Breast Augmentation

Also known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast augmentation surgery involves using breast implants to fulfill your desire for fuller breasts (breast enlargement) or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy (breast enhancement). Implants also may be used to reconstruct a breast after mastectomy or injury.

Breast augmentation is the second-most common cosmetic operation performed in the United States today. The decision for surgery, however, is not to be taken lightly. There are many reasons why breast augmentation may be appropriate for you. Some breasts are small or uneven as a result of their natural development. Others may have become smaller following pregnancy or as the result of weight loss. A breast augmentation can balance out your body proportions and improve your silhouette. An enhanced figure can be an important part of feeling both healthy and confident.

Breast augmentation can:

  • Increase fullness and projection of your breasts
  • Improve the balance of your figure
  • Enhance your self-image and self-confidence

What it won't do:

Breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. If you want your breasts to look fuller and to be lifted due to sagging, a breast lift may be required in conjunction with breast augmentation. Breast lifting can often be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation. Your surgeon will assist you in making this decision.

Breast augmentation is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else's desires or to try to fit any sort of idealized image.

In general, candidates for breast augmentation include:

  • Women who are physically healthy
  • Women who have realistic expectations
  • Women whose breasts are fully developed
  • Women who are bothered by the feeling that their breasts are too small
  • Women who are dissatisfied with their breasts losing shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or with aging
  • Women whose breasts vary in size or shape
  • Women with one or both breasts that failed to develop normally

The success and safety of your breast augmentation procedure depends very much on you being completely candid during your consultation with . By being actively involved, your consultation about breast augmentation, and any problems, concerns, and questions you may have can be addressed by your surgeon. You'll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want breast augmentation surgery, your expectations, and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Any previous surgeries
  • Family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsies

Your Surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your breasts, and may take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, and placement of your nipples
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of breast augmentation surgery and any risks or potential complications
  • Discuss the use of anesthesia during your breast augmentation procedure

The Surgery

  • In-House Surgical Center or hospital
  • 1½ hours duration
  • Post-Op office visit the next day

The Recovery

  • 2-4 days of moderate discomfort
  • Return to work/driving by fifth day
  • Light exercise at end of two weeks
  • Full exercise at end of one month
  • Massage as directed

Advantages of Silicone Implants

  • More natural shape and feel

Advantages of Saline Implants

  • Adjustable intra-operatively
  • Less expensive

For examples of the before-and-after results of breast augmentations performed at Delray Beach Plastic Surgery, visit our Gallery.

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