Breast Augmentation

For many women, breast size and appearance is an important aspect of their femininity and deeply affects their confidence and self-image. If you are unhappy with the breasts you were born with — or the changes that followed childbearing or weight loss — breast augmentation may be the right choice for you. This highly popular procedure can enhance the size, shape and firmness of your breasts, while also maintaining their natural feel.

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The Procedure

Three-quarters view of female chest showing breast implant incisions on right and midsagittal section of left breast showing implant in place.

Known officially as augmentation mammoplasty, the procedure involves the surgical placement of an implant filled with either saline or silicone under existing fatty tissue and near the chest wall. You and your surgeon choose the shape of the implants: Round implants give more fullness to the top of the breast, while teardrop-shaped implants more closely resemble the natural shape of the breast. You can also choose the size of the implant, and both the chosen size and shape result in a different type of incision and placement. Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia and takes between one and two hours to complete.

Breast augmentation is often performed with other procedures, such as breast lift or nipple repair, tummy tuck or liposuction.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between saline and silicone implants? Both types of implants have their pros and cons. Saline implants are less costly and pose fewer health risks in the rare case of leakage, but they can feel less natural and can be more visible. Silicone implants are designed to more closely mimic the natural shape of the breast and are ideal for women with thinner breasts, but they are more expensive. Newer models of silicone implants are FDA-approved and considered safer than earlier implants.

What is recovery like? Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, and you leave the surgery center on the same day. You are advised to rest for at least two to three days, but some movement is encouraged to promote blood circulation. You may resume all daily activities within four to six weeks, but your breasts may not fall into their natural place for six months, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see the final results right away. Depending on the incision site, there might be some scarring, which will fade over time.

How long will my implants last? Implants last at least 10 years, but can last 15 years or longer. Patients who undergo the procedure are encouraged to see their plastic surgeon annually for an evaluation of the placement and integrity of the implants. As long as there is no damage or rippling, the implants can stay in place; however they are not meant to last forever and will have to be replaced at some point.

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