Breast augmentation, also known as breast enhancement or breast enlargement, is a surgical breast procedure to accentuate the size and shape of a woman's breasts. Women consider a breast augmentation procedure to enhance body shape if their breasts are too small, increase breast volume after pregnancy and nursing, and to equalize a difference in breast size or cup size to gain breast symmetry. This can also reconstruct the breast following a mastectomy or injury.

During a breast augmentation, I make a small incision around the areola or underneath the breast to insert a breast implant into the breast area in order to enlarge the breast. The surgery is commonly performed on an out-patient basis at a hospital or a state-of-the-art surgery center while the patient is under general anesthesia and asleep.

During surgery, the breast tissue is raised to create an open pocket under the breast tissue or beneath the chest wall muscle. Inserting an implant behind each breast can increase a woman's breast size by one or more bra cup sizes. Breast implants can be made of either silicon gel or saline. The FDA has approved the use of silicon gel implants for cosmetic breast augmentations.
Silicon implants can provide you with a very natural look and feel. As a board certified plastic surgeon, I recommend them for women with only a small amount of breast tissue and for all breast reconstructions. Saline breast implants are also great for cosmetic breast augmentation. I offer the use of saline implants for women who have a moderate amount of breast tissue to start with and you want to increase the size of their breasts even more.

Surgery typically lasts about two hours and it's very well tolerated as an out-patient procedure. Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time.

Bandages are applied right after surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the surgery. This pain can be treated effectively with oral medication. Overall, breast augmentation is a very well tolerated procedure in order to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breasts. If you have any questions along the way, just hit the contact tab and we'll be happy to get back to you very quickly.

Breast Augmentation Overview

Everything you need to know about breast augmentation, including implant and incision types, surgery type,s and the reasons why you'd get a breast augmentation--including those women going through breast reconstruction.