What is Breast Augmentation?
Cosmetic breast surgery is a procedure that enhances the breasts for a fuller-looking and shapelier appearance. As one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, breast augmentation helps patients improve the look of their breasts. Using breast implants or fat grafting, this procedure improves breast shape and size, which creates a beautiful and balanced outcome. Dr. Jerry Chidester, or Dr. Chiddy, is a highly trained plastic surgeon who has performed countless breast augmentations for the Greater Salt Lake City area. During your consultation at our office in Draper, UT, Dr. Chiddy will listen to your concerns and provide information about various treatment options. Each patient receives a personalized treatment plan that aligns with their cosmetic goals.
During your consultation with Dr. Chiddy, he will listen to your goals and determine the best treatment type. If surgical breast augmentation is right for you, he will select the best implant type based on your body size and shape. To help you reach your desired appearance, breast implants are made in different sizes, shapes, and textures. Generally, Dr. Chiddy uses implants made from saline or silicone. Both are widely used and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To undergo breast augmentation, patients must be at least 18 years old to receive saline implants or at least 22 years old for silicone ones. Other options include gummy bear implants and fat grafting (known as a fat transfer).
Breast implant size is determined based on the amount of saline or silicone used. To decide on the correct volume, Dr. Chiddy will assess how much natural breast tissue exists and the size you desire. In the operating room, it is common for Dr. Chiddy to temporarily switch out various implants to get an idea of a suitable fit.
Breast implants come in either a teardrop or round shape. Dr. Chiddy commonly uses both shapes; however, a large majority of our patients decide on a round implant. It often looks more natural while adding a fullness to the upper breast.
Implant profile refers to how far out the implant looks (projection). Meaning, this is what you see from the side view. The most common projections include low, intermediate, high, or extra high.
Making Your Choices
These options may seem overwhelming, but choosing the correct implant is somewhat easy once Dr. Chiddy understands your objectives. During your consultation, Dr. Chiddy will use his years of experience to select the best techniques and tailor the procedure so it matches your cosmetic goals.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"BEST TIK TOK SURGEON - Dr. Chidester and is staff are amazing! They helped me feel so comfortable and at ease. I started following him on instagram and he is the best. He is educational and so fun. I absolutely LOVE the results of my Mommy Makeover. I also went with his special SOME breast augmentation technique and am so happy! He truly is amazing, I can not recommend him enough."- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 04, 2020
"I came from out of town to have a breast augmentation done with Dr. Chidester and it was completely worth it!! It was an amazingly good experience. He made the process as smooth and wonderful as possible, and I am so thankful! He, his nurses, anesthesiologist and other staff were all so welcoming, and incredible and immediately made me feel so comfortable, safe and confident going into surgery. My recovery was also as smooth as could be, and I am loving my results! Dr. Chidester put me at ease because throughout the entire process I could tell he was completely in his element, that I could trust him, that not only is he a great (amazing!) talented surgeon, but also a great family man of good character."- M. / Google / Oct 30, 2019
"I was SO PLEASED with Dr Chidester, his office staff and my results. He makes you feel comfortable and confident every step of the way. I am 6 wks post breast aug and feel amazing. I would recommend him to anyone!"- K.J. / Google / Mar 30, 2020
"I recently had a breast augmentation done by Dr. Chidester. I live in California so you’d think that would make things a little more difficult but it really didn’t. I was able to have a consultation beforehand and both him and his staff were always available to answer any questions I had. The surgery itself went perfectly. The facility is absolutely beautiful, and the staff put me at ease and took wonderful care of me. Recovery was so much better than I anticipated and so were my results. I was originally less than an A, and now I finally feel whole. What I was most impressed with is Dr. Chidester’s work ethic and views on plastic surgery. It’s not about vanity, it’s about making women feel beautiful on the outside as well as within. He truly treats the whole person. From the beginning of this process to the end it has exceeded all expectations. I am so happy I chose Dr. Chidester!"- E.D. / Google / Apr 30, 2019
"These ratings speak for themselves... and if you doubt them, make a consult and see for yourself!!! I literally could not be happier with the way my breast augmentation turned out! Dr Chidester is amazing at what he does- you can tell he is very passionate about it and meticulous. Two things to really look for in a cosmetic surgeon! Even though I work at the U and would get a huge discount on cosmetic surgery, it wasn’t really something I was willing to bargain with. So, I really did my research, started looking up a ton of cosmetic surgeons in the area, looking at their before/afters. These google reviews helped me, and I hope they help you too, whoever you are, considering some type of surgery for yourself :) During my first consult he really took the time to dive in deep and answer my questions and address my concerns. Dr Chidester, Mindee and the entire staff make you feel welcome and comfortable through the whole process, and dispel any feelings of embarrassment or self-consciousness. They are just truly open-arms-happy-for-you kind of people! But besides that, Dr Chidester is an artist and I knew I was in such great hands. Surgery day went so smoothly, and for that I was so grateful! I was really struggling with the size I wanted, and so I showed him pictures of the kind of look I was going for, and told him what I wanted. He could NOT have done it more perfectly. Thank you, Jerry!! Currently sending all of my friends and coworkers to you :)"- A.S. / Google / Aug 30, 2019
Is Breast Augmentation For You?
The decision to go undergo breast enlargement surgery is personal. If you are contemplating this treatment, we highly recommend doing it for just yourself. To receive implants, patients should be at a healthy weight and appropriate age. If you are unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts, you may benefit from breast augmentation surgery. Additionally, if your breasts have changed because of weight loss or pregnancy, this surgery can enhance their natural beauty with increased shape and fullness. It can also help patients who weight train or have limited natural breast mass.
Before your surgery, Dr. Chiddy will select the best incision type and implant placement. During breast augmentation, an incision is created and the appropriate breast implant is placed into position. As Dr. Chiddy inserts the implant, he will select the best placement method for you, such as submuscular placement or submammary/subglandular. The submuscular placement goes under the pec muscle, and the submammary/subglandular placement goes over the pec muscle. The placement of your breast implants depends on several factors, including the implant type, size, body type, and activity level. Regardless of the incision type, scarring is usually rare.
What to Expect
Dr. Chiddy performs breast augmentation as an outpatient procedure, and he uses general anesthesia to help keep you comfortable. Once the incision is made, the silicone or saline implant is placed through the incision opening, deposited into a surgical pocket, and secured into position. In some cases, patients may need extra soft tissue support to help hold the implant. If you do, Dr. Chiddy uses something called the GalaFORM 3D internal bra. Made from the same material as dissolvable sutures, this hammock-shaped mesh is placed inside the pocket with the implant for extra support. Over time, it will naturally dissolve and stimulate the production of collagen.
After placing the implant, the incision is carefully secured with sutures or surgical adhesives. Following the procedure, we will take you back to our private recovery room and monitor you before being released. One of our team members will provide detailed aftercare directions, which includes wearing a recovery compression bra to assist with swelling. Within a few days, the swelling and bruising will begin to decrease, and the breasts will start to feel normal as they get used to their new position. A large percentage of patients can resume normal activities within the first week; however, patients should avoid exercise for a minimum of 6 – 8 weeks. Breast implant surgery creates beautiful outcomes that look and feel natural Often, breast augmentation is a life-changer for many patients, allowing them the chance to feel more self-assured.
Breast Augmentation FAQ
How much does breast augmentation cost?
Your total cost for breast augmentation will vary based on your choices and whether you are having any other surgeries at the same time. As soon as your treatment plan is developed in your consultation, Dr. Chiddy will talk to you about estimated costs and financing options. To ensure your results match your goals and last a long time, it's important to focus on quality over low costs.
Do I need a breast lift or augmentation?
Your treatment plan may include implants, a lift, or both. A breast lift removes excess skin and improves the position of the breasts, while implants address the shape and size of the breasts. During your consultation with Dr. Chiddy, he will listen to your concerns and goals before discussing your treatment options. A combination augmentation and lift are often a part of a mommy makeover to revitalize the breasts after breastfeeding and pregnancy.
Can I breastfeed with implants?
If you want to breastfeed after breast augmentation, talk to Dr. Chiddy during your consultation. It is usually possible to breastfeed after implants, with the right placement and technique. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can alter your results, which is why it is best to wait until after you are done having children to have breast surgery.
Can I have my implants removed?
You might decide that you want to replace or remove your implants. If this happens, Dr. Chiddy can perform breast revision surgery. During the revision surgery, your current implants can either be replaced with different implants or removed. If you choose to have your implants removed, you might need to have a breast lift since larger implants can stretch your skin. For any concerns or questions after your augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation at Jerry Chidester, MD Plastic & Hand Surgery to discuss your options.
Get the Look You Want
Breast enhancement surgery with implants offers exciting results. This FDA-approved treatment is safe, effective, and creates beautiful results. With a variety of choices, you can create the look you have always wanted. Dr. Chiddy is pleased to offer this proven procedure to his Draper, UT community, and he welcomes you to learn more. Located near the Greater Salt Lake City area, please schedule your private consultation with Dr. Chiddy. At each appointment, patients will receive a detailed treatment plan and information about the cost or financing with medical groups, such as Prosper and Mountain America Credit Union. Throughout your appointment, please let us know if we can answer any questions.
Are Mommy Makeover Procedures Done In The Same Day?
Hoping to restore your pre-baby body with a single surgery? Learn more about the potential timeline for your mommy makeover.Read
Will My Breast Implants Start To Sag Over Time?
What happens to breast implants as you age, and will they start to droop like natural breasts? Read on for the answers to these questions and more.Read
Tips To Help You Prepare For Mommy Makeover Recover
Set yourself up for a comfortable, easy, and quick recovery after mommy makeover surgery with these helpful tips on preparing yourself and your space.Read
Learn The Benefits Of Saline And Silicone Breast Implants
Having trouble choosing between saline and silicone gel implants for your breast augmentation? Find out more about your breast implant options here.Read