At Aesthetica Surgery & Spa in Columbus, Ohio, breast augmentation is a very popular procedure for women who want fuller, shapelier, breasts than the ones nature gave them. It is also ideal for those whose breasts have "deflated" after pregnancy, major weight changes, or simply with age. As a woman and a surgeon, Dr. Anne Taylor understands that you have your own personal reasons for choosing breast augmentation. Her goal is to provide you with the look you are hoping to achieve, whether it's subtle, dramatic, or somewhere in between.
Dr. Taylor is a board-certified plastic surgeon with an exceptional level of training and experience with breast augmentation. Request a consultation online to discuss breast implants with her, or call our Columbus, Ohio, office at (614) 569-2649 to schedule an appointment.
Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos
This is a 34 year old patient with developmental and involutional micromastia. The Patient requested breast augmentation. She is 5'4" tall and weighs 147lbs. 37... View Case
This is a 34 year old patient with developmental and involutional micromastia and some asymmetry on the right breast. The Patient requested breast augmentation. She is 5'4"... View Case
This patient is 25 years old. She is 5'5" tall and weighs 125 pounds. Due to the small size of her breasts she requests breast enhancement surgery. 400cc gel implant... View Case
Is Breast Augmentation Right for You?
If you think larger or fuller breasts will help you feel more confident and bring balance to your figure, then breast augmentation is a great surgical option. Some women have always wanted larger breasts, and others notice that their breasts lose volume after pregnancy or aging. Dr. Taylor's sympathetic and engaging personality helps women open up to her about their reasons for wanting breast augmentation, which often include:
- "Filling out" tops, bras, or bathing suits better
- Aligning the proportions of the upper and the lower body
- Looking and feeling more voluptuous, feminine, and sexy
Dr. Taylor sees women of all ages and sizes for this procedure and will customize your results to best flatter your body. In some cases, she may recommend combining breast augmentation with a breast lift if your breasts sag. Body contouring procedures such as liposuction can also be included as part of a mommy makeover.
I love what I do. What could be more rewarding than helping someone feel beautiful?
— Dr. Anne Taylor
A Customized Procedure
During your consultation, Dr. Taylor will spend time getting to know you and understanding your motivations, goals, preferences, and lifestyle. She will also examine you physically and take a series of measurements. She will use this information to recommend the best approach to breast augmentation, including the size and style of breast implants and surgical technique.
Choosing Breast Implants
One of the keys to beautiful, natural-looking breast augmentation results is choosing the right implants. Dr. Anne Taylor helps take the stress and guesswork out of this important decision. With over 20 years of experience performing breast augmentation, she has perfected the art of helping women choose the breast implants that will best provide the enhanced look they envision for themselves.
Which Implant Size Is Right for Me?
Choosing the right implant size is often the most challenging decision women undergoing breast augmentation have to make. Dr. Taylor will help you understand how the volume of breast implants (measured in cubic centimeters of liquid volume, or cc) translates to cup sizes. She may recommend that you bring in photos of women whose breasts most closely resemble the look you are trying to achieve. She will make a recommendation based on your goals and your existing breast tissue, but ultimately, the choice of size will be based on your personal preference.
Which Is Best: Silicone or Saline?
Dr. Taylor offers only breast implants that have been FDA-approved for safety, filled with either saline or silicone gel. She will explain their benefits and trade-offs during your consultation. Each type has distinct advantages:
Silicone gel: Many women prefer the natural look and feel of silicone implants. Options include cohesive silicone gel implants and highly cohesive silicone implants (often called gummy bear implants), which do not ooze or leak if the implant is damaged. Silicone implants, available for cosmetic use to women who are at least 22 years old, are a good choice for patients with very little body fat or natural breast tissue.
Saline: These implants are rolled up, inserted through tiny incisions, and filled with sterile saline (salt water) through a tube once they are in place. Dr. Taylor fine tunes the final fill volume, which may vary between breasts, before removing the fill tube. Saline implants are usually less expensive than silicone. They are a good option for women who want the reassurance of knowing their breast implants are filled with a harmless saline solution that can be naturally absorbed by the body in case of rupture.
If you decide you want to change your implant type or size at some point in the future, Dr. Taylor can perform an elective implant exchange.
Breast Implant Shapes
Breast implants are available in round and teardrop (also called anatomical or shaped) types. Round implants are a good choice for patients who want to increase fullness in the upper breasts. Shaped implants are designed to achieve a natural-looking breast shape that gradually slopes out from the upper chest and has more fullness at the bottom.
The profile of a breast implant is the degree to which it projects or sticks out from the chest wall when placed behind the breast tissue. There are many available profiles, which are not standard between manufacturers, but generally range from high, to moderate, to low. A high-profile implant projects forward more than a moderate profile implant. The base of low-profile implants is usually wider than high-profile implants; therefore, implants with high profiles are better suited to women who have a narrow rib cage.
Deciding on a Surgical Technique
The surgical technique used will depend on the type of implant you choose, as well as your cosmetic preferences and anatomy. Dr. Taylor offers two types of incisions: periareolar (around the lower border of the areola) and inframammary fold incisions (in the breast crease). Dr. Taylor will discuss the advantages of each surgical option during your appointment.
Dr. Taylor performs all breast augmentation procedures in a fully accredited surgery center. She prefers general anesthesia, administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist, to enhance patient comfort. Breast augmentation is usually an outpatient procedure, so patients return home the day of surgery in the care of an adult friend or family member.
To begin the surgery, Dr. Taylor places an incision either under the breast or around the areola. She then creates a space for the implant, in most cases under the chest muscle for a more natural look and feel. Next, she inserts the breast implants, assesses breast size and shape, and makes any adjustments needed to achieve the desired results. If she is also performing a breast lift, Dr. Taylor will remove excess skin, reshape the breast, and reposition the nipple to a natural location. Dissolvable sutures are discreetly placed under the skin.
Your Recovery and Results
After surgery, you will be asked to wear a special bra and ACE wrap to help stabilize your breasts and minimize swelling. Dr. Taylor will explain your discharge instructions at your first post-operative appointment, which is usually the day after surgery. Please be sure to arrange for transportation to and from your appointments.
The degree of discomfort varies greatly depending on the patient, as well as the surgical techniques used and whether or not additional procedures were performed. Regardless, any discomfort is easily managed with oral pain medication. Most women find that they are able to return to work within a week. Normal daily activities and light exercise such as walking are permitted during the first few days and weeks. Strenuous exercise or more vigorous activities can usually be resumed after 4 to 6 weeks. Dr. Taylor will provide you with specific instructions for activity during your appointment.
Initially, it is normal for the breasts to feel hard and tight, and sit a bit high on the chest until swelling subsides, and stretched skin and muscles relax. Within about 6 to 8 weeks, the breasts soften and drop slightly. It usually takes about 6 months for the breasts to completely settle into their beautiful, natural, new shape.
Post-operative check-ups occur once a week for 3 weeks to ensure that you are healing well and are happy with your results. Once recovery is complete and the breasts have settled and softened, Dr. Taylor's patients tend to be thrilled with their new breasts, new bras, and newfound body confidence.
Breast Augmentation FAQ
Will breast augmentation take care of sagging?
If you have minor sagging, breast implants may fill out your breasts enough to provide an attractive shape. If not, Dr. Taylor can combine your augmentation with a breast lift to reposition your breasts and increase volume in a single procedure. A breast lift is usually appropriate if the nipples sit below the breast crease or point downward instead of straight ahead.
How much does breast augmentation cost?
The cost for a breast augmentation procedure at our Columbus, Ohio practice depends on several factors, including the complexity of your procedure, type of implants, and whether you are having additional procedures during the same surgery.
While cost is a necessary consideration, Dr. Taylor recommends making a surgeon's qualifications and experience your highest priorities. Your wellbeing and your results matter more than the difference in price.
Will I be able to breastfeed if I have breast augmentation?
Many women can successfully breastfeed after breast augmentation. When planned with the future goal of breastfeeding in mind, your breast augmentation procedure can avoid the nipples and milk glands altogether. During your consultation, it's important to share your plans with Dr. Taylor.
Breast implants, whether saline or silicone, have no effect on the quality of breast milk, so there's no cause for concern about the baby's safety.
Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos
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Will I need to replace my implants in the future?
With the advancements in today's breast implants, there is no absolute timeframe for replacing them — but it's also doubtful that they will last a lifetime. If a saline implant deflates or if you develop any complication later in life, it's important to see a plastic surgeon without delay. Many women come to Dr. Taylor for elective implant exchange, as well, as their tastes change and new implants become available.
Will breast augmentation correct my tuberous breasts?
In most cases, tuberous breast surgery is significantly more complex than breast augmentation. With tuberous breast disorder, the breast usually has a narrow base and sits high on the chest. This is referred to as a constricted lower pole. The areola may be large and puffy. Creating a full, rounded breast shape with a proportional nipple/areola is usually a very complex procedure that often is performed in 2 stages.
Will I still be able to have mammograms if I have implants?
Yes. Regular mammograms are an important part of taking care of your health as a woman. To ensure a clear assessment of your breast tissue, your technician will take multiple scans of your breasts. This allows for views that include the breasts and implants together, as well as views with the implants pushed back against the chest wall (to get an image of the breast tissue alone).