Breast ImplantsAs summer approaches, you may be thinking, “I want to look amazing in my bikini!” A breast augmentation with fat transfer or breast implants can enhance your breast size and shape.

For safe, natural-looking results, your breast augmentation should be performed by a well-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon. During your cosmetic consultation, your surgeon will guide your decision to have silicone or saline implants, or your own fat transferred.

If you want to increase a cup size or larger, implants are a great choice. To know what size of implants will be best for your body type, your surgeon will take multiple precise measurements of your natural chest anatomy and consider the size of your frame. To decide on silicone or saline implants, you will want to consider the implant feel, potential “rippling”, cost, and durability. Discuss the differences with our surgeon who will have implant samples for you to hold in your hands to feel and compare.

If you desire a smaller amount of enhancement, fat grafting, also known as fat transfer, may be a natural option for you depending on how much fat you have on your body. Most patients choose to have fat removed from their love handles, abdomen, or hips. Fat cells are harvested via a standard liposuction technique and then transferred to a more desirable location, in this case, the breasts. If your breasts have sagged and you have a gap at the top of your bra, injecting fat into this area will give you more fullness. It will help fill out your bra size, but not necessarily change your bra size. After pregnancy, you may need a breast lift combined with fat grafting to restore the shape and position of your breasts as well as give you back the volume and fullness you may have lost.

You may be asking yourself, “How soon after breast augmentation can I swim?”

Your surgery should be at least two weeks before you immerse into a pool or the ocean. Before swimming, be sure to get clearance from your surgeon. It is normal for your implants to sit higher on your chest wall within the first month after surgery. Two to three months after fat grafting, the swelling resolves into a more natural appearance. With implants, it is often the pectoral muscle swelling that resolves, giving the softer look as the patients heal. You will also want to protect your incisions from the sun with a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or greater.

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