About The Procedure
Denver Breast Augmentation
At Denver Breast, we understand that you have unique needs and goals for your breast augmentation. We will explain your breast augmentation options and create a customized breast augmentation procedure plan to reach your goals.
Breast augmentation or “augmentation mammoplasty” is term for cosmetic surgery performed to increase the size and alter the shape and texture of a woman’s breasts. For this reason, the most important variances to consider before your consultation are:
- What size breasts you want to see post-surgery
- How you want the shape of your breasts to change or stay the same
Breast Augmentation surgery takes approximately one hour. With the help of your Denver Breast medical team, you augmentation surgery will have one of three different types of incisions, all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. They are:
An inframammary incision is made at the bottom of the breast and remains hidden in the fold. No breast tissue is cut. This is the most versatile incision and offers your surgeon the most control when placing implants while also offering easier access should any future surgery be needed. This incision usually heals with a thin “pencil-line” scar that hides within the breast fold. Its greatest disadvantage is that the incision sits in the fold under the breast can be irritated by your bra during recovery.
A peri-areolar incision is made around the nipple which makes it easier for your surgeon to correct any uneven appearance of the areola. The scar hides at the edge of the areola where skin color changes. With this type of incision, disadvantages include the chance of losing nipple sensation being approximately 2-5% higher, future breast-feeding difficulties which can occur in approximately 20% of patients, and a higher risk for capsular contracture.
An axillary incision is made in the armpit, which prevents the scar from being readily visible. The risk of uneven placement of implants is higher with this type of incision by approximately 10-15%. The recovery with this incision is also more uncomfortable than other options. Lastly, any future surgery would require additional incisions resulting in other scars.
Every type of procedure will come with its own set of recovery challenges. For information on recovery after breast surgery, click the button below.
Crisalix VR, More Than a Plastic Surgery Simulator
If you have been considering cosmetic surgery, but have uncertainty whether or not you’ll like the results, there is a remarkable 3-D imaging system called ‘Crisalix’ that we are using in our office. Crisalix VR offers more comprehensive 3-dimensional views and angles, giving you more confidence when choosing an option that’s right for you.
WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
The Crisalix VR (Virtual Reality) Goggles are more than just a plastic surgery simulator. Developed by a Swiss-based tech company, Crisalix, they allow you to see how you would look after the procedure, from multiple angles, with different breast implant sizes, shapes and types. This technology allows you to “try on” your new breasts before you decide.
The web-based system uses 2-D photographs of you that are taken during your consultation to create a 3-D simulation. Your photos are uploaded to the Crisalix program and we put the sizes you want to look at in the program. The simulations are rendered while you are still in the office and you will see a 3-D simulation of what you will look like after surgery.
A feature of the software is that you can see several sizes side by side for comparison and see the images with different blouses or bathing suit tops. If you have a size difference between your breasts, the program can measure the difference in volume and help to confirm that using two different size implants will give you the look you want.
“Patients love it! Deciding what style and size of implant best achieves the patient’s personal desires is difficult. Being able to visualize the anticipated result from surgery is extremely helpful, assuring, and comforting. Being able to “see” the new look is fun and exciting!” – Denver Breast
For more information, check out this video from Crisalix.
After your consultation, you will have the opportunity to view the images at home which gives you the chance to look again and ensure you are making the decision that is right for you and the surgery will provide you with the look you desire.
Saline vs. Silicone
Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water. Should the implant break, a saline implant will quickly deflate. Silicone implants, however, will maintain their shape (not collapse) following a tear in the shell. Some individuals also prefer silicone implants because the gel will feel more like a natural breast.
Saline Implant Benefits:
- Less expensive
- Can be filled after insertion, so incisions are smaller
- Surgeon may have more control with breast volume asymmetries
Silicone (Gel) Implant Benefits:
- Look and feel more natural because they are made with a high cohesive gel designed to hold its form
- Less likely to ripple
- Often a better choice for women with small natural breasts
Smooth Breast Implants
Breast Implant Placement
Subglandular placement: Breast implants are placed under your breast tissue but above your pectoral muscles. This typically involves a shorter recovery period and results in a more noticeably round appearance. This is an option for women that have enough soft tissue coverage; however, we do not recommend this placement for women unless the patient is a female body builder.
Subpectoral placement: Breast implants are positioned partially behind the chest muscles with the lower portion of the breast implants under breast tissue. This placement tends to provide more subtle, natural-looking results. Mammography is more reliable with this implant position, and the patient has a lower risk of capsular contracture.
What a Breast Augmentation Will Not Do:
Textured Breast Implants
Textured implants are linked to a rare type of lymphoma which is rare and highly treatable. Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) has been diagnosed in approximately 194 patients in the United States as of March 2018. All confirmed cases of BIA-ALCL have been textured saline or textured silicone gel breast implants.
How Much Does a Breast Augmentation Cost?
Breast augmentation prices start at approximately $7,200 and can range up to $7,800.
Breast augmentation costs include:
- lab work.
- a surgeon’s fee.
- O.R. fees.
- breast implants.
- all follow-up visits with our doctor and our staff.
Contact Our Offices
Are you ready to enhance your look? We invite you to talk to our patient advocate. If you are considering cosmetic surgery and you have questions before your consultation. This discreet process will allow you to ask any question from the convenience and privacy of your home.
Disclaimer: Our website contains general medical information. The medical information contained on the website is not advice and should not be treated as such. Patients results may vary depending on various factors that are unique to each individual.