When women are considering breast augmentation, they often worry that their results will look obvious or unrealistic. It’s good to know that breast augmentation techniques have improved significantly over the past few years. Breast enhancement specialist Dr. Richard D’Amico performs breast augmentation in Englewood, NJ to give women fuller yet natural-looking breasts*.
The Ideal Candidate for Breast Augmentation
Dr. D’Amico performs cosmetic breast augmentation with breast implants in his New Jersey operating facility. Generally, a healthy adult of any age is a good candidate for breast enlargement. Saline implants are available for women 18 and older, while silicone gel implants are an option for women age 22 and older*. In addition, Dr. D’Amico routinely performs corrective breast surgery for young women under the age of 18 who have tuberous breasts or other breast development issues.
Why Choose New Jersey Plastic Surgeon Dr. D’Amico
As a world-wide educator in breast surgery, Dr. D’Amico offers several improvements over traditional approaches. These include:
- Minimized tissue damage and scarring
- Shortened, more comfortable recovery
- More natural shaping of the breasts
We ask that patients who are 35 or older undergo mammograms before their breast augmentations to create an “original mapping” of the breasts as they appeared before surgery. If any abnormalities are found on the mammogram, these must be addressed before any breast surgery.
Types of Breast Implants
Dr. D’Amico recommends the appropriate type of breast implant for his patients based on their needs and cosmetic goals. His patients have 2 choices for implant materials:
- Saline breast implants are inserted empty and then filled with a sterile saltwater solution; therefore, a slightly smaller incision is needed to insert a saline implant.
- Silicone gel breast implants are prefilled and often described as feeling more like natural breast tissue. Dr. D’Amico offers his patients 3 popular types of cohesive silicone implants (sometimes called “gummy bear” implants) to choose from: Allergan Natrelle® 410 and Sientra® Silimed and Allergan round implants. The high-strength silicone used in these implants ensures that they retain their shape even in the unlikely event of rupture.
Both Natrelle 410 and Silimed implants are made of cohesive silicone gel. Natrelle 410 implants are shaped to be more true to a woman’s anatomy. Many patients enjoy the subtle boost in volume and natural-looking shape created by the tapered shape of Natrelle. Silimed implants are available in both round and shaped versions, providing customizable choices each patient’s unique anatomy and aesthetic goals*.
Learn more about your breast implant options.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Dr. D’Amico performs a variety of techniques in placing breast implants. The site of the incision, the size and type of implant (whether silicone or saline), and the position of the implant relative to your chest will be covered at your consultation. Essentially, after a light general anesthesia is given, an incision is made and a pocket is created for the implant, which is then inserted. Placing beneath the muscle takes a bit more time, but creates a more natural appearance and may be better for mammography.
Breast implants can be inserted through an incision around the lower edge of the areola (periareolar), under the fold of the breast (inframammary), or within the armpit (transaxillary). Dr. D’Amico uses absorbable stitches to close these incisions.
|Periareolar Incision||Inframammary Incision||Transaxillary Incision|
Dr. D’Amico discusses your incision options in more detail during your consultation. Some women, particularly those who have had children or have seen their weight fluctuate significantly, choose to combine breast augmentation with a breast lift procedure. This combined surgery restores fullness to the breasts and lifts them to perkier, more youthful-looking positions on the chest for a complete transformation. Body contouring procedures, such as liposuction and tummy tuck surgery can further accentuate your new breast size*.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
You will find that you’ll feel back to normal in about a week, and you should be fully healed in about 4 to 6 weeks. Although you will see results immediately, keep in mind that some swelling will make your breasts appear slightly larger than they will be after they settle into their final positions, which takes about 30 days or so*.
After your surgery, we will instruct you to avoid raising your arms over your head or doing any exercise that uses your chest muscles, as well as avoiding heavy lifting, for about 6 to 8 weeks*.
You should keep in mind that breast implants are not permanent. We suggest that you visit us every year after implant surgery so we can confirm that your implants are still functioning as they should.
Because of the surgical manipulation of muscle required during this procedure, significant postoperative pain used to be a problem. Fortunately, the pain can be virtually eliminated with the use of what we refer to as a “pain pump,” which is a tiny catheter inserted at the time of surgery. The pain pump drips Novocain right onto the affected muscle 24 hours a day to relieve virtually all the muscle pain and avoid the need for heavy drugs or narcotics by mouth. This means a more comfortable, quicker, and better quality of recovery!*
Maria’s Personal Success Story of Breast Augmentation
Schedule a Consultation
The first step in achieving your cosmetic goals is to request a consultation with Dr. D’Amico, who serves the New York metro area. He enjoys spending time with you one-on-one to understand your objectives and give his professional opinion about the procedures that are best for you. You will never feel pressured to choose surgery and you will even have a second consultation visit (included with your fee) to bring along family or loved ones and ask follow-up questions. The consultation fee is applied toward any surgical procedure you choose. We are also happy to schedule appointments by phone.
* = Results may vary