Breast Augmentation ("Augmentation Mammaplasty")
Technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast augmentation is designed to surgically enhance breast size with breast implants. It can correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy, help balance a difference in size, or implemented as a reconstructive technique following breast surgery. Breast augmentation can be performed using either saline or silicone-gel implants, depending on a variety of factors. (Silicone-gel breast implants was recently approved in November 2006; used in reconstruction surgery for women of all ages and augmentation for women 22 years and older. Various mandatory conditions and studies apply, which can be discussed with your plastic surgeon)
1 hour or more.
Back to work: 3 to 7 days. More strenuous activity: 2 to 3 weeks. Swelling and bruising: 3 to 6 months.
To hide scarring, the surgeon can insert implants through an incision in the armpit, through the areola or where the bottom of the breast meets the chest.
Some surgeons use a technique known as Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA), in which implants are inserted through the belly button via an endoscope.
Local with Sedation