Breast Enhancement

While everyone might think they know what a "boob job" is, modern breast augmentation procedures can help patients achieve a wide variety of final goals. If you want to increase the size of your breasts--or address some latent asymmetry--a breast augmentation can help you do that.

Every year there are millions of women who undergo breast augmentation procedures to reshape, lift, and enhance the size of their breasts. Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is an extremely common procedure which could make a huge impact on your self-image. Women everywhere understand that their unhappiness with the size and shape of their breasts is not something that has to be endured.

Candidates /Motivation for Procedure

There are many reasons women cite for their motivation to enhance or augment their breasts. Overall unhappiness with breast size is often perceived as the number one reason women undergo a breast augmentation procedure. While this is one popular reason, misshapen or asymmetrical breasts are other imperfections that can be improved with surgery. If you are looking to even out your look and experience natural results, mammoplasties may also be for you. Women who are in good health and have realistic expectations of their results make the best candidates for this, and all other cosmetic procedures.

Procedure Description

Breast implants and augmentations are almost always done under general anesthesia. There are many choices that are involved in this cosmetic enhancement, so discussing the following with your doctor is a mandatory part of insuring your results are exactly what you’re hoping for:

Different Types of Incisions: There are several types of incisions used in a breast augmentation procedure. Inframammary incisions are those made below the breast fold, allowing for the implant to be pushed up into the breast cavity. Scarring is often easily hidden and this incision also allows surgeons to avoid altering the areola. Periareolar incisions are made around the areola. Your surgeon will place the implant into the breast and suture your areola closed without any scarring to the breast area. There are other incision options in addition to these common ones which your doctor will explain to you before your procedure.

Different Types of Implants: One of the biggest decisions you have to make regarding your augmentation procedure is which type of implant you are interested in. The benefits and disadvantages of saline and silicone have been debated for years. Your surgeon will help you make the best choice, and often this is based on the expectations of your final results.

Placement of the Implant: After deciding which type of implant is best, you will then need to decide if you are interested in submuscular placement or submammary placement. The former places the implant under the muscle, while the latter is placed directly behind the breast tissue. Both have advantages as well as downsides, and your doctor will know which is perfect for your procedure.


Breast augmentation procedures are performed every year on millions of women. While there are always risks associated with cosmetic surgery, your doctor will do everything in his power to assure a speedy and safe recovery. Some of the side effects of augmentation surgery may include infection, swelling, pain, asymmetry, or results that may require revision. Other risks include those generally associated with anesthesia and major surgery.


Breast augmentation results will be seen immediately, but swelling will alter your ultimate appearance for a few weeks after your procedure. Reduced activity is typically necessary for a few days after your surgery, and your cosmetic surgeon will monitor you to make sure that you are healing as you should. You will experience your permanent results within months of your breast augmentation. It will be determined at this time whether or not you will need a revision procedure.