Enhance Your Curves with the St. Louis Breast Augmentation Experts
The doctors at Renaissance Plastic Surgery believe that breast augmentation should restore a woman’s self-esteem while providing a natural-looking, long-term solution to complementing their body’s existing shape.
Breast Enhancement Consultation
You will have a one-on-one breast consultation where one of our plastic surgeons will help you to determine the type, size, and shape of implants that will get you the breasts you’ve always wanted. Our skilled physicians pay careful attention to proportion and balance, all the while listening to your concerns, needs, and desires when it comes to enhancing your breasts.
During your consultation, you can see what your results may look using Vectra 3D Imaging. No more diving in head first without some comfort in knowing what to expect. Using Vectra, a specialized 3D imaging software, we are able to show you possible results as we plan your procedure. Know how your breasts may look as a B, C or D cup before a single incision is made.
You will also experience sizing with real breast implants. This way, you can truly visualize how your breasts will look in anything from a form-fitting t-shirt to one of your favorite dresses.
Saline vs. Silicone Implants
Although there is only one fundamental difference between the two types of implants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s extensive research has proven both to be safe for use. While saline implants contain a sterile solution of water and salt, silicone implants are filled with a cohesive gel; both have a silicone shell. The most significant difference lies in how the implants feel to the patient.
Choosing Breast Implant Size & Shape
Sometimes the best results for a desired size and contour can come from a breast reduction or breast lift, but the most important variable when considering breast augmentation is shape. When women want a more robust silhouette, anything from round or teardrop shapes can become an overwhelming decision.
Implant Incision Types
The breast implant may be placed under or over the pectoralis muscle. Each option has specific benefits and may be more appropriate for certain body types or appearance goals. During your consultation, these approaches can be discussed in greater detail. Most of our breast augmentation patients in St. Louis enjoy a rapid recovery and are able to return to light activities in about a week. However, every breast augmentation procedure is unique. Our plastic surgeons tailor the procedure to meet the specific needs of the patient. We can help you make your vision a beautiful reality.
Fat Grafting Breast Enhancement Alternative
In their approach to enhancing breasts, some physicians consider fat grafting – the surgical process of harvesting existing fat tissue from a designated area on your body, cleaning it, and then placing that same fat to contour your new breast. While this may be a more natural approach to breast enhancement or revision, it is a lengthier process that does not produce a large volume increase to the breast.
What Will the Recovery Period Be Like after My Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Every plastic surgery procedure requires a bit of recovery time, but you will most likely return home under the care of a loved one after spending about an hour in a recovery room. Due to the lingering effects of the anesthesia, you should not be driving at this time.
A compression garment and surgical bandages will be placed to help assist in the healing process and minimize any swelling. These bandages will normally be removed the following day when you return for your follow-up appointment with our plastic surgeons. Follow your doctor’s recommendations for continuing wear of the surgical bra for a few weeks following surgery to help provide you the best result.
Medication can be used to alleviate any pain or nausea you may experience following your surgery. We may also instruct you to ice your breasts using cold compresses or ice packs for the first two days after your procedure. There will be some normal bruising and swelling of your breasts, which will fade away as your body continues to heal.
During your recovery you should be getting plenty of rest. Try to avoid any strenuous activity and exercise, but walking around will help to control swelling and prevent blood clots. We will provide you with more detailed care instructions following your surgery, and if anything unusual comes up, we are always just a phone call away.
You should generally be able to return to work in about 3-5 days. However, if your job requires more use of your arms, you may want to take a couple extra days off until you feel comfortable enough moving around.
Seeing Your Breast Augmentation Results
Though there will be some bruising and swelling when you come out of surgery, you will notice the difference in the shape and size of your breasts immediately. You will want to begin trying on new clothes, bras and bikinis right away, but it will take some time for post-surgical signs to fade. Over the next few months, bruising and swelling will disappear and your incision lines will flatten and lighten to the point where they are hardly visible and easily hidden beneath a bra.
Seeing the final results of your breast augmentation can be an emotionally rewarding experience. Many women experience a boost of self-confidence, feeling more comfortable with their new, rejuvenated figure.