Breast augmentation (also known as breast implants or a “boob job”) is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the country. People often get breast augmentation and implants confused, but they are essentially the same thing. Augmentation is the procedure itself, and implants are one way to perform the augmentation.
The reason that breast augmentation or implant surgery procedures are so popular is because of their long, successful track record. It is one of the best options available for women who want to enhance, regain, or restore confidence in their figures.
After weight loss or pregnancy, breasts can often decrease in size. A breast augmentation will restore lost breast volume, achieve a more rounded breast shape, and improve natural breast symmetry.
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Breast augmentation increases breast size by using silicone gel implants and sometimes existing fat tissue. When existing fat tissue is used to improve breast volume, it is called fat transfer breast augmentation.
The breast augmentation procedure is done by placing implants behind breast tissue or under the chest muscle. This is most commonly done by making an incision on the underside of your breast, in the natural skin fold. The surgeon then places the implant through this opening.
A breast implant is a sac filled with a sterile material called silicone. Silicone gel implants generally look and feel more natural.
Deciding whether or not to have breast implants is a big decision. It is an investment that will help you achieve the curves and confidence you desire. While generally safe and long-lasting, breast implants are not “lifetime devices.”
On average, modern implants are designed to last more than a decade. It is not uncommon for breast implants to remain in good shape for 20 years or more. Everyone is different, and the life of your implants will depend on your body and how well you take care of your implants.
Here are some essential post-operative instructions that will help your implants last longer:
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Dr. Zachary Willis is a double board-certified surgeon in both cosmetic and general surgery. Additionally, he’s a leading expert in liposuction and skin tightening. After a general surgery residency in St. Louis, MO, he furthered his education and completed a full body cosmetic surgery fellowship. During this fellowship Dr. Willis perfected his techniques for breast augmentations, abdominoplasties, liposuction, minimally invasive facial surgery, and many other procedures.
Dr. Willis is a well-known authority and physician trainer for minimally invasive body contouring procedures, namely BodyTite and FaceTite. These procedures combine liposuction and skin tightening and deliver results only previously achieved through more excisional surgical procedures. Dr. Willis performs BodyTite and FaceTite in the office under local anesthesia.