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Breast Augmentation in Baton Rouge

Why do women choose to have breast augmentation?

Women choose breast augmentation (breast implants) to increase the size of their breasts. Most women try to achieve a size that is proportional to their body/chest size, while some women choose to go larger. Many women also choose breast augmentation to fill out their breasts after volume is lost following childbirth or breast-feeding. Every patient has an individual goal, and Dr. Freel personalizes the operation based on the individual patient.

How do I know what implant is right for me?

During the consultation, Dr. Freel will meet individually with the patient to discuss goals and desired appearance. After performing an examination and taking breast measurements, Dr. Freel will then aid the patient in determining the best size and type of implants that fit the patient’s body.

Am I a good candidate?

Most women are good candidates for breast augmentation if:

  • They are healthy enough to undergo an operation under general anesthesia.
  • The skin is not stretched out from weight loss, breast-feeding, or other reasons (stretched skin may require an additional procedure commonly referred to as a breast lift).
  • The nipple is above the lower fold (inframammary fold) of the breast
  • Asymmetries in volume can be corrected with different sized implants. Occasionally, one breast may need a lift or a reduction while the other will need an implant only.

An in office consultation with Dr. Freel is the best way to determine if a patient is a good candidate for surgery.

Silicone or saline implants?

Both silicone and saline implants are available for breast augmentation. Many women are currently choosing silicone implants over saline implants. There are also different types of silicone implants ranging from soft silicone implants to firm “gummy bear” implants. During the consultation, Dr. Freel will discuss the different implant styles available.

How is the surgery performed?

Dr. Freel performs breast augmentation under general anesthesia. Surgery can be performed in an AAAASF certified private surgical center located near Associates in Plastic Surgery (Cumberland Surgical Center). Surgery can also be performed at one of the local hospitals when combined with another surgery or if requested by the patient.

Is preparation necessary for surgery?

Preparation for breast augmentation surgery is relatively easy. Most patients do not need preoperative lab testing unless there are underlying medical conditions or concerns. Patients are advised to stay off of NSAIDS (pain relievers – Motrin, Aleve, Advil, etc.) for 2 weeks prior to surgery. Tylenol is generally allowed before and after surgery for aches or pains. Certain over the counter medications (fish oil, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, etc.) have blood-thinning properties and patients are advised to stop taking these medications 2 weeks prior to surgery.

What incision is used to place the breast implant?

Traditionally, there are three incision locations used for breast augmentation: under the breast, around the nipple, and under the armpit. Dr. Freel typically uses an incision in the breast crease to allow for better exposure of the pocket of the breast implant. Using this technique, there is less risk for infection (as the surgeon is not cutting through the breast), less changes in nipple sensation, and less risk for capsular contracture.

What size implants should I choose?

Every patient has an individualized consultation with Dr. Freel to determine which size is best for her. Breast implant size is determined by the individual anatomy of the patient, desired postoperative cup size, and finally by the aesthetic of Dr. Freel. Before and after pictures of numerous different breast shapes and sizes are shown to the patient during the consultation to help the patient choose her size. The patient wears breast implant sizers during the consultation process, and the patient is advised to “choose the look you like.”

How is the recovery process?

The recovery process is very manageable. Surgery typically takes less than one hour and the patient returns home that day. Patients are given support garments for the first month after surgery. Most patients hurt for the first few days and then feel sore and tight for 4 – 6 weeks afterwards. The pain is bearable and many patients do not need postoperative pain medication. Heavy lifting and vigorous exercise should be avoided for 3 weeks following surgery. Patients are allowed to return to work within a few days assuming they can avoid heavy lifting. Most people can expect their final result within a few months.

Where is surgery performed?

Dr. Freel performs the majority of his breast augmentation surgeries at Cumberland Surgical Center. This facility has two AAAASF certified operating rooms along with full-time nursing and support staff. Cumberland Surgical Center allows for minimal wait times, privacy, and very safe procedures by the excellent anesthesia team. Surgical fees are also minimized to keep surgery affordable for the patient.

Can I breast feed after breast implant surgery?

Most women should be able to breast feed after breast augmentation. By inserting the implant under the muscle, the breast should still able to produce milk as very little manipulation is performed of the gland itself.

Do I need to wait to get breast implants until after I have finished having children?

Breast implants can be placed before a woman is finished having children. The breast may or may not change with pregnancies. The implant will stay in place, but the breast may enlarge, skin may stretch, the nipple may stretch out, and the breast may fall off of the implant or get significantly smaller. Many of these issues occur regardless of whether an implant is present. Most of these areas can be adjusted surgically when these changes occur.

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I am ready for breast augmentation surgery. What is the next step?

Schedule a consultation today to meet with Dr. Freel by phone at (225) 924-7514, or click here to schedule a consultation online. Patients are seen expediently and surgery can be arranged within a week if so desired. Operative dates are tailored to fit the patient’s schedule.