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Breast Augmentation

NYC Breast Augmentation Specialist Dr. Nina Naidu – Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

The size, shape and proportion of a woman’s breasts can affect her self-perception, her femininity, and even her sense of physical balance. Dr. Nina S. Naidu is a female plastic surgeon in New York City (NYC) who is dedicated to providing women with breast augmentation results that closely resemble the look and the feel of their natural breasts.

The art of breast augmentation involves much more than simply increasing the size of the breast; it is a creative endeavor that improves a woman’s physical beauty, positively affecting her self-confidence. Dr. Nina S. Naidu and her entire staff are dedicated to providing women in and around NYC with the highest quality of care possible. If you are interested in learning more about the various cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive procedures available, please contact our NYC office today.

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About Breast Augmentation Surgery

Dissatisfaction with the shape or size of your breasts can have a negative impact on your confidence and self-esteem. Breast augmentation is a way to enhance your existing breast tissue. Many of Dr. Nina Naidu’s breast augmentation patients are professional, independent women whose breasts have changed secondary to aging, pregnancy or weight loss. Their goal is to have natural-looking, feminine breasts that make them feel more attractive.

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that uses implants to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. Breast augmentation is particularly popular among women whose breasts have diminished in size due to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breast implants are also used to enhance body proportion and correct breast asymmetry caused by genetics, injury or illness.

Deciding To Have Breast Augmentation

Many of Dr. Nina Naidu’s patients who choose to have breast augmentation surgery have already completed their families, although there is no contraindication to having breast augmentation if you are planning to become pregnant in the future. A large number of her patients decide to have a breast augmentation to improve their self-esteem, increase their confidence level and enhance their femininity. As an experienced, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in New York City, Dr. Naidu is dedicated to helping each of her patients attain the feminine breasts that they desire.

Breast Augmentation: Your 1st Consultation

An initial consultation is the first step towards determining if a breast augmentation in NYC will provide a patient with the results she desires. During this comprehensive consultation at our office in NYC, patients meet the medical staff and get to know Dr. Nina S. Naidu. Patients should be prepared to explain what they would like to achieve with a breast enhancement procedure. The results the patient desires determine which breast enhancement procedure Dr. Naidu recommends. For example, a patient may want Dr. Naidu to decrease the size of her areola and add volume to her breasts. These goals can be accomplished through a breast augmentation with areolar reduction surgery.

Your 1st Consultation: Medical Information Is Gathered

During this consultation, Dr. Naidu will request information about the patient’s medical history. Necessary information includes specifics related to previous surgical procedures, health conditions, mammograms, breast biopsies, current medications, herbal supplements and vitamins. If applicable, she also needs to know about the patient’s alcohol consumption, nicotine, and/or recreational drug use.

Your 1st Consultation: A Physical Examination Of The Breasts Is Performed

After collecting this information, Dr. Naidu will conduct a physical examination of the patient’s breasts. She will determine the health of the skin and the soft tissue of each breast. Dr. Naidu will measure the base width of the breast and note the quality of the breast skin. This information is collected to help her determine the patient’s optimum breast implant size and the ideal location for the pocket in which the implants will rest. Photographs are taken at this visit to assist with planning. They will not be shown to other patients without your written consent.

After The Consultation

Once the consultation is complete, Dr. Nina S. Naidu will know if the patient is a good candidate for a breast augmentation in NYC. At this time, if a patient has yet to complete her family, Dr. Naidu will explain how becoming pregnant and breastfeeding may affect the results achieved during a breast augmentation in NYC.

Breast Augmentation: Your 2nd Consultation

Breast implant characteristics vary in shape, size, volume, type and consistency. Therefore, during the second consultation, Dr. Naidu helps the patient choose the breast implant that will create the feminine silhouette that she desires. To determine the optimal breast implant for a given patient, both the patient’s existing measurements and goals are taken into account. Sizers suited to a patient’s measurements are used to assist in selecting the optimal implant size.

Dr. Naidu will also explain her plan for your surgery. She will let you know the length of your surgery, the location of your incisions, and what to expect during your recovery. You will also complete the necessary paperwork for the surgery.

Depending on your medical history, Dr. Naidu may advise you to discontinue certain medications prior to surgery. If you are a smoker, you must not smoke for eight weeks before or after the surgery. If you are over the age of 35 or have a family history of breast cancer, you will need to have a screening mammogram prior to your breast augmentation surgery. For your safety, Dr. Naidu may also order additional screening tests or request preoperative clearance from your regular medical doctor

Choosing the Right Breast Implant for Your Breast Augmentation

The success of your breast augmentation surgery depends on choosing the best implant type, style, size and location for your body. Dr. Naidu will help make these crucial decisions based on the measurements of your breasts, the amount of existing breast tissue, your aesthetic goals, and your body frame.

Types of Breast Implants

Saline Breast implants

Saline breast implants are structured like a balloon that is filled with sterile salt water. Saline implants are less expensive than other types of implants and require a smaller incision. One of the major benefits of saline breast implants is that, if the implant leaks or is damaged, your body easily absorbs the saline solution. Some people feel that saline breast implants do not look or feel as natural as other types of implants. They are also prone to rippling and wrinkling. Saline breast implants are approved for patients who at least 18 years old.

Silicone Breast implants

Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel and feel and look much more like natural breast tissue. They are now available in both round and anatomic shapes. The term “gummy bear” refers to anatomic (teardrop) shaped silicone gel implants which when cut have a cohesive gel which does not leak. Although silicone implants have a long history of safety, patients must be monitored regularly by their physician to assess for rupture. Silicone breast implants require a slightly larger incision and are approved for patients who are at least 22 years old.

Breast Augmentation: Position of Breast Implants

All breast implant devices can be placed submuscularly or subglandularly. If placed submuscularly, the device will rest in a pocket beneath the pectoralis muscle. If the implant is placed subglandularly, the device will lie in a pocket above the pectoralis muscle, but beneath the breast tissue itself. An implant may be placed underneath the muscle in the upper pole of the breast and beneath the tissue in the lower pole of the breast; this placement is referred to as the “dual-plane”.

Dr. Naidu’s preference is to use a dual plane placement, which creates a pocket for the implant beneath the muscle and the breast tissue. This dual plane placement provides optimal coverage of the implant. It also avoids visible implant edges and rippling.

Placing implants under the breast tissue is not advised for women with thin breast tissue. This lack of breast tissue means that the implant edges may become more visible, the implant may show rippling, and/or the implant edges can be felt. Subglandular placement can result in a higher risk of capsular contracture (scar tissue formation). Finally, mammograms are more difficult to perform with implant placement beneath the breast tissue.

Although the submuscular or dual-plane placement of breast implants involves a slightly longer recovery, the advantages of this placement are significant. The edges of the implant will be well-concealed and not as easily felt. Mammograms are simpler to perform because the breast tissue is easier to compress when the implant is placed behind the muscle. Finally, there is a significantly lower risk of capsular contracture when the implant is located behind the pectoralis muscle. For these reasons, Dr. Naidu will likely select this placement for your implants.

Breast Implant Shape

Dr. Naidu will help you determine the best shape for your implants. Both saline and silicone breast implants are made in round shapes. Silicone implants also come in a teardrop (anatomic) shape. Dr. Naidu prefers to use round implants for most cosmetic breast augmentation cases unless the patient has a specific preference.

Teardrop implants provide additional volume to the upper portion of the breast. They are most commonly used for reconstruction patients who have lost much of this tissue due to surgery, injury or congenital conditions. Dr. Naidu will advise you which shape is best for you.

Breast Implant Texture

The surface of the implant can be smooth or textured. Smooth implants move easily and feel soft, while textured implants have a slightly bumpy surface. Dr. Naidu most frequently uses smooth, round implants for her breast augmentation patients.

The benefit of texture is that the implant will not move as much within the breast pocket, which is especially important for tear-drop implants. The downside of textured implants is a higher risk of visible wrinkling. Also, in the rare instance that teardrop implants shift in position, a secondary surgery may be required.

Surgical Options for a Breast Augmentation

When determining which incision will provide the patient with the best results, Dr. Nina S. Naidu takes into consideration the patient’s preferences, and the patient’s anatomy. The infra-mammary incision has been shown in several studies to be associated with a lower risk of capsular contracture, or scarring around the breast implant. The type of implant being placed can also affect the location of the incisio​​n.

​​Breast Augmentation: Pre-Surgical Appointment

During this appointment, patients have the opportunity to envision how they will look after their procedure by trying on a limited number of sizers which have been selected based upon the patient’s measurements and goals. Dr. Naidu will assist the patient in determining the implant type, volume, shape and position that will provide her with the best results possible. Specifics related to the procedure itself will be discussed and the patient will complete her pre-surgical pap​​erwork as well. Patients should feel free to ask any questions they have about preparing for surgery, the surgical procedure itself and/or the recovery process.

Breast Augmentation: Preparing for Surgery

Strong, independent women are frequently reluctant to ask for help; however, following breast enhancement surgery, post-surgical assistance is necessary. For this reason, we recommend that patients create a recovery plan designed to make caring for themselves and their families easier. This will allow the patient to focus solely on her recovery.

Patients who are 35 years of age or older, or those with a family history of breast cancer, must have a mammogram prior to their breast augmentation procedure. Patients who smoke must discontinue smoking for at least eight weeks before and eight weeks after their breast augmentation in NYC. Abiding by this recommendation is extremely important because the chemicals in cigarette​​s inhibit the body’s ability to heal itself.

Since certain medications and diet aids must be discontinued prior to surgery, patients should speak with Dr. Naidu about their use of daily medications, vitamins and herbal supplements. As a precautionary measure, Dr. Naidu may order additional tests and/or request preoperative clearance from the patient’s general practitioner.

Because many of Dr. Naidu’s breast augmentation patients in NYC are very independent women who would rather not ask for assistance, it is important to reiterate that, although these procedures are elective, breast augmentation is a true surgical procedure. Therefore, some level of post-surgical care is required. One of the best ways to prepare for surgery is to create a care plan prior to her breast enhancement procedure. A care plan may include creating or stocking up on pre-cooked meals for the family, making a recovery area that has everything she may need for the first few days of her recovery, and finding someone to take care of her small children and/or pets immediately after her breast augmentation in NYC. By preparing ahead of time, the patient can focus on her recovery.

Breast Augmentation: The Day of Surgery

Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure that is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. Since patients are anesthetized, they will need a responsible adult to escort them home once their surgery is complete. Breast implant surgery usually lasts 45-60 minutes, and the patient will be observed for an additional 1-2 hours after surgery prior to being released. If multiple procedures are being performed during the same surgical session, the length of the procedure increases. ​​

Breast Augmentation: Incision Placement Options

Typically, one of three incisions are used during a breast augmentation procedure. Incision placement is determined by a variety of factors. During the breast augmentation procedure, Dr. Naidu takes great care to camouflage any incisions she creates within the natural folds of the armpit and breast or around the areola.

Breast Augmentation: The 3 Incisions Commonly Used

Incision options for a breast augmentation include the:

  • Peri-areolar Incision – placed between the pigmented skin of the nipple-areolar complex and the breast skin.
  • Infra-mammary Incision – created within the crease that is located at the base of the breast.
  • Axillary Incision – placed within the armpit.

Dr. Naidu takes great care to conceal the incisions within the natural folds of the armpit or breast, or within the border of the areola. While the incisions will be quite visible following surgery, they will fade with time.

​​Breast Augmentation: What to Expect Immediately Following Your Surgery

Prior to leaving the recovery area, detailed instructions about recovery will be provided. Dr. Naidu recommends that patients take a 2-3 hour nap after returning home, and then have something to eat with their pain medication. They may shower the same day to remove any markings left on the skin. Patients should then begin to perform gentle arm exercises which will be described in detail. By returning to gentle, controlled activity quickly, patients will note a shorter and less uncomfortable recovery time.​

About Breast Augmentation Surgery in NYC with Dr. Naidu

During your consultation, Dr. Naidu will explain her surgical plan. You will know the location of your incisions, the type of implant, and how your implants will be positioned.

Dr. Naidu commonly uses one of three incision placements. Her choice is largely dependent on patient goals (including whether you will be breastfeeding in the future). These incisions are the infra-mammary incision (located at the crease beneath the breast), the peri-areolar incision (located at the border between the breast skin and the pigmented skin of the nipple-areolar complex) and the axillary incision (located within the armpit).

As much as possible, incisions are hidden in the natural folds of the breasts or armpit, or around the areola. Dr. Naidu provides patients with silicone scar cream to be used on the incisions for four to six weeks following surgery. In addition, using vitamin E oil can help scars to remain soft and flat. Incisions will fade over time.

Breast Augmentation: Recovery

Recovering from a breast augmentation in NYC

Once the surgery is complete, patients will remain in the recovery area for 1-2 hours. Prior to leaving the recovery area, detailed instructions will be provided. Dr. Naidu recommends that patients take a 2-3 hour nap after returning home, and then have something to eat with their pain medication. They may shower the same day to remove any markings left on the skin. Patients should then begin to perform gentle arm exercises which will be described in detail. By returning to gentle, controlled activity quickly, patients will note a shorter and less uncomfortable recovery time.

Heading Home

  • Patients will be seen in the office 2-3 days following surgery. This is a brief visit to ensure that recovery is progressing well. Patients will be provided with silicone gel strips or a cream to reduce scarring.
  • Any tenderness should resolve a few days after the breast augmentation procedure.
  • Patients should avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting, and sexual activity for at least two weeks after their breast augmentation with Dr. Naidu.

To learn more about the breast enhancement procedures available, call (212) 452-1230 and make an appointment with board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Nina S. Naidu. Dr. Naidu’s NYC office is located at 1021 Park Avenue. We are open from 9 am to 5 pm on Monday-Thursday and from 9 am to 3 pm on Fridays.

​Breast Augmentation: Potential Risks

The risks associated with breast enhancement procedures will be discussed during the consultation. Some of these risks include infection, bleeding, and scarring. Risks that are specific to a breast augmentation include rippling, rupture, and capsular contracture.

​Breast Augmentation: Reducing the Risk of Complications

Choosing an experienced, skilled, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon can reduce the likelihood of a complication. Furthermore, following Dr. Naidu’s recommendations, providing her with a thorough medical history and following the pre-operative and post-operative instructions will also decrease the likelihood of complications.

Breast Augmentation: Costs

The costs associated with a breast augmentation vary, however, following the initial consultation, Dr. Naidu will be able to determine the exact cost of a patient’s procedure. Since breast augmentation procedures are considered cosmetic, they are not covered by health insurance companies.

Ultimately, the decision to move forward with any procedure is made by the patient, and Dr. Nina S. Naidu and her medical staff will never pressure a patient into scheduling a procedure. If the patient decides to have a breast augmentation, a pre-surgical consultation will be scheduled.​​

​Breast Augmentation: A Custom-Tailored Procedure

Dr. Nina S. Naidu creates a surgical plan for each of her breast augmentation patients which is specifically designed to meet the patient’s needs. Once the physical examination has been completed, Dr. Naidu will be able to describe in detail what the patient’s breast enhancement procedure will entail. If the patient is a good candidate for a breast augmentation, she will discuss the type of implant, incision location and implant position that she believes will provide the patient with the beautiful breasts that she desires. Furthermore, if Dr. Nina S. Naidu ​​believes that a combination of procedures or a different procedure will provide the patient with optimal results, she will discuss these options as well.

Choosing Dr. Naidu for Breast Augmentation in NYC

Aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast comprise a large part of Dr. Naidu’s NYC surgical practice. She has a special interest in breast augmentation and in reconstruction of the tuberous breast. Since 2006, Dr. Naidu has served as a clinical investigator in the Breast Implant Follow-Up Studies (BIFS) trials. She offers her patients the full range of breast implants.

Dr. Naidu completed her undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University and obtained her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. After completing her general surgery and plastic surgery training at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center, she performed an additional year of fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Naidu is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Schedule a Breast Augmentation Consultation in NYC

Our office is located at 1021 Park Avenue in NYC. If you’d like to learn more about breast augmentation – and whether it is right for you – please call our office at 212-452-1230 and schedule an appointment.

Breast augmentation is performed to enhance the size of the breasts.  A woman’s breasts may be congenitally small or asymmetric, or they may have changed following pregnancy or weight loss.  Breast augmentation can produce a more feminine size and shape to the breasts while maintaining a natural look and feel.  Most women report an improved self-image following breast augmentation surgery.

Breast Augmentation Consultation in NYC with Dr. Naidu

During your initial consultation with Dr. Naidu in her New York City office, she will discuss with you your desires and expectations from surgery. Dr. Naidu will perform a complete medical history and an examination of the skin and soft tissue of the breasts. The most important measurements are the base width of your breasts and the amount of existing breast tissue, as these factors will determine the optimal size and location for your implants. The risks and benefits of surgery will be discussed with you, and Dr. Naidu’s assistant will provide you with scheduling and financial information.

A second consultation is scheduled once a patient has decided to undergo surgery. At this time the implant size is selected based upon the measurements taken.  The patient is offered sizers to try on which correspond to these measurements.  Dr. Naidu will spend as much time with you as you need to determine the best shape and size for your body frame while respecting your desires as to your cosmetic results. At this visit the necessary paperwork for surgery is also completed, and preoperative photographs are taken. These photographs are an important part of your surgical planning, and are considered a part of your medical record. They are never shown to other patients without your written permission. Women over the age of 35 years or with a family history of breast cancer will be scheduled for a screening mammogram prior to breast augmentation surgery.

Silicone and Saline Breast Implants in NYC with Dr. Nina Naidu

As of November 17, 2006, both silicone and saline implants are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breasts. Silicone implants are made of a thick cohesive gel, and are filled by the manufacturer prior to implantation in the operating room. Although silicone implants received a significant amount of negative press in the early 1990’s, numerous well-designed studies since that time have failed to show any increased risk of breast cancer or connective tissue disease. Saline implants consist of a silicone shell and are filled with a salt-water solution. These are not filled until after they have been placed in the breast during surgery. Although Dr. Naidu offers both types of implants in her practice, the overwhelming majority of her patients have opted for silicone implants since their re-approval in 2006.  In March 2012, shaped silicone implants from Sientra became available, and in February 2013, highly-cohesive (“gummy bear”) implants were introduced by Allergan into the US market. Dr. Naidu is an investigator in the Breast Implant Follow-up Study (BIFS), a large-scale, post-approval study which supplements the data already accumulated on silicone breast implants. For more information on this study, please visit

Both silicone and saline implants come in different sizes, shapes, and textures. Dr. Naidu typically uses smooth round implants for cosmetic breast augmentation in order to produce a natural shape. For some patients, textured teardrop-shaped, or anatomic, implants are a better fit. Size is determined by your tissue characteristics and the measurements of your chest wall.  In general, a specific range of sizes fits best into each patient.  The implant profile refers to how much projection from the breast wall the implant will give you. All three of the major manufacturers of breast implants in the United States make implants which have low, medium, and high projection. The choice of implant projection is determined by both your wishes as a patient and your anatomy.  For example, implants with a high profile have a smaller diameter, and therefore these are well-suited for a woman with a small breast width who desires large breasts with fullness at the superior aspect of the breast.

Breast Augmentation Procedure in NYC with Dr. Nina Naidu

During surgery, the incision for placement of the implant may be made at the edge of the nipple-areolar complex on the breast (peri-areolar), within the armpit (transaxillary), or beneath the breast at the crease (inframammary). Dr. Naidu most frequently uses the inframammary incision as this incision provides excellent access to the breast tissue and tends to heal very well. The implants are placed either behind the pectoralis muscle on the chest (subpectoral), or behind the breast tissue (subglandular). Patients with very little native breast tissue generally will have their implants placed in the subpectoral position to provide a natural shape with camouflage of the implant edges. The procedure takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to perform and is done on an outpatient basis at an ambulatory surgery center.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

Immediately following surgery small pieces of tape are placed over the incisions.  Drains, pumps, and support bras are not used.  A soft bra without an underwire may be worn the following day if desired.  Most swelling will resolve within one month, and the breasts will achieve their final shape and size within six months. You should expect to remain out of work for 3-4 days. Light activity including walking is permitted and encouraged immediately following surgery. Heavy exercise, lifting, and sexual activity should be avoided for two weeks following surgery. You may return to chest exercises six weeks after surgery.

Dr. Nina Naidu – NYC Breast Augmentation Surgeon

Dr. Nina S. Naidu is a NYC breast augmentation surgeon who is known for her kindness, integrity and commitment to patient safety. Her office is conveniently located at 1021 Park Avenue in NYC. Dr. Naidu performs breast augmentation surgery on women from NYC and around the world who seek breast augmentation for both aesthetic and reconstructive purposes.

Because breasts are such an important part of a woman’s femininity, breast augmentation can transform a woman’s body and her self-confidence. However it is important to remember that breast augmentation is also a surgical procedure. Dr. Naidu’s goal is to safely perform breast augmentation and to help patients look and feel their very best.

To do this, NYC breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Nina Naidu spends a great deal of time with her patients during their consultations. Patients are treated with kindness and respect, whether they are undergoing a reconstructive or a cosmetic procedure. It is Dr. Naidu’s goal for each consultation to be as educational as possible, without pressure to schedule a procedure. Her recommendations will help you reach your aesthetic goals, without compromising your safety.

Dr. Naidu offers her patients NYC breast augmentation surgery patients the full range of breast implants that are available. These implants include saline implants; silicone gel implants; and anatomic, highly-cohesive gel implants.

Aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast comprise a large part of NYC breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Naidu’s surgical practice. She has a special interest in breast augmentation, and in reconstruction of the tuberous breast. Since 2006, Dr. Naidu has served as a clinical investigator in the Breast Implant Follow-Up Studies (BIFS) trials.

Dr. Naidu completed her undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University and obtained her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. After completing her general surgery and plastic surgery training at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center, she performed an additional year of fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Naidu is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. In 2008, she launched her own skin care line, Anokha, a natural line formulated from botanicals and actives native to South Asia. 10% of proceeds from sales of Anokha are donated to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.

NYC breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Naidu is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is a member of the Associate Editorial Boardreviewer for the international aesthetic journal, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Naidu maintains privileges at several prominent New York hospitals including New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center; Manhattan Eye, Ear, & Throat Hospital; and Lenox Hill Hospital.

Consultations in NYC with Dr. Naidu

To request a consultation, please call Dr. Naidu 212-452-1230 or visit her office at 1021 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10028

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FAQs about Breast Augmentation

Can hormone therapy be used to increase the size of a woman’s breasts?

Hormone therapy has typically been tried in the past to increase the size of a woman’s breast. However, keep in mind that exogenous estrogens and progesterone do increase your risk of breast cancer. Some patients will find that when they take birth control, which is a regulated dose, that they will have a small increase in their breast size. However, we recommend not using anything aside from this.

Do the pumps that claim to enlarge the breasts actually work?

Patients have tried many different things to have their breasts become enlarged without undergoing surgery. One of these includes various breast pumps. You may notice a transient increase in the size of your breasts while you’re using the pump and for perhaps a few hours afterwards. But typically, these results are not sustained.

How and when do I start massaging my breasts following breast surgery?

Following breast augmentation surgery, it’s not absolutely necessary to massage your implants. There’s actually no scientific data to show that this makes any difference. However, some patients do like to do this. This is fine for smooth round implants such as this one. To do it, what we recommend is pushing the implant with the opposite hand. So, if the implant’s on your left breast, you’ll push it with your right hand to one side, then you’ll push it on the inside, up and then down. And the opposite for the other breast, you’ll push with your left hand for your right breast. If you have an anatomic implant in which the implant has a teardrop shape, we don’t want you to massage it. If you massage it and move the implant, this can create a change in the shape of your breast, and the only way to correct this is through surgery.

How can I determine which size breast implant is best for me?

The best size of a breast implant for you is determined by several factors. Your surgeon is going to examine the base width of your breast, which is the actual width from one end to the other of your breast. The other factor that’s going to be examined is how much stretch you have in your breast. For example, a woman who’s had three kids and who’s breast fed is going to have a lot more stretch in her breast than a woman who has not had kids at all. So when we’re determining that, we look at those two factors to determine the best size that’s going to fit into your breast which will fill them but not over-fill them.

How does smoking cigarettes affect my breast augmentation results?

Cigarette smoking is one of the most damaging things you can do to your body. This includes after breast augmentation surgery. There are two main factors with cigarette smoke. The first is that your healing will be impaired. There will be decreased blood flow to your incision, and you’ll have more scarring after surgery. The second issue is that with the increased inflammation from cigarette smoke, you will notice that you have more inflammation around your breasts. This can lead to a higher incidence of capsular contracture, and we have absolutely seen this in patients. For these reasons, and many others, we recommend that you not smoke before or after your surgery.

When do the breasts stop developing?

Breasts generally stop developing by age 18, although some patients will notice increasing breast size up to age 21 or 22.

How do you perform the massage that you do to your breasts after a BA?

To perform implant massage, place your hand on your opposite breast and gently move the implant to the outside of the breast, to the inside, up on the chest, and down. Switch and do the same for the opposite breast.

What can I expect as I recover from my breast augmentation (BA)?

Immediately after breast augmentation, your chest will feel tight and heavy; this sensation will resolve in 2-3 days. You will need to limit strenuous and sexual activity and exercise for 2 weeks after surgery.

After a BA, what are the symptoms that indicate you have an infection?

Infection after breast augmentation usually begins with drainage from your incision, redness of the breast or incision, or pain.

What are the signs of Capsular Contracture?

Capsular contracture has several stages, and usually begins with mild firmness of the breast, which can progress to increasing firmness, distortion of the breast, and pain.

Can creams or pills make my breasts bigger?

Creams and pills have not been shown to increase breast size. Pills with hormones may also increase your risk of breast cancer.

What are the characteristics of tubular breasts?

Tuberous or tubular breasts typically have enlarged areolae, an elevated fold underneath the breasts, decreased volume in the lower aspect of the breasts, and asymmetry.

When will my breasts soften?

Breasts may feel firm for several months following breast augmentation surgery. The timelines for softening vary, but this generally take 3-6 months.

What signs indicate a hematoma has developed?

Hematoma indications after breast augmentation surgery include sudden swelling, bruising, and drainage of one or both breasts. Call your plastic surgeon immediately if this occurs.

My nipples are extremely sensitive, to the point that they hurt even when fabric touches it; how long will this last?

The nipples can become very sensitive after breast augmentation surgery as a result of swelling. This typically resolves in several weeks.

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Amazing person and exceptional doctor is how I would describe Dr. Nina Naidu. From Pre-Op to Post-Op care, Dr. Naidu and her staff made the process easy and comfortable. Dr. Naidu’s demeanor, talent, and work is phenomenal. I have never had surgery before this and thought I would be nervous, but I wasn’t, because of her! She is so knowledgeable and confident that she made me feel at ease. We had discussions on different sizes that I wanted to be reduced to but I trusted her implicitly to make the final decision to get me to a size that was appropriately proportioned for my build. The results were exactly what I wanted! She far exceeded my expectations, they are perfect!