Breast Augmentation in Denver, CO
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to increase breast size or enhance breast shape. The procedure uses saline- or silicone-filled breast implants.
The procedure can be tailored to meet your needs. We can increase your breast size to improve overall body proportions, or improve your breast symmetry if you have a size discrepancy between your breasts. So, how does Dr. Hunsicker perform breast augmentation?
How We Perform Breast Augmentation
This outpatient surgery takes about 2 hours under IV sedation or general anesthesia. An incision is made either in the crease underneath the breast, the armpit, or the perimeter of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). For best results, Dr. Hunsicker’s preferred incision is the crease. But she will work with you to choose the best incision site for your goals.
Through the incision, Dr. Hunsicker will create a pocket for the implant. This pocket is typically formed underneath the muscle in your chest. She always takes great care in creating this pocket, as this is a critical element in achieving the overall look of your breasts. She will insert sizing implants to help refine both shape and size, going back to re-work the pocket as needed. Once Dr. Hunsicker has achieved your desired shape and size, she will replace the sizing implant with a permanent implant.
Your incision will be closed using a combination of internal sutures (that will dissolve on their own) and Dermabond (a surgical “super-glue”) on the skin's surface. This combination helps to achieve minimal scarring. She will also insert very small catheters (tiny tubes) that are connected to an external pain pump that will deliver numbing medication into your breast pockets for the first few days. Medication will help you manage any additional discomfort.
Before & After Breast Augmentation in Littleton, CO
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Why undergo breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is designed to 1) increase fullness and projection of the breasts, 2) improve the balance of your figure, and 3) enhance your self-image and self-confidence.
How do I choose the right breast implant size?
Dr. Hunsicker will work with you to select your implant size range prior to surgery, based on the individualized results that you are looking for. Using your pre-operative measurements and understanding of your desired goals, she always orders a range of implants to have available during the surgery. In this way she can use the sizing implants to find exactly which permanent implant is right for you based on your input and her artistic judgment.
Who is an ideal candidate for breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation may be a good option for you if 1) you are healthy and have realistic expectations, 2) your breasts are fully developed, 3) you are bothered by small breast size, 4) you are bothered by loss of breast shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging, 5) your breasts are asymmetrical, and 6) one or both breasts failed to develop normally.
What can't breast augmentation do?
Breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. If you want your breasts to look fuller and to be lifted due to sagging, a breast lift may be required in conjunction with breast augmentation. This can be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation.
What happens after breast augmentation?
You will be able to go home after a couple of hours. You will likely experience some swelling and discomfort the first few days. This is greatly reduced by the pain pump and prescription pain medication, but you will likely still feel “pressure” until your tissue stretches to accommodate the implants. Your pain pump is removed in 3-4 days.
During the first week or two after surgery, you may notice that your implants seem to be too high. This is caused by a spasm of your chest muscles (which is also the cause of the discomfort alleviated by the pain pump). As with all muscle spasms, these will subside and your implants will begin dropping into a more natural position. During the first two weeks after surgery you will wear an ace bandage to aid in both providing adequate support and helping the implants to drop properly.
Learn More About Breast Augmentation in South Denver
While we hope this information is helpful, it can not substitute for a personalized consultation. We invite you to contact us at 720-283-2500 or online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hunsicker in the Denver, Morrison, Littleton and Colorado Springs area. Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation, as well as learn about specific risks and complications that may occur.