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Seattle Breast Augmentation Specialist - Also Serving Bellevue and Tacoma, WA
Larger, Fuller Breasts with Saline or Silicone Implants
Dr. Lisa Precht is a trusted Seattle breast augmentation surgeon that has helped thousands of patients enjoy larger, fuller breasts. As a woman, Dr. Precht understands the desire for beautifully shaped breasts that complement the feminine physique. She has mastered the techniques needed to deliver exceptional outcomes. Her patients know they can expect personalized care and exceptional results.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
You may be a suitable candidate for breast augmentation if you have naturally small or asymmetrical breasts, feel your breasts are out of proportion with the rest of your body, or have lost breast volume, shape and firmness from nursing or aging.
Ideally, you should be in stable physical and psychological health. You must understand the possible outcomes of surgery and accept the risks. You should have a positive attitude about the surgery and realistic expectations. Dr. Precht will discuss these topics with you during your one-on-one breast augmentation consultation. She will also examine your breasts, noting their size, shape, firmness and the quality of your skin. And, she will record a detailed medical history to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo elective surgery.
Based on this information, Dr. Precht will determine whether you are a qualified breast augmentation candidate. If so, you can schedule your operation and will receive comprehensive instructions to prepare for surgery.
Planning Your Breast Augmentation Surgery
The breast augmentation operation requires a fair bit of pre-operative planning. You will discuss these items with Dr. Precht during your consultation. She will make recommendations based on your body type and desired cosmetic outcomes.
First, you will decide the type, size and shape of your breast implants. Implants are filled with either a saline or a silicone gel material. Saline implants may be pre-filled or filled at the time of surgery (thereby requiring a smaller incision). Silicone implants come pre-filled from the manufacturer and may require a larger incision.
Most women select silicone implants, which are thicker and firmer. The silicone gel closely resembles the feel of natural breast tissue.
There are three primary breast augmentation incision patterns. The periareolar incision is made around the lower edge of the areola (the darkly colored skin surrounding the nipple). The inframammary incision is made underneath the breast in the crease. The transaxillary incision is made in the armpit. Dr. Precht is careful to plan and make the surgical incisions so that any scarring is minimal and hidden within the natural folds and creases of the skin.
Implants may be placed either in front of or behind the pectoral (chest) muscle. There are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches. In general, placing the implant behind the chest muscle provides more “coverage” for the implant and can lead to a more natural-looking result.
Breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis and typically takes between one and two hours. Anesthesia will be administered for your complete comfort during the operation.
Dr. Precht will make the surgical incisions in the pre-determined location. She will create a suitably sized “pocket” within the natural breast tissue to hold the implant. Then she will insert the implant through the incision and position it in the pocket. When Dr. Precht is happy with the position of the implant, she will close the incision with sutures. After completing the operation, Dr. Precht will bandage the breasts with fluffy dressings. She may also place a compression bra-like garment around the breasts to help them heal.
Breast Augmentation with Breast Lift
In some cases, Dr. Precht can combine the placement of breast implants with breast lift techniques to correct sagging or drooping. This combination is common in mommy makeover treatment plans to reverse the effects of pregnancy and nursing on the breasts. A combination breast augmentation-breast lift raises the breasts and increases breast size and firmness.
In a combination breast augmentation-breast lift, the incision pattern may differ slightly (more extensive incisions may be needed). Through the incisions, Dr. Precht removes excess skin and repositions the natural breast tissue higher on the chest wall, layering deep sutures into the tissue to support the breast’s new shape. Dr. Precht creates the pocket for the implant in the breast tissue, inserts and positions the implant. When she has finished these steps, she closes the incisions with sutures and bandages the breasts.
Recovering from Breast Augmentation
Immediately following breast augmentation surgery, you may feel groggy or tired from the anesthesia. You will have mild bruising and swelling on your chest. You should arrange for a companion to escort you home and help you get into a comfortable position to rest. Your range of motion will be limited during the first few days. You should rest as much as possible and avoid bending, lifting your arms above your shoulders and any strenuous activities.
Dr. Precht will provide detailed instructions for your recovery. These instructions will include how to care for the surgical incisions, how to change the bandages and what to do if you experience any discomfort. She will monitor your recovery during periodic follow-up visits in her office.
Recovering from breast augmentation generally takes about two weeks. You may slowly incorporate your regular activities, including socializing and exercising, per Dr. Precht’s directions. Most breast augmentation patients are able to return to desk jobs after about a week. Physically demanding jobs may require a longer rest period at home.
Your Beautiful Breast Augmentation Results
Your breasts will look bigger and fuller immediately after surgery. Depending on your implant shape, you might have round breasts with a push-up bra look, or naturally sloped, tear-drop shaped breasts.
You need to schedule several follow-up visits with Dr. Precht so she can remove your sutures, monitor your healing breasts and answer any questions you may have.
If you are over 40, you should have regular mammograms to check the health of your breast tissue and ensure your implants remain intact. Most mammogram facilities are equipped to accommodate women with implants.
Implants are designed to last for many years, and you will not need to have them removed or replaced unless you experience a (rare) complication or become unhappy with your results.
To learn more about breast augmentation and breast implants, please contact the plastic surgery practice of Dr. Lisa Precht. Call (206) 659-0505 to schedule an appointment.