Breast Augmentation in
Salt Lake City & Moab, UT
Breast augmentation is one of the most common procedures performed at Dr. Leland Chick’s plastic surgery office in Salt Lake City. It is done using a general anesthetic at one of his fully accredited surgical centers, and takes about an hour. Recovery time depends on patients’ normal daily activities, but many women return to work within a week and can resume full physical activities within three to four weeks.
Ideal Candidates for Breast Augmentation
Suitable candidates for breast augmentation are women who:
- Desire larger and fuller breasts
- Desire a curvier or more attractive overall physique
- Have deflated breasts that have lost shape, size and volume due to pregnancy, nursing, weight fluctuations or aging
- Have asymmetrical breasts
In addition, patients should be in good physical health (i.e., not have a medical condition or health problem that could interfere with surgery or healing). Women should also have reasonable expectations from breast augmentation surgery and results, as well as understand all of the risks and possible complications. Prior to surgery, Dr. Chick meets with each patient individually to determine candidacy and discuss all aspects of the procedure.
Potential Risks of Breast Implants
Breast augmentation is performed using either saline or silicone implants. Modern breast implants are safe and durable. However, there are several potential disadvantages to all implants. These include: a finite implant lifetime (averaging around 15 years); slight interference with mammograms; and the risk of capsular contracture, or the thickening / hardening of the breast around the implant. The risk of capsular contracture is around 8 percent, or one in 12 patients.
Dr. Chick will discuss all potential risks and complications during your in-office consultation. He will also discuss the steps he takes to prevent complications from occurring.
Breast Augmentation Surgical Details
Incisions can be made through the axilla (armpit), at the edge of the areola or under the breast. Implants are placed either under or over the pectoral muscle, depending on body type and size of implant chosen. In general, a thinner patient, a patient with very small breasts, or a patient choosing a larger implant should have her implants under the muscle and consider the use of silicone implants.
Choosing the Best Breast Implant for You
Breast Implant Type
Breast implants may be saline-filled or silicone-filled. Both saline and silicone implants have been extensively tested for safety and offer outstanding results.
In terms of look and feel, many women agree that silicone implants have the slight edge. The silicone material more closely matches the appearance and feel of natural breast tissue.
On the other hand, saline implants offer several advantages over silicone implants. For instance, the empty saline implant shells can be inserted into the chest through smaller incisions and filled once they are in place. It is also easier to detect a saline implant’s rupture because the implant deflates very quickly and the breast looks flatter. Silicone implant ruptures may be “silent,” meaning that the free silicone remains around the breast pocket and the implant does not completely deflate.
Breast Implant Shape
Round breast implants have a symmetrical shape, with equal volume/projection on top and bottom. Teardrop implants are gently sloped, with greater volume/projection on the bottom. If you are looking for a “lifted” look with a lot of volume in the upper portion (pole) of your breasts, round implants are likely for you. Alternatively, if you want a natural, anatomically correct-looking result, teardrop implants may be the better choice.
Breast Implant Size
Implant size is figured by the number of cubic centimeters (cc) of saline in the implant. Several different sizes are available, ranging from 90cc (very small) to 700cc (very large). The number of cc’s does not directly relate to bra cup size, as different sized women will have different results with the same size implants. Most implants chosen are somewhere between 350cc and 450cc. Patients can discuss their plan for breast augmentation with Dr. Chick at our facility in Utah. Measurements and recommendations will be given during the initial consultation.
Implant Profile Examples
Can Breast Augmentation Improve Ptosis?
Breast sagging, or ptosis, cannot always be improved with implants. In general, if the nipple is below the level of the inframammary fold, some sort of a breast lift may be needed. If the ptosis is not too advanced, often an implant alone will suffice. More advanced ptosis must be repaired with a breast lift in order to not have the breast simply hang off of the implant. Breast lift involves elevating the breast mound higher on the chest wall for a perkier and more youthful appearance. Downward-pointing nipples are relocated on the breast mound and overly large or stretched out areolas are resized.
Recovering from Breast Augmentation
The incisions for breast augmentation will be closed using sutures and covered by surgical bandages. Dr. Chick will also place a surgical bra to protect the breasts as they heal. Immediately after surgery, you will be taken to the recovery area so you can rest as the anesthesia wears off. About an hour or so later, you will be released into the care of a loved one who will drive you back to your home or hotel so you can rest for the remainder of the day.
The initial recovery will take one to two weeks, depending on your personal healing progress. During this time, you will need to refrain from normal activities, including work, exercise, bending and lifting your arms above your head. Dr. Chick may prescribe oral pain medication to help minimize any discomfort you may feel. You will also be required to wear your surgical bra until Dr. Chick says you can remove it. The doctor will provide guidelines that outline when it is safe to return to work and resume exercise and perform other activities. Bottom line, you should wait until you are cleared by Dr. Chick before resuming normal activities.
Breast Augmentation Scarring
After breast augmentation, you will have scarring along the incision lines. Dr. Chick does his absolute best to hide the scarring in the natural transitions of the skin, but scarring will always be present.
By caring for your surgical incisions and practicing proper scar care, you can help your scars heal well over time. Follow all of Dr. Chick’s incision care and scar management instructions, and avoid smoking and sun exposure, as they can lead to thicker, more noticeable scars.
It can take six months to a year for your breast implant scars to fade and flatten. If at that point you are unhappy with your scars, ask Dr. Chick about scar revision surgery.
Breast Augmentation Complementary Procedures
Breast augmentation can be combined with other breast procedures, such as breast lift, to simultaneously elevate and enhance small, saggy breasts. A combination breast augmentation-breast lift may require additional incisions on the breasts, depending on the extent of the sagging and amount of loose skin.
Breast augmentation is also commonly incorporated into mommy makeover treatments for mothers who want to restore (or improve upon) their pre-baby physiques. Pairing breast augmentation with tummy tuck and/or liposuction creates a gorgeous hourglass-like shape, with voluptuous breasts and a slim, narrow waist.
Why Choose Dr. Chick for Breast Augmentation?
In more than 20 years of private practice, Dr. Chick has helped countless patients achieve their aesthetic goals. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Breast augmentation is one of Dr. Chick’s specialties. He uses the highest quality implants available and operates in fully accredited surgical centers. Patient safety is his entire team’s foremost priority.
Dr. Chick is exceptionally well-regarded for his friendly, reassuring bedside manner and patient-centric approach to care. If you are interested in breast augmentation, he will design a custom treatment plan around your goals and work diligently to ensure you are satisfied with your results.
Breast Augmentation FAQ
Is breast augmentation painful?
The breast augmentation procedure is not painful thanks to the use of anesthesia. Some post-op discomfort and soreness are normal and can be easily managed with prescription pain medication.
When will the final results become visible?
While the initial results of breast augmentation can be seen immediately after surgery, it can take between several months and a year for the final results to be seen. This is how long it takes for residual swelling to dissolve and the breasts to settle into their final position.
How much does breast augmentation cost?
The cost of breast augmentation fluctuates based on the details of the procedure. Factors that affect the final cost include the type of implants used and whether a lift is being incorporated into the operation. Dr. Chick and his team can provide you with a cost estimate upon meeting with you for a consultation.
Schedule a Consultation for Breast Augmentation in Salt Lake City
Dr. Leland Chick is an experienced breast surgeon who has helped many women enhance their appearance through breast augmentation surgery. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact his practice today at 801-322-1188.