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What is Breast Augmentation ?

Breast augmentation — also known as augmentation mammoplasty — is surgery to increase breast size. It involves placing breast implants under breast tissue or chest muscles.
For some women, breast augmentation is a way to feel more confident. For others, it's part of rebuilding the breast for various conditions. If you're considering breast augmentation, talk to a plastic surgeon.
Make sure you understand what surgery involves, including possible risks, complications and follow-up care.

Why it's done

Breast augmentation might help you:
Enhance your appearance if you think your breasts are too small or that one is smaller than the other Adjust for a reduction in the size of your breasts after pregnancy Correct uneven breasts after breast surgery for other conditions Improve your self-confidence Discuss your goals with your surgeon so that you can be realistic about what breast augmentation can do for you.
Breast Augmentation Procedures
Step 1


Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2

The incision

Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. You and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome. Incision options include: along the areolar edge (peri-areolar incision), the fold under the breast (inframammary fold) and in the armpit (axillary incision). A belly-button approach is associated with a higher complication rate.Incisions vary based on the type of breast implant, degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy and patient-surgeon preference.
Step 3

Inserting and placing the breast implant

After the incision is made, a breast implant is inserted into a pocket either: A. Under the pectoral muscle (a submuscular placement) B. Directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle (a submammary/ subglandular placement) The method for inserting and positioning breast implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your body type and your surgeon's recommendations.
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Material of Breast Implants

Silicone implants: Lighter, gel-filled implants that are natural looking and resemble the real feel of breasts. Silicone breast implants can provide an enhanced yet natural appearance, especially when placed under the pectoralis muscles.
Gummy bear implants: Form-stable breast implants that are tear-drop shaped and provide the most natural appearance. Saline implants: Filled with a saltwater solution and are placed under the pectoralis muscle to provide beautiful symmetry along the bustline.

Types of Incisions

Axillary (armpit): The incision is made at the deepest point of the armpit, making scarring easily concealable.

Periareolar (around the areola): The incision is made at the junction between the lower portion of the areola along the normal breast skin.
Inframammary (below the breasts): The incision is made right below the breasts along the crease.

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