If you envision yourself with fuller, shapelier breasts, you may be a candidate for breast augmentation in Louisville and Lexington, KY, at CaloAesthetics® Plastic Surgery Center. Women choose board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace for his exceptional qualifications and excellent results. As a breast enhancement specialist, Dr. Calobrace has an uncommon level of experience with this procedure and is known for helping women feel more feminine, attractive, and confident.
Breast augmentation, also called a “boob job” or breast enlargement, is a plastic surgery procedure that increases the size of one or both breasts with a breast implant placed inside the body behind the natural breast tissue. The breasts can also be enlarged with fat transfer, but the increase is typically about a cup size.
Who’s a Candidate for Breast Enhancement Surgery?
Women from many backgrounds and at a variety of stages in life can be good candidates for breast enhancement surgery. Ideal candidates:
Are at least 18 years old
Are in good health both physically and emotionally
Can take time away from work and other responsibilities for recovery
Have realistic expectations about their outcome
Dr. Calobrace carefully screens all patients as part of the consultation to provide the most satisfying experience possible.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost in Louisville & Lexington?
The cost of breast augmentation depends on a variety of factors, including the surgical technique, choice of breast implants, and whether it’s performed with other procedures. Because breast augmentation procedures are customized to the unique goals and anatomy of each patient, Dr. Calobrace prefers to provide a personalized cost estimate during the consultation. We offer financing options to help qualified patients afford their procedures sooner rather than later.
Improvements From Breast Augmentation
The reasons for choosing breast augmentation may differ between patients, but most have thought about making the change for months or even years. Dr. Calobrace performs this procedure to provide one or more of the following improvements:
Increased breast size
Restored volume after pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss
Balance and proportion with the lower body
While breast augmentation increases size, it does not reduce breast sagging significantly. During your consultation, your surgeon will determine whether he will need to combine your breast augmentation with a breast lift to provide the improvements you want.
Transgender women have similar options with top surgery.
Watch as we walk you through the full process of breast augmentation surgery, from the initial consultation to the post-op visit.*
*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
What’s the Difference Between Breast Augmentation and Breast Implants?
Breast augmentation is the name of the surgical procedure and breast implants are the medical devices used to make the breasts larger (augment them).
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Breast augmentation involves many options that, when chosen properly, will help you attain the fuller breasts you want while fitting with your body, personal preferences, and lifestyle. Dr. Calobrace provides beautiful results by carefully choosing the following with the patient in mind:
Breast implants can be filled with saline or silicone, and come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and profiles. We offer the innovative IDEAL IMPLANT® structured saline implants and Sientra® silicone implants, which are available only to board-certified plastic surgeons such as Dr. Calobrace. We also offer many other FDA-approved options.
Incisions can be in the armpit, under the breast fold, or along the lower edge of the areola.
Placement of implants is either directly behind the breast tissue (subglandular position) or under the pectoralis muscle (submuscular position).
Dr. Calobrace uses the advanced VECTRA® 3-D imaging system to show you how you could look with different implant options.
Can I Combine Other Procedures With My Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Dr. Calobrace frequently combines breast augmentation with other plastic surgery procedures such as a tummy tuck and liposuction for a mommy makeover. Women appreciate attaining multiple improvements with a single surgery and recovery period.
We use a breakthrough device to enhance the consultation process our for breast surgery patients. VECTRA® 3-D is an advanced software system that produces a three-dimensional image of the patient's existing appearance plus an integral fourth dimension: an image of the expected results.
Dr. Calobrace usually performs breast augmentation as an outpatient procedure, so you are able to return home on the day of surgery. You are placed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The surgery takes about 1 to 3 hours to complete.
After making the incisions, your plastic surgeon creates a space for each breast implant, called the pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue or under the chest muscle. He then positions an implant within each pocket and visually inspects your breasts to make sure he’s achieved your desired breast size and a naturally attractive shape. The incisions are then closed with sutures and sealed with surgical tape.
Breast Implant Options
Strong and safe, yet remarkably soft and natural feeling, we offer several types of advanced breast implants. They are available in a range of shapes and sizes for the most personalized results.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Recovery from breast augmentation depends on several factors, including whether your implants are placed under or on top of the chest muscle, the type of incision, and the size of your implants, but generally follows this timeline.
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Most patients experience minor soreness and swelling. Sleeping in a recliner or propped up with pillows will help you sleep on your back and minimize swelling. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe oral pain medication you can use to control discomfort, if needed. Expect to be up and walking on the day of surgery, but not driving. Also, consider arranging care from a friend or family member for the first 24 hours following surgery, and possibly a day or so longer.
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You will need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for one month or more, as directed by your surgeon. Scars will fade gradually from pink to white within several months to a year. Supportive garments such as Ipomia bras will help your results take shape and last for as long as possible.
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace has specialized expertise in a complete range of procedures and is dedicated to bringing the most advanced techniques and technology to the region.
Can I breastfeed after getting a breast augmentation?
If you let your plastic surgeon know about your desire to breastfeed in the future, your surgery should not impact your plan. During the surgery, your plastic surgeon can take special care to avoid the milk glands and associated nerves.
My breasts are different sizes. Can breast augmentation help even them out?
Yes. The human body is often naturally asymmetrical. When it comes to the breasts, we can balance their sizes by placing an implant in the smaller breast only or by placing implants of different sizes to enlarge both breasts (one more than the other).
I had breast augmentation a month ago, and my breasts look high and tight? What can I do?
After breast implants are placed, the breast skin and chest muscle take a few months to stretch and relax — allowing the implants to “drop and settle” into a natural, attractive shape. In most cases, patience is all that is required. You can call our office or wait until your next follow-up appointment to discuss your concerns with your surgeon.
How safe is breast augmentation surgery?
The safety of breast augmentation is optimized when the plastic surgeon, surgical facility, and patient are all carefully chosen. If you start by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, they will make sure you’re a good candidate and perform the procedure in a safe setting.
Will I need to replace my breast implants?
Many patients do not need to replace their breast implants; although, these medical devices are not meant to last a lifetime. If you are not having any concerns, you do not need to have your implants replaced. Dr. Calobrace performs revision breast surgery to correct complications or exchange implants for cosmetic reasons. They also perform breast implant removal for patients who do not want their implants replaced.