Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, provides a beautiful, feminine silhouette. For over 45 years, women have requested breast implants to reshape small, disproportionate or misshapen breasts. Women may select breast augmentation because of changes they experience in their breasts due to age, pregnancy, weight loss or cancer. Other women may desire this procedure to improve genetically small breasts.
Riverside breast augmentation specialist Dr. Hardesty takes a great amount of time with women interested in breast augmentation to help determine the right choice of breast implant, the best incision location and the optimal placement for the breast implant. Some women desire to enhance breast droopiness or sagging. In these cases, Dr. Hardesty may recommend a breast lift as part of the treatment plan.
Women seeking this surgery today are custom fitted for their breast implants at Dr. Hardesty's office. Dr. Hardesty will take many breast measurements to help ensure a precise implant fit to accommodate for unique features of the breasts, including:
Dr. Hardesty will examine the anatomy of the breast tissue, skin quality, and the extent of desired enlargement in order to determine the appropriate incision location. There are three types of incisions that may be used including:
Dr. Hardesty will examine the amount and quality of glandular tissue and fat in the breasts to help determine the best location for the breast implants. Location choices include:
Dr. Hardesty will provide a complete list of pre-operative and post operative instructions to follow after the procedure. Most women return to normal daily activities within a few days following the surgery. Usually, by 6 weeks, there are no restrictions to returning to full exercise. There are recovery aids such as a compression garment, a "pain pump" (constant infusion of local anesthetic), and muscle relaxant medication available to assist in the recovery process.
If you are like most women that have undergone augmentation, you will be pleased with the results of the procedure immediately following surgery and for many years to come.
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