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Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation or breast implants, also known as augmentation mammaplasty, is a procedure to enlarge or enhance the fullness and shape of your breasts. Breast augmentation can help restore symmetry to uneven breasts, improve breast/body proportion, re-establish volume that may have been lost with pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss or aging, and generally enhance breast shape, size and contour. Breast augmentation may also be an option for restoring evenness and shape after mastectomy or injury.

Silicone and Saline Breast Implants

The results of breast implants are usually long term and can bring balance to your overall physique. Many women also experience a boost in self-confidence, and an improved fit with certain types of clothing and swimwear. Nonetheless, breast augmentation is a personal decision and should be made for reasons that are meaningful to you and only under professional guidance.

Breast augmentation involves the use of implants. At Healing Waters, we offer saline and silicone implants, including the Natrelle® 410 silicone implant. Our plastic surgeons will guide you in selecting the best implant for you as well as determining the size, incision and placement to be used.

In some instances, breast augmentation may be combined with a breast lift where the patient’s goal is to simultaneously address excessive sagging and improved positioning. Some breast implant candidates may also benefit from liposuction around the underarm, chest wall, or upper abdomen to improve the overall shape and appearance of the implants.

At Healing Waters, our skilled plastic surgeons and caring, professional staff are dedicated to providing you with excellent care and guidance every step of the way. Our plastic surgeons will create a customized approach to your procedure, applying their professional knowledge, surgical skill and expertise in female body aesthetics to help you attain optimal, beautiful results.

Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos

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“I have been so very pleased with the results of my breast augmentation; it’s been great! The procedure has positively impacted my life and my self esteem is through the roof.”

– Breast Augmentation Patient

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is not a good candidate?

Certain factors or conditions can increase the likelihood of complications during or after the procedure, and may mean that breast augmentation is not appropriate for you generally, or at this time. Some known risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Current pregnancy and/or breastfeeding
  • Unstable, unhealthy and/or significantly fluctuating weight
  • Poor general health, an infection or certain medical conditions that affect healing or fitness for surgery
  • Untreated breast cancer

Another consideration that can interfere with your ability to experience the best outcome from breast augmentation involves unrealistic expectations about the appearance or results that can be achieved. Additionally, while many clients do experience increased self-confidence following breast augmentation, it is not likely to address deep-rooted inner unhappiness.

If you are unsure, or considering whether breast augmentation is the right solution for you, we encourage you to arrange a personal consultation with one of our plastic surgeons. Our surgeons will be happy to talk with you about your individual goals, review your current health and history, medications and habits, and to assess your overall candidacy.

Will it hurt?

While most patients achieve remarkable results with minimal complication, there are associated risks. Some possible complications include:

  • Painful breasts
  • Change in sensation (often temporary)
  • Capsular contracture: tightening of scar tissue around the implant, which may result in hardening and/or distortion
  • Implant rupture or leakage
  • Hematoma, bleeding or fluid accumulation
  • Red, painful scarring
  • Infection
  • Skin rippling, creasing or folds
  • Implant displacement

Certain complications may lead to the need for additional, corrective surgery. Being fully informed about the risks prior to surgery is important, and our plastic surgeons will explain the procedure and risks in detail to help you make informed decisions.

What happens during the procedure?
What to expect post-surgery?

Individual recovery times can vary. On average, patients can expect an initial recovery period of 24-48 hours, followed by reduced activity for an additional 5-7 days. Patients may continue to experience swelling and discomfort for a few weeks with limitations placed on certain activities, including lifting and exercise. Swelling, bruising and incision lines will reduce and fade over time, and your surgeon will provide direction on the appropriate time for you to resume your normal routine and exercise.

Are the results permanent?

There is no single answer that fits every case, and there is no set formula that defines how long your breast implants will last. Breast implants are designed to be long lasting, though certain complications such as a tear or rupture, scar tissue causing pain or undesired changes in shape (capsular contracture), changes in breast tissue over time or even personal preference can become reasons to change or possibly remove implants. Our surgeons are happy to consult with you about any questions or concerns you may have.

Silicone vs Saline?

There are many variables to weigh when considering the type of implant that is right for you, and there are merits or potential drawbacks with each. While we have highlighted a few of the considerations below, our plastic surgeons will get to know your specific aesthetic goals, needs and anatomy and will provide expert guidance to educate and help you with this uniquely personal and important decision.

Saline Implants have an outer silicone shell, and, once placed, are filled with sterile saline (salt water) solution. The amount of saline used to fill the implant can be varied to impact the shape of the breasts. Saline implants are generally perceived to feel firmer than silicone and consequently less like the feel of natural breasts. There is little to no difference in the look of saline versus silicone implants. In the event of a tear or leak, the saline solution is safely and naturally absorbed. There is sometimes an increased tendency toward rippling with saline implants, especially in cases where there is a smaller amount of breast tissue.

Silicone Implants consist of an outer silicone shell filled with silicone gel and tend to feel softer than saline and comparatively more like the feel of natural breasts. These implants are manufactured with the gel already inside them, so they are not filled or adjusted during the procedure as with saline implants.

Healing Waters offers the option of the Natrelle® 410 silicone implant. The Natrelle® 410 features an anatomically shaped silhouette, with contours that closely resemble the curve of a woman’s breast. Also known as the “gummy bear” breast implant, it uses a highly cohesive gel filler that holds together uniformly and stays in place, significantly reducing the risk of gel migration in the event of a rupture †.
Watch Dr. Kelly Killeen on KSCW discussing the Natrelle® 410 breast implant.

†Information and References: Breast Augmentation Natrelle® 410 Before and After Pictures. (n.d.). Retrieved from Allergan website.

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Healing Waters Wichita
2000 N. Rock Rd., Ste. 100
Wichita, KS 67206
(316) 262-2995
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300 Palmetto Health Pkwy.
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 907-7100
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