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Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a leading cosmetic procedure among women of all ages. This procedure has been refined through the development of a variety of implant types, shapes, and textures. Dr. Schaffer has further enhanced the breast augmentation process for his patients by developing a hidden scar technique, which he has used for the past 30+ years.
Over the decades, Dr. Schaffer has built a fine reputation for breast augmentation. Recognized as one of the nation’s top doctors, many of his patients come from out of state or even from other countries. While most patients are seeking breast augmentation surgery for the first time, many are consulting for improvement of previous breast surgeries performed elsewhere that have left them less than completely happy.
During an extensive and confidential consultation in our San Antonio office, you will have the opportunity to discuss the particulars of breast augmentation, including incision placement (armpit, nipple, lower breast crease or umbilicus), implant type (silicone/saline, smooth/textured, round/teardrop, moderate/high profile), and implant position (in front/behind the muscles).


What is a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. This outpatient procedure involves creating an incision in the area discussed during your consultation. Many of our patients do choose Dr. Schaffer’s no-scar, transaxillary incision, but other techniques are also available, including incisions around the areolae or the breast crease. Through the created incisions, the breast implant is inserted into the pocket either above or below the pectoral muscle. Once implants are situated and properly filled (if necessary), incisions are closed and the breasts are bandaged with post-surgical garments.


What is a Breast Lift?

Breast lift (mastopexy) is used to enhance breast appearance. Mastopexy can be utilized to correct sagging of the breast and is often performed alone or in combination with breast augmentation. If you have developed drooping of your breasts due to pregnancy, nursing, weight change, gravity or just plain bad luck, Dr. Schaffer can help. Several types of breast lifts are available and great care will be used to select the procedure that is best for you. Please refer to the breast lift/mastopexy section of this website for further details.Sometimes, breast augmentation by itself is all that is needed to uplift and restore your youthful breast contour. You can be assured, Dr. Schaffer will help you choose the procedure that best fits your body. Getting breast augmentation is a big decision and it is important to become fully informed. Dr. Eric Schaffer, a San Antonio breast implant specialist, will answer any questions that you may have about breast augmentation surgery.


How long do breast implants last?

There is a widespread misunderstanding that breast implants must be replaced every ten years or so. Ultimately, experts agree that if breast implants are in good condition and breast health is optimal, there is no need for replacement as a form of routine maintenance. Most women who choose to have revision breast augmentation do so with the desire to change breast size or shape.


Can a breast augmentation be combined with a breast lift?

Breast augmentation and lift can be combined when necessary. In many situations, patients are surprised to discover that breast augmentation provides them with the fullness needed to also promote better breast profile and height. The benefits of breast lift in conjunction with augmentation are discussed during your consultation after Dr. Schaffer has thoroughly evaluated breast tissue and skin firmness.

When can I resume normal activities after a breast augmentation?

Although breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure and patients can return home the same day, it is beneficial to schedule one week off from work, school, and other daily activities. This time of rest hastens the healing process. Most patients can comfortably return to work after one week, providing that no heavy lifting is necessary. Usually, it is possible to resume gentle cardio exercise after two weeks. Lifting may be resumed gradually as muscle and connective tissue heal around breast implants.

What is the recovery process for a breast augmentation?

Immediate recovery takes place in the surgical facility, where medical staff monitors the diminishing effects of anesthesia. At this time, breasts will be wrapped in gauze and / or a surgical bra. These garments suppress post-surgical swelling and support breasts as needed.
Discomfort may be noticeable as anesthesia wears off. Prescription pain medication should be taken at regular intervals, as directed by Dr. Schaffer. Usually, comfort improves significantly over two to three days following surgery. Bruising and swelling are common side effects that will decrease over time.

What is the cost of breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation costs are calculated based on the type of implant used and the extent of the surgical procedure (inclusion of breast lift). Patients are able to obtain a cost estimate at the conclusion of their no-obligation consultation, once the details of their proposed procedure have been confirmed.

What are the different types of breast implants?

Breast implants are available with a saline or silicone “fill.” Saline breast implants are available to women aged 18 and up. To obtain silicone breast implants, a woman must be at least 22 years of age. Saline and silicone are two major factors in breast implant type. However, there are various additional characteristics that are discussed during the consultation visit, including shape and texture.

Breast Augmentation Risks

Surgical risks include infection, fluid accumulation, poor scarring, and bleeding. Risks of breast augmentation include asymmetry, capsular contracture, and wrinkling of the skin overlying the implant. Risks are discussed in depth during the consultation visit, in addition to strategies to improve safety and efficacy.

Is breast augmentation painful?

Breast augmentation surgery is performed with general anesthesia, which virtually wipes out any pain that would be felt during the procedure itself. After surgery, prescription pain medication taken at regular intervals maintains comfort quite well. Most patients would describe pain as similar to having completed an intense chest workout. If pain is severe or constant, contact our office for assistance.
Get a shape you will love. Call our San Antonio office at 210-227-3223.

Schedule a Consultation

A breast augmentation can be a wonderful opportunity to increase bust size and help bring self-confidence and happiness. If you are interested in a breast lift, call 210-227-3223 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eric Schaffer. Our practice serves San Antonio, Austin, and surrounding areas in TX.


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