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What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation involves using breast implants or fat from your own body (called fat transfer breast augmentation) to increase the size of your breasts or restore the volume of your breasts after weight loss or pregnancy to achieve a rounder, fuller shape.

Breast augmentation may only partially correct drooping or sagging breasts. A breast lift is often performed along with augmentation for optimal results.

Implants may also be used during reconstructive surgery following a mastectomy.

Our board certified plastic surgeons are widely experienced in the latest implant designs and techniques and can create a very natural look during this outpatient surgery.

Types of breast implants include:

Saline breast implants - These implants are filled with saline or sterile salt water. They offer a uniform shape and feel.

Silicone breast implants – These implants are filled with a silicone gel that feels like natural breast tissue. This type of implant is FDA-approved for women aged 22 and older.

Fat transfer augmentation – This procedure involves harvesting fat from other parts of the body and injecting it into the breasts. This is an option for women who seek only a minimal increase in breast size.

The type of implant that is best for you will be decided upon in consultation with your surgeon.

You are a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery if:

  • You are in good physical shape and aren’t pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Your breasts are fully developed
  • You are not satisfied with the size, shape or volume of your breasts
  • Your breasts are asymmetrical
  • You have realistic expectations

What to expect

During a thorough consultation, your physician will perform a physical exam, take a full medical history, ask you about medications you may be taking and any conditions you currently have, take photographs, and discuss your expectations for the surgery. In addition, you may ask your physician any questions and discuss concerns you may have about breast augmentation at this time. Together, you will develop a treatment plan that’s tailored to your individual needs and desires.

Complications

Complications from breast augmentation are minimal and include those associated with any surgery, such as infection, excessive bleeding and anesthesia risks. In addition, risks for breast augmentation surgery include:

  • Decreased nipple sensation
  • Scarring
  • Future implant leakage or rupture
  • Formation of scar tissue around the implant
  • Wrinkling of skin over implant
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Possibility of revision surgery

Recovery

Immediately following your breast augmentation surgery, you will be taken into a recovery area for close monitoring. Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and a support bra to minimize swelling and support the breasts during the healing process. You will need to wear this garment as instructed by your physician.

A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that collects.

You will be prescribed pain medication and an antibiotic to prevent infection.

Before being discharged from the hospital, you will be given postoperative instructions by your surgeon. It’s very important that you follow these instructions carefully to avoid complications.

While everyone’s recovery is different, you can expect to wear the supportive garment for three to six weeks. You will need to take it easy until your surgeon tells you it’s OK to resume normal activity, usually after three to six weeks.

Frequently asked questions

Will I be able to breastfeed?

Breast augmentation should not interfere with your ability to breastfeed.

Will my implants impede mammograms?

There are many ways to obtain images of the breasts, including digital mammography, MRI and sonogram. We recommend that you go to a mammographer who is experienced in dealing with women who have had breast implants.

How long will my implants last?

Implants usually last at least 10 years and can last well beyond that time. The FDA recommends an MRI after three years of implantation to check on the integrity of the implant. In addition, your annual mammogram could help detect problems with your implant. If you have a leak, follow-up care may be necessary.

What happens as I age and my body changes?

As you age, your body will change. These changes, such as gravitational changes, weight loss and weight gain, are normal. You may entertain the option of further enhancement down the road.

Can I bring pictures to my consultation?

Yes, we encourage you to bring pictures to share with your surgeon and have an open dialogue about your expectations.

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