Breast implants, breast augmentation, and breast enlargement surgeries are very popular. Last year, over 300,000 women had their breasts enlarged to complement their figure or to fill redundant skin after having had children. Over the decades, augmentation procedures have been refined, many different types of implants have been developed, and both the operations and implants themselves are safer than ever.
Here’s the good news: there is no known difficulty associated with breastfeeding after having implants, nipple sensitivity is usually not affected, and breast implants themselves do not restrict physical activity after complete healing.
A consultation with a plastic surgeon about your breast augmentation should include a review of the various breast implant options. Implants provide size enlargement, particularly forward projection and a fullness in the upper portion of the breast. They also elevate the position of the nipple. Especially an aging female breast does not necessarily have this profile. In fact, the majority of female breasts have some laxity and very little fullness in the upper part of the breast, particularly if the breasts are large or if the woman has had children. With implants, fullness in the upper part of the breast is created or restored.
Implants themselves do not create cleavage. Cleavage is created by clothing. Medium to large breasts without garments don’t typically touch—that’s just anatomy.
If the nipple is above where the breast meets the chest wall, after the implant is placed, the nipple is elevated somewhat and upper fullness is created. If the nipple falls below the point where the breast meets the chest wall, the implant creates fullness in the upper part of the breast, but the nipple position may remain low. In this event, we could perform a breast lift or mastopexy, a procedure that relocates the nipple to the desired position, giving the breast a perkier, rejuvenated contour.
Eric Minns, Breast Surgery Specialist
It is difficult to find a surgeon with the amount of training, experience, and raw talent of Eric Minns, MD. If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, we highly recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Minns. And don’t just take our word for it, view his breast surgery before and after gallery.
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