities. If your breasts are deflated, you might benefit from a breast lift performed within the same procedure. During your consultation with San Antonio breast surgeon Dr. Ortegon, it is important that you are clear and realistic with your goals and expectations. This way, he will be able to recommend the best surgical procedure for you and help you achieve the look that you want. You should also discuss your medical history and any health concerns to determine that your breast augmentation procedure will be safe and effective.



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Recovery Breast Specialist

Delio Ortegon, MD, FACS

Dr. Delio Ortegon is board certified in both plastic and general surgery. He specializes in breast procedures, delivering the most satisfying results with the least invasion possible. Dr. Ortegon provides each patient with a customized treatment plan, assisting them in making important decisions to ensure they receive the results they expect.

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Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Increase the size of small breasts for a more feminine figure

Improve overall body proportions, or correct asymmetry

Restore appearance of pre-pregnancy or volume-deficient breasts

Breast Augmentation Procedure

Breast implant surgery can be performed under general anesthesia, which is only administered after you’re comfortable with the help of our accommodating medical staff. Then, a predetermined incision is made according to what you’ve discussed during your consultation with Dr. Ortegon. Your chosen implants are then placed within the breast, either over or under the pectoral muscles. Then, the incisions are closed with special sutures to ensure against complications. Bandages are placed for your initial recovery, and you’ll be fitted with a surgical bra to support the implants.

Vectra 3D Technology

Vectra 3D imaging is an innovated way to view your expected results and make informed decisions about your procedure. By taking several images from various angles, a 3-dimentional model is created and displayed for the doctor and patient to see. From that model, patients can see which implant type will give them the look they desire.

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Differences in Implant Placement

Subglandular

‘Subglandular’ means that the implant is placed in a pocket of tissue behind the breast gland and on top of the underlying muscle. When implants are inserted sub-glandularly, the breasts can move more naturally when using the chest muscles and slight breast sagging is corrected.

Submuscular

The submuscular placement is where the implant is placed underneath both the breast gland and muscle. This method can reduce the risk of hardening scar tissue (called capsular contracture) and interference with mammograms. A downside to this method is that this may require drainage tubes and a longer recovery period.


Implant Types

Breast augmentation allows women to achieve their ideal figure thanks to a wide variety of procedure and implant options. There are two main types of implants– saline and silicone. Silicone can be either a liquid-like gel or a cohesive gel. At San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery, we offer round silicone gel implants and round gummy bear implants. Each type of implant has its own set of benefits. One woman may prefer saline for its rupture-safe filling and natural feel. However, another patient may choose silicone for the more structured shape. During a consultation at our San Antonio office, Dr. Ortegon can discuss the benefits of each type and recommend the right implant for you and your goals.

Natrelle® Saline-Filled Implants

Saline-filled, round implants are made with a silicone shell containing sterile salt water. These types of implants are inserted into the breast pocket while empty and filled once in place.

Natrelle® Silicone Implants

Silicone gel breast implants continue to be a favorite choice for women, providing results that look and feel extremely natural. We offer two popular round implant options from Natrelle®, a leading manufacturer of the best in silicone implants:

 

Natrelle Inspira® Cohesive Implants

Natrelle’s silicone cohesive gel implants use the same FDA-approved, ‘gummiest’ filler that Natrelle has been using for 10 years to provide women with the cohesive enhancements they desire. Shape your feminine figure with fuller, beautiful curves and an implant that always holds its shape.

Natrelle Inspira® SoftTouch Implants

Natrelle INSPIRA® SoftTouch breast implants are made with a highly-cohesive silicone gel filler and are designed to create a firm, round breast. This is a safe and reliable silicone implant that allows for personalization of your enhancement, with different levels of cohesiveness for the look and feel you want.

 


Breast Augmentation Recovery

Dr. Ortegon is a Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation specialist, meaning your breast augmentation requires only a few days of downtime. This is accomplished through special steps at every stage of your breast implant surgery, ensuring against factors that contribute to a lengthy recovery. This includes taking care against introducing inflammation and infection to the surgical site, as well as the use of a long-acting nerve blocker during your recovery so that you can comfortably rest and adjust to your new breasts. Using this method, most patients are comfortable returning to their regular schedule within only a few days. Dr. Ortegon will ensure that you know what to expect during your breast augmentation recovery at your consultation at our San Antonio office.

Schedule a Consultation

Breast implant surgery is one of the foremost ways to boost your confidence by balancing and enhancing your figure. To discuss your options for the best enhancement techniques that San Antonio has to offer, contact us to schedule a consultation with our Rapid Recovery expert, Dr. Ortegon.

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FAQs

What is Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation?

Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation is a method of breast surgery that reduces common symptoms like inflammation and discomfort. This is accomplished by techniques like estimating the least-invasive method of placement, avoiding handling of the implants, and long-acting pain-blockers for the duration of recovery. This is the preferred method for breast augmentation because patients can usually return to their normal activities within a few days.

What is Natural Breast Augmentation?

Patients looking for a more natural look or smaller breast enhancement procedure can also consider breast augmentation with fat grafting. This process uses liposuction to collect fat from another area of the body and inject it into the breasts to increase volume without implants. This can be a great option for patients looking for natural-looking breast augmentation surgery and improvement without the complications of implants. Read more about breast augmentation with fat grafting.

How much do breast implants cost?

The cost of your breast implants can vary widely based on the manufacturer, type, size, and many other factors. This will be calculated in to the total cost of your breast augmentation surgery, and you’ll receive a full estimate at the time of your consultation.

When is the ideal age for breast enhancement?

There is no ideal age for breast augmentation since every woman is different and has different reasons for pursuing breast augmentation. However, but the FDA requires that patients be at least 18 years old for saline implants and 22 for silicone implants.

What type of incisions can I choose?

Breast implants can be placed with a few different types of incisions. The most common types are:

  • Periareolar Incision (around the areolae)
  • Inframammary Incision (under the breast crease)
  • Transaxillary Incision (within the armpit)

Your ideal incision can depend on your cosmetic goals, anatomy, and implant choice. Dr. Ortegon can discuss the right incision type for you during a consultation.

Are breast implants safe?

As with any surgery, there are a few potential risks of breast implant surgery. However, the FDA has found little evidence that breast implants themselves are unsafe. Rather, complications from breast augmentation most often occur because of factors like infection, anesthesia, or capsular contracture.

What is capsular contracture?

Capsular contracture is one of the most common complications of implant surgery. It occurs when the body forms scar tissue around the implant that hardens and can cause the implants to shift out of place. There are different levels of severity, and the risk can be mitigated with careful techniques and Rapid Recovery methods.

Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Breastfeeding after augmentation is a common concern of many patients. Most often, it’s not the implant itself that interferes with breastfeeding but rather techniques used during surgery that reduce sensitivity or affect the underlying glands. Opting for certain incisions and placements can reduce the risk, so be sure to discuss your plans for breastfeeding with Dr. Ortegon during a consultation.

What happens if my implant ruptures?

Ruptures are a risk of implant surgery. However, your next steps after an implant rupture depend highly on your implant type. If you opt for saline implants, the filling will simply be absorbed by the body and the shell can be removed and replaced through surgery. If you opt for silicone-gel implants, the filling remains in the breast pocket but can spread if not promptly removed. If you opt for gummy bear implants, the filling remains in place. Dr. Ortegon will give you the best idea of what to expect in the event of a rupture.