Breast Augmentation

If you often wish that your breasts were larger, fuller or more shapely, breast augmentation surgery may be the right choice for you. Breast augmentation (also called augmentation mammaplasty) is a cosmetic procedure that uses implants to enlarge and shape the breasts. Your new look will bring you greater freedom with fashion and may give your self-image a boost as well. You’ll find basic information about breast augmentation in the following pages, as well as a photo of a reduction. However the best way to get complete answers to specific questions that relate to your individual needs is to have a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon certified by the “American Board of Plastic Surgery”.


NOTE: The illustrations in the following are artists renderings and do not represent actual patient results, except for the reduction photos. Individual results may vary.

Is Breast Augmentation Right for Me?

Women who choose to have breast augmentation surgery do so to improve their self-image. Some feel dissatisfied because their breasts never developed to a size that meets their expectations.  Others want to bring balance to a breast that is somewhat smaller than the other. Often women want the procedure to restore their natural breast volume, which may be decreased as a result of Pregnancy, weight loss or aging. Any one of the following by the feelings or conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for breast augmentation:

  • You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
  • Weight loss has changed the size and shape of your breasts.
  • After having children, your breasts have become smaller and have lost their firmness.
  • Dresses that fit well around your hips are often too large at the bust line.
  • One of your breasts is noticeably smaller than the other
  • You feel self-conscious wearing a swimsuit or formfitting top.

In addition, there are several “musts” for someone considering breast augmentation:

  • If you are a young woman, your breast development , must be complete.
  • You must be emotionally mature and fully understand your own motivations for wanting the procedure. (The best reason is to feel better about yourself).
  • You must have realistic expectations, knowing that the procedure can bring improvement, but not perfection.

How is breast augmentation performed? 

The technique used for your surgery depends not only on your
surgeon’s preferences, but also on your desiredresults.The incision
issmall and is usually made in one of three locations:underneath the
breast just above the crease; around the lower edge of the areola; or
within the armpit.

Once
the incision is made, the surgeon creates a pocket into which the
implant is inserted. This pocket is made either directly behind the
breast tissue (b) or beneath the pectoral muscle located below the
breast tissue and above the chest wall (a).
After surgery, scars will fade with time.

All of this information and pictures have been provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.