Breast Augmentation Specialist

Providence Plastic Surgery

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery located in Charlotte, NC

Breast augmentation is among the most popular types of cosmetic surgery and is an area of specialty for Dr. Andrew Gear of Providence Plastic Surgery & Skin Center. Many women from in and around Charlotte, North Carolina, come to Dr. Gear based on the recommendation of friends and family who’ve worked with him for their own aesthetic needs. If you’re ready to explore the possibilities afforded by breast augmentation, schedule a consultation today. Online scheduling is available, or you can reach the office by phone to set up your visit.

Breast Augmentation Q & A

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery uses breast implants to change the size, shape, and projection of your breasts. Some of the issues that can be corrected through breast augmentation include:

  • Small size
  • Breast changes following pregnancy or weight loss
  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Reconstruction after breast cancer treatment
  • Changes in breast tissue due to aging

None of these motivations is any more valid than another.

What types of breast implants are available?

Breast augmentation is a highly individualized process. There are many different material types, shapes, and placement options from which to choose.

Saline implants

Saline breast implants gain their shape and fullness from sterile salt water that your body can safely process if a leak occurs. These implants give a uniform feel, shape, and firmness.

Silicone implants

Silicone breast implants are made using a soft, silicone gel filling. They give a natural feel, but there is a risk of health problems if the implant leaks. Women who choose silicone implants must schedule occasional imaging to ensure the implants are still stable.

Gummy bear implants

Gummy bear implants get their name from their ability to maintain a stable shape. They are filled with a thick silicone gel and have a teardrop shape. If they shift position, they will likely need to be adjusted in a separate procedure.

In addition to the material choice, breast implants can be round, smooth, or textured. Dr. Gear works with you to define your treatment goals and help you choose implants that are right for you.

What happens during and after breast augmentation surgery?

General anesthesia ensures you’ll rest comfortably throughout the procedure. Dr. Gear creates a customized surgical plan for every woman in his care and uses that plan to guide your surgical experience.

He begins by marking your breast tissue to show where incisions are needed. Incisions are placed where scarring will be least evident. He then guides the implants into position, either above or beneath your pectoral muscles.

Dr. Gear closes the incisions using layered sutures. A combination of skin adhesive, stitches, and surgical tape might be used to keep the incision closed as the healing process begins.

You’ll experience some discomfort and swelling in the first few days after your augmentation. Dr. Gear prescribes pain medication to help with the initial stages of healing. He’ll also discuss your post-surgical care instructions.

If you’d like to learn more about breast augmentation, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gear online or by phone.