Breast Augmentation

Grand Rapids, Holland, Saugatuck, MI

Many women come to the Plastic Surgery Arts Of West Michigan because they want to have a more shapely physique. They also want to restore breast volume that is often lost after weight loss or pregnancy. If you want to restore lost breast volume or would simply like to feel more confident in your clothes, you should consider contacting Dr. Ryan Dodde. He uses the latest state-of-the-art surgical techniques to ensure great results with a timely recovery.

Your Consultation

Breast augmentation is a subject that is very sensitive. During your consultation, Dr. Dodde will spend time with you and discuss your expectations for this procedure. He will begin with a general health evaluation, as well as examine your breasts including placement of your areolas and breast size and shape. Following the initial examination, Dr. Dodde will give his initial recommendations, however, Dr. Dodde believes that it is very important to listen in order to understand a person’s needs and wishes. Therefore, the consultation is a time where you can work directly with him to plan your course of action for your procedure.

The Procedure

There are two ways that an implant can be inserted under the breast tissue. It can be placed above the muscle. This technique is known as the subglandular approach. This is the best option for women who already have a large amount of breast tissue. In most cases, patients who get this procedure recover a little bit faster.

The implant can also be placed below the muscle. This technique is the better option for women who have a little bit of breast tissue. It is also known as the submuscular approach.

There are different types of implants, including saline and gel. Silicone implants are commonly chosen because they can be placed above the muscle and are lighter weight. They also provide a very natural look and feel. Saline implants are commonly selected because they require shorter incisions, as they are filled once placed in the breast. Dr. Dodde will discuss your options further to help you select the implant type, size, and shape that is right for you.

Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes about one or two hours to perform. Incisions can be placed in three different areas including around the nipple, known as the periareolar incision, underneath the breast crease, known as the inframammary incision, or underneath the armpit, also known as the transaxillary incision. Although you may speak with Dr. Dodde regarding your preference on incision placement, the recommended incision placement will vary based on the size and type of breast implant. The staff members will let you know what you can expect before, during and after surgery. You will also be required to attend follow-up appointments. This ensures that your body is healing properly.

Full recovery from breast augmentation typically takes one to two weeks. Swelling, bruising, and slight discomfort may occur, but Dr. Dodde will provide you with a list of post-op instructions to ensure proper healing. Dr. Dodde will also let you know when it is safe to resume exercise and normal activity, but most patients are typically able to get back to a their normal daily routine within a few days.