Considering Breast Augmentation?
Instead of feeling self-conscious about your appearance, book a consultation with renowned surgeon Dr. Matthew J. Lynch, at New Jersey Breast Surgery. Dr. Lynch will guide your efforts to find the ideal you, creating for you breasts that are fuller and more symmetrical, and providing you with a natural look that suits you!
A woman’s breasts can define her self-image; if she is unhappy with the size, or shape of her breasts, it can easily lead to lower self-esteem. Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure which can enhance the size and feel of the breasts by placing a saline or silicone-filled implant under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle to increase the size and improve the shape of the breast. Although breast augmentation is an advanced surgical procedure, it normally takes only a few hours - recovery is short, with most patients able to return to work within a week.
Breast augmentation has come a long way in recent years. Patients have more options and the procedure is highly customized to the individual. The placement of the implants can be varied depending on where patients desire more fullness, and incisions and scarring are planned out prior to surgery according to patient preference.
Whether you have uneven breasts, a congenital birth defect or require compensation following a surgery, there is no “one size fits all.” Dr. Matthew Lynch understands that each woman is unique in her wishes and desires for her breasts, and will discuss extensively with you how to fulfill your dreams.
There are two primary types of breast implants—saline breast implants and silicone breast implants. Saline is salt water, while silicone gel has a more viscous consistency. A saline breast implant is filled with sterile saline at the time of surgery. Silicone implants are pre-filled with a silicone gel. A fifth-generation implant called a “Form Stabilized Silicone Gel” implant is also available. This type of implant is sometimes referred to as a “gummy bear” implant as a result of the more cohesive character of the gel that is used.
There are benefits and advantages to both types, which Dr. Lynch will discuss with you during your breast augmentation consultation. Both types are equally safe, so the choice is entirely up to you, all depending on what your hopes and expectations are for your new breasts. Learn more about breast implants.
There are many reasons why a woman might consider breast augmentation; from simply desiring a look that is more pleasing to the eye to correcting an issue resulting from a medical condition, childbirth, or weight loss.
In some patients, the desire is simply to increase the size or volume of the breasts. This may be because the existing breasts are perceived to be small, or it may be to balance out the overall appearance of the breasts in relation to the body.
In other situations, the breasts are asymmetrical (i.e. they differ significantly in size or shape) and therefore one or both breasts may need to be enlarged and made equal in size.
Dr. Lynch will guide you through the process and help you determine which is the right path for you. Dr. Lynch, has advanced training in and is recognised as one of New Jersey's top specialists in breast reconstruction. His focus is on insuring that the results of breast surgery are as natural looking as possible. Accordingly, he is the ideal choice for breast augmentation surgery.
Dr. Lynch specializes in breast procedures. These include Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction and Breast Reconstruction. The New Jersey Breast Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Princeton Rejuvenation Institute include a state of the art accredited operating suite and ambulatory care center. The professional and caring staff of Reliant Surgical Center will assure that your procedure is completed in comfort and privacy.
How Popular is Breast Augmentation?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), breast augmentation has for many years ranked as the most common plastic surgery procedure chosen by women in the United States.
In 2017, ASPS reports that there were 300,378 breast augmentation procedures performed in the United States.
What Happens During the Consultation?
During your consultation Dr. Lynch will:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Examine and measure your breasts, including detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality and placement of the areolas and nipples
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss probable outcomes of breast augmentation and any risks or potential complications
- Answer other questions you may have
You should be prepared to discuss your reasons for wanting augmentation surgery, and your expectations as to outcome. You should also be prepared to review
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and previous medical treatments
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
- Family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsies
What are my Implant Choices?
A Breast Implant is a container (implant shell), made of highly durable silicone, and filled with either saline or a cohesive silicone gel to add volume. The implant type and size depends on how much bigger you want your breasts to become, and on your breast anatomy, skin elasticity, and body type. There are a variety of types, sizes, and shapes for implants.
The "main" types can be broken down as follows.
Silicone breast implants have a silicone exterior and are pre-filled with a silicone gel. They have undergone extensive testing and leakage should be extremely rare. Even with the rare occurrence of leakage, the silicone gel is cross-linked to make it more cohesive and less likely to spread throughout the body, possibly leading to pain or, rarely, infection.
Saline breast implants are made of a silicone exterior shell and filled with sterile saline (salt-water). They are inserted, then filled to the desired size and volume at the time of surgery. This often results in a smaller scar than with silicone. Saline breast implants still have a natural look and feel, though many women believe that silicone breast implants may look more natural than saline.
How Long Does Breast Augmentation Last?
In short..., a very long time. Nonetheless, breast implants should be monitored on an annual basis by your physician. The physician will observe any changes in the implants or your body.
Your body does change as it ages, and in some cases your own preference or changes to aging implants may result in the desire for revision surgery.
Will I be able to Breastfeed?
The ability to breastfeed following breast augmentation is largely determined by the placement of the implants. Women who choose to have their implants placed under the muscle tissue have a greater possibility that they will be able to breastfeed following their augmentation procedure.
However, if breastfeeding is important to you, the only certain course is to delay augmentation until such time as you have completed child-bearing.
Candidates for Breast Augmentation
Women who are unhappy with the size of their breasts may benefit from breast augmentation. In general, a surgical candidate will:
- Be in good overall health
- Have completed their growth and have fully-matured breasts
- Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have realistic expectations of the outcome