Vistnes Plastic Surgery of Palo Alto, Dean Vistnes 1515 El Camino Real, Suite B, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Palo Alto Breast Enlargement FAQs

How Is It Done?

Our practice uses a unique dimensional analysis approach to breast augmentation. An attractive breast has unique dimensions, distances and volumes that make it attractive. Instead of just picking an implant of a given size, we measure the breast dimensions, and then picks an implant of specific dimensions that will match the desires of the patient.

Once the implant has been selected, it may be inserted through one of three possible incisions: (1) under the arm, (2) under the breast in the fold or crease, or (3) around the nipple-areola area. The best approach is determined after discussing the patients wishes and desires and an examination of the patients anatomy. A final decision will be made that ultimately should give the patient the desired result.

Shape and texture of the implant is another option for the patient in breast augmentation, as well as whether to put the implant on top or underneath the muscle. Because every patient is different, the final choice will depend on the patient’s specific anatomy and desires. Our doctors make every effort to tailor the procedure to the individual patient instead of doing the same operation on every patient.

What Should I Expect?

Breast augmentation is done as an outpatient surgery procedure. This means you come in and go home the same day. The operation is done under general anesthesia, meaning you go to sleep for the procedure. This avoids the often-significant discomfort that can occur if the surgery is done under awake deep sedation. The procedure usually takes just over an hour to perform.

What Is The Recovery?

Patients are usually seen back in the office the next day to change bandages and may shower following that. Light exercise may begin at 1 week, while most patients are back to routine activities by 3 weeks. The stitches are usually dissolving stitches. Breast augmentation can also be combined with a breast lift (mastopexy).

What Are The Risks And Possible Complications?

Although the operation is usually straightforward and uncomplicated, problems can sometimes happen as with any operation. These possible complications include bleeding around the implant, infection, change in sensation around the nipple, firmness of the breast from scar tissue forming around the implant, visible wrinkles around the implant, and asymmetry. Although these are unusual in occurrence, it is important that every patient be well informed about the procedure, the options available, and the potential problems. Write down a list of questions and concerns to discuss with your doctor at the time of your visit.

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