Understanding the Breast Augmentation Procedure

Breast augmentation diagramDr. John W. Tyrone believes patient education plays an important role in achieving optimal outcomes with breast augmentation and other plastic surgery procedures. That is why he will spend extensive time with you to fully explain the different stages of the procedure so that you can make an informed decision regarding your care. If you have considered having a breast augmentation procedure performed in the Jacksonville, FL-area, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tyrone. 

Ensuring Your Comfort during Surgery

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breasts. Dr. Tyrone will often use twilight sedation during breast augmentation procedures. This is a safe and effective technique that is designed to help patients experience deep relaxation during their surgery, while still remaining alert and able to respond to questions. When compared to general anesthesia, the effects of twilight sedation dissipate much more quickly, and the risk of post-surgery nausea and other short-term side effects is greatly reduced.

The Incision Location

After sedation has been administered, Dr. Tyrone will begin surgery by making an incision. The location of the incision will be carefully determined based on a number of factors, including the size and type of implant selected and its placement location. When performing breast augmentations, Dr. Tyrone uses one of three types of incisions:

  • Periareolar: The incision is made around the nipple.
  • Inframammary: The incision is made along the crease where the lower part of the breast meets the chest wall.
  • Transaxillary: The incision is made in the natural fold of the armpit.

No matter which type of incision he employs, he will draw upon years of experience to minimize the appearance of resulting scars. The size of the incision will depend upon the type of implant that you select. A silicone implant is pre-filled, so it requires a larger incision. Conversely, a saline implant is inserted while empty and then filled once it is in place, which allows for a smaller incision. Dr. Tyrone will listen closely to your goals to help determine the type of implant that is best-suited for you.

Implant Placement

Breast implants are commonly placed in one of two positions, either above the pectoral muscle (subglandular) or below (submuscular). The subglandular method is typically associated with less discomfort because the musculature of the chest is left largely undisturbed during surgery. However, for women with a smaller amount of natural breast tissue, the submuscular method can provide more natural-looking results because the implant itself is concealed beneath the pectoral muscle. During your consultation, Dr. Tyrone will evaluate your case and help you decide on the appropriate placement technique.

Contact Us to Learn More

For many women, breast augmentation improves not only their silhouette, but also their self-confidence. This improved body image and self-esteem can have a positive impact on nearly every aspect of a woman's life. If you would like to learn more about the breast augmentation procedure and how it can benefit you, contact us to schedule a consultation.

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