Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that enhances the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. This can be done to enlarge small breasts or help return post-partum breasts to their pre-pregnancy condition. Charleston Breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Terranova will explore several options to assure the most pleasing outcome for each patient. For instance, the breast implant can be saline or silicone, and can be placed under or over the chest muscle. Choice of incision sites will also be discussed before surgery. All these decisions are based on personal lifestyle and preferences as well as the pre-operative condition of your breasts.

Types of Breasts

This is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. Charleston breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Terranova tailors his approach to meet each patient’s unique needs. Women come to us with a variety of different concerns and cosmetic problems with their breasts, such as:

  • The Breast that is Simply Too Small – Some women’s breasts never develop to the extent that they would like. This is one of the most common reasons young women seek out breast augmentation. Before & After Photos
  • The Post-Pregnancy / Post-Nursing Breast – Pregnancy and nursing can take a toll on your breasts, stretching the tissues and causing them to lose volume once you have finished breastfeeding your child. The result is often a “flat” breast that appears deflated, with the nipple pointing downward. Before & After Photos
  • The Low-Slung Breast – Both pregnancy and age can cause breasts to descend too low on the chest wall, as the effects of gravity take over. This type of breast is still full, and the nipple still points forward, but the upper part of the breast appears too flat. Before & After Photos
  • The Tuberous Breast – Tuberous breasts are a developmental anomaly. If your breasts appear constricted at the base, with a tight and high inframammary crease and sagging of the nipples/areolas, you may have tuberous breasts.
    Before & After Photos

Breast augmentation procedures can also be combined with other cosmetic surgeries to transform your figure. This is popularly called a Mommy Makeover.

Breast Implants in Charleston, South Carolina

If you have overly small, “perky” breasts that never developed to the extent you wanted, your breast augmentation will be relatively straightforward. However, the surgeon must be careful not to put in place a breast implant that is too large. Some patients request a size that is simply not achievable without overwhelming the width of the chest wall and the capacity of the soft tissues to stretch and support the weight of the implant. The result in these cases is at best a significant disproportion and an obvious “done” look, and at worst, a long-term problem with implant descent (bottoming out) and even possible extrusion.

Our experienced Charleston breast implant surgeon Dr. Terranova understands these issues, and will recommend an implant size that will achieve your desires for improved body image and proportion without the poor results and long-term risks of an overly-large breast implant.

Types of Breast Implants

There are two basic breast implant types used in breast augmentation:

  • Saline breast implants – The saline implant has a silicone elastomer shell filled with saline (salt water).
  • Silicone breast implants – The silicone implant has a silicone elastomer shell filled with silicone gel.

Both are good implants, but there are significant and important differences. In the past, the safety of silicone implants has been in question. Standards for the type of silicone used in implants has made silicone a viable implant option once again. Visit our page on Silicone Versus Saline Implants to learn more about your options related to these common types of implants.

Contact a Charleston breast augmentation surgeon

If you have further questions, please contact Charleston breast augmentation surgeon William Terranova, MD today at 843-797-0440 to schedule your initial consultation with us. We are pleased to accommodate the needs of patients throughout Charleston, Summerville and Mt. Pleasant, SC.