What is Breast Augmentation?
Sometimes called a “boob job”, breast augmentation involves placing breast implants to enhance the appearance of the size of your breasts. Augmentation can also be done using your own fat, transferred from your abdomen, to increase your breast size. This is called a Fat Transfer
• Women seeking to increase fullness and projection of the breasts
• Women trying to improve the balance between the breasts and the hips
• Women striving to restore breast volume lost afterpregnancy
• Women looking to restore breast volume after weight loss
• Women desiring a more rounded breast shape
• Women with natural breast size asymmetry
• Breast augmentation will not correct drooping breasts.
• A breast lift can sometimes be done at the same time as a breast augmentation to help sagging breasts look both lifted and fuller.
• Ask about your goals and expectations for breast augmentation
• Ask about your overall health, including other medical conditions, prior surgeries, medications and drug allergies.
• Ask about any Personal or Family history of breast cancer. We will discuss prior results of any mammograms or breast biopsies
• Examine and measure your breasts, including detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality and placement of your nipples and areolas
• Take photographs, including 3D photographs with the Vectra™ system.
• You will have a detailed discussion with Dr. Elkins-Williams to determine your goals and realistic outcome of the surgery. Dr. Elkins-Williams will discuss all of your options and recommend a course of treatment
• Every woman has unique breasts and unique goals. Dr. Elkins-Williams is broadly trained in a wide variety of surgical techniques that he can adapt to each individual patient to deliver the very best results. During your consultation, Dr Elkins-Williams will help you determine the right technique and right implant for your unique circumstances.
• Using your high definition 3D photos in the Vectra™ imaging system, you will be able to “try on” different breast implant styles and size. This tool allows you to express your goals to Dr. Elkins-Williams and will help you visualize your new body after surgery!
• Breast Augmentation typically requires about 90 minutes to perform under general anesthesia. All sutures are underneath the skin and are absorbable.
• You will be put into a soft post-operative bra after surgery. There are no dressings to change or drains to bother with.
• You will have some pain and swelling immediately after surgery. Most patients don’t require pain medication for more than a couple of days. We encourage our patients to resume normal activities of daily living as soon as possible. You will need to hold off on aerobic exercise for 2 weeks after surgery, and refrain from weight training for 4 weeks.
• Swelling will gradually improve over a period of around 3 months.
You will receive a surgical quote and any clearance forms required at your consultation with Dr. Elkins-Williams. Should you decide to proceed with Dr. Elkins-Williams, you will contact our patient care coordinator, Shannon Jones. At this time, you will select a procedure date that works for both you and Dr. Elkins-Williams and pay a $500.00 non-refundable booking fee to reserve this date. Once the surgery date is set, we schedule a pre-operative appointment two weeks prior to surgery.
At your pre-op, you will have ample time to discuss your upcoming procedure in great detail and have all your questions answered. We will review all pre- and post-operative care, prescribed medications, and any provisions we may give you for use pre- and post-surgery. You will review and sign the consent for surgery, and the balance will be due at the conclusion of this appointment.
Avoid blood thinning medications/supplements for two weeks prior to surgery. This includes any aspirin or aspirin-containing products as well as any anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or naproxen (including Motrin, Aleve and Advil). Generally, you may take Tylenol (Acetaminophen). Avoid supplements such as Vitamin E, multi vitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil and flax seed oil.) You will be given a complete list of medications/supplements to avoid at your pre-op. All these medications can contribute to bleeding problems following surgery and can increase the amount of bruising.