Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast. Many women who have breast augmentation do so for the following reasons:
- To enhance the body contour of a woman who feels her breast size is too small
- To correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy
- To balance a difference in breast size
- As a reconstructive technique following breast surgery
Through the insertion of a breast implant, a physician can increase a woman's bust-line by one or more bra cup sizes.
An incision will be made either in the crease where the breast meets the chest, around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), or in the armpit. Working through the incision, the surgeon will then lift your breast tissue and skin to create a pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath your chest muscle. The implants are then placed in this pocket. The surgery usually takes one to two hours to complete. Stitches are used to close the incisions, which may also be taped for greater support. A gauze bandage may be applied over your breasts to help with healing.
The enlarged appearance of the breasts is immediate. Generally, it takes one to two months for the implants to assume their position and for the result to appear natural.