Breast Augmentation Surgery Catered to You
Breast augmentation surgery offers you the opportunity to change the size, shape, and profile of your chest. William Franckle, MD, FACS is a board-certified surgeon with years of experience using the most advanced mammoplasty techniques to achieve natural results. For flat-chested women, Dr. Franckle can increase volume and cup size using saline or silicone implants or the patient’s own natural fat deposits. He also offers breast reconstruction and breast lift surgery for women with an asymmetrical profile, congenital abnormalities, or those looking to enhance their shape after childbirth or sustained weight loss. Dr. Franckle cares about your personal goals and will work with you to determine the best cosmetic procedure tailored to your body. Learn more about your options for breast augmentation.
What are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation may offer you many unique benefits according to your specific needs and aesthetic desires. Augmentation mammoplasty encompasses all procedures that lift, shape, and increase the fullness of breasts. For example, breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, can modify the contours and proportions of your breasts by removing excess tissue and rejuvenating the natural shape. Augmentation using implants can help correct asymmetry in breasts while also adding fullness and curves to the body. Other forms of mammoplasty include reconstruction and reduction options, which can define your profile, enhance your overall body shape, and reduce strain on your back.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
If you have fully developed breasts and are unhappy with their size or shape, you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation. Candidates should also be non-smoking adults in good physical health and should not be pregnant or currently be breastfeeding. Cosmetic surgery is a personal and long-lasting decision, and it is important that your surgery reflects your own goals rather than the desires of someone else. During your initial consultation, Dr. Franckle will walk through your concerns to pinpoint the specific areas you would like to target and, using digital 3-D imaging technology, help you set realistic goals about the surgical outcomes. If you have any of the following concerns about your breasts, then augmentation may be right for you:
- Flat chest or lack of volume
- Asymmetry between breasts with one noticeably smaller than the other
- Sagging or flat breasts due to weight loss, aging, or pregnancy
- Tubular breasts resulting in uneven, constricted, or deformed breast shape
“I love my new body and could not be happier with the care I received at Premier Plastic Surgery Arts. I would recommend them over and over again to all of my friends”
Breast Augmentation Patient-January 2016
What Should I Expect During my Augmentation Procedure?
During the breast augmentation surgery, you will go under general anesthesia, meaning you will be unconscious and not feel any pain. The implant procedure generally takes 1-2 hours to perform but may require more time if completed in conjunction with another procedure such as liposuction. As an outpatient procedure, you can expect to go home following your procedure to rest and heal. Dr. Franckle will place the implants and close the incision points, then cover your chest with bandages and provide you with an elastic support bra to hold the new implants in place during recovery. Avoid anti-inflammatory medication or tobacco use immediately following your procedure to ensure a safe and successful recovery.
What Should I Expect During Recovery
Following your procedure, Dr. Franckle recommends at least two weeks of recovery time. During this time, patients should wear a compression garment or sports bra to keep the implants in place. Avoid any strenuous activities like lifting or running, but light activities like walking are encouraged to maintain blood flow. Swelling and sensitivity are normal, and slight asymmetry is normal during the healing process but should dissipate over time. Pain medication may be prescribed to help reduce soreness, and patients can normally return to normal daily activities after two to four weeks. Full recovery can take approximately three months.
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- Areola (periareolar): A circular incision is made following the natural line of your areola, providing a space for saline implants or small to moderate-sized silicone implants.
- Breast fold (inframammary): The most common option for silicone implants, a horizontal incision is made underneath the crease of the breast and is hidden from view.
- Armpit (trans-axillary): A small incision is made under the arm, and the implant is placed in the chest area using endoscopic equipment.
During your consultation with Dr. Franckle, he will also take exact measurements to determine the ideal placement of the implant once the incision is made. Again, this will be based on your body type and desired results. Under-the-muscle, or sub-muscular placement, means that the implant is situated partially under the pectoral muscle and is usually recommended for women with small breasts and minimal body fat. An added benefit of this option is that patients can more easily image their breasts during a mammogram, and they have a reduced risk for rippling or imperfections in the implant shape. Over-the-muscle, or sub-glandular placement, means that the implant is placed over the chest muscles and is most frequently used for sagging breasts or patients with tuberous breasts.
An alternative is the dual-plane method, which is an innovative technique that creates a pocket in the pectoral muscle to place the implant naturally. Each of these placement options creates a different aesthetic, and the best option for you will depend on the amount of sagging in your breasts, the soft tissue and fat in that area of your body, and your specific body type.
Dr. Franckle offers both saline and silicone breast options, as well as the gummy bear implant, which is a shaped gel silicone material. Each of these options can be customized to create your desired post-surgery texture, shape, size, and movement. Saline implants are placed in your body empty and then filled will sterilized salt water to the exact specifications determined during your consultation. Alternatively, silicone implants are pre-filled with the silicone gel that is thicker and creates a very natural look and feel. The gummy bear implants are the newest silicone implant option approved by the FDA. Created by Allergan, the makers of dermal fillers like Botox and Juvederm, this option results in a soft texture that holds its shape over time and stays in place.
For patients looking to achieve a full-body makeover or mommy makeover following childbirth, breast augmentation using a fat transfer may be ideal. Additionally, breast augmentation using fat grafting may be recommended as a method for breast reconstruction. This augmentation does not require saline or silicone implants and instead uses the fat from a different area of your body to enhance the shape and size of your breasts. Completed in conjunction with a liposuction procedure, the fat cells will be injected into your breasts for minor, subtle enhancement. You should consult with Dr. Franckle to determine if this procedure is right for you.
If you are looking for a highly experienced plastic surgeon in East New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia metro area, contact William Franckle, MD, FACS for your personalized consultation. Dr. Franckle uses 3-D imaging technology so you can see how different sizes and shapes will look on your own body from different angles. You will feel empowered and informed about every step of your procedure and work with Dr. Franckle to set realistic aesthetic goals. Call our office at 856-772-6500 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation today.
Both silicone and saline implants have the risk of rupturing or leaking once placed inside the body. Surgery may be required to safely remove and replace the damaged implant. Saline implants placed over the pectoral muscle can sometimes cause skin rippling due to a lack of tissue covering the implant, which results in a wavy texture in the skin. Some women may experience difficulty breastfeeding after breast augmentation. Other risks include reduced nipple sensation, scar tissue, and capsular contracture causing a hardened texture. You should contact your doctor immediately if you feel a difference in your breast implant shape after your recovery.