Breast Augmentation

Consider having your breast augmentation performed at Dr. Hankins Plastic Surgery. Dr. Hankins places breast implants in hundreds of satisfied patients on an annual basis, safely and professionally, always keeping the patient’s end results in mind. Breast augmentation improves the size and shape of the breasts, fixes asymmetry and also lifts the breasts if need be.

Dr. Hankins will discuss different options of breast implants at your personal consultation and some personal decisions that are necessary to make prior to your surgery. As a patient, one must decide between saline or silicone implants; where the incision will be placed; the size of the implant and the placement of the implant either under or above the muscle. A physical exam is performed by the surgeon to help the patient in best determining the answers to these important decisions to be made but also to determine if a breast lift might be needed for the patient. Dr. Hankins will listen to each patient as a real person, just like a family member, to determine the look each individual desires.

Saline or Silicone?

As a patient, one must decide the feel desired for the breast, as both types of implants will have a similar look. There is a difference between the two types – saline vs. silicone. Some women are hesitant to choose silicone implants, even though studies performed for the past several years have indicated there are no health risks related to silicone implants.  If there is any hesitation, Dr. Hankins usually suggests the saline option for these individual patients. Saline implants are also less expensive for patients.  Our practice suggests silicone implants, or gels, for those patients wanting a more natural feel to the breast.  Asking questions about each type is very common, and Dr. Hankins discusses all of the advantages and disadvantages of each option during a consultation.

Incision Locations

Dr. Hankins typically uses two approaches most frequently in regards to incision placement with a breast augmentation. These are discussed in more detail during the consultation with Dr. Hankins. Two options include a small incision at the junction of the areola and the breast skin, known as the periareolar or underneath the breast in the natural fold, which is called the inframammary.

Implant Size

Dr. Hankins recommends knowing generally a cup size you wish to be prior to his complimentary consultation; this is an integral first step in the breast augmentation process. Researching  photos is also another good way to familiarize yourself with the look you desire.  To help our patients choose the appropriate size, the different types of implants and sizes are presented, and patients are able to see how they feel and try the implant sizers.  Our practice wants you to be highly satisfied with the type and size of implants chosen, and Dr. Hankins will work with each patient to ensure this. After surgery, some women might be a bit shocked that their breast size with implants is either too big or too small. Once a size is chosen with Dr. Hankins, our office recommends adding a type of padding to your bra to get accustomed to the size you will be after surgery.

As a patient, breast augmentation surgery typically lasts approximately one hour.  Patients are usually back to work and normal activities in about two weeks after surgery.