Breast augmentation and augmentation mammoplasty are plastic surgery terms for the breast-implant and the fat-graft mammoplasty approaches used to increase the size, change the shape, and alter the texture of the breasts of a woman. As a primary reconstruction, augmentation is applied to effect a post–mastectomy breast reconstruction, the repair of the chest wound consequent to the removal of a cancerous breast; to correct congenital defects of the breast(s); and to correct congenital defects of the chest wall. As an elective, cosmetic surgery, primary augmentation changes the aesthetics of size, shape, & texture of healthy breasts.
When to Consider Breast Augmentation?
If you want a better proportioned or more appealing figure
If you wish your clothes fit better
When pregnancy, weight loss or aging has affected the size and shape of your breasts
To restore symmetry if one of your breasts is smaller than the other
Is breast augmentation safe?
It is important for women with breast implants to keep in mind that while breast implants are intended to last your lifetime, replacement may become necessary. After breast implant surgery, you should have periodic examination by a board-certified plastic surgeon to monitor your implants.
Silicone gel−filled breast implants have been under scrutiny for years, but after gathering detailed and meticulous research and data, Cosmetic breast enhancement surgery, finding no link between silicone gel breast implants and connective tissue disease, breast cancer or reproductive problems.
Surgical techniques for breast augmentation and all breast implants are continually being refined, increasing the safety and reliability of the procedure. Ask your plastic surgeon to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.
There have never been more choices for breast augmentation. The following options are available, depending on your medical history, body shape and aesthetic goals.
Saline-filled breast implants
Silicone-filled breast implants
Cohesive gel silicone implants,
Autologous fat transfer
Your plastic surgeon might combine any of these breast augmentation options with a breast lift if there is any sagging or drooping of your breasts.
The best type of surgery for you
Your optimal breast size
The type of implant and incision location that will best fill your needs.
Factors that influence the size and type of breast augmentation recommended for you include:
Your medical history
Your goals for breast enhancement
Your existing body frame and mass
Your existing breast tissue
Your preferences related to size and incision placement.
The goal of your aesthetic plastic surgeon and staff is to help you achieve the best results and to make your surgical experience as easy, safe and comfortable as possible.