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
"100% would recommend Dr. Chidester. He did my breast augmentation back in November and he genuinely cares about his patients. I went to a couple different doctors to see which one I felt most comfortable with needless to say he was the one I chose. His work is also amazing, I’m very happy I chose him. Not to mention his staff is so fun and welcoming! Everyone in his office genuinely cares."- D.V. / Google / Jan 27, 2021
"Dr. Chidester did a fantastic job on my mommy makeover. I had a breast augmentation (375 cc), lift, galaform, internal bra, liposuction on my flanks and back, and a tummy tuck. I drove from out of town and stayed in a nearby hotel for 5 days. I say him 24 hours after surgery and on day 5 to get my drains taken out. He has great bedside manner and his nurses are amazing. By day four, I was off all of the pain meds and only used Tylenol. By day 6, I felt good enough to go in a plane ride over the Grand Canyon. I am 8 weeks post op and am still in awe with the way my scars are healing. I am back to almost all of the activities I was prior to the surgery. No doubt.... the best experience you will have!!! I have no regrets and would do it all over again with Dr. Chiddy."- B.C. / Google / Feb 18, 2021
"Not only do I absolutely love working for Dr. Chidester & consider him one of the most talented surgeons ever, I'm also a patient of his. He has done an amazing job with all of my cosmetic injections! Soon I will have my old Saline implants swapped out for some new SoMe ones, (IF I can find time on his schedule! LOL). I've been in the industry for quite some time & seen A LOT of procedures over the years & would highly recommend Dr. Chidester for any of your plastic surgery procedures!"- T.S. / Google / Mar 16, 2021
"Dr Chidester is amazing! I felt comfortable and well informed through the entire process of my procedure and care. I could tell he really cared about my well being and that I was happy with everything. He made my husband feel comfortable too! His staff is also so great! Always felt so welcome and taken care of! I would 100% recommend Dr Chiddy and his team! He is wonderful at what he does! His bedside manner is out of this world. Thank you Dr Chiddy and team, we so appreciate your work!!!"- J.L. / Google / Apr 16, 2021
"I had a totally different experience with Dr Chidister’s office and a reconstruction of a breast augmentation I had done less than seven years ago. My pain and swelling was absolutely nonexistent, and I was up and moving around my house the next day. I have cried tears of joy and how my breast augmentation has turned out and I’m not even six months postop I have never been happier or more impressed by a surgeon and the time he takes to know each of his patients and provides them exactly what they are looking for"- K.G. / Google / Apr 16, 2021
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.
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