Breast Augmentation St. Louis
Get The Body You Deserve With Breast Augmentation
It’s no secret that many women desire a fuller bust. After years of struggling to find the best push-up bras and padding options, many women opt for the more permanent solution of a breast augmentation.
This procedure has quickly become the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States, and for good reason. It has a successful track record of helping women restore or enhance their figures and has even been scientifically linked to higher levels of self-esteem and body image, allowing those who undergo the procedure to finally feel confident in their own skin. When women in St. Louis are ready to make this big step, they turn to Paul Rottler, MD, FACS. Whether you’re looking to get your old body back after having a baby or want to get the body you’ve always dreamed of, breast enhancement can make it possible.
Am I An Ideal Candidate?
Typical candidates for breast enlargement are physically healthy, have fully developed breasts, and have reasonable expectations for the outcome of the surgery. Ideal candidates seek out this procedure for the following reasons:
- Dissatisfaction with breast size
- Dissatisfaction with loss of breast volume and shape after pregnancy, aging, or weight loss
- Dissatisfaction with the upper area of the breast seeming “empty”
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Elongated breast shape
- One or both breasts failing to develop normally
This procedure is not recommended for women who plan to lose a large amount of weight or become pregnant in the near future. Dr. Rottler may recommend that you stabilize your weight prior to surgery.
What Are My Implant Options?
The technology used in breast augmentation has come a long way from the first procedures. Today, there are three main implant options. Each implant type has properties which are unique to the device and may make one more favorable than others in certain circumstances.
Saline filled breast implants: These implants are filled with sterile salt water (normal saline). They are unique in that they are the least expensive breast implants and when they eventually wear out it is easy to make the diagnosis of an implant failure. In selected cases they can be placed through the armpit for a smaller and less noticeable scar. These implants are filled at the time of placement during surgery. This allows for minor modifications in implant size once the surgeon can actually see them in the body. The downside to saline implants is that they are slightly heavier, denser devices which have more rippling. They also have a valve which can leak (normal saline), and they generally feel firmer, much like the bag of salt water they are!
Structured Saline Filled Breast Implants: These implants have an inner shell around the inner chamber, which holds the inner saline filler, and an outer shell around the outer chamber, which holds the outer saline filler. Between these shells are one to three baffle shells. This internal structure is designed to control movement of the saline inside and is what gives the IDEAL IMPLANT its natural feel.
Silicone filled breast implants: These implants are filled with soft silicone gel. This gel feels more like natural breast tissue. Gel devices are softer, slightly lighter, and have no valves. As such, they come pre-filled and cannot be added or subtracted to. They ripple less and generally feel more like a bag of jelly. Today’s third and fourth generation silicone gel breast implants are cohesive which means the silicone gel is more rubberized, a thicker gel maintains the shape of the implant better, and leakage is less of a problem. On the other hand, when gel implants wear out, it is more difficult to make the diagnosis of an implant malfunction.
Textured anatomic gel filled breast implants: These implants are also known as “gummy bear” implants, since they maintain their shape even if the implant shell breaks. The gel used is thicker than traditional implants, which makes the breasts appear firmer. These implants are also shaped instead of round. This is an advantage for selected patients who desire a more natural look or who have certain congenital breast deformities. However, there is a small percentage of patients whose tissues may not support the shaped implant, which could lead to rotation and a non-anatomic appearance. This implant is an excellent choice for the reconstructive patient.
There are two placement sites and three incision locations. Breast implants can be placed below the major pectoral muscle (submuscular or subpectoral), or the implant can be placed on top of the muscle (subglandular or subfascial). Placing the implant beneath the pectoral muscle may be useful for patients with minimal soft tissue coverage thereby hiding rippling of the implant. Dr. Rottler will help you determine which option is best for you during your consultation. He will also explain and help you decide on an incision location. The three main choices are:
- Inframammary: The incision is made underneath the breasts, right above the crease
- Transaxillary: The incision is made near the armpits.
- Periareolar: The incision is made around the lower area of the areola.
Are Breast Implants Safe?
Although all surgical procedures carry certain risks, there is no evidence showing that breast implants impair breast health. Minor complications sometimes occur during breast augmentations, but they are not very common.
It is possible for breast implants to rupture and leak. If a saline implant leaks, the solution will be safely absorbed into the body. If a silicone implant ruptures or breaks, it is more difficult to make the diagnosis. This is why MRIs are recommended by the FDA for women with silicone implants– to detect any leaks that may not have symptoms, which are known as “silent ruptures.” These ruptures are not very common, and scientific advancements have been made in implant shells to further improve them. Both saline and silicone breast implants are considered to be safe in humans.
Once you are of the age that requires regular mammograms, it is important to find a radiology technician with experience in taking x-rays of augmented breasts. Dr. Rottler may recommend that you undergo different types of examinations, such as ultrasounds or MRIs. Some believe the presence of breast implants can make it more technically difficult to take and read mammograms. Fortunately, this can be minimized by utilizing the Eckland technique of implant displacement mammography.
How Much Will It Cost?
The price of your breast augmentation with Dr. Rottler will differ depending on the type of implant chosen.
- Saline: $6000
- Structured Saline: $6900
- Silicone Gel: $6900
- Textured anatomic gel: $7500
These prices include the implants, an extended warranty on the implants, surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, surgery center fees, 3% percent medical device tax, and all ongoing follow up visits.
What Will The Consultation And The Actual Procedure Be Like?
Prior to your consultation you will be sent a password for an Internet program called Emmi Solutions that is designed to prepare and educate you on your upcoming visit. When you come to your consultation with Dr. Rottler, be prepared to discuss your desires and expectations, as well as your medical and family history. Dr. Rottler will take all of these things into consideration when determining how to best meet your goals. Dr. Rottler’s nurse will then take photos of your breasts for medical records, as well as examine and measure your breasts, nipples, and areolas. Examining the size, shape, skin quality, and placement will allow for the best recommendations for your procedure. This is the time to ask all of your questions and state your concerns. Dr. Rottler will make sure to discuss the likely outcomes of your breast augmentation, as well as any risks or potential complications.
The procedure itself takes between one and two hours, during which time you will be under general anesthesia. The anesthesia will be performed by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist who will call you the night before your surgery to have a pre-consultation with you. General anesthesia means that you will be “asleep” and not feel anything. Dr. Rottler will then make an incision under your breasts, around your areolas, or in the armpit, depending on the decision made during your consultation. He will then create a pocket in the chest or breast area and place the implant in that pocket. After the implant has been placed, Dr. Rottler will then close the incision with dissolvable sutures.
What Is Recovery Like?
Immediately following your surgery, you will be taken into a recovery room to be closely monitored. Your breast incisions will be dressed in surgical gauze and you will be placed in a bra that will support the breasts as they heal, as well as minimize swelling. You may have to wear this bra for the first month following surgery.
Most of your discomfort or pain will be experienced during the first 48 hours immediately after surgery. Your breasts may feel sensitive or tight and there will be some swelling and discoloration or bruising, but it will disappear quickly within the first couple weeks. You will have pain medication to deal with your discomfort. It is also crucial to follow Dr. Rottler’s instructions regarding applying topical antibiotic ointments and cleaning the incision sites.
Dr. Rottler will advise you on when you can return to your normal activities. You should be able to walk immediately after surgery, which is crucial for preventing blood clots as you stay in bed to heal. You should refrain from any lifting, pushing, or pulling during the two weeks after your breast augmentation. You should be extremely careful with your breasts for at least the first month.
Will I Have To Get My Implants Replaced?
Implants are man-made devices which will eventually wear out over time. Although the results of breast implants are typically long-lasting, it is generally recommended that they be replaced if and when they leak or wear out. It is crucial to schedule routine follow-ups with Dr. Rottler to ensure that your implants have maintained their placement and to discuss any questions you may have. Your implants may need to be replaced if the shape or size of your breasts changes over time. Some women choose to undergo a breast lift if they have become dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts after years of aging.
Why Should I Choose Paul Rottler, MD, FACS?
Dr. Rottler is extremely accomplished and skilled in breast augmentation procedures. With over 24 years of experience in cosmetic surgery, he has performed over 3000 breast augmentation procedures and also has extensive experience in reconstructive surgery. Dr. Rottler belongs to many prestigious associations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the Tagliacozzi Society, St. Louis Area Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Association for Hand Surgery, the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, and the Missouri Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Association. Membership in these organizations allows Dr. Rottler to stay up to date with the latest surgical techniques and medical developments.
Years of experience combined with a vast knowledge of modern surgical practices ensure that Dr. Rottler will give you the results you are looking for.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today!
It’s natural to have questions and concerns when considering cosmetic surgery. The best way to make the decision easier is to learn all about the procedure that you are considering. Take the first step towards your breast augmentation by scheduling your free consultation with Paul Rottler, MD, FACS today! These consultations are informative, confidential and, of course, completely free. Talk to Dr. Rottler about your expectations and learn more about how he can give you the fuller bust you’ve always wanted.
For more information on breast augmentation, contact Dr. Paul Rottler’s office today for a free and confidential consultation.