Many women are insecure with the size of their breasts and wish that they were larger and more in proportion with the rest of their body. It is very common for women to have breasts that are not symmetrical. One breast may be larger than the other, which can be uncomfortable. If you have small breasts, breast augmentation with implants can give your breasts more volume. Breast enhancement can also balance your breasts and help with symmetry.
Charlotte Ann Rhee MD is a breast augmentation specialist in Long Island. As a female plastic surgeon, she understands the insecurities that many women have and wants all of her patients to feel comfortable and satisfied with their results. If you are interested in breast augmentation, Dr. Rhee offers free consultations at her office in Huntington, New York.
What Dr. Rhee’s Patient’s Say
“I had my breast implants done by Dr Rhee and I am very happy with my results. Dr Rhee gave me the perfect size. Not too big and not too small. I highly recommend her if you are considering breast implants.” – Anonymous
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammaplasty, is a very popular procedure for women and is among the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedure. For this procedure, saline or silicone-filled implants are inserted under the crease in the breast, around the nipple, or through the armpit. The implant can be placed under the breast tissue or beneath the chest wall muscle. After surgery, your breasts will appear fuller and more shapely in contour.
When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Rhee, you will discuss all of the concerns you have with your breasts and the results you desire after surgery. If you are a good candidate for breast enhancement, Dr. Rhee will discuss all of your options as far as implant type, size, and realistic expectations for the procedure.
Ideal Candidates for Breast Augmentation
Ideal candidates for breast augmentation include women who desire larger breasts and those who want to restore the breast volume. Breast volume is often lost as a result of pregnancy or significant weight loss. Breast augmentation may be performed with a breast lift, or mastopexy. In this case, we will also be able to lift sagging breasts. A good candidate should be in good health and have realistic expectations for the procedure.
You may not be a good candidate for breast enhancement surgery if you are currently breastfeeding, pregnant, or are not in good physical health. Women who plan to have more children are not advised to undergo breast surgery, as results may be altered after giving birth. The best way to know if you are a consultation for breast augmentation is to come in for a free consultation with Dr. Rhee.
Before & After Breast Augmentation
Benefits of Breast Enhancement Surgery
The primary benefits of breast enhancement surgery are cosmetic improvements. However, the results from breast augmentation surgery can overall improve the confidence and self-esteem of the patient. Benefits include:
- Enhancing breast size
- Improving cleavage appearance
- Balance breasts
- Improved self-esteem
- Increased confidence
- More youthful feel
Breast Implants: Silicone vs Saline
Breast implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel. Both implant types are very safe, and each offers its own advantages. Dr. Rhee will help you decide which kind is right for you and will discuss this with you during your consultation.
Saline Breast Implants
An advantage of saline breast implants is that, if ruptured, the saline (salt solution) is dissolved by the body naturally. A disadvantage of saline implants is that they may appear less natural in small-breasted or reconstructive patients. This is especially important for very thin women who have little breast tissue to cover the implant, or for women who have a breast injury or need breast reconstruction.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone gel-filled implants are the most popular choice of most of Dr. Rhee’s patients. Compared to saline implants, silicone implants are much softer and feel more natural. After many years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved silicone breast implants for breast augmentation surgery.
Which Breast Implant Shape Is Right for You?
When choosing breast implants, the shape is an important consideration. The two basic breast implant shapes are round and teardrop. Breasts differ greatly from woman to woman, so the ideal breast implant shape for each patient must be determined with care.
Round Breast Implants
Of the two breast implant shapes, the round breast implant is the most common type used for breast augmentation. Many women choose round implants because they tend to provide the greatest amount of lift, fullness, and cleavage. Some women, however, feel that the results produced with round implants appear artificial, so they seek out more natural-looking alternatives.
A round breast implant can have a smooth or textured surface. Due to a round implant’s symmetrical shape, it does not pose the risk of implant rotation. Round implants come in three different variations of shape: low, medium, and high profile. A higher profile can enhance the forward projection of the breasts, which would otherwise require larger breast implants with wider bases.
Teardrop Breast Implants
As the name indicates, a teardrop breast implant, also known as a contoured breast implant, is shaped like a teardrop. Breasts attain a more gently sloping contour with teardrop breast implants. Although the upper portion of breasts that have teardrop implants are not as full as breasts that have round implants, teardrop-shaped implants often provide greater projection by volume. For women who want more naturally shaped teardrop breasts, these implants may be the ideal choice. A teardrop implant requires a textured surface to prevent rotation because breasts can become distorted if the implant rotates. This is not a concern with round breast implants.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
The breast augmentation procedure lasts one to two hours and is typically performed with general anesthesia. Dr. Rhee performs breast surgery at her accredited surgical facility at her Huntington, NY office. This allows patients to be treated and recover in comfortable, at-home setting instead of a hospital.
Incision Options for Breast Surgery
When performing breast augmentation, Dr. Rhee makes incisions in inconspicuous places on the breast to minimize scar visibility. These incision options are:
- Transaxillary: in the armpit
- Inframammary: in the crease on the underside of the breast
- Periareolar: around the nipple
To perform breast augmentation with a transaxillary incision, the incision is made in the natural folds of the armpit tissue. A channel is then created up to the breast. This procedure is sometimes performed with an endoscope, or a small tube with a surgical light and camera embedded in the end, to provide visibility through the channel. The biggest advantage of a transaxillary incision is that the scar is not on the breast.
Breast augmentation with an inframammary incision is performed with an incision made under the breast and close to the inframammary fold. The incision is made here to secure proper placement of the implant, but also to reduce scar visibility. An advantage of this incision is that Dr. Rhee works close to the breast, allowing for optimal visibility while working.
The goal of breast augmentation with a periareolar incision is to place the incision in the transition area between the dark areola and surrounding breast skin where it can be hidden. As with the inframammary incision, this incision allows the implant to be placed in precise pocket formation and provides for absolute controlled bleeding. After the incision, a pocket is created for the breast implant. The implant is slid through the incision and then centered behind the nipple.
Breast Implant Placement
Breast implant placement beneath the muscle of the chest offers a few advantages over placement beneath the breast tissue only. These include reduced risk of capsular contracture (post-operative tightening around the implant) and less interference with mammogram examinations. Possible disadvantages include the need for drainage tubes and elevated pain in the first few days following surgery. Dr. Rhee will help you decide which option may be best for you.
Recovery After Breast Enhancement Surgery
After breast augmentation surgery, drainage tubes may be inserted. Incisions will be stitched, taped and bandaged. Patients typically wear a surgical bra over the bandages to minimize swelling and give the breasts support. For those that want more than the average surgical bra can look to BodyFly, is a line of body shaping activewear for patients that are recovering from breast procedures. Dr. Rhee founded this company in 2016 to offer patients wardrobe options that incorporate compression benefits with fashion. These garments can also be worn for your workouts.
For a few days, most patients will feel tired and sore, but most return to work in a week. Dr. Rhee will remove stitches in a week to 10 days. During the first few weeks postoperative pain, swelling, and sensitivity will diminish. Scars begin to fade in a few months.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about our breast augmentation, contact Charlotte Ann Rhee MD. Call us at 631-424-6707 today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Rhee. We serve patients in Huntington, Long Island, and surrounding areas in New York.