Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breast using saline-filled or gel implants. By inserting an implant behind each breast, surgeons are able to increase a woman’s bust line by one or more bra cup sizes.

  • The Effect of Breast Augmentation
  • The Breast Augmentation ProcedureThe Breast Augmentation Procedure
  • Best Candidates for Breast Augmentation
  • Risks
  • Surgery
  • Side Effects
  • Breast Augmentation Recovery

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The specifics of the Breast Augmentation procedure, as with all procedures vary from individual to individual.

The best candidates for breast augmentation surgery are:

  • Women who are physically healthy and emotionally stable with realistic expectations as to what the surgery can and cannot do
  • Women who feel their breast size is too small
  • Women who want a balanced pair of breasts

All surgery carries risk, and you should be fully aware of the medical risks associated with this procedure before you consent to surgery. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you during your consultation, and you are encouraged to ask questions if there is anything you do not understand. 

You will be required to sign a consent form before surgery stating that you have been informed of the risks involved; that you understand those risks; and that you accept those risks. This is standard hospital protocol and surgery will not be performed if you do not sign. 

It is your obligation to inform your surgeon of key medical information that may influence the outcome of your surgery or may increase the level of risk. These include medications you are taking, history of disease, medical complications, etc.

Risks and risk rates vary from patient to patient depending on a range of factors. No two people are alike. The risks listed below are possible risks associated with this type of surgery and are mentioned regardless of how remote the possibility:

Lack of implant permanence – surgical removal or replacement of the implants may be required to treat problems, including: deflation; the formation of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), which may cause the breast to feel tight or hard; bleeding or infection. Increase or decrease in sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, occasionally permanent. Mammography requires a special technique.

Time required: 1-2 hours
Anesthesia: General or local with sedation

Breast Prosthesis Type: MENTOR (FDA Approved)

Temporary pain. Swelling, soreness. Change in nipple sensation

Back to work: 3-5 days
More strenuous activity: 3-4 weeks
Fading of scars: several months to a year or more

Please note that this brouchure should be used only as a guide to your treatment. All specifics will be discussed with your Physician at your consultation.