Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, is a surgical enhancement procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breasts. While breast augmentation will make the breasts larger, the surgery will not move the breasts closer together or lift sagging breasts.  Breast augmentation is tremendous help to patients who desire a fuller profile, who have lost breast volume due to pregnancy or nursing, or who have lost breast volume due to weight loss.

Reasons for Considering Breast Augmentation:

  • Enhance body shape if breasts are too small.
  • Increase breast volume after pregnancy and nursing.
  • Equalize a difference in breast size (cup size) to gain breast symmetry.
  • Reconstruct breasts following a mastectomy or injury.

General Procedure

Breast augmentation involves placing an implant under the breast tissue and chest muscle to enlarge the breast.  The surgery is commonly performed as an outpatient in our office fully accredited surgical suite while the patient is asleep. The best implant size/type will be decided together between the patient and the surgeon during the consultation.

During surgery, the implant is placed under the chest muscle, or sometimes directly under the breast tissue.  Implants will add upper pole fullness and enhance the size of your breasts.  They will not push the breasts closer together or lift the breasts.  Implants can be filled with silicone or saline, can be smooth or textured, and can be round or shaped.   In some circumstances, particularly those in which there is breast asymmetry (uneven breast size), you may need two different size implants.  Surgery usually lasts about two hours.  Long term concerns of implant leakage or capsular contracture are unusual but should be monitored by your surgeon with follow up visits. The FDA wants you to know that implants are not lifetime devices, that is you may need additional surgery if you have a leakage, capsular contracture, or desire a size change.

Recovery Process

Generally, post-operative instructions call for gentle stretching and a compression bra and taking it easy in order to speed up the healing process. You are usually placed in a surgical bra which you will wear for a couple of weeks.  It is important not to overwork your chest muscle the first few weeks until the implants are settled.  While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given by the physician after surgery.