What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast Augmentation is intensely personal and should be considered with great care. Dr. Donaldson is known for customizing his surgical approach to each individual patient, in order to ensure the most natural and beautiful results. Women who desire larger, fuller, more shapely breasts and undergo a breast augmentation procedure often feel more positive, feminine and “sexy” afterward.
Breast surgery requires gentle artistry, scientific precision, skillful technique, good taste and clear communication between surgeon and patient to achieve optimal results. Dr. Donaldson has extensive training and experience with many types of breast augmentation, he is a board certified plastic surgeon, and he is one of the only surgeons in Columbus, OH to offer a minimally invasive option through the armpit.
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Incisions may be made in one of several locations: in the crease beneath the breast, around the edge of the dark areola surrounding the nipple or through the underarm. The underarm, armpit or “transaxillary” approach is performed with endoscopic equipment designed by one of Dr. Donaldson’s mentors, and it is often appealing because it leaves no scars on the breast. Dr. Donaldson will examine your potential for each type of incision, mark the options if you like and listen to your preference regarding the final location.
Types of Implants
There are two types of breast implants widely available today: saline and silicone. Dr. Donaldson offers both, and he will help you to understand the pros and cons. During your personal consultation, you can touch sample implants to feel the difference and even try them on!
Implants may be placed above, below or partially above and below the chest muscles. You will learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of each approach during your consultation, and Dr. Donaldson will help you determine which may be best for you.
Dr. Donaldson performs breast augmentation while you are fully asleep under general anesthesia, and you will go home the same day wearing an elastic bra. The bra helps hold your breasts in the correct position. Pain medication is given before, during and after the operation to maximize your comfort, and you will go home with a prescription to make a smooth transition.
Light activities can be resumed as tolerated and athletics normally resume in 2-4 weeks. Massaging the implants within the breast pockets during the postoperative period may help prevent unnatural firmness and wrinkling.
If your breasts are especially droopy (ptotic), a breast lift (mastopexy) may also be beneficial. Dr. Donaldson can show you examples and simulate your lift during consultation.
To schedule a personal consultation for breast augmentation, please call Dr. Donaldson at 614-442-7610 or simply send us your contact information on the form to the upper left.