Before and After Breast Augmentation in Baton Rouge
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performed by Dr. Andrew C. Freel in Baton Rouge, LA.
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 breastfeeding. Every patient has an individual goal, and Dr. Freel personalizes the operation based on the individual patient.
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.
Most women are good candidates for breast augmentation if:
An in-office consultation with Dr. Freel is the best way to determine if a patient is a good candidate for surgery.
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.
Dr. Freel performs breast augmentation under general anesthesia. Surgery can be performed in an AAAASF-certified private surgical center located at Bourgeois Freel Plastic Surgery.
Preparation for breast augmentation surgery is relatively easy. Patients only require 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 before 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 before surgery.
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), fewer changes in nipple sensation, and less risk for capsular contracture.
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.”
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 afterward. 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.
Dr. Freel performs the majority of his breast augmentation surgeries at Bourgeois Freel Plastic Surgery’s private operating room. This facility has an AAAASF accredited operating room along with full-time nursing and support staff. Our In-House operating room 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.
Most women should be able to breastfeed after breast augmentation. By inserting the implant under the muscle, the breast should still be able to produce milk as very little manipulation is performed on the gland itself.
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, the 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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The cost of a Breast Augmentation varies, because it is a highly individualized surgery tailored for each patient. The overall price may include anesthesia, operating room facilities, new breast implants, and other related expenses. Additional tests and imaging may also add to your total. Contact us for additional information
Schedule a consultation today to meet with Dr. Freel by phone at (225) 432-0000, 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.
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