Watch as we walk you through the full process of breast augmentation surgery, from the initial consultation to the post-op visit.
If you envision yourself with fuller, shapelier breasts, you may be a candidate for breast augmentation. In the Louisville and Lexington, KY area, women choose Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace and Dr. Nana M. Mizuguchi for their exceptional qualifications and excellent results. As breast enhancement specialists, our board-certified plastic surgeons have an uncommon level of experience with this procedure, and are known for helping women feel more feminine, attractive, and confident.
To find out more about breast augmentation at Calobrace & Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery Center, request a consultation or call (502) 899-9979 to schedule your visit.
Improvements From Breast Augmentation
The reasons for choosing breast augmentation may differ between patients, but most have thought about making the change for months or even years. Our surgeons perform this procedure to provide one or more of the following improvements:
- Increased breast size
- Enhanced cleavage
- Restored volume after pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss
- Balance and proportion with the lower body
- Breast symmetry
While breast augmentation increases size, it does not reduce breast sagging significantly. During your consultation, your surgeon will determine whether he will need to combine your breast augmentation with a breast lift to provide the improvements you want.
How We Personalize Your Procedure
Breast augmentation involves many options that, when chosen properly, will help you attain the fuller breasts you want while fitting with your body, personal preferences, and lifestyle. Our surgeons provide beautiful results by carefully choosing the following with the patient in mind:
- Breast implants can be filled with saline or silicone, and come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and profiles. We offer the innovative Sientra® silicone implants, which are available only to board-certified plastic surgeons.
- Incisions can be in the armpit, under the breast fold, or along the lower edge of the areola.
- Placement of implants either directly behind the breast tissue (subglandular position) or under the pectoralis muscle (submuscular position).
Our surgeons use the advanced VECTRA® 3-D imaging system to show you how you could look with different implant options.
About Breast Augmentation Surgery
Our surgeons typically perform breast augmentation as an outpatient procedure while the patient is under local sedation or general anesthesia. The surgery lasts about one hour. After making the incisions, the surgeon creates a pocket for each breast implant. He then positions an implant within each pocket and makes adjustments until has achieved the desired breast size and shape. The incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches and then covered with surgical tape.
What to Expect During Recovery
Recovery from breast augmentation depends on several factors including whether your implants are placed under or on top of the chest muscle, the type of incision, and the size of your implants, but generally follows this timeline.
First 1 to 2 Days
Most patients experience minor soreness and swelling. Sleeping in a recliner or propped up with pillows will help you sleep on your back and minimize swelling. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe oral pain medication you can use to control discomfort, if needed. Expect to be up and walking on the day of surgery, but not driving. Also consider arranging care from a friend or family member for the first 24 hours following surgery, and possibly a day or so longer.
You will have a follow-up appointment approximately 3 to 6 days after surgery.
Return to Work
Most patients are ready to return to their everyday activities within 1 to 2 weeks.
Other Things to Know
You will need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for one month or more as directed by your surgeon. Scars will fade gradually from pink to white within several months to a year.
Are breast implants permanent?
Breast enlargement with surgically positioned implants is the most permanent choice for enhancing breast size. The duration of the results achieved through surgery is variable and implants may require removal or replacement at some point. Because no medical device is indestructible, we suggest that our patients come in from time to time so we can monitor the condition of their implants. Depending on whether you choose saline or silicone gel implants, implant rupture will have different results. As always, we encourage our patients to monitor breast health as instructed by their primary care physicians.
What effect does breast enlargement have on mammograms?
Mammograms should be continued after breast enlargement for women in the appropriate age range. It is very important that you advise the technician about your implants so that specialized techniques can be used and additional views can be taken, if needed. Breast implants should not interfere with mammography.
Will breast augmentation affect breastfeeding?
Generally, breast augmentation does not prevent women from breastfeeding or affect the ability to produce milk. Please tell us if you intend to breastfeed in the future.
Where will my surgery be performed?
Breast enlargement procedures are performed in our private surgery suite. Our fully equipped, state-of-the-art operating rooms were designed and built especially for these procedures and for use only by our plastic surgeons and their highly experienced surgical team.
Could someone who notices my fuller appearance "know" I've had surgery?
Friends and family will notice the difference when they see you after surgery, but only those you tell will know for certain. People you meet will assume that your fuller shape is the "real" you, and it assuredly is. The source of your fuller shape may be revealed upon touch, since firmness may vary from natural breasts, but this is to be expected from the enlargement procedure and should not be a source of undue concern.
At Calobrace & Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery Center, our surgeons are recognized as leaders in the nation for breast enlargement procedures. Both surgeons draw patients from across the nation based on referrals from other physicians. As often as his schedule allows, Dr. Calobrace leads national conferences for plastic surgeons about advancements in breast procedures and breast implants. Dr. Mizuguchi, a clinical faculty member of the University of Louisville's School of Medicine, is among 50 plastic surgeons in the United States evaluating a newly developed gel implant that offers patients a more natural look and feel.