Who Can Benefit From Breast Augmentation?
Naturally Small Breasts
Breasts that are disproportionately small to your frame are the result of genetics and may prevent you from having the attractive, feminine curves you desire. Women with naturally small breasts are typically between 18 and 30 years of age.
Volume loss post-pregnancy is common for many women. Women being treated for poor volume following pregnancy are usually between 30 and 40 years old. Post-pregnancy breasts can appear deflated or empty. Breast enhancement can restore the look and feel of your pre-baby breasts.
Age-Related Volume Loss
Women with age-related volume loss are usually over 40 years old. These women are most likely to have skin laxity associated with their volume loss and may require a breast lift with their augmentation. Women with aging breasts benefit by having the firmness and perkiness restored to their breasts for a youthful look.
Design Your Breast Augmentation
FDA approved for breast augmentation in women 22 years or older:
- A silicone shell filled with a cohesive silicone gel
- Provides the most natural looking and feeling breasts
- Less visible rippling in patients with thin breast tissue
- Lower rate of rupture than saline implants
FDA approved for breast augmentation in women 18 years or older:
- A silicone shell filled with a saltwater solution
- Size can be adjusted during surgery to best fit your needs
- Implant ruptures are more noticeable
- Inframammary: Along the lower crease below the breast tissue
- Periareolar: Along the outer border of the areola
- Transaxillary: In the armpit
- Transumbilical (TUBA): Through the belly button
The implants are placed under the breast tissue but over the pectoral muscles:
- Movement of the pectoral muscles doesn’t distort your breast appearance
- More likely to develop visible implant edging
The implants are placed under both the breast tissue and the pectoral muscles:
- Flexing of the pectoral muscles may cause implant distortion in some women
- Creates a more natural breast slope and masks the edges of implants
- Provides better visibility for mammograms
- Has a lower rate of capsular contracture
Women with ptosis (sagging) of the breasts should consider combining a breast lift with their augmentation. While breast ptosis is most common in older women, some women have minor cases of sagging following pregnancy. It is important to address breast sagging during an augmentation to ensure the best results possible. Untreated tissue laxity can lead to double-bubble deformity or implants that bottom out.
Before & After Examples
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for breast augmentation?
Ideal candidates for breast augmentation are in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. You shouldn’t smoke for six weeks prior to your procedure. If you have breast tissue laxity, you should consider combining a breast lift with your procedure.
How do I decide which implant type is right for me?
You will undergo a thorough consultation with Dr. Karp prior to your procedure. During your meeting, Dr. Karp will evaluate your body type and suggest the best options to meet your goals while providing the most natural-looking results possible. Every breast augmentation is designed to fit the needs of the individual patient.
How long will my results last?
Breast augmentation is designed to provide years of improvement to the size and shape of your breasts. However, breast implants may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years in some cases. Factors relating to change of implants are weight gain or loss, pregnancy, normal aging, and a patient’s desire for a change in breast size. Stretching or tightening (contracture) of the capsule and skin around the implant are all important considerations.
What complications can occur?
Common complications such as bleeding and infection are easily treated. While rare, there is a risk of developing capsular contracture. Other complications that may require correction include implant rupture, symmastia, double-bubble deformity, asymmetry, and visible rippling.