Surgical Procedures


Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation is surgery to enhance the size of the breast and is one of the most common plastic surgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons. There are some major questions that need to be answered when having breast augmentation performed.

The first decision to make is what incision is to be used to place the implants. Implants can be placed through one of four incisions: the areola (Periareolar), the crease fold (Inframammary), the armpit (Transaxillary) and the belly button (Transumbilical). Each has its advantages and disadvantages.

The second major question that must be answered is where the implant is to be placed. There are two generally accepted positions for implant placement, above and below the pectoral muscle. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

The third major question that should also be addressed is the type of implant to use. Either silicone or saline are options as well as different shapes such as anatomic, round, high or low profile.

The fourth and final question to discuss is the final size you wish to be. This should be done by trying out different sizers in the office.

The surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis. You will feel discomfort, but any pain can be controlled with medication. You can expect your chest to be bruised, swollen and ache and this can last for a few weeks. You will be asked to rest for the first week. You will probably be instructed not to participate in strenuous activities for 2 - 4 weeks.

The results of breast augmentation are instantaneous but the final result will not be seen until 6 months to a year, when the implant has settled into place and the skin and muscle relaxed.

For further information about this procedure, please click here: American Society of Plastic Surgeons.