Subfascial Breast Augmentation

Subfascial Breast Augmentation

Subfascial Breast Augmentation in Long Beach, CA

Subfascial breast augmentation offers another option for women who wish to increase cup size an opportunity to do so with the most natural-looking results possible. 

Traditional breast augmentation methods – submuscular and sub-glandular augmentation – saw the implants placed behind, or in front of, the chest muscles. While these methods have their advantages, subfascial breast augmentation is a third option that potentially reduces the healing time while still providing natural-looking results. 

Here, Dr. Josh Waltzman of Waltzman Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Long Beach, CA, discusses subfascial breast augmentation. If you would like to learn more or arrange a consultation with Dr. Waltzman, reach out on (562) 448-6100 or fill out his online form.

What Is Subfascial Breast Augmentation?

Subfascial breast augmentation is a procedure in which a surgeon places breast implants beneath the fascia – the thin tissue covering the muscles on your body.

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The above image shows the breast anatomy, with the fascia highlighted

In traditional sub-muscular breast augmentation procedures, surgeons placed implants directly behind the pectoral muscle. This positioning requires cutting through the pectoralis muscle, leading to a more lengthy healing time.

Surgeons specializing in subfascial breast augmentation position the implant on top of the pectoral muscle, just below the fascia.

The procedure requires a delicate dissection of the tissues covering the chest muscles. However, due to less muscle and connective tissue displacement, the procedure offers more natural-looking and -feeling results, with a less painful and shorter recovery time.

How Will Subfascial Breast Augmentation Benefit Me?

Subfascial breast augmentation benefits patients in several ways.

  • Less Discomfort: Full recovery from breast augmentation recovery takes anywhere between three and 12 weeks. With a subfascial breast augmentation, many patients are able to stop taking pain medication after 1-2 days.
  • No Animation Deformity: Women with active lifestyles – especially dancers, runners, and those who frequently engage in high-intensity workouts – traditionally experienced distorted placement of an implant with any flexing of the chest muscles. This phenomenon, known as muscle animation, happens when muscle temporarily displaces the implant to the side of the chest. Subfascial breast augmentation solves this issue by removing the muscle from the equation, and placing the implant above the muscle.

How Does Subfascial Breast Augmentation Work?

The procedure for subfascial breast augmentation is akin to traditional augmentation – what differs is the implant placement.

During the operation, Dr. Waltzman creates an incision underneath the breast, in the skin fold between the chest and the breast. He then lifts the fascia covering the pectoral muscle and places the implants using a no-touch funnel.

Dr. Waltzman closes the incisions with dissolvable sutures. The entire procedure generally takes between 45 and 75 minutes.

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Ready to book a procedure with Dr. Waltzman? Contact us today to schedule a consultation and begin your new aesthetic journey today!

Schedule a Consultation

Ready to book a procedure with Dr. Waltzman? Contact us today to schedule a consultation and begin your new aesthetic journey today!

Am I a Good Candidate for Subfascial Breast Augmentation?

Several elements qualify you as a good subfascial breast augmentation candidate:

  • Being in excellent overall physical and mental health
  • Not smoking
  • Willingness to commit to all postsurgical instructions to speed healing
  • Having realistic expectations for the treatment and understanding what the process involves

What Can I Expect Before, During, and After My Subfascial Breast Augmentation Treatment?

Before

Once you decide you would like to undergo subfascial breast augmentation, the first step is to engage Dr. Waltzman in a confidential consultation to discuss your motivation and goals.

This stage is a crucial step in your journey. During their consultation, many patients realize a different breast surgery, such as a breast lift or fat transfer augmentation, aligns better with their circumstances and desired outcomes.

Once you decide subfascial breast augmentation is indeed the correct procedure for you, you’ll schedule a date for your treatment.

We strongly recommend avoiding smoking, limiting alcohol intake, and eating a nutritious diet in the three weeks before your treatment. Doing so will prepare your body for optimal healing.

During

Before he starts operating on your breasts, Dr. Waltzman administers a general anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable throughout the entire surgery. After Dr. Waltzman completes the procedure, our team will monitor you in-house. In most cases, you’ll receive the all-clear to go home shortly following your procedure.

After

Once you return home, you’ll immediately start focusing on your healthy recovery process. That means complete rest for the first 48 hours after treatment. Also, try and drink more water than usual, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoid excess stress.

The longer you can dedicate to healing, the faster your body will bounce back from surgery.

Recovery From Subfascial Breast Augmentation

Recovery from subfascial breast augmentation is reportedly better than submuscular breast augmentation techniques. However, you’ll still be recovering from invasive surgery.

You might experience swelling, bruising, tenderness, and fatigue – all of which are typical.

Keep your incision sites as dry as possible for 48 hours immediately following treatment. Then, begin gently cleaning the incisions with a product provided by Dr. Waltzman or with warm water and soap. After cleaning, it is imperative to dry the incisions completely.

You can usually manage pain with over-the-counter pain medication. You can discuss this with Dr. Waltzman leading up to your treatment.

Meet Josh Waltzman, M.D.

Learn why Dr. Waltzman has been trusted by many throughout Southern California and why you should choose him for your aesthetic journey.

Meet Dr. Waltzman

Meet Dr. Waltzman

Learn why Josh Waltzman, MD has been trusted by many throughout Southern California and why you should choose him for your aesthetic journey.

Meet Dr. Waltzman

Subfascial Breast Augmentation FAQs

For most patients, subfascial breast augmentation takes between 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

No, breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure. 

Results from the procedure are long-lasting. Of course, the natural aging process will take its toll, and after many years, you may decide to pursue a secondary breast lift or another breast augmentation procedure. 

Subfascial breast augmentation is generally a very safe procedure. There are risks associated with all surgeries. Dr. Waltzman will discuss the specific risks at your consultation. 

Subfascial Breast Augmentation in Long Beach, CA

Modern surgical techniques give you more options than ever to live life on your terms. Deciding to act on your desires for a more aesthetically pleasing body is empowering, and your confidence and daily quality of life will thank you for it.

To take the next steps, reach out to Dr. Waltzman and discuss how subfascial breast augmentation can help achieve your goals. Call (562) 448-6100 or arrange a consultation here.

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