Breast augmentation increases breast size. Typically to enhance volume a breast implant is used though in some cases we are able to use fat to achieve a patient’s goals. A breast augmentation will increase fullness of your breast, add projection, and improve the balance of breast to hip ratio. A breast augmentation does not correct severely droopy breasts. Patients with breast droop may require a breast lift in addition to their breast augmentation.
You may be a good candidate for a breast augmentation if:
- You are healthy, not pregnant and not breastfeeding (at least 6 months)
- You have realistic expectations
- Your breasts are fully developed
- You are dissatisfied with your breast size
- You feel the upper part of your breast appears “empty”
- Your breasts are asymmetrical or even symmetrical but smaller than you would like
- One of both of your breasts failed to develop normally.
Remember that breast augmentation is a personal choice and it is important that you are doing it for yourself and not someone else. Patient satisfaction is highest in patients who are self motivated.
During the consultation your physician at Longwood Plastic Surgery will discuss your options for breast augmentation. The doctor will review the types of implants available, position of implant placement (above or below the pectoralis muscle), incision placement and volume. You will have an opportunity to see and feel different types of implants. You will be able to try on implant sizers to help determine a volume that you feel is ideal. Additionally, you will be able to use our 3D photography to simulate before and after pictures.
At Longwood Plastic Surgery most of our patients who undergo breast augmentation do so in our very private, comfortable outpatient surgical suite. The procedure is done under general anesthesia meaning you will be asleep for the entire procedure. Typically breast augmentation takes under 1.5 hours. You will leave our office in a comfortable surgical bra, without drains and will be able to shower in 48 hrs. Postoperatively we usually limit aggressive physical activity for 2 weeks though most patients return to work in a few days.