Breast augmentation – also known as augmentation mammoplasty – is surgery to increase breast size. It involves placing breast implants under the breast tissue or chest muscles. Fat-graft mammoplasty can also be used. This procedure can also be performed to change the shape or texture of the breast. Breast augmentation is done by some women to change their body image and for them to feel more confident. For others it is part of rebuilding the breast for various conditions. If you are considering breast augmentation talk to a plastic surgeon. Make sure you understand what surgery involves including possible risks complications and follow-up care
During consultation you and your surgeon will discuss your preferences in size feel and appearance of your breasts. The surgeon will describe specific types of implants as well as
options for surgical techniques. Carefully review written information such as the patient information from the manufacturer of the implant that you will be given and keep copies for your records.
- BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO HAVE SURGERY, CONSIDER THE
• Breast implants will not prevent your breasts from sagging. To correct sagging breasts you might need a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation.
• Breast implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. The average lifespan of an implant is 10 years.
• Implant rupture is a possibility.
• Breasts will continue to age and factors such as weight gain or weight loss might change the way your breasts
look. These issues will likely lead to more surgery.
• Mammograms might be more complicated. In addition to routine mammograms you will require additional specialised views.
• Breast implants might hamper breast-feeding. Some women are able to successfully breast-feed after breast augmentation. For others however breast-feeding is a challenge.
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