All of these images are actual results of Dr. Clark’s patients, and have not been simulated or altered in any way.
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that enhances the breasts using implants. If your breasts are naturally smaller than you’d like, an unattractive shape, or asymmetrical, breast implants can improve their appearance and boost your confidence.
- Are non-smokers
- Are physically healthy
- Have a positive outlook
- Have realistic expectations and goals
- Would like larger breasts, rounder breasts, or more symmetrical breasts
Dr. Clark performs breast augmentation using one of three incision types: an axillary incision (through the armpit), an inframammary incision (along the crease under the breast), or a periareolar incision (at the lower edge of the areola between the areolar skin and breast skin). The axillary incision leaves no scar on the breast, which makes it the preferred choice for many women. However, some women such as those with significant breast drooping may not qualify for this approach, and the five percent of patients who experience capsular contracture after breast augmentation will need to have it corrected with an additional surgery using the inframammary or periareolar approach. The periareolar incision is also very popular, as scarring typically blends in with the edge of the areola. Still, if a periareolar scar widens or hypertrophies, it will become noticeable. Additionally, a periareolar incision causes more tissue trauma as the dissection is through the breast tissue.
Once the appropriate incision has been made, Dr. Clark will place the carefully selected breast implant either under or over the pectoral muscle in each breast to increase the size and volume of the breasts.
Recovery and Results
Patients may experience swelling and bruising for a few weeks after surgery. Pain medications and antibiotics will be provided for your comfort and to help prevent infection. Take brief walks to increase circulation, and rest as much as possible. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, side, or flat on your back for two weeks; rather, sleep in a semi-reclining position to minimize pressure on your chest. Most patients can return to work after one week. Avoid exercise for six weeks, and wear your compression garment according to instructions. Any scarring will diminish over time. While the implants will at first feel hard and sit high on the chest, they will soften and settle into a more natural position within a few months. Your newly augmented breasts will improve your figure and enhance your self-confidence and self-image.
Call (916) 925-3912 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your consultation for breast augmentation with Dr. Richard Clark.