Breast Augmentation Little Rock
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Breast augmentation is a popular procedure for Dr. Spann’s patients and is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. To become a proficient at this technique Dr. Spann spent years performing all types of breast surgery including mastectomy, breast reconstruction, breast lift, and breast reduction. With unparalleled experience in breast surgery, Dr. Spann has the ability to best identify what changes can be safely made in your breast to give you the best possible outcome during your breast implant surgery.
Breast augmentation can give women with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look through the placement of saline breast implants or silicone breast implants.
Patients elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different reasons, including balancing breast size, compensating for breast changes after pregnancy or surgery, and correcting a congenital breast defect. Under Dr. Spann expert care, patients enjoy great-looking, natural-feeling breasts.
Fully Customized Breast Enhancement
We know that every woman is unique in both her desires and her body shape. With that in mind, we take the time during the pre-operative consultations to learn what each patient hopes to gain from breast augmentation surgery and to decide which implant type and implant placement is best. In this way, every one of Dr. Spann’s patients enjoys completely customized treatment designed with her specific goals in mind. Our Little Rock, Arkansas practice is designed with the patient in mind.
Breast augmentation can achieve dramatic and beautiful results on its own as well as in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery or non-invasive procedures. We sometimes recommend combining breast augmentation with other procedures such as a breast lift for more satisfying results.
Saline and Silicone Gel Breast Implants
Breast implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel. Both implant types are very safe, and each offers its own advantages. We will help you decide which kind is right for you. During surgery, we will place the implants behind each breast, underneath either breast tissue or the chest wall muscle. It is Dr. Spann’s preference to place the implants below the muscle.
After many years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved silicone breast implants for breast augmentation surgery. We are proud to offer patients the option of silicone gel-filled breast implants, since they are much softer and feel more natural than saline-filled breast implants.
Breast Augmentation Surgery – Incision Techniques
The breast augmentation procedure lasts one to two hours and is typically performed with general anesthesia. Incisions are made in inconspicuous places on the breast to minimize scar visibility. These may be located:
- In the armpit (transaxillary),
- In the crease on the underside of the breast (inframammary), or
- Around the areola, the dark skin around the nipple (periareolar).
The breast is then lifted, creating a pocket into which the implant is inserted.
Saline implants may also be placed endoscopically through an incision in the navel. This minimally invasive breast enhancement technique is known as a transumbilical breast augmentation or TUBA approach. However, Dr. Spann does not advocate this approach as the implants are typically placed above the muscle and, in his opinion, the results are much inferior to the other approaches.
Breast Augmentation Surgery – Placement Options
Implant placement beneath the muscle of the chest offers a few advantages over placement beneath the breast tissue only. These include reduced risk of capsular contracture (post-operative tightening around the implant) and less interference with mammogram examinations. Possible disadvantages include slightly elevated pain in the first few days following surgery. We will discuss which option may be best for you.
After the implants have been inserted and positioned beneath the nipples, the incisions are stitched closed, then taped and bandaged. In a few days, these bandages may be replaced with a surgical bra.
Most patients feel tired and sore after breast augmentation surgery, but this usually passes in a day or two. Many patients return to work within the week.
Dr. Spann utilizes the Rapid Recovery Method. We find that the majority of our patients are free from pain medication within 2-3 days with no sacrifice in their outcome.
Stitches are removed in a week to 10 days after breast augmentation. Any post-operative pain, swelling and sensitivity will diminish over the first few weeks.
Scars from breast augmentation incisions will begin to fade in a few months and will continue to fade for months or years.
Dr. Michael Spann specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery in Little Rock Arkansas. He performs all aspects of plastic surgery including breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, abdominoplasty, facelift and rhinoplasty.