Get the Breasts
Breast augmentation surgery is the top cosmetic procedure in the U.S. every year.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tag can give you breast implants to enlarge and enhance your breasts to the size and shape you’ve been dreaming about.
Breast Augmentation Candidates
You may be a good candidate for breast enlargement if you want to address any of the following:
- Small breasts
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Lack of breast fullness and cleavage
- Not liking how your bust looks in tops and dresses
In addition, you should be healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure. Dr. Tag will determine this after you meet and review your health history.
Most women who want larger breasts are great candidates for breast augmentation. Please see the before-and-after gallery to see Dr. Tag's patients' results.
Breast Implant Options
You have several options when it comes to customizing your breast implants, including:
- Shape (round or tear-drop/anatomical)
- Type (saline or silicone)
- Textured or smooth
During your consultation, we'll discuss the breast implant characteristics and what they will mean for your results and your life after breast augmentation. Dr. Tag will show you examples of how different breast implants look after implantation, although this will vary depending on your breast size and tissue density.
Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants
Choosing the type of breast implant is a big decision. Both provide beautiful results, although you may favor one over the other.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are encased in an outer shell made of silicone but contain saline fluid. This sterile saltwater solution has long been used as the fill material for breast implants.
Although it carries the possibility of visible rippling after placement, this is an uncommon occurrence. If a saline breast implant leaks or tears, the fluid is harmlessly processed through your body's natural metabolic processes.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants consist of an outer silicone shell that contains silicone gel. Silicone breast implants are prized for their natural look and feel.
The silicone gel itself highly mimics the look and feel of natural breast tissue. Silicone gel maintains its shape if the breast implant shell tears, so regular MRIs are recommended to ensure the implant is intact over the years.
Saline breast implants are FDA-approved for women age 18 and older, while silicone breast implants are approved for age 22 and older, so that is another consideration if you are a young woman.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
The breast enhancement procedure involves placing the breast implants within a pocket created in the natural breasts. There are three main incision options:
- Periareolar – a circular incision around the areolas
- Inframammary – an incision extending along the breast crease, where the bottom of the breasts meets the chest
- Transaxillary – a small incision is made in the armpit. Dr. Tag uses special instruments to insert and place the implant via this incision.
Dr. Tag makes these incisions as minimally as possible to minimize their appearance in the future. The incisions do leave scars, but they get somewhat lighter and flatter for most people over time.
Breast implants may be placed above the chest muscle, below the breast tissue (sub-glandular placement), or below the pectoral muscle (sub-muscular placement). Dr. Tag will recommend the placement that will lead to the best results after meeting you in a consultation.
Breast implant placement depends in part on the amount of breast tissue. Most breast augmentation procedures are completed while the patient is under general anesthesia. You will be groggy when you awake, but most people are fine to return home the same day.
Breast Enlargement Recovery
You should walk around a few hours after surgery to circulate your blood. You probably won't want to leave your house for one to two days. Most people go back to work after several days to a week, especially if it's a desk job.
You should avoid strenuous exercise and activity for four to six weeks. Dr. Tag will let you know when you can resume your specific exercise and activity routine. You must avoid heavy lifting for at least six weeks.
Although your breast implants will ride high initially, they will settle into place over the coming weeks. Your final results will appear after six weeks once most swelling has subsided. Minor changes may take shape for up to a year, as subtle reductions in swelling occur during this time.
Learn If You’re a Candidate for Breast Augmentation
The only way to know if you are a candidate is to arrange a consultation with a qualified, experienced, and board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Maakan Taghizadeh.
At our Baltimore practice, he will take all the time necessary to ensure your questions are answered and that you have all the information you need to decide. Please get in touch with us today to arrange a consultation!