Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammoplasty)

Breast augmentation, commonly known as breast implant surgery, can be used to increase breast size, restore symmetry, or as part of a breast reconstructive treatment.

Implants have been used for decades to enhance the bust for larger, shapelier, or more symmetric breasts. Breast augmentation is highly customizable and patient-specific with the ability to choose incision placement, implant material, and several other features. In most surgeries, implants are used to enhance breast size. It entails inserting breast implants beneath the breast tissue or the chest muscles. Fat from another part of the body can also be used, but this method is less common. Breast augmentation is a way for some ladies to feel more confident. For others, it’s a necessary aspect of breast reconstruction due to a variety of diseases.

Consult your health consultant if you’re considering breast augmentation. Make sure you know what surgery entails, including the risks, complications, and aftercare.

You’ll meet with a plastic surgeon to discuss your desires for breast size, feel, and appearance. The surgeon will go through several types of implants, such as smooth or textured, round or teardrop-shaped, saline or silicone, as well as surgical procedures. General anesthesia is used for breast augmentation surgery.

Your plastic surgeon will make a single cut (incision) in one of three sites to install the breast implant:

  • Underneath your breasts
  • Under arms
  • In the vicinity of your areolas

After the procedure

Soreness and swelling are likely for a few weeks after surgery. Bruising is possible, too. Expect scars to fade over time but not disappear completely.

While you’re healing, it might help to wear a compression bandage or sports bra for extra support and positioning of the breast implants. Your surgeon might prescribe pain medication as well. After surgery, you should expect to be sore and swollen for a few weeks. Bruising is also a possibility. Scars will fade over time but will not vanish altogether.