Breast Augmentation, which is more commonly known as Breast Enlargement, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breast for a number of reasons:
- To enhance the body contour of a woman who, for personal reasons, feels her breast size is too small
- To correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss
- To balance a difference in breast size
- As a reconstructive technique following breast surgery
|Procedure||Enhance the size of breasts using implants filled with either silicone gel or saline|
|Length||About 1 Hour|
|Temporary Side Effects||Temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, bruising. Breast sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks|
|Recovery||Back to work in a few days or more. Limited exercise can generally begin after two weeks|
Here are images of some recent patients who had breast augmentation surgery. Of course, each patient is unique, and you may not look like any of these women, either before or after.
Many factors influence your decision of whether to have silicone-filled or saline-filled implants. Click here for an open letter to my patients to help in that decision process.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has created a breast augmentation tutorial that may be of interest to you as you consider surgical options in breast enlargement with silicone implants. This tutorial is also available regarding saline breast implants.
We take this surgery seriously because any operation carries some risk of complications. The FDA has compiled the most recent information for patients, including risks of deflation and other problems including the very rare hazard of BIA-ALCL. Please keep a list of your questions so that we can be sure to answer your concerns when you come in for a consultation.