For many women, the size, shape and fullness of their breasts plays a significant role in their ideal body image and self-esteem. Achieving the feminine contours you have always desired is possible with Breast Augmentation. The goal of Breast Augmentation surgery is to enhance body contour, add fullness to breasts after pregnancy, nursing or weight loss, and balance size.
Why Breast Augmentation?
One of the most popular and often performed plastic surgeries is Breast Augmentation. This procedure helps women–with small or disproportionate breasts–obtain firmer and larger breasts that fit more closely to their ideal body image.
Women also choose Breast Augmentation for medical and aesthetic reasons including matching the size of each breast, firming the breasts after pregnancy, and reconstruction following a mastectomy. Dr. Koneru has a track record of helping patients enjoy fuller and firmer breasts that feel natural to the touch. After augmentation surgery, breasts can be one or more cup sizes larger. Also, some women choose to get a Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation.
The difference between Silicone and Saline implants?
Silicone implants offer a more natural look and feel. They are a good solution for thin patients because they conform to the natural shape of the body. Dr. Koneru was the first in San Antonio to use the newest contoured Silicone implants, also called Gummy Bear Implants. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water that can be safely and naturally absorbed by the body in the event of a leak. Saline implants are filled at the time they are inserted.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Any woman who is in overall good health and has realistic expectations is a candidate. Whether you are getting Breast Augmentation for medical or esthetic reasons, Dr. Koneru wants to help you. During your initial consultation, Dr. Koneru will discuss your goals and which type of implant is best for you.
If you smoke, you must stop smoking at least two months before and after the surgery to relieve your body of nicotine, which can cause blood flow complications. Also, if you take low dose aspirin, you must stop taking aspirin a week before the operation. We will give you more detailed instructions before your surgery.
What is the First Step?
Call 210-499-5900 to make an appointment for a consultation. Dr. Koneru is happy to discuss Breast Augmentation procedures and likely outcomes with you. If he believes you are a candidate for Breast Augmentation, his staff will take photos and arrange for you to see possible outcomes using a 3D Imaging Simulator.
Describe the Surgery?
Breast Augmentation surgery usually lasts one to two hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Incisions can be made in places to minimize visible scars; for example, they can be made in the armpit, in the crease under the breast, or around the areola (the dark skin around the nipple). The breast is lifted to create a pocket where the implant is placed.
You and Dr. Koneru will determine what type of implant and what size is right for your ideal body image.
Breast implants can be placed above or below the muscle of your chest wall. Dr. Koneru will discuss the pros and cons of both options. Breast Augmentation is typically performed under general anesthesia and on an outpatient basis. Dr. Koneru will make every effort to minimize visible scarring.
Many women combine Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift to improve fullness as well as the position and shape of breasts. Some women also consider a Tummy Tuck with Liposuction to complete a full Mommy Makeover, which is sometimes undertaken because of the effects of having babies.
Is there Pain and Downtime?
Most patients feel tired and sore after Breast Augmentation surgery, but this feeling usually passes in a day or two. Also, Dr. Koneru will prescribe pain medication to make the recovery period more comfortable.
Many patients return to work within a week. Stitches are removed, if needed, in 10 to 14 days after Breast Augmentation surgery. Any post-operative pain, swelling and sensitivity will diminish over the first few weeks.
Scars from breast augmentation incisions will begin to fade in a few months and will continue to fade for months or years.
There are risks with any type of surgical procedure. Complications following Breast Augmentation surgery are uncommon and usually minimal. They may include capsular contracture, swelling and pain, infection around the implant, a change in nipple sensation, milk production, and breakage or leakage of the implant (implant rupture). If a Saline implant ruptures, the implant will simply deflate in a few hours and your body will absorb the salt water. If a Silicone implant shell develops a hole, you may not know. The FDA recommends that women get an MRI three years after Silicone implants are placed and then every two years. Regular monitoring of breast implants after Breast Augmentation is recommended to ensure continuing breast and implant health. We encourage all of our patients to return annually for a routine examination. This annual exam is included in your initial surgical fee.
Does Insurance Cover Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Your Insurance healthcare provider is not likely to cover Breast Augmentation surgery, unless it is due to medical reasons. After the initial consultation, we can provide a letter with photos to your Insurance provider for pre-authorization. If you have brought your medical issues to the attention of other doctors, such as your primary care physician, please bring their letters to our office. We will submit our letter along with letters from other doctors to help secure coverage from your Insurance healthcare provider.
Interested in Breast Augmentation? Go for it!
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Patients who showed interest in Breast Augmentation Surgery also considered Liposuction and Tummy Tucks.