Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed in the US. With more than a decade of experience specializing in plastic surgery of the breast, Dr. Halvorson has the knowledge and skills to give you the natural results you are looking for. There are many issues to consider in breast augmentation that Dr. Halvorson will review with you in detail to develop an individualized plan that meets your goals and expectations. Incision location and implant size, type, and position are all considerations that you will discuss at length based on the most current scientific data available.
Incisions can be placed in the armpit, around the areola, or most commonly at the fold of the breast. There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach, which will be discussed in detail so you can make an informed decision.
Implant size is determined by using specialized sizers (not implants) that mimic the appearance of an augmented breast in a bra. Every woman has different breasts and different goals, and therefore it is crucial to consider this when selecting an appropriate implant size. Most women can go up 1-2 cup sizes without appearing unnatural. Implants that are too large can lead to complications and added scars in the future.
There are many different types of implants and Dr. Halvorson believes in allowing YOU, the patient and consumer, to make a well-informed decision based on a comprehensive discussion of all implants available. There are smooth vs textured, round vs shaped, and saline vs silicone implants which all have different characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages. In addition, we are happy to now offer the Ideal implant, which is a new and innovative saline implant that feels very similar to a silicone implant.
Implants can be placed on top or under the pectoralis major muscle. Each position has advantages and disadvantages that will be discussed so you can make an informed decision. The shape of your breast, your activity level, an increased risk of breast cancer, how thin you are, and the size of the implant all affect this decision.
Many women who are looking for fuller, rounder breasts benefit from a mastopexy. Women who have breasts that have dropped due to pregnancy or the effects of time and gravity are often better served by a breast lift than a breast augmentation. Although mastopexy places scars on the breast, it is important to understand that this is preferable and safer than placing large implants to correct ptosis, or sagging, of the breast. If you are generally happy with your breast size but wish they were higher/perkier, mastopexy is the solution.
Some women are self-conscious about their breast size, yet they do not want the aggressive reduction that insurance companies require to be covered. Minimal/moderate breast reductions can often be accomplished with smaller scars while lifting the breasts into a more youthful position. The shape of your breast and degree of reduction will determine the extent and location of scars.