Augmentation Mammoplasty is typically performed to enhance the size of normal breasts in order to make them more aesthetically pleasing. The procedure may also be utilized to enlarge small, underdeveloped breasts, asymmetrical breasts, breasts that have decreased in size after childbearing, or breasts that have undergone post-mastectomy reconstruction.
The breast augmentation procedure consists of making a small incision in the fold beneath the breast and developing a pocket behind the breast that will accomodate a suitable implant. Alternatives to this incision are the periareolar incision around the nipple or the transaxillary incision in the armpit. Depending upon the aesthetic goals of the patient, the shape of the breast, the type of implant to be utilized, and the degree of development of the pectoral muscle, together, Dr. Wolf and the patient will decide if the implant will be placed on top or below the pectoral muscle overlying the ribs.
The procedure is performed in a Marin County Outpatient Surgery Center under a superficial plane of general anesthesia administered by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. The patient is discharged from the facility in a comfortable dressing, which is removed the following morning. No drains are employed. The morning after surgery, the patient may shower and wear an ordinary bra. Postoperative pain is modest and return to normal non-athletic activities is usually within 2-3 days. Full athletic activities may be resumed three or four weeks following surgery.