Breast augmentation -also known as Augmentation Mammoplasty – is surgery to increase breast size, enhance the shape of the breasts or correct asymmetry. For some women this type of surgery is a way to feel more confident. For others, it’s part of rebuilding the breast for various conditions.
If you’re considering breast augmentation, talk to a plastic surgeon. Make sure you understand what surgery involves, including possible risks, complications and follow-up care.
Breast augmentation surgery might help you:
- Enhance your appearance if you think your breasts are small or that one is smaller than the other and this impacts how you dress or the type of bra needed to help with the asymmetry
- Adjust for a reduction in the size of your breasts after pregnancy or significant weight loss
- Correct uneven breasts after breast surgery for other conditions
- Improve your self-confidence
You can consult with your plastic surgeon about your preferences for size, feel and appearance of your breasts. The surgeon will describe specific types of implants — smooth or textured, round or shaped like a teardrop, saline or silicone — as well as options and differencies for surgical techniques.
Discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon so that you can be realistic about what augmentation mammoplasty can do for you.