Over 300,000 American women undergo breast augmentation or breast implant surgery every year. It is currently the most common cosmetic surgical procedure performed in the USA.
As both a woman and a plastic surgeon, Dr. Parcells is distinctively qualified to address your concerns and tailor her technique to achieve your desired results.
1. Who is a good candidate for this procedure?
This operation is great for women who are looking to enhance their breast size and shape.
2. Do you use silicone or saline implants? Are implants placed over or under the muscle?
Dr. Parcells offers patients all of these options for augmentation. This decision is made between you and Dr. Parcells and is based on your anatomy and your desired results.
3. Do you used textured implants?
No. Dr. Parcells’s practice is a textured-free practice. Implant texturing has recently been implicated in the development of Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). While the research continues toward understanding this disease, our office continually updates our techniques to provide the safest outcomes.
4. What do the “cc” sizes mean?
“CC” stands for cubic centimeters and refers to volume in the metric system. Converted into ounces, 1 cc = 10 ounces. However, 10 ounces on a woman who is 5’1 and 100lbs will look differently than a woman who is 6’1 and 175lbs. Implant volume also goes into account with a patient’s existing breast tissue and current shape. The less natural breast tissue one has, the more implant she will need to reach a given volume. It’s important to talk to Dr. Parcells to get an idea of what size would fit your frame.
5. How long does the surgery take? How long is the recovery?
On average, a breast augmentation surgery can take 1-2 hours. Most patients elect to have a numbing block in the recovery room and are very comfortable going home that same day. Most experience mild to moderate discomfort for several days following surgery, and are back to their activities of daily living by about a week. Patients are in special bras to assist in shaping for several weeks after the procedure.
6. Where is the scar?
A small 1.5-inch scar is usually hidden under the breast