Breast Augmentation

Surgery done in Hailey, ID

Sun Valley women who seek to enhance the size, shape, and proportion of their breasts trust Dr. Crais with their breast augmentation surgery.

sun valley breast augmentationWhat is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic breast enhancement surgery typically performed to increase the breast size of the patient. In the surgery, breast implants are placed either under the breast tissue or under the muscles of the chest. Patients opt for breast augmentation to enhance the appearance of their breasts and give their self-confidence a boost. Breast augmentation is also used to rebuild the breasts of patients who have suffered from breast cancer or other conditions.

What are the benefits of breast augmentation?

Generally, the purpose of augmentation is to enhance naturally small breasts. But the procedure is also used to restore breast size and shape, especially after extreme weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.

What are the different types of breast implants?

Breast implant are medical prostheses designed to be placed in the breast in order to enlarge them or reconstruct their appearance. Breast implants are made of a silicone outer shell that is filled with either silicone gel or saline solution.

Saline implants are breast implants made of elastomeric silicone and contain sterile saline solution. These types of breast implants may be filled with various amounts of saline solution, depending on the patient’s preferred size, shape, and firmness. Silicone implants contain a viscous silicone gel. Many patients choose this type of breast implant because if the implant ruptures the gel stays inside the shell. As a result, the implant is less likely to collapse and will retain its shape much longer than its saline counterpart.

What happens during a breast augmentation procedure?

During augmentation surgery patients are typically under general anesthesia. The incision to insert the implant can be made in three areas — the areola on the breast, at the bottom of the breast, or in the armpit.

After the incision is made, the breast implant will then be inserted into the breast pocket. The implant may be placed under the pectoral muscle or on top of it, but behind the breast tissue. Dr. Crais will help you determine the best method suited to your condition and preference. After the implants are placed, the incisions will then be closed with sutures.

What are the risks associated with breast augmentation?

Breast enhancement poses various risks, although most are rare. During recovery, patients will experience some pain until the swelling decreases and the implants settle. As with any surgery, there is also the slim danger of infection. After recovery, implants can occasionally rupture or leak. Capsular contracture is another complication where scar tissue forms around the implant and distorts its shape.