What is a Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation — or augmentation mammoplasty — is a surgical procedure to increase the size or change the shape of the breasts. It may be used when a patient has lost a considerable amount of weight or to increase the size of their breasts. Some patients do it to get more upper pole fullness and cleavage.
The procedure may include the use of breast implants which are available in different styles, such as saline filled or silicone filled, and in different shapes. Fat may also be transferred from somewhere else in the body and placed in the breast area.
What's the Procedure Like?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that typically requires general anesthesia. The surgeon most often makes a small incision under the breast near the crease.
The implant is inserted into a pocket between the pectoral (chest) muscle and the breast tissue or more commonly under the muscle itself. The incisions are closed with sutures followed by skin adhesive or special tape. Dressings and sometimes a special bra are applied. Most people go home within a couple hours after surgery; full recovery takes a few weeks.
Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation should only be performed because the patient wants it done. Good candidates are physically healthy, have reasonable expectations about the results and have fully developed breasts.
Patients who have small breasts, or whose breasts have lost shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss or with aging may be candidates for augmentation surgery. Breasts lifts are often done simultaneously. Asymmetrical breasts or breasts that did not develop normally can sometimes be corrected with augmentation surgery.