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Augmentation mammaplasty, or breast augmentation, is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed today. Breast augmentaion is designed to increase the size of the breasts and improve body proportion. Breast augmentation is not designed to lift sagging breasts, though for women looking to both lift and increase the size of the breasts, a breast lift procedure performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation is often done.

Ideal candidates for a breast augmentation procedure are in good physical and mental health, are dissatisfied with the size of the breasts, and have realistic expectations for the procedure and outcome. Breast augmentation can also improve breasts which are asymmetrical and implants may also be used after mastectomy of to correct other breast deformities from birth or caused by injury or illness.

Let’s take a look at an example of the steps a typical breast augmentation procedure:

  • First, anesthesia will be administered which will make you comfortable and numb to pain.
  • Next, the incision will be made. There are a number of incision placement options available to you. You and your Plastic Surgeon will discuss these options and make your decision prior to the procedure. Some Incisions placement options include: Inframammary Incision (in the crease under the breast), Transaxillary Incision (in the armpit), and Periareolar Incision (around the areola).
  • The implants will then be placed in through the incision. Again, you will have made your choice between a Saline-filled or Silicone implant ahead of the procedure, as well as chosen size, shape and texture of the implant. Saline implants are filled with a salt water solution after they are have placed in position, while Silicone implants, which are filled with an elastic gel, are placed pre-filled. Each option has its pros and cons and the decision is simply that of each patients aesthetic desires. Patients must be 18 years of age to receive Saline-filled implants and 22 years of age to receive Silicone implants, unless otherwise recommended for younger patients with reconstructive needs.
  • The placement of the implants will either be under the pectoral muscle or over the pectoral muscle, behind the breast tissue.
  • The incisions will then be sutured closed and bandaged.
  • Results will be visible immediately, though you will be sore and swollen. More true results will be visible in the coming months as you continue to recover and your breasts settle into their new shape and size.

As with all surgical procedures, breast augmentation surgery has its risks and it is important to know what these risks are before making your decision. Talking to a Plastic Surgeon is the best way to understand your risks and to learn what to look for as you heal. If you experience any shortness of breath or chest pain during your recovery, you should seek medical attention immediately. Getting breast implants is not a decision you make once and can then forget about for the rest of your life. Your implants will likely need to be replaced or revised in time.

Getting breast implants has helped many women find new confidence in their body’s. It’s important, if you are considering a breast augmentation procedure, that you are doing it for yourself. This will ensure a better chance at a successful procedure and recovery.