Springfield Breast Augmentation
Many women from Hartford to Springfield have discovered that breast augmentation can help them realize the feminine shape they desire. Dr. Glen Brooks, a board-certified plastic surgeon, takes pride in providing natural looking enhancements that exceed his patients' expectations.
To find out if breast augmentation could be right for you, request a consultationrequest a consultation online with Dr. Brooks or call his office on the Longmeadow Town Green at (413) 565-4400. Patients visit him from Springfield, Hartford, and other Western Massachusetts cities.
The reasons women want to increase the size of their breasts are as varied as the women themselves. While many Hartford and Springfield women choose breast augmentation to enhance fullness, many others choose it to simply look more feminine, but still very natural. Desired improvements frequently include:
- Enlarging breasts that have always been small
- Restoring volume lost due to childbearing or weight loss
- Balancing the size of disproportionate breasts
- Reconstructing breasts lost to mastectomy
- Enhancing femininity and self-esteem
Many women choose to combine breast augmentation with other cosmetic procedures, such as breast lift, tummy tuck, or liposuction for a more comprehensive makeover. These procedures can be safely combined, allowing patients to take full advantage of their recovery time.
Once you have decided to undergo breast augmentation, there are several ways in which Dr. Brooks will customize the procedure to your individual body, aesthetic goals, and lifestyle. He will review the following options with you to ensure personalized results:
- Implant material: Either saline or silicone. After 14 years of FDA study, modern silicone implants received approval in 2006 for women who are at least 22 years old.
- Incision location: Concealed in the breast crease or around the nipple.
- Implant location: Placed either under or on top of the chest muscle.
- Implant size: Customized to your body type, lifestyle, and enhancement goals.
Considerations for Younger Women
While teenage girls often wish to increase their breast size, Dr. Brooks recommends his breast augmentation patients wait until they are least 18 years old to allow their bodies to fully develop naturally. FDA requirements dictate that women are at least 22 years old to have the modern silicone implants instead of saline for primary breast augmentation.
Most women can successfully breastfeed after breast augmentation, but talk with Dr. Brooks if this is a particular concern for you. Placing the implants under the chest muscles and avoiding incisions near the nipples can minimize impact to the milk glands and increase the likelihood of breastfeeding. Be sure to let him know about your plans, if you intend to breastfeed in the future.
What to Expect
Dr. Brooks performs breast enlargement for Hartford and surrounding areas. This outpatient procedure is usually complete in 1 hour. During the surgery, patients undergo general anesthesia. You will need to have someone drive you home and help you around the house for the first few days afterwards.
In your procedure, Dr. Brooks may use the Keller Funnel® to insert the breast implants, regardless of whether you've chosen a placement above or below the muscle. This method gives Dr. Brooks more control while inserting the implants. He can compress them slightly, which allows for smaller incisions than would otherwise be needed. With the Keller Funnel, Dr. Brooks can also insert the implants without touching them, immediately after removing them from their sterile packaging and washing them in antiseptic solution – further minimizing any possible risk of infection.
One of the exciting things about breast augmentation is that you will see your enhanced breasts right away, although there is often some swelling and bruising for the first 1 to 2 weeks. You will need to wear a surgical support bra for about 2 weeks after surgery to reduce swelling and encourage healing. We will also have you refrain from raising your arms above the shoulders and doing any heavy lifting for about 2 weeks. Within 1 to 2 weeks after surgery, many patients can return to normal activities, including work. You can usually resume more strenuous exercise after about 3 to 4 weeks.
Breast augmentation surgery gives women of all backgrounds the opportunity to enhance their figures, enabling them to feel feminine and more confident.