Breast augmentation is the surgical placement of breast implants to increase or restores breast size using silicone gel implants, saline implants or in some cases, fat transfer. One of the most popular and frequently performed aesthetic surgery procedures, breast augmentation has a long and successful track record in satisfying women who wish to enhance, regain or restore balance to their figures. Also known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast enlargement or breast implants.
As a primary reconstruction, augmentation mammoplasty is applied to effect a post–mastectomy breast reconstruction, the repair of the chest wound consequent to the removal of a cancerous breast; to correct congenital defects of the breast(s); and to correct congenital defects of the chest wall. As an elective, cosmetic surgery, primary augmentation changes the aesthetics-of size, shape, and texture-of healthy breasts.
When to Consider Breast Augmentation:
If you want a better proportioned or more appealing figure
If you wish your clothes fit better
When pregnancy, weight loss or aging has affected the size and shape of your breasts
To restore symmetry if one of your breasts is smaller than the other
- Augmentation is a long-term solution for achieving an ideal figure.
- You will look better in clothes and swimwear.
- You will have a more youthful-looking figure.
How is a breast augmentation procedure performed?
In breast augmentation using implants, your surgeon makes an incision, lifts the breast tissue, creates a pocket in the chest/breast area and places an implant in the pocket.
An additional option for breast augmentation is autologous fat transfer, a process in which your surgeon removes your own fat, using liposuction, from a fat-yielding body part (such as your abdomen, thighs, or flanks) processes it and then injects it into your breasts. This procedure is currently considered experimental, due to a limited history of data, but the process has shown promise.
Where will my breast implants be placed?
Multiple factors, including your anatomy and your surgeon’s recommendations, will determine how your breast implant is inserted and positioned. The implant is placed in a pocket either:
- Underneath the pectoral muscle, which is located between the breast tissue and chest wall.
- Underneath the breast tissue and on top of the pectoral muscle.
Today there are many styles, sizes and shapes available allowing for maximum customization: breast implants that can give you a more natural look, or the ability to really stand out in a crowd.