Breast Augmentation

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation, also known as mammaplasty, or “boob job” by patients, entails using implants or fat transfer to enhance the size of the breast. There are two types of breast implants approved for sale in the United States: saline-filled and silicone gel-filled. Both types have a silicone outer shell. They fluctuate in shell thickness, shell surface texture, size and shape (contour). The implants are medical devices that are implanted under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle to increase (augment) breast size or to rebuild (reconstruct) breast tissue after mastectomy or other damage to the breast. They are also used in revision surgeries, which correct or improve the result of an original surgery.

At your consultation, your surgeon will recommend an implant type based on your surgical goals and help you make an informed decision. Many women prefer the new generation of silicone gel implants because the look and feel is more like natural breast tissue.

Making the Correct Choice

Making the correct choice on the breast implant can be somewhat complicated depending on several different factors: genetics, skin flexibility as well as the wants and desires of the patient for the shape and size that’s ultimately aesthetically pleasing for them. Being in good physical and mental health is a great beginning to the journey of breast augmentation surgery. Having all of the information to make a realistic decision and outcome is key Understanding the surgical procedures is essential in making the right personal decision. Some of the considerations are:

  • The decision of shape; round or shaped.
  • Projection of implant.
  • The amount of fluid fill or gel cohesiveness.
  • The type of texture of the implant; smooth or textured.
  • Location of incision.

A good candidate for breast augmentation would be:

  • a woman whose breasts are an uneven size or shape.
  • a woman who has had a mastectomy and needs to replace or reconstruct the breast tissue.
  • a woman who desires a fuller breast to give a more balanced body proportion.

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures performed in the world today but it is not for every woman. Speaking with a surgeon about the risks and unforeseen complications is a must. Knowing the pros and cons of the procedure can lead to the best and most informed decision making.


Risks Associated with Breast Augmentation

After surgery, the following may occur:
  • Scar tissue may distort the shape of the breast implant (capsular contracture).
  • Breast pain.
  • Infection.
  • Changes in nipple and breast sensation.
  • Implant leakage or rupture.