Freeman Plastic Surgery Laser & MedSpa:
Mark E. Freeman, MD
1855 Madison Avenue
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
Phone: (208) 881-5351
Toll-free: (866) 833-5351
Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Jackson Hole Office
Mark E. Freeman, MD
1921 Moose Wilson Road
Wilson, WY 83014
Phone: (307) 201-7121
Toll-free: (866) 833-5351
Monday–Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday: 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Breast augmentation, an extremely popular surgery, is also one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the country. Simply stated, it is the placement of breast implants just above or below the pectoralis muscles to change the size or shape of your breasts. Women visit Dr. Mark Freeman for breast augmentation at his Idaho Falls and Jackson Hole offices from Twin Falls and Pocatello, ID as well as other areas throughout the Rockies.
Our patients choose breast augmentation surgery for different reasons. The vast majority of breast augmentation patients are seeking natural-looking results to match their body contour. Other patients have noticed a significant loss of breast volume over time and would like to return to a more youthful appearance.
Breast Enlargement Resources
In addition to this page, my site has a number of other helpful resources for women considering breast augmentation. Take a look at this information and if you have questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me for a personal consultation.
The VECTRA® 3-D imaging system is another excellent resource available to help you decide about your breast augmentation options. Many women try to imagine how they would look with different sized implants. The VECTRA system removes much of the guesswork, providing a realistic, 3-D simulation of what your results might look like. VECTRA uses advanced software to combine your image with medical data to provide potential results that can be viewed from different angles.
Silicone Breast Implants Available
After 14 years of study, the FDA approved the marketing of silicone breast implants in 2006. This is terrific news as it allows our patients to have more choices regarding breast surgery. Patients who have had both types of implants overwhelmingly prefer the look and feel of silicone implants. Like many Idaho cosmetic surgeons who perform breast augmentation, I am glad to see the FDA allowing women to make an informed decision about the latest generation of silicone implants. However, silicone implants are not for everyone; there are advantages to each type of implant. It is crucial for every woman to have a detailed discussion with her surgeon about the risks and benefits of breast implants. I guide all of my augmentation patients toward the best implants for their appearance and lifestyle goals.
The new government approval is not without some restrictions. The FDA has limited the use of silicone breast implants to patients older than 22 years of age. The new guidelines also recommend regular MRI examinations of the breasts and require that patients review a significant amount of literature prior to surgery.
MARK E. FREEMAN, MD
An artist and visionary with exceptional technical skill,
Dr. Freeman attracts plastic surgery patients from Idaho, Canada, Salt Lake City, and abroad.
My Personal Philosophy on Breast Augmentation
Because breast augmentation is one of my favorite procedures, I invested a great deal of time and effort into refining my skills while in Los Angeles and Florida. Unfortunately, some see breast augmentation as a "one size fits all" operation, where the same techniques are applied to every patient. While this type of typical "boob job" is easily picked out, I take a completely different, personalized approach.
I see each patient as a unique individual, thus it is vital to customize the surgery to best suit her personal desires to ensure a more natural outcome. Individual factors such as height, weight, size and shape of the ribcage, elasticity of the skin, breast shape, nipple position and amount of existing breast tissue are all used to formulate a unique and customized plan for each patient.
While some women want a large round implant, others desire a smaller augmentation resulting in a natural, shapely breast. There is no one correct size or approach to your ideal breast. I believe it is important to understand your wishes and expectations so that we can meet your goals together. Vast amounts of beneficial and false information abound online and in the media concerning breast implants - information that can be confusing. I view my role as a guide through this puzzling process and will use my experience to help you understand the numerous options available. Using my surgical skill, together with your honest objectives, we will discuss how best to achieve your goals during a consultation.
What to Expect
Breast augmentation is one of the most common procedures that I perform. If done in the correct setting, it is a very safe and satisfying surgery. I meet my patients before surgery to review all of the choices made and look over the implants that are to be used. The surgery takes about 90 minutes from the time that you drift off to sleep until you awaken in our comfortable recovery suite with a nurse by your side. While in recovery, you will be encouraged to rest and allow the 'sleepy' feeling to clear. Once fully awake, we will talk with you and your care-giver about what to expect over the next few days. I am always available to you and your care-givers by phone and will meet with you the day following surgery.
The evening of your surgery you should be walking comfortably and eating a light meal. You will be encouraged to stretch your muscles and to be active from the time you get home from your breast augmentation procedure. Many women even feel like going out for dinner the night of their surgery. While you will need to wait several days to get into a bathtub, a shower often feels great right after surgery. You can expect several days of sore, stiff muscles which can be made more comfortable with medication. Depending on the level of activity required for your job you should be able to return to work within a few days to a week.