Breast Augmentation

What is breast augmentation?

A breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to enlarge the breasts. There is a choice between two types of implants: silicone or saline. The implants are placed into a woman’s body either behind the breast tissue or the chest muscle. It is a cosmetic procedure and will not be covered by your insurance.

Why do people get breast implants?

A breast augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgeries sought by women of all ages for various reasons. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery identified Breast Implants as the #1 cosmetic surgery for women age 24-42. ASAPS Statistics There are many reasons women choose to get breast implants here are just a few:

Am I a candidate for breast augmentatioon / breast enhancement surgery?

Once you have decided that you would like to have a breast augmentation, you should first investigate whether or not you are a candidate for surgery. Although one should come in for a consultation to determine whether or not surgery is an option, here are a few of the reasons patients are typically turned away from our office:

What are the potential risks involved with a breast augmentation?

As with any surgery, there are risks involved with getting a breast augmentation. Here is a list of some of the more common complications:

If your implant ruptures, the Memory Gel will keep your implant together so that you do not have an instant deflated-looking breast. If your implant ruptures, you will have a visibly deflated breast.
Looks more natural in the body. You may be able to see the rippling of the implant in your body. This is especially true for thin, petite women that have thin skin.

For more information about our implants, please visit Mentor's website.

What is the difference between sub-muscular and sub-glandular placement of breast implants?

Implants may be positioned in the sub-muscular, behind the breast tissue and pectoralis muscle, or in the sub-glandular, behind the breast tissue, position. Again, once you have your initial, free consultation with Dr. McClellan he will be able to tell you which placement would be better for you. However, here is some more information about the differences and similarities between them:

Decreased likelihood of capsular contracture. Increased likelihood for capsular contracture
Easier for imaging after surgery More difficult for imaging after surgery
Preferable if there is little or thin, weakened breast tissue Not recommended if there is little or thin, weakened breast tissue

What is the difference between incision sites?

There are four main sites in which the incision may be made to place the implant. Here is a list of the sites and why or why not Dr. McClellan uses them:

What should I expect at my initial consultation

For a breast augmentation consultation you should allow at least 45 minutes in our office. Plan to come about 15 minutes early to your appointment to fill out the necessary forms. During your consultation Dr. McClellan will show you a PowerPoint presentation to give you more information about breast augmentation surgery and answer any of your questions. It is often helpful to have a list of questions that you may have or something that you need clarification on.

After you meet with Dr. McClellan, you will then be escorted to Becky Miller’s office. She is our patient coordinator and will provide you with the price quote for the surgery as well as give you information about what financial options are available. As the patient coordinator, Becky makes every effort to ensure that you are ready and feel comfortable before surgery.

Patients are encouraged to bring a sports bra with them in order to try on implants and determine the best fit and size for them. Implant size does not have to be finalized at this consultation and patients are encouraged to contact Becky in order to schedule a separate appointment if they are still trying to determine the size that is right for them.

Out of Town Patients

Dr. McClellan performs breast augmentation on many patients that drive a distance from throughout West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Breast implant patients frequently come from Beckley, Clarksburg, Charleston, Huntington, and Parkersburg, West Virginia; Deep Creek, Oakland, and Western Maryland, as well as Uniontown and Waynesburg Pennsylvania. Our office is very adept at easing the process of distant consultation, travel and flow-up for our patients.

We have hotel information available and have negotiated special rates for patients who travel.

A few frequently asked questions about Breast Augmentation you should consider before undergoing surgery include:

Is the surgeon Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

How many breast augmentations does the surgeon perform yearly?

What is preferred; silicone gel breast implants or saline breast implants?

What is the best incision to place the implant? Inframammary?

Where will my breast implant surgery take place? Hospital or Surgery Center?

What steps are taken to minimize infection during the breast implant surgery?

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