Breasts represent femininity and also represent an important part of a woman’s identity. While some women desire beautiful, voluptuous breasts, there isn’t just one magical solution for increasing breast size or improving breast shape. Breast augmentation continues to maintain its place as one of the most popular aesthetic procedures worldwide, and Dr. O’Connell believes that it’s not just about size—it’s about contour and shape. Today, there are many options in breast augmentation, including type of implant, location of incisions, pocket placement, and even autologous fat grafting—each of these will be thoroughly reviewed and individualized for you during your confidential consultation.
Dr. O'Connell has experience with silicone gel implants dating back to the early 1980s. Because of safety concerns about gel implants Dr. O'Connell currently performs breast augmentation almost exclusively with saline based implants manufactured by the Ideal Implant Company. This is a premium implant manufactured under the most stringent standards in the United States. Saline implants do not require surveillance with bi-yearly MRIs and the Ideal Implant is associated with some of the lowest rupture and capsule contracture rates ever reported. One of the more common procedures that Dr. O'Connell performs is removal of existing silicone gel implants (sometimes with their surrounding scar capsule) and replacement with Ideal, saline-based implants. This can usually be done in the privacy of our nationally accredited office-based surgicenter at quite reasonable cost without need for general anesthesia.
For patients with silicone gel implants in place The Aesthetic Center is offering complimentary evaluation with sonography for a limited period of time.
Why should I choose The Aesthetic Center of Connecticut for my breast augmentation surgery?
- As an early adapter, Dr. O'Connell has added expertise in breast augmentation with saline-based implants including the Ideal Implant. With over 35 years of surgical experience Dr. O'Connell has great expertise in all types of implants and especially with removal of gel implants and replacement with the Ideal, saline-based device.
- Dr. O’Connell is a highly skilled breast surgeon with over 35 years of experience. He provides an individualized surgical plan that is personally tailored to your anatomy, aesthetic goals, as well as your unique lifestyle and fitness routines.
- With meticulous tissue-based planning, a series of careful measurements are taken to assist in the precise selection of implants that complement your body style and size preferences. We know your time is valuable; that’s why we utilize a simple, “fast-track” recovery process to help with your early return to work and activities.
- We offer the Mentor® Volume Sizing System, which utilizes a set of 18 uniquely shaped volume sizers that provides a simulation of 24 different implant volumes, ranging from 150cc to 775cc, to provide better satisfaction and a realistic preview of possible breast size.
Who Can Benefit From Breast Augmentation
Women With Naturally Small Breasts
Some women have been shortchanged by Mother Nature and are lacking in breast volume or burdened with an unaesthetic breast shape. Breast augmentation is an ideal solution for women who are naturally lacking in breast fullness and would like to create a larger, more defined breast size and a more feminine, attractive shape.
Many women have noticed the changes that breastfeeding and childbirth can make to the body, especially to the breasts. Most women will lose breast shape and sometimes breast volume following pregnancy. Breast augmentation (sometimes combined with breast lifting) is an effective way to reverse the effects of pregnancy and restore the volume and youthful shape of your breasts.
What Do You Desire?
Larger, Perkier, More Feminine Breasts
An Improved Shape
Larger, Perkier, More Feminine Breasts
The majority of women undergo breast augmentation to increase their breast size and achieve a more feminine and attractive appearance. With a variety of options (including types, styles, and shapes of breast implants, incision locations, and pocket placements), a woman can expect to achieve larger, perkier, more shapely breasts that are complementary to her individual body type and lifestyle.
An Improved Shape
Not only can breast augmentation transform the overall look of the breasts, it can also create an improved aesthetic proportion for the entire body. Most breast augmentation patients are extremely satisfied with the appearance of their breasts and immediately notice the improvement in their overall physique.
Better Clothing Fit
Breasts that are too small or disproportionate can make it difficult for a woman to find and fit into certain fashions. Following breast augmentation, women immediately notice how much better clothing such as bikini tops, brassieres, and tank tops fit their body.
Confidence and Self-Esteem
Many women are uncomfortable revealing their breasts due to an unflattering shape or size. After breast augmentation, many women experience a boost in their self-image with an improved confidence in showing their breasts either clothed or revealed.
Better Clothing Fit
The breasts may be wrapped in dressings or a support bra to minimize bruising and swelling and to support the breasts as they heal. As part of his rapid recovery program, Dr. O’Connell commonly recommends that patients resume light activities within 48 hours. Sports activities can be resumed in three to four weeks, and exercises involving the pectoral muscles can usually be resumed in about six weeks. Dr. O’Connell will provide you with specific, individualized instructions on surgical wound care and recovery.
While scarring is normal following breast augmentation, Dr. O’Connell tries to make incisions as inconspicuous as possible. Incisions may be placed along the breast crease, around the areola, or within the armpit. Depending on a patient’s level of healing, scarring will slowly fade and become less noticeable over time.
Dr. O’Connell will review the cost of your procedure during your consultation. The price of the surgery will differ based on the type of breast implants used and the extent of the procedure being performed.
There will be some minor pain and discomfort, especially in the first 24 to 48 hours. Pain medication can be used to manage any discomfort.
Before & After Photos
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
Any woman who desires a larger breast size and meets the age requirements set by the FDA (at least age 18 for saline breast implants and at least age 22 for silicone breast implants) may be a good candidate for breast augmentation. It is important that a patient is in good general physical and emotional health, has realistic expectations, and understands the procedure.
Are there any complications associated with breast augmentation surgery?
As with all surgical procedures, breast augmentation carries some risks and potential complications, some of which include:
- Capsular contracture
- Breast pain
- Implant displacement
- Wrinkling, deflation, or rupture of the implant
Are breast implants my only option for increasing my breast size?
Autologous breast augmentation is another option for enhancing the breast volume. This technique involves the use of liposuction to harvest fat from one area of the body and then followed by the injection of the purified fat into the breast.
How do I choose my breast implant size?
Dr. O’Connell utilizes tissue-based planning, which involves careful evaluation and measurement of your breasts and soft tissue. Using the Mentor® Volume Sizing System, patients can simulate a wide variety of size options to assist in the decisions about implant size, shape, and style.
What type of anesthesia is used for breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation can be performed using a general anesthetic or a local anesthetic with intravenous (IV) sedation.