breast augmentation

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the most sought after cosmetic procedures in the United States — and for good reason. There are numerous benefits to having a breast augmentation procedure, including:

  • Enhanced contouring
  • Improved shape, symmetry and overall appearance
  • Restored volume after childbirth
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Choosing an Implant

Nowadays women have more options than ever when it comes to breast augmentation. Saline implants are approved for use in women over the age of 18, and in 2006 the Food and Drug Administration approved silicone implants for use in women 22 and older. Both silicone and saline implants are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures, and each has its own unique benefits and drawbacks.


Silicone implants tend to have a more natural look and feel, a fact that sometimes makes them preferable to saline implants. However, a leak or rupture in a silicone implant can be difficult to detect and women who opt for this type of implant should receive regular check-ups.


Saline implants may not have as natural a look or feel as silicone, but they do have other benefits. For instance, certain types of saline implants enable a woman to go back after surgery and have the size adjusted. Also, a saline implant that leaks or ruptures is easy to detect – the implant deflates quickly and the body absorbs the salt-water solution.

Breast Implant Placement

Breast implants can be placed either above or beneath the chest wall muscle and may be inserted through an incision under the nipple, under the fold of the breast, in the armpit or the navel. Placement of the implant depends on a number of factors including size and type of the implant as well as patient and surgeon preferences.

Breast Augmentation Procedure

Breast augmentation procedures are generally performed under general anesthesia and take approximately one to two hours. Patients should expect some soreness after the surgery, but this usually subsides after a couple of days and patients can return to work after a week.

Before undergoing a breast augmentation, patients should fully understand the risks and benefits of the procedure. If you are considering a breast augmentation, contact Gary Vela today. We look forward to helping you explore your implant options.