Drs. Lazzaro, Antimarino and Clavijo of Aestique® Medical Center are proud of their reputation as leading Pittsburgh breast augmentation surgeons. Over the years, they have helped many women enhance their appearance and self-confidence by performing breast augmentation in Greensburg, Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. At their spacious, elegantly appointed facility, all patients are treated with the utmost respect and dedication – an approach that reduces their anxiety and promotes highly rewarding aesthetic results. Please explore the paragraphs below to learn more about breast augmentation and how this procedure can help you realize your aesthetic goals.
Breast augmentation (enhancement) is an out-patient procedure offered at Aestique® Medical Center that can increase your bust line by one or more sizes. By surgically inserting breast implants beneath the breast tissue or the chest muscle during breast augmentation, women can achieve larger, shapelier breasts. This type of breast enhancement is sometimes performed in conjunction with a breast lift.
Any physically fit woman with realistic expectations about the results that can be achieved through breast enhancement makes a good breast augmentation candidate. The most important consideration is the desire for a more alluring and natural look. Ages are wide spread from 18 years old to 80 years old.
At Aestique® Medical Center, we offer competent, meticulous care to minimize the chances of any complications following breast enhancement. However, Dr. Lazzaro, Dr. Antimarino and Dr. Julio Clavijo want you to be fully informed of the rare, but possible risks associated with breast implants.
One risk of breast augmentation is capsular contracture — a tightening of the scar tissue — which can make the breast feel hard. Further treatment to resolve this problem can involve removal of the scar tissue and/or replacement of the breast implant.
Rarely breast implants can break or leak. If the implant is saline-filled, it deflates and the solution is harmlessly absorbed by the body. If the implant is filled with silicone gel, the gel may alter the shape of the breast, requiring implant replacement.
Other infrequent risks of breast augmentation include bleeding and infection. Infection may result in the removal of the implant until it clears. In a few rare cases, some women have reported symptoms similar to diseases of the immune system and arthritis. They reported joint pain, swelling, fever, fatigue, and breast pain. In 2006, the FDA has deemed silicone implants safe and not associated with any disease processes. Currently, in the US almost 75% of implants are silicone.
During your initial breast augmentation (enhancement) consultation at our office in Greensburg, you should be frank about your expectations so that your Pittsburgh breast augmentation surgeon can discern the best way to meet your cosmetic goals. In order to ensure the best treatment possible, you should also inform Dr. Lazzaro, Dr. Antimarino or Dr. Clavijo about your general health, smoking habits, and any medications you take. At that time, Dr. Lazzaro, Dr. Antimarino and Dr. Clavijo will fully discuss your breast enhancement implant size and choice of anesthesia. Costs of breast augmentation surgery at Aestique® Medical Center will be discussed by our patient coordinators at the time of your consultation.
Dr. Lazzaro, Dr. Antimarino and Dr. Clavijo will inform you about surgery preparations, including the details of eating, drinking, smoking, and the taking or avoiding of certain vitamins and medicines. All pre-operative and post-operative instructions will be thoroughly explained and documented to help insure satisfactory results.
Proper determination of size is truly an art and a science. The goal is to create a natural and alluring look. Placing implants that are too large for the intended body size are fraught with greater chances of capsular contracture, discomfort and longer recovery times. Significant time is spent with patients during their consultations to determine their desired cup size. Numerous pre-and post-operative photos of other patients are reviewed to help determined the desired cleavage and projection the patient desires. The proper sized implants are then placed into the patient's bra with overlying tank top or t-shirt to preview their silhouette in clothing. This helps the patient envision how they will look post-operatively. This procedure is always met with the highest percentage of patient satisfaction.
Breast augmentation surgery usually takes one to two hours, and is performed under general anesthesia. The surgical method used for breast enhancement depends on your unique needs and cosmetic goals. Usually, incisions are made in the fold beneath the breast or axilla (armpit area). Through the incision, a pocket is created by lifting the skin, breast tissue and muscle to insert the implant and center it beneath the nipple. A benefit of having the implant placed beneath the chest muscles, instead of the breast tissue alone, is that the chances of capsular contracture are reduced, and the breast implant is less likely to interfere with mammograms. Internal absorbable sutures are used to close the incisions, which eliminates the need for stitch removal. Drainage tubes are not utilized.
Tiredness and mild soreness following breast augmentation surgery are common. Medication will be prescribed to control any discomfort. After breast enhancement surgery you may feel a burning sensation in your nipples, but this will fade after about two weeks. Bruising is also uncommon. We will request that you remain in a support bra with no underwires for approximately four to six weeks. Breast swelling may take up to five weeks to subside.
The highly regarded Pittsburgh / Johnstown plastic surgery specialists, Dr. Lazzaro, Dr. Antimarino and Dr. Clavijo, will give you specific guidelines to follow during your recovery based on your personal needs. In general, you can expect to return to your usual routine after a few days, but you should avoid excessive lifting to minimize tension on incision lines, thereby ensuring minimal scar lines. Because of the heightened sensitivity, any changes in breast sensitivity will disappear over time.
Scars usually stay firm and pink for at least six weeks and will begin to fade after several months, taking on a flesh tone by 6 to 9 months post operatively.
Following breast augmentation surgery, routine mammograms should continue. Breast implants Pittsburgh patients are advised to visit a center that can reliably x-ray breasts that have been augmented with implants. These views are called Ecklund or Implant views and require less compression.
For many women, it is exhilarating to see the fuller appearance that is achieved through breast augmentation. At Aestique® Medical Center, we do everything possible to make this difference in your life a satisfying success. If you are considering breast augmentation with implants in Greensburg /Pittsburgh, turn to our experienced doctors. Contact Aestique® Medical Center, our fully accredited surgical center, today. Our talented surgeons can also help you if you would like to explore surgical body contouring options. Regarded as foremost mommy makeover, liposuction and tummy tuck Pittsburgh surgeons, Drs. Lazzaro, Antimarino and Clavijo also offer the comprehensive treatment, body lift in Pittsburgh.