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Breast Augmentation

Augmentation Mammaplasty

Breast augmentation is the surgical placement of breast implants to increase fullness and improve symmetry of the breasts, or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy.

Breast augmentation procedure steps

A breast augmentation procedure includes the following steps:

Step 1 - Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 - The incision

Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. You and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome. Incision options include:

Breast augmentation incisions

Incisions vary based on the type of breast implant, degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy and patient-surgeon preference.

Step 3 - Inserting and placing the breast implant

After the incision is made, a breast implant is inserted into a pocket either:

Submuscular and Subglandular Breast Implant Placement

A. Under the pectoral muscle (a submuscular placement), or

B. Directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle (a submammary/ subglandular placement)

The method for inserting and positioning breast implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your body type and your surgeon's recommendations.

Step 4 - Closing the incisions

Incisions are closed with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin.

Breast augmentation incision locations

Over time the incision lines will fade.

Step 5 - See the results

The results of breast augmentation are immediately visible. Get more information about breast augmentation results.

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