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Women who are unhappy with the size and shape of their breasts can give a boost to the bust line and improve their self-confidence with breast implants. Breast augmentation from board-certified plastic surgeon Christine Petti, MD can give your breasts fuller volume and a more contoured, sensual appearance. She approaches every patient uniquely since individual characteristics such as breast size, skin, tissue, folds, nipples/areolas, possible stretch marks, and state of droopiness of the breast can significantly differ among patients and even among breasts in the same patient. Dr. Petti takes careful measurements of all aspects of the breasts and records them for each patient in preparation of the individual surgical plan. Every breast enhancement surgery that Dr. Petti plans is a customized operation designed exclusively for each patient. Whatever your reasons for desiring breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Petti has a wealth of experience in an array of breast enhancement procedures and will work with you to achieve your goals with results that look and feel natural and beautiful.
There is no one way to perform a breast augmentation; the operation must be varied to fit every patient and from one breast to the other in the same patient.
Breast enlargement, or augmentation, is a procedure which adds volume to the breasts with the placement of implants. Breast augmentation also serves to make the bust line more proportionate to your body frame. Women who have breast enhancement are often those who are:
If you are considering breast augmentation, Dr. Christine Petti can give you a visual image of what your breasts can look like before you even have the procedure. With state-of-the-art computer imaging at our practice, you’ll be able to see the likely outcome of the procedure and get an idea of how breast enlargement can significantly improve the appearance of your breasts.
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation is to schedule a breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Petti. During this appointment, she will examine your breasts and review your medical history, current health status, and lifestyle. Depending on her findings, she will make the determination about your fitness for surgery and whether breast augmentation is the appropriate procedure for creating the results you desire. In some instances, women may be better suited for a different procedure, such as breast augmentation-mastopexy (BAM), which combines breast lift surgery with the placement of implants.
The volume and appearance of the breasts can be enhanced in a variety of ways thanks to the many sizes, shapes, and textures of implants available. To achieve your goal results, Dr. Petti is proud to offer you a completely customized procedure specifically based on your unique desires and anatomy. Whether you’re interested in breast augmentation alone, or as part of a Mommy Makeover procedure, Dr. Petti will meet with you during an initial consultation to talk about all aspects of treatment and show you your breast implant options. You will decide on such implant factors as saline vs. silicone, a natural shape vs. round shape, and how the implants will be placed. With every detail established, Dr. Petti is able to not only enhance your breasts, but also address your overall body contour. She will adjust the implant-type of your choice to complement your unique body structure for the most balanced proportions and natural-looking results.
Dr. Petti offers a wide range of breast implant options for her patients, so that they can enjoy the satisfying benefits of a breast augmentation procedure that is highly customized for their unique needs and goals. The types of breast implant options include saline, traditional silicone, and cohesive silicone gel.
Available in smooth and textured models, the Natrelle® Inspira™ round breast implant can provide excellent shaping and volume enhancement, especially if you desire a fuller upper pole (the top portion of the breast). One of the many benefits of this implant is the significant degree of lift or “cleavage” that can be achieved. Other optional characteristics include:
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As with all silicone gel breast implants, the Natrelle® Inspira™ can potentially rupture without any noticeable signs. While this event is highly unlikely, we recommend women undergo routine MRI testing to identify this concern should it occur. Since the Natrelle® Inspira™ Cohesive breast implants are created with form-stable cohesive silicone gel, they are generally less likely to leak or rupture than traditional silicone or saline implants.
Breast implants can come in two different shapes: round and shaped. The shape that is right for you will depend on your natural breast characteristics and the look you’d like to achieve with augmentation. Dr. Petti can explain the benefits of each shape to you, and even show you what your results could look like with different implants using state-of-the-art computer imaging technology.
Breast implants of all types—saline, silicone, and highly cohesive silicone—can come in a round shape and a variety of different projections. The projection measurement refers to the distance the front side of the implant extends from the chest. Implant projection is usually labeled from low to high. Round breast implants tend to provide enhanced fullness in the upper pole (half) of the breast, which can increase the appearance of cleavage and create an all-around curvier look.
Cohesive silicone gel implants are the only implants that come shaped. This shape is also called “anatomical” since it closely resembles the natural sloping shape of a breast. The form-stable silicone gel enables the implant to maintain a shape that is fullest at the bottom and tapers at the top. The profile of these anatomically shaped implants provides breast enhancement that increases bottom-pole contour and fullness, while retaining a natural upper pole slope.
Since every patient is different, there is no singular approach to accomplishing breast augmentation. Breast implants can either be placed behind the chest muscle (subpectoral), or behind the breast tissue (submammary). Where the implant is placed, along with the type, size, and shape of the implant, will have a significant impact on the ultimate outcome of the breasts and the longevity of the results. Using information gleaned during your appointments with Dr. Petti, she will formulate a customized surgical plan that can help you achieve the most natural-looking results.
Dr. Petti’s decades of experience and her signature breast augmentation techniques set her apart from other plastic surgeons. Over the span of her career, Dr. Petti has continually refined her approach by integrating her keen sense of artistic beauty and balance, with surgical skill. The adjustments she has made in her surgical techniques have enriched her capabilities and helped her to attain the consistently superior results she is known for.
There are certain technical surgical maneuvers Dr. Petti has developed which help her create long-lasting, natural-looking breast augmentation results:
Using the width of her index finger, Dr. Petti measures the space between the breast implants— once they have been placed—ensuring they are close enough to each other to create optimal cleavage. The goal of her signature “one fingerbreadth” approach is to create cleavage that is naturally full and appealing for every patient.
To prevent breast implants from shifting over time, Dr. Petti creates an “internal underwire design bra” using a specialized suturing technique that reinforces the outer border of each breast pocket. She also sutures beneath the breasts to secure the inframammary ligament. This technique creates internal support along the outer breast curve and underneath the breast fold, much like an underwire bra. The internal bra holds the implants in their ideal position on the front of the chest, which maintains central cleavage and natural-looking curves along the outer sides of the breasts.
Incisions are placed carefully within the lower fold of the breast to keep them hidden from view. Dr. Petti’s breast augmentation patients describe their scars as inconspicuous and nearly invisible.
The breast augmentation procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia. An incision is made either around the areola (the dark-skinned area surrounding the nipple), or in the crease of the breast, making any residual scarring very discreet and virtually invisible. The breast pocket or space for the implant, whether under the muscle (sub-pectoral) or on top of the muscle/under the breast (sub-mammary), must be created carefully and precisely. This is because the breast pocket will determine the breast shape, central cleavage, lateral (outer) breast projection, and anterior (front) breast projection. Dr. Petti takes a meticulous non-hurried approach when dissecting the implant pocket to ensure a natural looking symmetrical result for each patient. The implants are then placed beneath the chest muscle or directly behind the breast tissue, and the incisions are then closed. Breast enlargement procedures typically take about one to two hours to complete.
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You can expect some degree of discomfort for a few days following breast surgery. Any pain can be managed with medication. Some side effects of the procedure include swelling, bruising, and a sensation of numbness in the nipples; however, these effects should dissipate in the first few weeks of recovery. You should avoid strenuous activities and stimulation to the breasts for about three to four weeks after surgery. Normal daily routines can typically resume within one week. Patients should be advised that too much activity following surgery can jeopardize the results. Dr. Petti and her experienced staff will be very diligent about following you after surgery to be certain post-operative instructions are followed.
Dr. Petti’s expertise and experience performing breast augmentation help her to minimize the presence of visible scarring. She is careful to make the incisions in areas that can naturally conceal or camouflage any residual scar tissue. The location of your incisions will depend on the technique that Dr. Petti uses for your breast augmentation. If she employs a periareolar approach, the incision is a small half-circle made along the lower border of the areola within the darker pigmentation. The coloration of the areola tissue helps to hide any scars, and once the incision has fully healed and matured, the scars are often barely visible. When the inframammary approach is utilized, the incision is placed along the natural crease below the breast. Often, the scar left by this type of incision is easily concealed by the bottom portion of the breast.
If you are concerned about scarring, we encourage you to discuss this matter with Dr. Petti during your consultation, as well as examine before-and after photos of her patients to see what these healed incisions typically look like.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the national average for breast augmentation is $3,718; however, pricing can fluctuate greatly based on the details of the surgery, the experience of the surgeon, and the geographical location of the practice.
At Dr. Petti’s practice, the exact cost of breast augmentation varies from patient to patient. The price of your breast augmentation will depend on several factors, such as the type and size of the breast implants, the surgical approach used, difficulty of the procedure, surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, and any post-surgical medications and garments. At the end of your consultation, Dr. Petti will provide an inclusive price quotation for you to review. If you are interested in exploring financing options to help you pay for your breast augmentation, we offer loan options through CareCredit®, Prosper Healthcare Lending™, LendingUSA®, and United Medical Credit®.
To provide you with the most helpful and relevant information, we have gathered many of Dr. Christine Petti’s answers to common questions about breast augmentation and breast implants. If you would like more information from Dr. Petti regarding your specific concerns, we encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a one-on-one consultation.
Based on an examination of your breasts and a discussion of the personal goals you would like to achieve with breast augmentation, Dr. Petti will guide you through the breast implant selection process. There are many shapes, sizes, and textures to choose from, and they can be filled with either saline or silicone materials. Using advanced computer imaging, Dr. Petti can provide you with a visual representation of several new looks to help you make a final decision on which implants you ultimately desire.
Since breast implants are always placed behind the milk ducts, there should be no interference with breastfeeding. It is important to note that not all women can breastfeed and, if you have not had children prior to your breast augmentation and find you cannot breastfeed later, it is most likely due to naturally occurring obstacles rather than the breast augmentation procedure. If you are planning to have children after breast augmentation it is important to mention this to Dr. Petti so that she can be sure to use an approach that will best protect your ability to breastfeed.
There is no upper age limit for breast augmentation. Candidates need to be in good overall health, have the ability to heal properly, and have good skin and muscle quality for supporting implants. Ultimately, a consultation with Dr. Petti can provide the answer about your candidacy for breast augmentation. For some women, their appointment with Dr. Petti reveals that they may be better served by a breast lift or breast lift with implants. We encourage any woman considering breast augmentation to schedule a consultation with Dr. Petti to get the answers she is looking for.
Regular mammograms are essential for protecting your health. Under the right conditions, accurate mammograms can be performed for women with breast implants. Before your mammogram, it is important for you to let your radiology technician and/or radiologist know that you have breast implants. To account for your implants, more images can be captured from different angles to ensure all of the breast tissue can be analyzed. In some instances, your radiologist may recommend an MRI to provide the most comprehensive imaging of your breasts.
Breast implants are not intended to be permanent, and they will eventually need to be replaced. For women who do not experience any complications, breast implants can often last ten years or more before they need to be exchanged with new implants. During your consultation, Dr. Petti can explain the manufacturer warranties that are offered with different breast implant types and models.
To give your breasts the youthful, perky, sensual contours you’ve been dreaming of, breast augmentation with implants may be what’s right for you. Dr. Christine Petti emphasizes a customized approach to achieve natural-looking results in all of her breast procedures, so nobody will have to know that you’ve “had work done.”
For more information on breast augmentation with implants from Dr. Petti, please contact Palos Verdes Plastic Surgery Medical Center.