Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breast. A woman may decide to have this procedure for a variety of reasons, including:
- To enhance her body contour if she feels her breast size is too small.
- To correct a reduction in breast size after pregnancy.
- To balance a difference in breast size.
- As a reconstructive technique following breast surgery.
By inserting an implant behind each breast, surgeons are able to increase a woman’s bust size by one or more bra cup sizes. While silicone gel-filled implants are available only to women participating in approved studies, saline-filled implants are available to breast augmentation patients. Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.
The method of inserting and positioning the implant will depend on the patient’s anatomy and the surgeon’s recommendations. The incision can be made either in the crease where the breast meets the chest, around the areola, or in the armpit. Working through the incision, the surgeon will lift the breast tissue and skin to create a pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath the chest wall muscle. The implants are then centered beneath the nipples.