Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that involves a placement of an implant behind each breast to increase its volume and enhance its shape. An implant can increase a woman’s bustline by one or more bra cup sizes. This can help enhance the body contour for a woman who feels her breast size did not develop to a size that meets her expectations. Having breast augmentation can also balance a difference in breast size in which one breast is significantly smaller than the other. This procedure can even correct a reduction in breast volume after weight loss, childbirth or as a result of aging. Breast augmentation can give you the most proportional figure that you always wanted. Most patients that undergo this procedure find that their clothes fit them better and feel more confident about their appearance.
The way in which the implant is inserted and positioned within the breast will depend on the woman’s anatomy and the plastic surgeon’s recommendation. An incision can be made either underneath the breast just above the crease, around the areola, or in the armpit. The doctor will make every effort to assure that the incision is placed in an area where the resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible. The implant is then positioned in a pocket created either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath the chest wall muscle. The implants are then centered beneath the nipples. The surgery takes about an hour or two for the doctor to perform. Most patients are up and about a day or two after surgery, and often return to work within just a few days or a week. The details of the breast augmentation procedure and recovery will be discussed during consultation with the doctor.