Breast size is a key component of the feminine form. Unfortunately, many women are disappointed by breasts that are too small. Some have one breast that is noticeably different in shape or size from the other. Other women experience unwanted changes in breast size and shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding, or as a result of significant weight loss.
If any of these scenarios apply to you, breast augmentation surgery may be an option to restore your figure. Call Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute at 440-340-3734 to schedule your initial consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Leedy. We proudly welcome patients in and around Cleveland, Akron, Chagrin Falls, and nearby areas of northeast Ohio.
Get answers to the following questions about breast enhancement:
- What Is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
- Which Breast Implant Is Right for Me?
- Where Is Breast Augmentation Performed?
- Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
- What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?
- How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
- What Is Breast Augmentation Recovery Like?
- Why Choose Dr. Leedy for My Breast Augmentation?
What Is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Augmentation of the breasts involves insertion of an implant below the gland and muscle tissue of the breast. The implant enhances the size and fills out the shape for a larger, fuller breast.
Depending on your goals, you may require a combination procedure. For example, many women undergo breast augmentation as part of a mommy makeover to restore their pre-pregnancy figure. If your breasts are sagging as a result of age, childbearing, or breastfeeding, a combination breast augmentation and breast lift can enhance the volume of your breasts while addressing issues caused by gravity and changes in biology.
Sometimes women experience complications or suboptimal results with breast augmentation. If you are unhappy with a previous augmentation procedure, Dr. Leedy may be able to perform breast revision surgery. This secondary procedure may involve removing an implant that has deflated or ruptured, correcting the underlying tissue, and/or replacement of the implant for an improved outcome.
Dr. Leedy will fully evaluate your health and overall goals at your consultation. He will discuss considerations such as the ideal type of breast implant, incision location, placement of the implant, and other factors so you can enjoy the best results.
Which Breast Implant Is Right for Me?
Dr. Leedy provides breast augmentation using both saline and silicone implants. The ideal breast implant option will depend on the goals you want to achieve, as well as considerations such as age, cost, and your personal input.
Saline breast implants consist of a hollow shell that is filled with sterile saline. Patients must be 18 years of age or older to be a candidate for saline breast implantation. Saline implants cost less than their silicone counterparts, making the augmentation procedure less expensive as well.
Silicone breast implants are filled with a silicone gel instead of sterilized saltwater. Generally, silicone implants are less likely to take on a rippled appearance, and patients report a more natural feeling to the breasts after getting silicone implants. The FDA requires patients to be at least 22 years old before silicone breast implantation. The greater aesthetic and tactile benefits of silicone implants means the augmentation procedure is generally more expensive than the equivalent surgery using saline implants.
Dr. Leedy also offers form-stable gummy bear breast implants. However, these are generally unsuitable for routine breast enhancement procedures.
Another breast enhancement option that doesn’t include implants at all is breast augmentation with fat transfer. Dr. Leedy performs this procedure by removing fat from a different area of your body using liposuction, then transferring the fat to the breasts to improve their shape and size.
All breast implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Dr. Leedy will review all of your options and make honest, personalized recommendations based on your physical health, your goals, and other factors.
Where Is Breast Augmentation Performed?
One of the major considerations when choosing breast augmentation is the location of the incision. The placement of the incision determines the visibility of the scar.
Dr. Leedy finds that most patients benefit from an incision along the breast fold, or an inframammary incision. This incision enables Dr. Leedy to conceal scarring using the natural overhang of the breast without limiting access to the surgical field.
If you want no scarring to appear on or around your breasts, Dr. Leedy may instead recommend an incision in the armpit, or transaxillary incision. This incision results in just a tiny scar that is virtually invisible to the naked eye.
Another important consideration for breast augmentation is the placement of the implant. Dr. Leedy only provides submuscular implant placement, or positioning of the implant below both the chest muscle and the breast tissue. This placement option leads to healthier outcomes, less scarring, and easier mammograms than the subglandular alternative.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Breast enlargement may be right for you if:
- You are in good physical health and at a healthy weight
- You are 18 (for saline implants) or 22 (for silicone implants), with breast tissue that is fully developed
- You are not currently pregnant and don’t plan to become pregnant in future
- You have not been diagnosed with an active infection, cancer, a precancerous condition, or another medical issue or disorder that contraindicates surgery
- You don’t smoke, or you are committed to quitting before surgery and abstaining from smoking while you recover
- You understand that all surgeries carry risks, and you have realistic, informed expectations of the procedure
In order to help patients determine the optimal size and shape for breast implants, Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute offers several cutting-edge digital imaging options. VECTRA 3D is an in-office digital imaging system that enables you to preview the results of your augmentation through adjustable modeling of three-dimensional photos of your breasts.
Dr. Leedy also gives patients the unique option to “test drive” breast augmentation with the groundbreaking Dazzylle Implant Sizer. Designed and patented by Dr. Leedy himself, Dazzyle implant sizers give you the option to experiment with the volume, weight, and feel of different breast implants. Dazzylle is a take-home technology, enabling you to test drive breast augmentation before surgery in the privacy of your own home.
What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is consistently one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. And for good reason: Hundreds of thousands of women each year experience improvements in their appearance and greater self-confidence after breast enlargement!
Some of the key benefits of breast augmentation include:
- Enhanced breast shape and volume
- Greater symmetry between the breasts
- Improved self-image
- A fuller figure, expanding wardrobe options for eveningwear, swimwear, and lingerie
- Rejuvenation of the body after changes caused by age, weight gain, and parenthood
The key to enjoying the full benefits of breast augmentation is to choose an experienced, highly capable plastic surgeon. Dr. Jason Leedy is board-certified in plastic surgery, and he has 15 years of experience achieving outstanding results for patients through augmentation and other breast surgeries.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
The cost of your breast augmentation will depend on a host of factors, including:
- The type of implant
- The style of implant
- Other procedures that may be combined with augmentation surgery
Dr. Leedy and his staff are happy to discuss pricing with you at your consultation appointment. Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute is pleased to offer financing options as well to help patients make breast augmentation fit their budget.
What Is Breast Augmentation Recovery Like?
Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute is proud to offer patients quick recovery breast augmentation. Dr. Leedy will prepare the incision site with a waterproof dressing so you can shower the same day as your surgery. You will also be able to start resuming typical range of motion the same day through light, low-impact exercises.
You will return to Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute the day after surgery for an evaluation. Dr. Leedy will change your dressing and see how you’re feeling. A second followup appointment will be scheduled for several days later.
There are a variety of health benefits to seeing patients promptly after surgery, as well as initiating a quick recovery. Restoring regular movement helps improve blood flow and reduce soreness, making it possible for patients to return to their regular daily function sooner than patients generally do after breast augmentation. Seeing Dr. Leedy the day after surgery also reduces the likelihood of post-surgical complications, such as infections and blood clots.
Dr. Leedy has an outstanding recovery record among his breast augmentation patients. Complications are extremely rare, and the entire team at Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute will make every effort to ensure that you are cared for through every step of your recovery.
Why Choose Dr. Leedy for My Breast Augmentation?
Dr. Leedy has made Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute a destination in northeast Ohio for superior breast augmentation results. His practice is one of the few independently owned and operated plastic surgery centers in the area. This independence makes it possible for Dr. Leedy to provide the individualized care and broad range of options that simply aren’t available in a large hospital setting.
When meeting with you to discuss your breast augmentation options, you will find that Dr. Leedy is friendly, honest, caring, and focused on you – your safety, your welfare, and your understanding of the procedure so you can build realistic expectations.
The in-house surgical facility at Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute is accredited by The Joint Commission. This entirely voluntary process signifies a commitment to industry-leading safety and care standards. It also means that you come to an office you have already visited on the day of your breast augmentation procedure, which most patients find more comfortable than traveling to an unfamiliar medical facility.
It is also important to read reviews before choosing a plastic surgeon. Dr. Leedy always encourages potential patients not to take his word for it when it comes to the quality of care. Our patient reviews are a wonderful way to get an objective sense of what it’s like to be a patient of Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute.
If you are ready to consult with Dr. Leedy about your breast augmentation, including a test drive with our Dazzylle implant sizing technology, call 440-340-3734 today or submit an online contact form to our office. Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute serves patients throughout northeast Ohio, including Akron, Chagrin Falls, and communities throughout the Cleveland area.