Breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States, with more than 300,000 surgeries performed annually. Breast augmentation is routinely used to increase the patient’s breast size with the use of saline or silicone implants placed strategically under the patient’s breast tissue or behind the chest muscles.
What benefits can breast augmentation give me?
Breast augmentation can offer the following benefits:
- Improved breast symmetry
- Improved overall appearance because of proportional breast size
- Restoration of breast mass after breast-feeding and pregnancy
- An enhanced self-image that boosts self-confidence
What happens during a breast augmentation procedure?
Breast augmentation is typically an outpatient procedure that can be conducted in a day surgery setting under general anesthesia.
The surgeon starts by making an incision on the region of the breasts where the implants will be positioned. Incisions are generally made around the areola or in the natural crease under the breast.
Breast tissues will be separated from the muscles and connective tissues of the chest, creating a pocket for the implants. These pockets can be made in front or behind the chest wall.
The implant is then inserted into the pocket and adjusted as necessary. Saline implants will be empty when they are put in place and will be filled with a sterile saline solution after placement. Silicone implants will be inserted already pre-filled with sterile silicone gel.
Incisions will be closed using stitches or sutures once the implants are intact and adjusted accordingly.
What should I expect during recovery?
It is normal to experience soreness, swelling and bruising at the operation site. Drainage tubes will be used to drain out any excess fluid and blood for a few days, and compression bandages are recommended to reduce the swelling and provide extra support during recovery. Physical activities must be limited to prevent complications, and any sign of infection must be reported to the surgeon immediately.
Is breast augmentation right for me?
To determine whether or not breast augmentation is the right procedure for you, schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. During your visit, your doctor will speak with you about the goals you have for your appearance.
In addition to deciding on your treatment plan, your doctor will also ask you about your medical history. Bring a list of medications, supplements and vitamins you take, and have a list prepared of the questions or concerns you may have, as being open with our specialists is key to a safe and successful surgery.