If you often wish that your breasts were larger, fuller or shapelier, breast augmentation surgery may be the right choice for you. Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that uses implants to enlarge and shape the breasts. Your new look will bring you greater freedom and fashion and may give your self-image a boost as well.
HOW IS BREAST AUGMENTATION PERFORMED?
The incision is small and is usually made in one of three locations: underneath the breast just above the crease; around the lower edge of the areola; or within the armpit. (See Figure A.)
Once the incision is made, a pocket is created into which the implant is inserted. This pocket is made either directly behind the breast tissue or beneath the pectoral muscle located below the breast tissue and above the chest wall. (See Figures B and C.)
HOW WILL I LOOK AND FEEL RIGHT AFTER SURGERY?
Within a day or two after surgery, you should be up and around. Most of the discomfort that you feel can be controlled with medication prescribed. Although everyone heals at a different rate, you can expect that your recovery will follow this general timeline:
Within one week:
After several weeks:
Incisions following the breast's natural contour define the area of excision and the new location for the nipple and areola. Skin in the shaded area is removed, and the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position.
FIGURE B (LEFT)
FIGURE C (RIGHT)
The breast implant is placed either:
B. Underneath the chest wall muscle or
C. Directly behind the breast tissue.
After surgery, scars will fade with time.