Dra. Yvelise Bello – Plastic Surgeon

Breast Augmentation: Everything you need to know about Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammaplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that enhances the size, shape, and fullness of the breasts. This option is popular among women who want to increase their breast size, correct asymmetry, or restore volume after pregnancy or weight loss.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation involves placing breast implants behind the breast tissue or the pectoral muscle. Implants come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, allowing for customization of the procedure according to each patient’s preferences and goals.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation

  • Increased size and fullness: Improves breast volume and fullness for a more balanced appearance.
  • Correction of asymmetries: Helps balance the size and shape of the breasts in cases of asymmetry.
  • Volume restoration: Restores lost volume after pregnancy or weight loss.

Types of Breast Implants

There are different types of breast implants:

  • Saline implants: Filled with sterile saline solution, they allow for volume adjustment during surgery.
  • Silicone implants: Filled with silicone gel, they offer a more natural appearance and feel.
  • Cohesive gel (gummy bear) implants: Made of firmer silicone gel, they maintain their shape even if damaged.

Breast Augmentation Procedure

Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes between 1 and 2 hours. The surgeon makes strategic incisions, such as under the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit, to minimize visible scarring. The implants are then placed and the incisions are closed.

Recovery and Postoperative Care

After surgery, follow the surgeon’s instructions to ensure proper healing. This includes wearing a compression bra, avoiding intense physical activities, and maintaining a balanced diet.