Breast Augmentation


 

Breast augmentation (Augmentation Mammoplasty), is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast. The procedure can be performed to balance a difference in breast size, to correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy, and as a reconstructive technique following breast surgery. A patients physical findings will determine the site placement (above or below the muscle). Gel or form-stable gel implants are commonly used and placed directly beneath the mammary gland.

Breast augmentation (breast enhancement) with saline or silicone breast implants involves placement of either a saline or silicone breast implant behind the breast. Patients often desire to enhance the shape and size of their breast because they feel their breast size is too small, to correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss, and to balance a difference in breast size. The breast implant is generally placed in a pocket beneath the pectoralis muscle (submuscular breast augentation). The implant is most commonly placed through minimal incisions located either in the fold beneath the breast (inframammary or IMF incision), at the junction of the areola with the skin of the breast (periareolar incision), or through the axilla (transaxillary incision). By inserting an implant behind each breast, Dr. Greenberg is able to enhance a woman’s bustline by one or more bra cup sizes. Most patients choose to have their breast implants placed through the inframammary or perioareolar approach as these incisions provide the surgeon with the most precise control over implant placement.

Patients can expect some pain and discomfort after breast augmentation surgery, but this can be managed with medication. Some bruising, swelling, and numb sensation will likely affect the breasts and nipples within the first few weeks following the procedure. Stitches are typically removed within the first 10 days after surgery. Patients can usually get back to their normal routines within a few days to a week.