Breast augmentation or augmentation mammaplasty is a popular cosmetic procedure involving breast implants or fat transfer. Breast augmentation is one of the most requested procedures in our office in Louisville KY.
We aim to help our patients achieve their desired looks that make them feel happy and confident in their bodies! Request a consultation today for breast augmentation at our medicine center.
During your first visit to our office, we will provide you with the information you should know regarding the procedure. We will talk you through the benefits, risks, and options for breast augmentation.
Our working hours are Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Breast Augmentation in Louisville KY: Surgery Reasons and Benefits
People’s appearance often significantly impacts their mental health. Dissatisfaction with one’s appearance can lead to anxiety and depression. But, research shows that breast augmentation may positively change patients’ mental health and self-acceptance.
The potential impact on your overall emotional and mental health is crucial when considering breast augmentation. It is vital to manage and have realistic expectations from the cosmetic procedure.
During your initial consultation, your doctor will discuss the different types, sizes, materials, and shapes of implants.
The surgeon will advise you on the best breast augmentation procedure for you.
Why patients have breast surgery
Every year, around 300,000 people in the US have breast augmentation surgery, making it the most popular cosmetic procedure in the country. It is important to note that the reasons for breast augmentation surgery vary as in the following:
- Enhance the appearance of breasts that patients consider too small
- Fix the asymmetrical look if one breast is smaller than the other
- Address a decrease in breast size due to weight loss or after pregnancy
- Correct issues or unevenness after breast surgery for other conditions
Benefits of breast surgery
- Improved self-esteem
- Better proportion with your entire body
- Youthful breast shape
- Improved firmness and fullness
- Larger breasts
- Enhanced cleavage
- Clothes fit better
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Types of Breast Augmentation Procedures in Louisville, KY
We perform different types of breast augmentation procedures for our patients. Based on your gender and what type of implant you want to get, we offer the following procedures.
Saline implants contain sterile salt water, and a surgeon can insert them through a smaller incision than other implant types. Also, if the implant shell of a saline implant collapses, your body will absorb the saline and naturally expel it.
Saline implants are FDA-approved for patients 18 and over and provide a uniform shape, feel, and firmness.
There are two types of silicone implants – regular and “gummy bear”. Regular silicone implants contain silicone gel, providing the softest final results. “Gummy bear” silicone implants contain a thicker silicone gel than regular silicone implants, making them firmer.
“Gummy bear” implants provide a more lasting shape. But these implants need slightly longer incisions than regular silicone implants.
Silicone implants are FDA-approved for patients 22 and over.
Fat transfer to breasts (fat grafting)
Fat transfer may provide less reliable results and less uniform between the breasts. Generally, fat transfer may only increase the breasts by one cup.
Also, the fat may be reabsorbed into the body over time, yet some patients prefer them due to the natural look and feel.
Chest wall augmentation
Chest wall augmentation is done on male patients to create more definition in their upper body. Chest wall augmentation involves silicone implants, also known as pectoral implants.
Chest wall augmentation may treat congenital or acquired chest wall asymmetry in male patients or enhance the chest’s appearance.
Pre-Surgery Considerations for Breast Augmentation Patients in Louisville, KY
The most crucial part of having breast augmentation or any other cosmetic surgery is choosing a surgeon you can trust. Your surgeon should have a good reputation and all the necessary credentials. You should also be sure about the size, type, and shape you choose.
Making our patients’ dreams a reality is our priority. During your initial consultation with Dr. Gerstle, he will ask you about your preferences and medical history. After that, he will help you decide on the proper procedure.
You should follow Dr. Gerstle’s pre-op instructions to the letter, meaning no smoking or drinking in the weeks leading up to the surgery.
Working with a plastic surgeon in Louisville, KY
Working with Dr. Gerstle means a Harvard-trained plastic surgeon will do your procedure. Dr. Gerstle and his team will take care of you and help you make the decision that will let you feel comfortable and confident in your skin.
Dr. Gerstle knows the importance of explaining the benefits and risks associated with each procedure to his patients.
During your pre-surgery meeting, your surgeon will:
- Answer all your questions
- Help you choose your implants
- Give you instructions
Also, always ask the doctors you meet about prior experience and credentials to ensure you are in safe hands.
Understanding of the different types and shapes of implants available in Louisville, KY
For breast augmentation, you can get saline or silicone implants. With the help of your surgeon, you will be able to choose the right type of implant.
You may choose from two shapes of breast implants – round and teardrop. The difference between the two shapes is the effect you want to achieve with surgery. Getting a round implant may create a fuller look and is less likely to dislocate.
In contrast, getting a teardrop implant creates a more natural breast look because the implant is fuller in the lower part. Teardrop implants are generally firmer than round ones and may cost more.
Deciding on the right size of your implants in Louisville, KY
Each patient is different and has an ideal breast size that they come to us with. We want to help you achieve the size you consider perfect. Still, you must remember that there are other factors to remember when deciding on the right implant size.
The doctor will recommend a size based on your frame, hip width, buoyancy of your tissue, and other factors. Together you will be able to find the perfect size for you. You want to avoid choosing a size that is too big as it may cause your breasts to look too round and even fake.
Other possible side effects of choosing too large implants include:
- Rippling and thinning of your skin
- Implant dislocation
Dr. Gerstle will ensure you understand all the factors related to implant size and support your final decision.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
During your second appointment with the doctor two weeks before the surgery, you will confirm the size you want to get. You will also be able to address any additional concerns with your doctor.
On the day of your procedure, we will place you under general anesthesia. The surgery, in general, takes about two hours. The incisions are usually done:
- Under your breast
- Around the nipple (areola) area
- In the armpit (axilla)
Post-Surgery Considerations for Breast Augmentation Patients in Louisville, KY
After your surgery, you will stay in our surgery center recovery room and be discharged the same day. The doctor will give you post-op instructions along with his cell phone number and email.
Taking care of your new breasts after surgery in Louisville, KY
Avoiding strenuous activity for several weeks is vital for a smooth recovery after your breast augmentation. But, if you have an office or work-from-home job, you may return to work within several days of surgery.
As you will be under general anesthesia, it is crucial that you also have someone to drive you home. You may wear recovery bras specially made for post-breast augmentation for faster healing.
Recovery bras may promote healing by:
- Keeping your implants in place
- Putting gentle compression
- Reducing swelling
- Promoting lymph drainage
You will have another appointment with Dr. Gerstle one week after the surgery to ensure your healing.
What to expect after your surgery
You may ease into moderate exercise after several weeks to a month. Once the doctor gives you the green light, usually around the two-month mark, you may return to normal activities.
Expect your breasts to shrink slightly in size after the swelling wears off. Your breasts may also become softer to mold better to your bras and clothes. Contact us if you experience any redness, excessive pain, or scar discharge.
Most of our patients are happy with their results which is evident from their testimonials.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my incision scars be visible?
Depending on the implants you choose, there may be some visible scarring. But, Dr. Gerstle will choose an appropriate incision area to minimize visible scarring. The incisions are usually under the breast, armpit, or around the areola.
Are there any risks from breast augmentation in Louisville, KY?
As with any surgical procedure, some possible complications may arise from breast augmentation. Some complications may include:
- Implant material allergies
- Need for additional procedures