Dr. Lynam is known for a symmetrical and natural result
Breast Enlargement (Breast Augmentation)
At Richmond Surgical Arts, Inc., in Richmond, Virginia, our entire office is dedicated to providing the best experience possible.
Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States. The most frequent reasons women choose to undergo breast enlargement include the following:
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved breast shape and symmetry
- Improved balance and total body proportions
- Improved breast contour
- Increased size
- Restored shape and size following pregnancy
Candidates for Breast Augmentation
The best candidates for breast augmentaions are healthy non-smokers who have a positive outlook with realistic goals in mind. During your on-site consultation with Dr. Lynam, your goals, the breast enlargement (breast augmentation) procedure, and the routine post-operative healing process will be explained in detail. Furthermore, all of your questions will be answered. You will also be sized with different implants until you find the desired size that is a right fit for you. Your medical history will also be reviewed to ensure you are a healthy candidate for surgery.
Breast augmentation is a very safe procedure that is completed using saline or silicone implants to enlarge and enhance your breasts.
Having an augmentation does not affect your ability to breastfeed in the future. Most patients do not have permanent loss of nipple sensation or loss of breast sensation following surgery.
Breast implants have been thoroughly studied and do not cause cancer or any other disease process. Research studies have confirmed that women with breast implants are not at an increased risk for breast cancer, nor are they likely to have a delay in breast cancer treatment. Dr. Lynam offers minimally-invasive breast augmentation, using a transaxillary (armpit) incision and a small camera called an endoscope for improved visibility.
This specialized type of surgery allows for breast enlargement using saline breast implants, without any scar being placed on the breast. Dr. Lynam is also well-versed in the more traditional inframammary (breast fold incision) and the periareolar incision (around the edge of the areola). The breast implant may be placed above or below the chest muscle depending upon a number of factors including the size and type of implants, as well as both the patient’s and surgeon’s preference.
The majority of Dr. Lynam’ssaline breast augmentations are performed through a transaxillary approach and the implants are placed below the pectoralis muscle. The breast enlargement procedure is done on an outpatient basis, takes 1 hour to perform, and is done under general anesthesia. The use of a long lasting local anesthetic called Exparelcan be placed at the time of surgery and lasts approximately 72 hours.
After Breast Augmentation Surgery
The professionals at Richmond Surgical Arts, Inc., want you to be prepared for what you can expect after surgery, so take note of the following information. Your breasts may be swollen, bruised, and sore for several weeks following surgery. To help, you will begin performing massage exercises on your breasts 5 days following surgery.
We believe that by maintaining a large pocket surrounding your breast implants, you can lower the risk of capsular contraction. These exercises will become part of your daily routine. Vigorous exercise routines may resume 4-6 weeks following your breast augmentation. You may return to work in one week.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure is to schedule a free consultation at our office. Here, you will learn the reasonable expectations for the goals you wish to achieve.
Implant Options – Which is best for you?
There are 3 types of implants from which to choose: saline, silicone, and structured implants. During your consultation, Dr. Lynam will guide you towards which type of implant is best for you.
1) Saline Implants:
The saline implant has an excellent track record and often has the lowest reported rate of capsular contraction. Dr. Lynam prefers smooth, round, saline implants. One benefit of saline implants is that when they eventually rupture, the sterile salt water leaks out and you know when to replace the implant without the need for an MRI. Saline implants cost less than silicone implants and can feel just as natural as any other implant. The often-discussed rippling or wrinkling of saline implants can be decreased with proper implant selection but is more common than with silicone implants. Find more information on saline breast implants here: https://www.breastimplantsbymentor.com/breast-implants/saline
2) Silicone Implants:
Silicone implants were the first breast implants developed and used. Currently the newer cohesive gels (Gummy Bear Implants) and improved outer shell technology make silicone implants the number one implant used worldwide. Dr. Lynam prefers smooth, round implants.Dr. Lynam is well-versed in all the variations of silicone implants and will recommend what is best for your particular body and soft tissue envelope. Silicone implants are lighter and softer than saline implants and have less tendency to wrinkle. The FDA recommends a breast implant MRI intermittently to determine implant integrity. Ultrasound is a newer less expensive option to determine implant rupture. Find more information on silicone implants here: https://www.natrelle.com/augmentation
3) The Ideal Implant®
Structured Breast Implant is a new type of implant designed by a plastic surgeon. It combines a natural feel with the safety of only saline inside, for peace of mind. With IDEAL IMPLANT, you can look in the mirror and be confident your implants are intact. The Ideal Implant has some of the lowest reported rupture rates of all breast implants, which makes it an excellent choice for those concerned about silicone gel leakage. Find more information about Ideal Implants here: https://idealimplant.com/