Achieve a Fuller Bust with Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that is performed to improve the size and shape of the breasts. Patients in Missoula, MT, can achieve their cosmetic goals at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates with Dr. Stephen Hardy for exceptional surgical care that incorporates the latest techniques and best practices. With a keen eye for detail and aesthetics, Dr. Hardy can help you plan your breast augmentation for outstanding results. He will work with you to determine the best course of treatment that is tailored to your body shape and treatment goals whether you desire a dramatic change or subtle improvement. 

Video: Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure performed to create fuller breasts or to restore the volume of the breasts. In this clip, Missoula surgeon Dr. Stephen Hardy explains about the procedure, where to place the incisions, the difference between silicone and saline, what to expect during the procedure, and the recovery time.

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What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammaplasty, is a highly individualized procedure that can utilize breast implants to:

  •  Create volume
  • Enhance the shape
  • Improve the symmetry of your breasts

We provide diverse implant options for our patients so that you can achieve the look you desire. We offer round and teardrop-shaped saline solution, silicone gel, or ultra-cohesive silicone gel-filled implants, which are also known as gummy bear implants.  It is important to understand that this procedure does not correct sagging breasts. However, a breast lift may be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation to address this issue.

Candidacy for Breast Enhancement

Candidates for breast enhancement typically includes those who desire fuller breasts, those seeking to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, or patients wanting to reconstruct a breast that has been lost due to mastectomy or injury.

It is recommended that patients considering breast augmentation do not smoke, or are willing to quit prior to their procedure. Additionally, those with medical conditions that could impair healing may not be candidates for this procedure. Additionally, while implants do not necessarily interfere with breastfeeding, patients may want to wait until after they are done having children to pursue treatment. 

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Planning Your Customized Treatment

You will first attend a consultation with Dr. Hardy in order to plan your procedure and discuss your goals. At this time, he will also provide an in-depth evaluation to determine the treatment options that best suit your needs. This is a valuable opportunity to work together to establish a treatment plan by making informed decisions with the aid of Dr. Hardy's many years of experience. 

Based on the information gathered during your examination, he can help you decide where the incisions should be made for your procedure as each option has its own advantages and disadvantages. Positioning will typically depend on your breast tissue and skin and will also be discussed at this time. He may recommend that you combine your augmentation with a lift if you have concerns about sagging.

With a keen eye for detail and aesthetics, Dr. Hardy can help you plan your breast augmentation for outstanding results.

The Breast Augmentation Procedure

Breast enhancement surgery is typically fairly straightforward, especially when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Hardy. The procedure will last about one to two hours during which you will be provided with anesthesia. To begin, he will make precise, inconspicuous incisions underneath the breast, along the areola, or in the armpit based on your preference. The implant will then be inserted and positioned before the incisions are closed and compression bandages are placed. 

Revision Surgery

Breast implants do not last forever. You can expect that your implants will require eventual replacement. Although these devices are designed for excellent durability, there is a risk of rupture. Patients can also develop capsular contracture, a condition in which scar tissue tightens around the implant, distorting its shape. In other cases, implants may no longer provide a flattering effect as the body ages. There is an art to removing and replacing breast implants, and Dr. Hardy can perform this procedure in a way that meets your goals and provides beautiful results.

A Skilled Breast Surgeon 

Breast surgery can have a significant impact on your appearance, and as such, it is vital that you choose a skilled, reputable doctor. As a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Hardy is dedicated to the highest surgical standards and strives to provide patients satisfying results. If you are ready to plan your procedure or you want to learn more about breast augmentation, contact us online or call us at (406) 728-3811 to schedule your consultation.

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