What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that utilizes the placement of breast implants or a patient’s own fat to enhance volume and fullness in the breasts. Through breast augmentation, you can achieve the cosmetic results and special attention you deserve. Having full, well-proportioned breasts can greatly enhance the overall contour of your body, helping you obtain an “hourglass figure.” When you are happy with your appearance, your self-confidence tends to increase, improving your quality of life.
At the Personal Enhancement Center, our New Jersey plastic surgeon—Dr. Christopher P. Godek—will listen to your aesthetic goals and customize the breast augmentation procedure based on your unique needs and desires. With proper implant selection and positioning, he can help you achieve an ideal breast contour with beautiful, natural-appearing results.
- Breast Augmentation Before-and-After Pictures
- Breast Augmentation Benefits
- Breast Implant Options
- Choosing the Right Breast Implants
- Breast Augmentation Procedure
- Breast Augmentation Recovery
- Natural Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer
- Breast Lift and Augmentation
- Breast Augmentation and Breastfeeding
- Choosing a Breast Augmentation Surgeon
Breast Augmentation Before-and-After Pictures
What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic enhancement procedures available due to its high satisfaction rate and numerous benefits. Depending on your particular needs and aesthetic desires, breast augmentation can help:
- Increase the size of the breasts
- Enhance the overall shape of the breasts
- Improve breast symmetry
- Restore lost breast volume
- Create a more proportionate figure
- Improve the fit of certain tops, bras, and swimsuits
In addition to these enhancements, breast augmentation can prove to be beneficial on an emotional and psychological level – the majority of patients experience a significant boost in self-confidence and esteem that carries over into their personal, social, and even professional lives.
Dr. Godek is simply amazing! I had breast augmentation done by him. I always get asked what doctor I saw. I’ve referred quite a few friends to him, who are more than satisfied with their results. Dr. Godek’s bedside manner is excellent! Between him and the entire staff I felt comfortable and relaxed post and pre-op. When I met Dr. Godek and stepped foot into his office, I knew he was it. His work is flawless!
June 19, 2015
What Are My Breast Implant Options?
During the consultation process, one of the main goals is determining which type of implant you will want. The following information can help shed some light on your available options.
There are two basic implant types: saline and silicone breast implants. The choice between the two will ultimately be based on your personal preference, but most women tend to select silicone implants due to their exceptionally natural look and feel.
Implant Shapes and Sizes
Breast implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In regard to shape, individuals desiring to improve fullness in the upper portion of the breasts will generally benefit the most from round implants. Contrarily, for those who are seeking a look and projection that more closely resembles the upper pole fullness and slope of a natural breast, anatomically shaped implants may be a more appropriate choice.
In terms of implant size, it is important to keep in mind that bigger does not necessarily mean better. Instead of focusing on cup sizes, Dr. Godek recommends paying more attention to how certain implant sizes actually look on one’s frame. To do this, he takes various anatomical measurements and employs state-of-the-art 3D imaging, both of which can give patients a better idea of what would work for them. While Dr. Godek will provide his own recommendations, the final decision will be the patient’s.
How Do I Choose the Right Breast Implants?
Dr. Godek’s aim is to come to a realistic goal based on patient expectations, body type, medical history, and a host of other influential factors, and then deliver the cosmetic results both he and the patient discussed and agreed upon. To help accomplish this, he uses advanced VECTRA® 3D imaging to create personalized simulations of breast augmentation results that can potentially be achieved. With this interactive tool, you are able to select from a variety of implant types, shapes, and sizes, viewing how each option would appear on your own body. In addition to helping you select the right implants and formulate realistic expectations for surgery, VECTRA® 3D imaging enables Dr. Godek to gain a better understanding of the look you would like to attain, ultimately improving the level of care he is able to provide.
How Is Breast Augmentation Performed?
There are several methods of performing breast augmentation surgery, and Dr. Godek will work with you at the time of your consultation to determine which technique can achieve the best results while minimizing the appearance of scars. During the actual procedure, an incision will be made either around the areola (periareolar), in the crease below the breasts (inframammary), or in the armpit (transaxillary), depending on what was determined prior to surgery. Through this incision, Dr. Godek will carefully insert the breast implants and place them above the muscle (subglandular) or beneath the muscle (submuscular) to create an ideal aesthetic. Once the implants are situated, the incisions will be meticulously closed via tiny sutures.
The entire breast augmentation procedure usually takes about one hour to perform, and patients are generally able to return home with the help and supervision of a loved one.
What Is Breast Augmentation Recovery Like?
After breast augmentation, the majority of patients can expect a minimal degree of swelling, bruising, and breast sensitivity initially, though these side effects should dissipate over time. It is rare for severe pain to be experienced, but any potential discomfort can typically be well-managed with medication. Most women are able to return to office jobs and non-strenuous daily routines after about one week; however, Dr. Godek instructs all individuals to avoid heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, and various other physical activities for at least a few weeks in order to give the breasts enough time to heal.
Fat Transfer (Natural) Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation utilizing fat transfer techniques – known as “natural” breast augmentation – is a method of adding volume to the breasts without the use of breast implants. This treatment takes fat from another area of your body via liposuction and injects it into the breast tissue in precise areas to add volume and fullness. Dr. Godek can also utilize the innovative BRAVA® system with this procedure to enhance results. While breast augmentation with fat transfer may not be the best option for all patients, some women can effectively achieve their breast enhancement goals with this procedure. In some cases, fat transfer can also be a beneficial complement to breast implants, ultimately helping to optimize the results.
Learn more about breast augmentation with fat transfer.
Breast Lift and Augmentation
If you are experiencing breast ptosis (sagging) and are considering enhancing the size of your breasts as well as giving the breasts a firmer, “perkier” appearance, a combination breast lift with augmentation procedure may be your best solution. In addition to the placement of breast implants, this procedure – medically referred to as augmentation mastopexy – eliminates excess, inelastic skin and lifts the breasts to a higher, more youthful position on the chest.
Learn more about breast lift with implants.
Will I Be Able to Breastfeed after Breast Augmentation?
With the appropriate surgical technique, women should be able to breastfeed after undergoing breast augmentation. Some people may be surprised to learn there is a significant percentage of women who are naturally unable to breastfeed—for most breast augmentations, if you are able to nurse before the surgery, it is likely you will retain the ability post-operatively. Please discuss any questions with Dr. Godek during the initial consultation and he will develop a treatment plan utilizing techniques to help maintain the ability to breastfeed in the future.
How to Choose a Breast Augmentation Surgeon
There are many doctors and practices offering breast augmentation surgery, so you should be diligent when considering your options. After all, choosing to have any kind of plastic surgery is a major decision. While there are numerous benefits to having surgery, it is important you choose an experienced plastic surgeon who utilizes advanced techniques and is committed to providing the safest possible care, in addition to beautiful and natural results.
Here are a few tips to help guide your search:
- Evaluate the surgeon’s credentials and experience. Ensure the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which indicates that he or she has extensive training in plastic surgery and has been rigorously tested on their education and experience.
- View breast augmentation before-and-after photos and read patient reviews. Images depicting the results of a surgeon’s previous patients can give you a good idea of his or her skill level with the procedure. Patient testimonials and plastic surgeon reviews can also provide a general overview of how other patients feel about the care they received at the practice.
- Evaluate the rapport you establish with the surgeon. During your initial consultation, the surgeon should answer all of your questions and address your concerns. You should feel confident in the surgeon and trust that he or she is attentive to your needs and can help you meet your goals in a safe and effective manner.
Please take a look at Dr. Godek’s comprehensive biography and learn about his philosophy of care. Our board-certified plastic surgeon is highly experienced with breast augmentation procedures and is dedicated to providing exceptional care in a safe and comfortable environment.
Dr. Godek and our staff at the Personal Enhancement Center will be happy to talk with you about how breast augmentation can help you achieve your goals. If you would like to discuss your options, contact us online today, or call (732) 908-2599.