Over the decades, Dr. Schaffer has built a fine reputation performing breast augmentation and is recognized as one of the nation’s top doctors. Many of his patients come from out of state and other countries. While most patients are seeking breast enhancement for the first time, many are consulting for improvement of previous breast surgeries performed elsewhere that have left them less than completely happy.
What is 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. Eric 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.
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).
How Does Dr. Eric Schaffer Perform 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. Eric Schaffer’s transaxillary incision featuring minimal scarring. However, 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.
Before And After Breast Augmentation
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 18 years and older. 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.
Saline Breast Implants Before and After Photos
Breast Lift with Augmentation
Breast lift (mastopexy) is a cosmetic procedure that can enhance breast appearance. In addition, this surgery can be utilized to correct sagging of the breast, and is often performed alone, or in combination with breast augmentation. In many situations, patients are surprised to discover that breast augmentation provides them with the fullness needed to promote a 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.
If you have developed drooping of your breasts due to pregnancy, nursing, weight change, gravity or just plain bad luck, Dr. Schaffer can help. 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 will best address your concerns.
Recovery for 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.
I received a breast augmentation from Dr. Schaffer and I am very pleased with the results. They look very natural and I didn’t have to wear a special bra or drainage tubes. These are hallmarks of a properly done augmentation and I wouldn’t hesitate to have another procedure performed by Dr. Schaffer. – V.B.
When can I resume normal activities?
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 improves 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.
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.
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.
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 Enhancement Surgery Painful?
Breast enhancement 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.
Breast Augmentation Patient Testimonials
“Dr. Schaffer is the best. He took his time with me, answered all my questions, and treated me with respect. My results are beautiful and natural looking. My only regret is that I waited so long to do this!!” – D.L.
“Let me explain to you why Dr. Schaffer is always excited to see me! I call him (The doctor’s Dr.) After many extensive breast augmentation and repairs no other doctor should have been willing to touch me for fear they would cause more damage! But one doctor did and I paid a small fortune and ended up so depressed because my self-esteem was lower than I could ever imagine! Dr. Schaffer was my last hope! Believe me when I tell you he did not leave the OR until he knew I would be completely satisfied with his work! I do believe I was his most challenging surgery! But he exceeded my expectations! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You” – C.N.
Schedule a Consultation
A breast augmentation can be a wonderful opportunity to increase bust size and help bring self-confidence and happiness. 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 the procedure. To learn more contact us at 210-227-3223 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eric Schaffer at his practice in San Antonio, TX.