Plastic Surgery

Breast Augmentation


Breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty is the procedure used to increase the size of a woman’s breasts, thus perhaps enhancing the overall shape as well.   This is accomplished by placement of a saline implant beneath the chest muscle and the existing breast tissue.  These implants are actually impermeable sacks filled with saline (salt water) or silicone that are incorporated into your body, rarely causing any reaction.Silicone Breast Implants


Determination of the desired breast size is an important part of the

pre-operative consultation.  You and your surgeon must decide on a size improvement that will take into consideration your overall body size and shape as well as pre-operative breast size.  However, the ultimate breast size may be determined at the time of surgery. 


To accomplish the most attractive and natural appearing result, the implants are placed within pockets the surgeon creates beneath the muscle.  In most cases placing the implants under the muscle rather than on top of the muscle gives the most attractive and natural result.  There are situations where placement on top of the muscle is indicated for the preferred result.


Naturally, your Plastic Surgeon must make incisions to place the implants.  These incisions may be placed beneath the breasts in the skin crease, within the axilla, or around the nipple and areola.  The axillary approach is recommended when no chest scar is desired.  Regardless of the incision, every effort is made to obtain the best scar possible depending on the individual’s healing capacity.


The Procedure

Breast Augmentation is most often performed under general anesthesia on an out-patient basis.  Patients will need a responsible adult to come with you the day of surgery and be with you following your procedure as directed by your Plastic Surgeon.  Breast Augmentation surgery usually takes approximately one hour.  Garments are usually placed on the patient following surgery.  These garments should not be removed until directed by your surgeon. 
























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