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Breast augmentation has provided many women with a way to feel more comfortable with the appearance of their breasts. Breast augmentation helps to enhance the size of the breasts and their overall appearance. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Semlacher offers breast augmentation surgery in Tacoma.
What is breast augmentation?
Over the years, the women in the Pacific Northwest have become more receptive to the idea of cosmetic surgery, particularly breast augmentation, and the benefits that it presents. Breast enhancement with breast implants has undoubtedly become one of the most popular procedures in the area as women begin to realize its role in enhancing their physical appearance.
In Dr. Roy Semlacher’s Pacific Northwest clinic, breast augmentation is used routinely to increase the patient’s breast size with the use of saline or silicone implants placed strategically under the patient’s breast tissue or behind the chest muscles.
When it comes to breast augmentation, there are two typical categories of patients:
- Young women in their 20s with smaller breasts due to genetics. These women have matured physically and are no longer experiencing natural breast growth.
- Women in their mid-30s who have had kids and are in good shape, but their breasts look smaller because their hips are now wider. These women want to look like they did in their 20s but with larger breasts.
Both of these types of women are ideal candidates for breast augmentation. The best candidates are in good overall mental and physical health and do not smoke. Dr. Semlacher can let you know if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation during your consultation.
What benefits can breast augmentation give me?
Choosing to get a breast augmentation is a personal decision that every woman must make on her own. This decision becomes easier to make with a better understanding of its benefits:
- Symmetrically shaped breasts
- Improved overall appearance because of proportional breast size
- Restoration of breast mass after breastfeeding and pregnancy
- Reconstruction of breast tissue after cancer surgery, mastectomy, or other health conditions
- An enhanced self image that boosts self-confidence
In many cases, women choose to pair this procedure with body procedures like abdominoplasty. This results in comprehensive improvement of body contours and is especially popular after pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Breast augmentation can also be included as a part of a mommy makeover.
Breast implant options
There are two main options for breast implant types: saline and silicone. Both have silicone shells, but one type is filled with sterile salt water (saline) and the other is filled with silicone gel.
Patients generally feel that silicone looks and feels more natural. Many patients who had saline implants from the early 2000s frequently come in wanting to switch to silicone for a more natural feel.
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Asian breast augmentation
Many Asian women come into our Tacoma office for breast augmentation surgery. Generally, the aesthetic sensibility involved is different. When it comes to performing breast augmentation on patients of Asian descent, Dr. Semlacher prefers to specifically use the periareolar (around the areola) incision technique.
When other surgeons perform Asian breast augmentation, there are often issues related to post-surgical scarring. This is because the melanocytes in the skin tissues of patients of Asian descent are more sensitive. When these melanocytes die, this negatively affects the appearance of incision lines.
Breast augmentation recovery
Recovery can vary between patients based on multiple factors. Patients can expect to experience some bruising, swelling, feelings of tightness, and discomfort. Pain should be mild and can be managed with medication. A surgical bra will need to be worn during the recovery process. On average, patients may need to take around two weeks of work in order to recover from the procedure.
Breast augmentation cost
To better understand breast augmentation cost, it is important to look at the details of the procedure. The choice of breast implant type and incision location will affect the price, as will the overall length of the surgical session. The price of breast augmentation can be discussed during your consultation. Our team can also go over financing options for breast augmentation and other payment options.
What Happens During Breast Augmentation Surgery?
The first step of a breast augmentation is the administration of general anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Next, Dr. Semlacher will make an incision on each breast. These will be placed in a secluded location, such as under the crease of the breast (inframammary incision), within the armpit (transaxillary incision), or using the periareolar technique described earlier.
With access to the underlying tissue, Dr. Semlacher will create a pocket of space under the glandular tissue or in front of the pectoral muscle. The implant is placed into this pocket, and then the incision is closed and bandaged.
What is the Difference Between a Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation?
During a breast lift procedure, the goals are to tighten loose and sagging breast skin and sometimes to reorient the nipples and areolae for a “perkier,” more youthful appearance. We are not concentrating on size during breast lift surgery. However, we can combine the breast lift with breast augmentation for qualifying candidates.
Can Breast Surgery Affect My Ability to Breastfeed?
Many patients interested in breast augmentation or other types of breast plastic surgery are women who have noted a change in their look after pregnancy and breastfeeding and would like to restore their pre-pregnancy shape and size. Implants should not affect your ability to breastfeed in the future, since they typically do not interfere with the breast ducts or mammary glands.
However, we recommend bringing your plans for having more children to the attention of Dr. Semlacher during your consultation.
Arranging your consultation
During your breast augmentation consultation in Tacoma, you will discuss your aesthetic goals with Dr. Semlacher. He will tell you about the procedure’s benefits and potential complications, answer any questions you may have, and he will walk you through the procedure in greater detail. He will then conduct a physical examination and take precise measurements. The two of you will discuss your implant options, and you will be able to try on a sports bra and simulate the size of your new breasts.
Dr. Roy Semlacher has years of experience performing breast augmentation and a number of other procedures. If you would like to schedule a consultation for your breast augmentation in Tacoma, contact our office today.
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