Breast Augmentation

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Breast Augmentation, also known as mammoplasty is a surgical enhancement to accentuate the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. In general a breast augmentation will make the breasts look larger but it will not move the breasts closer together or lift sagging breasts.

Dr. Schreiber has received the Patients’ Choice Award three years in a row from patients rating Maryland Plastic Surgeons. For patients desiring a fuller profile or who has lost breast volume due to pregnancy/nursing, or who has undergone a breast reconstruction and would desire to have a fuller more natural look a breast augmentation may be right for you. Dr. Schreiber makes certain that his patients experience is superior and he is considered a breast augmentation specialist in Maryland.

Considerations for Breast Augmentation

  • Enhancement of body shape if breasts are too small.
  • Breast volume increase after pregnancy and nursing.
  • Equalization of differing breast (cup size) to gain symmetry.
  • Breast reconstruction following a mastectomy or injury.
  • Breast Augmentation – General Procedure

The breast augmentation procedure consists of making a small incision to insert a breast implant into the breast in order to enlarge the breast area.  The breast augmentation procedure is commonly performed, Dr. Schreiber performs this procedure on an outpatient basis at a hospital or at a state-of-the-art surgical unit while the patient is under a general anesthesia and asleep. Several possible locations exist for the small incision that will be used for inserting the breast implant. The technique most frequently used is an incision made in the lower portion of the breast. Other techniques, though less frequently used, involve making an incision in the armpit or an incision around the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). A newly developed technique utilizes an incision in the belly button, thus reducing the chance of scarring in the breast area. The technique best suited for you will be determined during your consultation with the surgeon prior to your procedure.

During the procedure, the breast tissue is raised to create an open pocket under the breast tissue or beneath the chest wall muscle.  An implant inserted behind each breast can increase a woman’s breast size by one or more bra cup sizes. Breast implants can be made of saline or silicone gel.  In November of 2006 the FDA recently approved the use of silicone gel implants for cosmetic breast augmentations. Silicone implants can be ideal in provide you with a very natural look and feel.  Dr. Schreiber, a board certified plastic surgeon, recommends silicone implants for women with only a small amount of breast tissue and for all breast reconstructions. Saline implants are also an excellent option for cosmetic breast augmentation. Dr. Schreiber recommends the use of saline implants for women who have a moderate amount of breast tissue to start with and want to increase the size of their breasts.  A discussion with your Baltimore breast augmentation during your complimentary consultation will ultimately determine which implant is best for you and how it should be placed. This surgery, typically tolerated very well as an outpatient procedure lasts from 1 to 3 hours..

Breast augmentation procedures and other cosmetic surgery is done by Dr. Schreiber, both at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Maryland and at the SurgiCenter of Baltimore in Owings Mills, Maryland.  Each of these facilities are easily accessible from Towson, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Pikesville, Ruxton, Lutherville, Howard County, Annapolis, and Washington D.C.

Breast Augmentation – Recovery Process

Post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited activity for a few days to speed the healing process and recovery time. Bandages are applied immediately following surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. A specialized surgical bra will need to be worn for several weeks after your procedure. Minor pain is sometimes reported by patients initially after the surgery; this can be treated effectively with oral medication. Patients can minimize potential problems, though rare, by carefully following the post-operative directions given by the physician.