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Breast Augmentation
By DR. Steven warnock

At Dr. Steven Warnock’s private practice, we understand the various reasons that an individual may have for breast augmentation surgery. Utah locals can come to us anytime to ask about this procedure.

What is a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure that uses artificial implants to enhance and/or alter the way your breasts look. It is a customizable procedure that takes into consideration your body shape and the look you want to achieve.

Women may choose to have this operation either as a reconstructive technique following breast surgery, to balance different sized breasts, or to enhance the contours of the body. Whatever the specific purpose, women who undergo breast augmentation can expect larger, firmer, and more visually satisfying breasts.

At Dr. Warnock’s practice, you can choose from saline and silicone implants. You may also opt to combine the two. On a related note, implant shapes can either be anatomical or round, depending on your preference and body type.

We insert the implants through an incision in the armpits, the crease of your breast, or the perimeter of the areola. The placement of the incisions largely depends on your preferred outcome.

The Surgery

The surgery begins with an incision, made either in the crease of the breast, the armpit, or the perimeter of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). The placement of the incision will vary according to body type and the specifics of each procedure. The surgeon enters through the incision and creates a pocket; either underneath the breast tissue or under the chest wall muscle. The implant is placed in either location, centered directly behind the nipple. Finally, the original incision is sutured.

Who Qualifies for Breast Augmentation?

Candidates for breast augmentation in Salt Lake City include women dissatisfied with a small cup size, uneven breast size, or the loss of breast volume after childbirth or breastfeeding. Of course, candidates also include women who have had one or both breasts removed due to an illness.

Our team looks into your medical history and cosmetic goals to make sure that you are a good candidate for the surgery.

Health Concerns

As with any surgical procedure, complications, although rare, do exist. The biggest fear is a leak in the surgical implant. The FDA currently prohibits the use of silicone-filled implants except for women involved in specific medical studies. Therefore, in a normal procedure, a leak would involve only a saline water solution. Capsular contraction (a tightening of the scar or capsule surrounding the implant) can occur following a breast augmentation procedure. If this happens, the surgeon either “scores” the scar tissue, or removes the implant and re-inserts another. Other complications include excessive bleeding and infection in the area surrounding the implant. Scars may be evident for several months but gradually fade. In some cases, the nipples may become hypersensitive or under-sensitive for a period after the surgery. In rare instances, the breasts may produce milk for several days after the surgery. To maximize the success of the surgery and minimize the risk of complications, always follow your doctor’s instructions for surgical preparation and postoperative care.

Find Out if Breast Augmentation Is Right for You

Dr. Steven Warnock’s private practice has been servicing Utah locals since 2000. We have the knowledge and experience to determine whether breast augmentation surgery is right for you. Schedule a consultation with us today so that we can address your concerns regarding breast implants in Salt Lake City.

Breast Augmentation FAQ

The price quoted for surgery will include the doctors fee, anesthesia, surgical suite and follow up care as well as any surgical garments that may be needed. Post-operative prescriptions are not included and generally run $100 without health insurance.

A smooth, round breast implant is typically used. The shell of the implant is made of silicone and is filled with saline, and the silicone implants are a semi-cohesive gel filled implant. The implant is placed under the chest muscle.

Yes, augmentation surgery is painful. Expect to be off work for at least five to seven days, maybe longer.

The procedure generally takes about one hour, plus post-surgery recovery for about an hour, for a total of about two hours in our surgery center on the day of the procedure.

Everyone heals differently, but typically you will require one week off of work. You will be required to not lift anything heavy or do housework for three weeks following surgery, with additional limitations in the weeks following this. Most people are back to normal activity after 4 to 6 weeks.

Possible complications include bleeding, infection, undesirable scarring, implants that are not positioned just right, implants that seem larger or smaller than expected, nerve damage and persistent asymmetry or unevenness from side to side. Some of these problems resolve themselves without further surgery, but others may require surgical intervention.

Should further surgery be required after the initial operation, further charges may be necessary. Typically, if a complication arises that requires a trip back to surgery, the charge would be only for operating room and anesthesia costs, which amount to about $1200 per hour.

You will be quite sore following surgery and will require pain medication for a period of time. It will help to apply ice packs for 24-48 hours following surgery. You will need to keep your incisions dry for a full 24 hours after surgery.

You may shower after your first follow up visit. Starting a week after surgery, you will be required to massage your breasts for approximately one month multiple times a day, after which you need to continually massage your breast daily for the life of the implants. At your one-week follow up appointment, the doctor/nurse will instruct you on how to perform this massage. Occasionally, bruising will occur as well as some nipple or breast shape change. It typically takes about three months for the breast to settle into its final shape.