Breast augmentation mammaplasty is one of the most common aesthetic and cosmetic procedures performed with very high rates of patient satisfaction. By adding volume under the breast tissue with silicone or saline implants, the breasts appear enlarged, lifted with an improved more youthful aesthetic appearance. After breast augmentation, most patients have great satisfaction, more confidence and a greatly improved self-image. While each patient will have specific and individualized aesthetic goals, Dr. Benjamin J. Cousins M.D. will customize your experience so that you are able to achieve the maximum results from you breast augmentation.
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During your consultation, Dr. Benjamin J. Cousins M.D. will examine you, discuss your specific aesthetic goals, provide recommendations as far as incision size and location, implant type silicone/saline and implant location. Dr. Benjamin J. Cousins M.D. and the staff will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.
BEFORE YOUR SURGERY: On your day of surgery, you will need to have been fasting for at least 8 (eight) hours prior to your surgery. This includes avoiding any food or drink and generally nothing is allowed, not even water or medications. Breast augmentation mammaplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia so you will be asleep during the entire surgery. This surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, but sometimes patients stay overnight for observation. Out-of-town patients may stay in one of our overnight recovery suites with a nurse that is available. The surgery itself generally takes 1-2 hours, including any additional procedures being performed . After your surgery, you will be able to go home or stay in the overnight facility with office follow-up soon thereafter. Patients can expect some bruising and swelling for about a week or two after surgery, but most patients can usually return to work soon thereafter.
Dr. Benjamin J. Cousins M.D. is an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (ABPS) able to fully customize your experience and surgery to help you achieve the pinnacle in your aesthetic goals. Through his use of the highest level of specialized surgical care, superb ethical and strict standards of patient privacy, Dr. Benjamin J. Cousins M.D. has experience in delivering the pinnacle for plastic surgical care. He and his staff utilize the most up to date, state of the art surgical techniques, and your desired aesthetic improvement is simply a no-charge consultation away. Call today for your appointment.
Both silicone and saline implants have a silicone outer layer or shell. There are several differences between the two types of implants. And overall the difference in the two types of implants has to do with their overall feel and consistency of material inside the implant. As with all types of cosmetic and aesthetic surgery, it is important that your surgeon is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
Saline Breast Implants:
Saline implants have a outer silicone shell. They are inserted when empty and are about the size of a half-dollar coin. Once in place, they are filled to the appropriate volume with sterile salt water known as saline. Saline breast implants are available to women over the age of 18 for an aesthetic breast augmentation, and also may be used for those women undergoing breast reconstruction. If a saline breast implant ruptures, the breast will change shape, deflate and may even be painful. The sterile saline water will leak out of the implant, and the implant will deflate. The sterile saline water will then be absorbed by the body, but the original half-dollar coin sized silicone shell will remain.
Silicone Breast Implants:
Silicone breast implants have an outer silicone layer as well as an inner layer filled with silicone gel. Most women choose silicone implants as they feel more natural and equivalent to their own breast tissue. Sometimes there is less rippling or wrinkling seen with silicone implants, but this can vary and be individualized. Silicone implants are available for women over the age of 22, and for those women undergoing breast reconstruction. These implants sometimes require a larger incision when inserting them. If a silicone breast implant ruptures, the breast will change shape, deflate and may become painful. It may be difficult to detect a silicone breast implant rupture as the gel often holds or retains it shape. Sometimes additional imaging such as an ultrasound or an MRI may be needed.
“Gummy Bear” Breast Implants:
The newest type of breast implants were FDA approved in 2012 and are sometimes referred to as “Gummy Bear” breast implants. Dr. Benjamin J. Cousins M.D. offers these type of implants to his patients who desire breast augmentation with silicone implants. These breast implants are silicone breast implants, and there are several manufactures of this type of implant. They are a newer generation of breast implants that are “form stable” implants meaning that the silicone gel inside of them is cross-linked so that it does not act so much like a liquid. Instead it has more of a “gel” feel to the implant. Women say that these implants feel most like their natural breasts and depending on a variety of factors may have less external wrinkling associated with them.