Breast Augmentation Tacoma
Knowing your options will make all the difference in your decision to have breast augmentation. You’ll be shown a variety of options to ensure your procedure is a success. When you choose breast augmentation, Dr. Chung will review your options, and partner with you to make decisions like the best incision location, the correct implant type, and implant placement.
One of the first and most essential decisions you will make during your consultation is the size of your implant. Dr. Chung will take time going over how breast implant sizing works and be happy to answer all your questions. We ensure you’ll achieve the flattering breast appearance you desire.
We offer our patients a choice of either Silicone Gel or Saline breast implants from Mentor, a leading implant manufacturer.
- Saline: This slightly more affordable implant, offers a wider range of incision placement options.
- Silicone gel: This type of implant has a more natural look and feel than their saline counterparts, according to many patients who have used them.
Usually, incisions are made under the breast in the existing crease or in the nipple/areola region. However, placing the incision in the armpit or belly button is also possible.
The Recovery Process
Patients are often able to resume work after only three days after breast augmentation. As your healing progresses, it’s vital to remember that the final results may not be visible for a few months.
Many patients experience swelling and discomfort, post surgery. Dr. Chung will prescribe pain medication to manage pain or discomfort and may recommend use of an exercise bra for support in the weeks following your surgery.
Contact the office of plastic surgeon Lynn Chung, to learn more about breast augmentation surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions During A Breast Augmentation Consultation
What Is a Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure where a breast implant, either saline or silicone, is placed within the breast to help augment the volume and help improve symmetry.
How Long Is the Procedure?
The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis in a surgery center and would take anywhere from two to three hours to perform.
How do You Perform a Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation is typically done through either of two commonly used incisions: around the nipple or in the inframammary fold. I tend to place the implants in what is called a dual plane, where the superior half of the implant is covered by the muscle and the inferior lower part of the implant is covered by the breast tissue, to give you the most natural results.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
A good candidate for a breast augmentation procedure is someone who is healthy, has no contraindications to surgery, and has realistic expectations.
What Are Some Realistic Expectations for Patients Who Are Having This Procedure?
During the consultation, we go over the risks, benefits, and alternatives of the surgery. A patient with realistic expectations is someone who completely understands and can weigh the pros and cons of proceeding with the surgery and is accepting of all of those risks.
What Are the Common Reasons for Patients Choosing this Procedure?
Common reasons include those patients who have a decreased development of breast tissue and want to have an augmentation to feel more natural and more proportionate in clothing. Patients come in with asymmetry, whether or not that’s congenital – something that the patient’s born with – or asymmetry that’s a result of breast cancer, so augmentation can be used as a form of breast reconstruction. Patients also come in after childbirth and breastfeeding or after weight loss, where there is a decrease and loss of volume.
How Long Does It Take to Recover?
It takes from a week to two weeks to recover from the procedure. Most patients are off of pain medicine after three to five days. A majority of the patients can go back to work after about five to seven days.
You are not able to do any strenuous exercises for about six weeks, and that includes jogging, Zumba, mountain biking, any activity where there’s a lot of bouncing. You can, however, go back to gentle exercise after about two to three weeks, and that includes walking, stationary bicycle, Pilates, and yoga.
If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call us at 253-848-8110.