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Brest augmentation surgery aims to achieve fuller breast or to restore breast volume, which may have been lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, by using implants or sometimes fat.

Ideal Candidate

You may be conscious of the small size of your breasts or the loss of volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. In all such scenarios and in case of unequal breasts (asymmetry), breast augmentation can be extremely effective in achieving the desired breast shape, volume, and size. Scientific studies have proven that breast augmentation not only enhances the breasts but it also boosts self esteem, confidence, and sexual life. Breast implants are a safe and effective way of achieving desired results. Breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breast. If you want your breasts to look fuller and non sagging, a breast lift may be required in conjunction with breast augmentation.


All patients are medical screened for fitness before surgery. The patient is asked to discontinue smoking and to avoid anticoagulants, such as aspirin, clopidogrel, herbal products and Vitamin E, for at least 1 week before the surgery, with doctor’s advice.

The procedure is done under general anesthesia. Incisions are made in less noticeable areas to minimise visible scarring. The most popular incision is under the breast, but in selected patients, the incision can be made around the nipple or through the armpit. You and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome. Incisions vary as per anatomy and patient–surgeon preference.

Breast size and shape are important, so be honest and open about your expectations when talking with your surgeon. Implant type and size would depend not only on your desired increase in size, but more importantly on your breast anatomy, skin elasticity, and body type.

Options for Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. They can be filled with different amounts of saline that can affect the shape, firmness, and feel of the breast should the implant shell leak or be naturally expelled by the body. Silicone breast implants are filled with an elastic gel. The gel feels and moves much like the natural breast tissue. Silicone gel implants feel and appear more natural. They are becoming increasingly more popular than saline implants. Currently, saline breast implants are U.S. FDA-approved for augmentation in women of 18 years of age and older; and silicone breast implants are U.S. FDA-approved for augmentation in women of 22 years of age and older.

Saline or silicone implants can be advised at younger age for reconstruction purposes. The type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, body type, and surgeon’s recommendations affects the method of insertion and the position of implants. Layered sutures are done on the incisions made in the breast tissue; and sutures, skin adhesive, or surgical tape are used to close the skin. Over time, the incision line will fade and post-surgical swelling will resolve. Results of breast augmentation can be noticed immediately after the surgery.


Approximate recovery time is 2–3 weeks. The patient is adviced to wear a breast support during the postoperative period. There might be some wound healing and implant (if used) problems, but the overall risks of the procedure are minimal in healthy individuals.

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