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Women who desire larger breasts may wish to have a breast enlargement (augmentation) procedure. Breast Augmentation may also be indicated for women who have one breast that is noticeably smaller than the other. Breast Augmentation is intended to give the patient larger and more shapely breasts. A more positive self image may also be a result of breast enlargement.
Breast Augmentation is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. A small incision is made under the breast and an implant is inserted under the breast tissue or under the breast tissue and the underlying muscle. The patient goes home in an elastic bra. The bra helps hold the breasts in the correct position. Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication. The On-Q pain pump is also available to help control pain. Light activities can be resumed as tolerated and aerobic activities can be started in about 3 weeks. Massaging the implants within the breast pockets during the postoperative period may reduce the occurrence of wrinkling or hardness.
If you had asked me 5 years ago if I could see myself having an augmentation done, I would have said no. However, I am so glad that I did. I finally decided to do it just to be able to wear things I couldn’t wear before and just to do something for me. I was nervous going into it and wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted, but Carrie and Dr. Howard were both so easy to get along with and work with, and made me feel comfortable. It didn’t take long after the consultation to figure out what to go with and decide that it really was something I wanted. Recovery went well and I have not had any problems. It’s been over a year now and I honestly can’t remember what it was like before I had it done. I love them!Breast Augmentation Patient
Breast enhancement is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. The specific risks and the suitability of breast implants for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Read our FAQs about Breast Augmentation page for answers to many of the questions you may be wondering about. Then feel free to schedule a consultation where we will answer any additional questions you might have.
To read more information about the breast enlargement procedure and recovery, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Call Barbara Howard, M.D. in Jefferson City, at (573) 635-9668 to schedule your personal consultation.