Breast Augmentation In Charlotte, NC
Our Charlotte breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that enhances the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. The decision to undergo breast surgery is personal, and can be due to a number of reasons, including asymmetry, weight loss, pregnancy, and more. At Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery, we can help you achieve more flattering, natural-looking breast contours with expert surgical precision and the highest standard of care.
Breast Augmentation Surgery Includes:
- Breast lift
- Breast enhancement
- Breast contouring
Breast augmentation surgery can be customized to suit each patient’s needs. During the initial consultation stage of the breast augmentation process, patients’ concerns will be addressed, including implant selection and desired breast size.
The plastic surgeons at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery offer a choice of breast implants, including the new, more natural silicone gel breast implants and traditional saline breast implants. Whether you want to enhance the size of your breasts, restore breast volume following pregnancy or weight loss, or restore shapeliness and symmetry, breast augmentation can help.
Breast Augmentation Before & Afters
Out of Town Patients
Patients in the Charlotte, NC area and beyond trust Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery for their breast augmentation procedures. In fact, the highly acclaimed skill and expertise of Drs. Bryan and Kara Criswell attracts patients from long distances. For this reason, Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery proudly offers an Out of Town Program, which assists patients with travel and lodging arrangements so they can focus on what matters most—their successful breast augmentation.
It’s Your Choice: Silicone or Saline Implants
Every woman wants to feel that her breasts fit her body. For some women, that perfect picture may be of small, firm breasts. For others, it might be a look of voluptuousness that fills out their natural curves. No matter what look you would like see, there is a type of breast implant that can transform your shape.
During your consultation for a breast augmentation in Charlotte, the size of the breast implants that will be placed is always discussed. A recommendation for breast implant size is made by one of the board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Bryan Criswell or Dr. Kara Criswell. You and the surgeon will work together to ensure your goals are met.
Many people believe that the gel implants feel more natural, more like a real breast. The reason for their feel is their two layers. The outside of the implant is a strong layer, extremely resistant to damage. In fact, it is almost impossible to rupture this layer. It feels very much like real breast tissue.Learn More about Silicone Implants
Saline implants are filled with salt water (saline), which is very similar to natural body fluids. If the implant were ever to leak, the salt water is just absorbed by your body. The implant would then deflate, and you would come back in for a replacement. This is extremely rare, but the comfort of knowing that it is salt water makes this a good choice for some of our patients.Learn More about Saline Implants
Gummy Bear Implants
Considered one of the most popular options for breast augmentation, gummy bear implants are tear-shaped, gel-based implants that hold shape better than either saline or silicone implants. They’re made of a highly cohesive silicone gel filling within a silicone shell and are extremely safe with very low risk of rupture or gel leakage.Learn More about Gummy Bear Implants
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation in Charlotte, NC at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery
What Happens During Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Considered an outpatient procedure, breast augmentation surgery involves placing either silicone breast implants or saline breast implants behind the breasts. Breast augmentation surgery may also include a breast lift, which involves gently lifting sagging breasts and skin for a perkier appearance.
During this procedure, the areola can also be reshaped to achieve symmetry or a specific size. Another important aspect of breast augmentation surgery is breast contouring, which can add or remove breast tissue in strategically selected areas to restore symmetry and balance to the breasts.
Do I Use Saline Breast Implants or Silicone Breast Implants?
After careful consideration of your personal goals, plastic surgeons Bryan and Kara Criswell will help you choose the best size, shape, and type of breast implants to achieve the desired result from your breast surgery. We offer several different types of implants, including the new “Gummy Bear” breast implants, along with standard silicone gel breast implants and traditional saline breast implants.
Are there any risks involved?
With any invasive surgery, there are always potential risks. When you are under the care of our highly-rated, board-certified surgeons at Criswell & Criswell, you can be confident we focus on patient health and safety. Risks from surgery include infection, capsular contracture (uncomfortable scarring around the breast implant), or other rare complications. We strive to ensure our patients achieve genuinely superior results in every augmentation we perform.
Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?
Yes, with a simple breast augmentation procedure, the nipple and the ducts within the breast are untouched. Breast augmentation should not affect your ability to breastfeed. Ensure you tell us if you are planning children in the future, so we perform your procedure with this in mind.
Will I Have Scars From My Breast Augmentation?
Our plastic surgeons strive to ensure the most precise and discreet placement of your incisions to reduce their visibility, and for most patients, the scars fade over time. While we are sensitive to aesthetic concerns, breast augmentation is surgery, so it’s impossible to perform the procedure without any scarring.
How Much Bigger can Breast Augmentation Make My Breasts?
The knowledgeable plastic surgeons at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery can increase your bust size by one or more bra cup sizes. During your consultation, you can discuss your desired cup size with Dr. Kara Criswell or Dr. Bryan Criswell, and trust that they will provide you with guidance based on their aesthetic and surgical expertise.
Can I Still Get a Mammogram?
Yes. In fact, we recommend that you continue to get regular mammograms. Just make sure that you inform the technician that you’ve had breast augmentation surgery prior to your mammogram.
What Type of Anesthesia Will I Need for Breast Augmentation?
For your comfort and to ensure we are able to give you the best result possible, we perform you breast enhancement surgery using general anesthesia
Do I Need to Have My Breast Augmentation Surgery At the Hospital?
No. Breast enhancement surgery does not require a hospital stay. Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery has a dedicated plastic surgery center. It’s fully AAAASF-accredited and designed to provide the state-of-the-art technology, warmth and comfort our patients have come to expect of Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery.
Will I Be Able to Breastfeed if I Get Breast Augmentation Surgery?
For most patients, our Charlotte breast augmentation surgery does not hinder the ability to breastfeed. However, if your breasts are lifted or reduced in size, there is a small chance that it might be more difficult to breastfeed. Most women do not experience difficulties with this, though.
How Much Downtime is Involved After Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Because this is performed as an outpatient procedure, you should be able to return home a few hours after your breast surgery. A few days after your breast surgery, you should be able to return to work or your regular day-to-day activities. Soreness and swelling is common for up to two weeks following breast surgery, though every patient is different so you may feel these side effects for a longer or shorter period of time. We will provide specific care instructions and prescribe medications to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection.
How Do I Know if Breast Augmentation Surgery is Right For Me?
You can expect only the best care and results from our plastic surgeons at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery in Charlotte, NC.
Learn more about arguably the best breast augmentation Charlotte, NC has to offer by calling us today to schedule a consultation and talk with one of our plastic surgeons. You can also fill out our convenient online contact form to get started by scrolling down and clicking "Schedule a Consultation". During your consultation, expect to review medical history, your goals, and any concerns or questions you may have.
How long do breast implants usually last?
Breast implants do not have an expiration date, but most come with a 10-year warranty, and typically last longer. Breast implants may need to be replaced under certain conditions:
- An implant has ruptured
- You want a smaller or larger size implant
- You have had your implants for many years and want to replace them
- You need revision surgery to correct a complication, such as capsular contracture
- You are unhappy with the look of your breasts after augmentation surgery
- The implants have shifted and are uneven on the chest wall
Recovery and Care
Immediately following your surgery, the first step is to relax in our recovery room, overseen by our licensed registered nurse. You can remain there until you are fully awake, at which point you will be released to go home. Transportation should be arranged beforehand, as you will not be permitted to drive for 24 hours following the surgery.
While we recommend waiting a full week before returning to work, some patients are able to do it in 5 or 6 days, provided the work does not require physical strain. Normal bras and bikini tops may be worn once two weeks have passed. Exercise and any sort of strenuous activity are prohibited for the first five days following surgery. Light exercise may be resumed at this point, but more vigorous physical activity should not take place until three weeks since surgery.
Your relationship with our office is not over once the procedure is complete. For the weeks and months following the surgery, we are at your disposal—you are more than welcome to call whenever you like with any questions or concerns. Additionally, there will be several follow up appointments with your surgeon to check on the healing process. This will include information regarding breast health, including self-examination, exercise, sleeping habits and any future need for imaging or mammography. For more information, check out our useful patient education guide.
Why Should You Choose Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery For Breast Augmentation
Criswell & Criswell are a husband and wife team of board-certified plastic surgeons dedicated to achieving superior results in breast augmentation. They strive to stay on the leading edge of breast augmentation techniques. They have created an exclusive environment that is welcoming and relaxing. Choosing Criswell & Criswell is a natural choice, as they have the artistry and techniques that will give confidence that your breast augmentation will be a success, and will enhance your life experience. Schedule a consultation today for one of the best breast augmentations Charlotte, NC has to offer.