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Breast Augmentation or Enhancement

If you are dissatisfied with your breast size, augmentation surgery is a choice to consider. Breast augmentation can increase the fullness and projection of your breasts, improve the balance of your figure, and enhance your self-image and self-confidence.

 

What is Breast Augmentation?

Also known as augmentation mammaplasty, breast augmentation involves using implants to fulfill your desire for fuller breasts or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy.

Implants also may be used to reconstruct a breast after mastectomy or injury.

What it won't do

Breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. If you want your breasts to look fuller and to be lifted due to sagging, a breast lift may be required in conjunction with breast augmentation.

Breast lifting can often be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation. Your plastic surgeon will assist you in making this decision.

Is it right for me?

Breast augmentation is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

Breast augmentation may be a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy
  • You have realistic expectations
  • Your breasts are fully developed
  • You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
  • You are dissatisfied with your breasts losing shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or with aging
  • Your breasts vary in size or shape
  • One or both breasts failed to develop normally
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Advantages of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation can enhance appearance and boost self-confidence, but it won't necessarily change one's looks to match an "ideal" image. Before a woman decides to have surgery, she should think carefully about her expectations as well as possible outcomes, and discuss them with her surgeon. The best candidates for breast augmentation are women who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If a woman is physically healthy and realistic in her expectations, she may be a good candidate for this surgery.

Besides the positive aesthetic outcomes of breast augmentation, data has shown that many patients enjoy substantial psychological benefits, including enhanced self-esteem after breast implants. In addition, the surgical techniques and breast implants themselves are continuously being refined, increasing the safety and reliability of the procedure.