Breast Augmentation in St. Louis, MO
The staff at Parkcrest Plastic Surgery welcomes breast augmentation patients from throughout the region, including St. Louis, St. Charles, Chesterfield, O’Fallon, St. Peters, Creve Coeur, and surrounding areas.
We work with women from across the United States and abroad for breast augmentation procedures. Please schedule an evaluation with us today and see how our compassion and experience have made Parkcrest Plastic Surgery the best place for breast augmentation.
What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, also known as breast implants or augmentation mammoplasty, involves the insertion of implants to enlarge small breasts, underdeveloped breasts, or breasts that have decreased in size after childbirth. Our wonderful patients also choose breast augmentation for reconstruction after breast surgery or to balance breasts that are uneven in size.
If you are interested in augmentation mammoplasty, please schedule a consultation today. We will be happy to answer your questions about breast augmentation and look forward to helping you through the decision process. We believe that the best patient is a well-informed patient, so your initial visit will be full of details, such as procedure steps, possible risks, and typical breast augmentation costs.
What Is the Procedure for Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis, usually under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will start with an incision, which will be the entry point for your breast implant. An implant consists of a smooth or textured outer shell made of silicone filled with either saline or silicone gel. The surgeon will place the implant behind the breast tissue or underneath the muscles of the chest wall, depending on the individual needs and desires of the patient.
When the implant is placed submuscularly under the breast, there is a lower chance of contracture (contraction of the tissue capsule surrounding the implant), and mammography is more reliable. There is also less risk of visible or palpable implant edges. However, in some cases, the implant may have a more natural appearance when placed above the muscle, under the breast tissue. Your surgeon can help you decide which placement and type of implant will work best for you.
The physicians at Parkcrest Plastic Surgery are involved in a number of research studies evaluating new breast implants and implant safety. We want you to be confident when you choose to undergo breast augmentation in St. Louis that our surgeons are up to date on the latest procedures and implant options for breast augmentation.
How Is Breast Implant Size Determined?
Breast implants have two shapes: round and teardrop (anatomical). If you want a round curve in the upper part of your breasts, then a round implant may be right for you. Your other option, the teardrop shape, creates a gentle slope, resulting in a fuller upper area. It is also known as an anatomical implant. Another consideration before your breast augmentation is the width, which determines the amount of “cleavage” between your breasts and the outer curves.
Realistic expectations of this procedure are important. Women often think of breast size in terms of bra cup size. If you are a size “A” and wish to be a size “C,” there must be adequate existing breast tissue coverage; otherwise, you will be warned of visible or palpable implant edges and other possible risks when having a breast augmentation performed.
If you would like some examples of women who have benefited from the work of Parkcrest Plastic Surgery, then please browse our breast augmentation before and after photos. You will see how our skills have helped breast augmentation patients from St. Louis, St. Charles, Chesterfield, and other cities in the area and across the country.
What Does Breast Augmentation Recovery Entail?
When you undergo breast augmentation, you must have someone drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after surgery. You will experience some pain, which can be controlled with medication. Some tightness in the breast area is also normal as your body adjusts to the implants.
You can move about freely after surgery, but you should wear a bra at all times (except when showering) during the first few weeks. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions about which activities to limit or avoid during the healing process.
At the Parkcrest Plastic Surgery office, Dr. David A. Caplin, Dr. Melvin Maclin, and Dr. Patricia McGuire offer plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Eastern Missouri including St. Charles, Chesterfield, O’Fallon, St. Peters, and Creve Coeur. Contact the Parkcrest Plastic Surgery office today to schedule your breast augmentation consultation!
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