Theunissen Aesthetic Plastic Surgery performs breast augmentation in Baton Rouge for women with naturally smaller breasts and those who have lost volume due to changes such as weight fluctuations or pregnancy. This may leave you feeling less desirable and sometimes unable to wear your favorite tops and outfits. Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the size and volume of your breast so you feel more confident about your feminine appearance. This cosmetic procedure may use artificial implants or natural fat extracted from other bodily areas. Most women with this treatment enjoy a renewed sense of self-image.
Taylor Theunissen, MD Plastic Surgery, performs breast augmentation surgery in Baton Rouge and also for women in New Orleans and surrounding Louisiana areas.
As one of the best breast augmentation surgeons in Baton Rouge, Dr. Theunissen has performed countless successful and beautiful breast augmentation procedures. The surgeon creates an individualized treatment plan for each patient and utilizes advanced surgical methods.
Am I a candidate for breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation – also referred to as a ‘boob job,’ is a cosmetic surgery that uses either implants or fat transfer to enhance the size and volume of a woman’s breasts. You may be a good candidate for this cosmetic treatment if:
- You are physically and emotionally healthy.
- You are bothered by the feeling that your natural breasts are too small.
You wish to restore breast shape or volume lost due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging.
- You have breast asymmetry (uneven breast size).
- You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure.
Implant Breast Augmentation
Most breast enhancement procedures use implants filled with either saline or silicone materials. Breast implant surgery is an invasive technique that requires 1 to 3 hours to complete. However, once the implants have been inserted, they can last up to 20 years, and most women do not require revision surgery.
Breast implants come in three different types:
- Silicone shell filled with 0.9% Injectable sodium chloride
- Inserted empty (and filled later) to reduce scar size
- Less expensive than silicone implants
- Tend to be firmer and easy to adjust to the desired size
- Deflate in case of leakage
- More prone to rippling and wrinkling
- FDA-approved for women over 18
- Silicone shell filled with a silicone gel matrix
- Prefilled by manufacturer and inserted whole (thus a longer insertion)
- Most popular/common (but more expensive) breast implant choice
- Tend to be softer and feel more natural
- Do not deflate in case of leakage
- Less prone to rippling and wrinkling
- FDA-approved for women over 22
- + Periodic MRI scans required due to “silent rupture” risk
Gummy Bear Implants
- Special type of silicone implants
- Prefilled by the manufacturer with a thicker silicone gel matrix (requires the longest incision)
- Most expensive type of implant
- Tend to retain their shape over time
- Do not leak out in case the implant shell breaks
- Least prone to rippling and wrinkling
- FDA-approved for women over 22
- Do not move like natural breast tissue
- Only available in ‘teardrop’ shape
Breast implants are available in sizes ranging from 200 cc (cubic centimeters) to 850 cc. Choosing the right size is more of an art than a science. Dr. Theunissen will take into consideration various factors to select the right fit.
- Your body weight and size.
- Whether you exercise regularly.
- The current shape of your breasts.
- Your personality.
- The characteristics of your chest wall and breast tissue.
- Your personal preferences regarding the shape and volume of your rebuilt breasts.
The breast implant profile is another vital consideration to take into account. An implant ‘profile’ describes the overall silhouette of the implant, representing all three dimensions, including the base diameter, volume, and projection. Moderate-profile implants appear more natural but have a less dramatic result than high-profile implants. Conversely, high-profile implants push the breast tissue upwards for a fuller look.
Dr. Theunissen is uniquely placed to help you navigate all these considerations and select the right breast implant. The surgeon will take the time to listen to your concerns before suggesting options that make the best sense for you. Patients can also take comfort in the fact that Dr. Theunissen is one of the very few surgeons who utilize sizers to help patients pick out their perfect breast size. Done during one of your consultation visits, this allows you to try on various sizes to see what they may look like in the outcome. While using sizers is not an exact science and does not guarantee that is what the patient will get, they help you to envision the available size options artistically.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
While fat grafting is another option that may be used to enhance breast size, it isn’t as popular as implant breast enlargement. This procedure is typically performed on women with excess fat in other parts of their body and looking for a slight increase in breast size. Due to specific concerns, Dr. Theunissen does not offer this type of breast augmentation. However, he performs fat grafting techniques for corrective uses (e.g., enhancing symmetry and uniformity after breast cancer reconstruction).
Types of breast augmentation incisions
Baton Rouge plastic surgeon – Dr. Taylor Theunissen specializes in several breast implant incision techniques to suit the needs of different patients.
This is the most common incision technique during breast implant surgery. Dr. Theunissen will create a 1 to 2” long incision on the underside of the breast and close to the rib cage. This allows the surgeon to fully visualize the breast tissue and chest muscle during implant placement while concealing the resulting scar.
This is a breast augmentation incision that is created around the lower half of the areola. Plastic surgeons will typically explore this option for patients who lack a well-defined breast fold to go with the inframammary incision. The resulting scar is concealed within the natural skin color change of the areola.
This is the only incision technique that does not result in visible scarring on the breast. The surgeon will create the incision in the armpit. Remember that this technique may only be used to insert an empty saline implant and is thus less common than the inframammary and periareolar incisions.
What to expect from Dr. Theunissen
Dr. Taylor Theunissen has performed numerous breast augmentation procedures, helping women in Baton Rouge and other Louisiana areas to improve their quality of life. The surgeon takes each patient case as unique and creates a personalized surgical plan to yield the desired aesthetic outcome by utilizing the latest surgical advances to perform safe, efficient cosmetic procedures. Dr. Theunissen also uses the Keller Funnel method that enables him to perform the “No-Touch” breast augmentation.
Some of the benefits of this “No-Touch” technique include the following:
- Faster surgery time – due to easier insertion of the implant
- Smallest scar possible – due to the more straightforward implant insertion method
- The “No-Touch” technique results in a massive decrease in the chances of infection
- 87% decrease in the risk for capsular contracture
- Decreases chances of needing a breast revision
Recovery after Breast Augmentation
The recovery period after breast implant surgery will vary from patient to patient based on the size and type of the implant, the chosen incision, and the patient’s overall ability to heal. Patients can expect to feel tired over the first few days and are thus advised to rest sufficiently. You may also experience some pain and soreness in the days following the surgery. Dr. Theunissen will provide pain medication and antibiotics to alleviate the discomfort and prevent infection. Many patients experience chest tightness before the implants and skin adjust together. This is not something you should worry about. You should wear a surgical bra and refrain from strenuous activities until after full recovery. Most patients can resume routine work within three weeks. However, it may take up to 2 months to resume those intense workouts. As a rule, adhere to the surgeon’s aftercare instructions to ensure a quick and uneventful recovery.
Plan Your Breast Augmentation Surgery
in BATON ROUGE, LA
Augmentation mammoplasty can cost anywhere between $6,000 to $8,000, depending on implant placement and type, incision technique, and extensiveness of the surgery. Health insurers typically do not cover breast augmentation because it’s considered an elective cosmetic procedure, not a medical necessity. During your first consultation visit to his office, Dr. Theunissen’s office staff will provide an individualized cost estimate so you can arrange for financing. The surgeon performs breast enlargement surgery in a state-of-the-art, in-office O.R., supported by experienced and licensed staff that includes a full-time Anesthesiologist to ensure optimal care for each patient.
$6,000 – $7,000
1 – 2 Hours
In-Office Operating Room
1 – 2 Weeks
Insurance Does Not Cover Breast Augmentation or Implants
Frequently Asked Questions
Breast augmentation vs. breast lift?
An augmentation breast surgery is a procedure for enlarging the size of the breasts, whereas a breast lift is a procedure to lift the breast to achieve a firmer and more symmetrical look. While both are separate and common surgery procedures, you may be able to have these surgeries combined so you can achieve a comprehensive outcome. This will be discussed in your consultation at Theunissen Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA.
How long does it take to recover from breast augmentation?
Because each woman’s body is unique, the recovery duration following augmentation mammoplasty will vary. Most patients can expect to get back to routine work after about three weeks. However, you will be asked to wait until after complete recovery, which can take up to three months, before engaging in physical exercise and strenuous activities.
How painful is breast augmentation?
Breast enlargement is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the US. Millions of women have successfully undergone this treatment over the last few years alone. While most women are concerned about pain, this treatment is less painful than you think. The pain is, in fact, so minimal that it can be alleviated using OTC pain medication such as Tylenol and Advil.
When can I sleep on my side after breast augmentation?
Most people are used to sleeping on their side because it is more comfortable. But this is a no-no after breast enlargement surgery. Sleeping on your side could put pressure on your treatment areas and negatively impact the result of your cosmetic breast surgery. Instead, your plastic surgeon will recommend sleeping on your back with the upper body slightly elevated. This position can be easily achieved by sleeping on a recliner or using a stack of pillows.
What type of bra to wear after breast augmentation?
Immediately after the surgery, you will receive a medical-grade compression garment that should be worn for up to a month. Wearing the right bra after this initial duration ensures proper recovery and a desirable outcome. Most surgeons recommend selecting a supportive sports bra to help the breasts settle properly and facilitate the healing process. Your surgeon’s team should help you choose the right size and fabric when shopping for a sports bra.
How long after breast augmentation can I swim?
Your plastic surgeon will provide detailed after-care instructions to help you ease your recovery after augmentation mammoplasty. Although you might feel ready for the pool a bit earlier, the general rule is to wait at least four weeks. This is important to give your skin enough time to heal and rebuild its water resistance and protective properties.
How long after breast augmentation can I drive?
If you are used to commuting to work or running errands, it is common to be curious about how long it should take before you can go behind the wheel again. This will depend on various factors, including whether you are taking prescription pain meds. A general rule of thumb is to wait until you finish your prescription drugs before you can drive again. This should be about two weeks. You must get a green light from your plastic surgeon before you get behind the wheel again.
When to start massaging after breast augmentation?
Massaging your breasts after augmentation mammoplasty can help reduce the formation of a scar tissue capsule around the implant. It also helps heal the incision much quicker and keeps the breasts soft and flexible. Most practitioners will recommend that you commence daily massages after the first week. Your doctor should tell you how to massage your breasts for optimal impact effectively.
How long until I need to replace my implants?
Modern breast implants can last for up to 15 years. Implants do not need to be removed unless there are signs of breast deformity, leaking, or rippling. Saline implants tend to be deflated if there is a leak in the capsule. Women with silicone implants will need to attend routine MRI scans to ensure that the implant works as expected (and that there are no leakages). Dr. Theunissen and his qualified staff are committed to providing that patients achieve optimal plastic surgery results from any cosmetic surgery by offering the highest level of professional care throughout the entire process, from the initial consultation to the procedure and post-surgery support.
Can silicone implants rupture or leak?
While there are some negative notions about silicone implants, including the risk of leakages and other complications, these concerns have become a thing of the past with today’s technological advances. Modern silicone implant shells are created from durable material and are much safer than the more conventional saline models. Furthermore, the use of silicone implants has been approved by the FDA. The majority of breast implant surgeries are completed using this type of implant. So while there is a small risk of leakage, it isn’t so pronounced as to dissuade you from getting this type of implant.
How to avoid capsular contracture in breast augmentation?
Capsular contracture is one of the most common complications after breast augmentation. One of the best ways to minimize the risk of this side effect is to discuss the surgical approach with your plastic surgeon. For example, implants wholly placed under the chest muscle result in a 4-8% lifetime risk of capsular contracture. This is compared to a 12 – 18% lifetime risk for implants placed over the chest muscle. Massaging the breast after the first week of recovery is another excellent way to prevent capsular contracture.
Do scars from breast augmentation go away?
Scarring is one of the leading concerns for women who are considering a breast enlargement procedure. Like any other surgical procedure, augmentation mammoplasty involves incisions that eventually become scars. Most seasoned surgeons, however, make a point to conceal scarring under the breast’s crease and in other areas where it is hardly noticeable. Dr. Theunissen also keeps incisions to a minimum and enrolls his breast enlargement patients into a comprehensive scar care program to ensure that scars fade nicely over time.