Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to enlarge and enhance the size and shape of the breasts with the use of implants. Currently, saline implants are probably the best choice for most women considering breast augmentation.

How are the implants placed?
The implants can be placed in front or behind the muscle. The incisions for placement of the implants can be transaxillary (under the armpit), periareolar (around the nipple) or inframammary (in the fold under the breast). The best position and incision will vary for each patient. We are also employing the latest endoscopic technology and are placing the implants through minimal access incisions and with the use of lighted scopes.

breast incisionsside view of breasts - implants
Incisions                          Above Muscle      Below Muscle

What type of implant is best?
Many different implant styles exist ranging from round to tear drop (anatomical) shaped with a variety of dimensions. Implants can be textured or smooth walled. The type and size of an implant will depend on the characteristics of the individual breasts to be augmented as well as the patient's goals.

Are breast implants safe?
Some women with silicone breast implants have reported symptoms similar to certain types of diseases that affect the body's immune system (autoimmune disorders). Presently, research has not found any clear link between silicone breast implants and autoimmune disorders or connective tissue disorders. Studies are ongoing investigating any possible link. Other possible complications of breast augmentation include deflation of the implant, asymmetry between the breasts, infection and bleeding.

If a saline implant breaks or deflates the saline (salt water) is resorbed by your body with no adverse effect. Capsular contraction in which the tissue surrounding the implant contracts can result in hard or distorted appearing breasts. However, the incidence of capsular contraction is low especially with saline implants.

Before and After Pictures