Breast augmentation surgery increases or restores breast size using silicone gel or saline implants. Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast for a number of reasons:
- To enhance the contour of a woman who, for personal reasons, feels her breast size is too small.
- To correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy.
- To balance a difference in breast size.
- As a reconstructive technique following breast surgery.
By inserting an implant behind each breast, Dr. Gumucio is able to enhance your appearance. If you're considering breast augmentation, this will give you a basic understanding of the procedure--when it can help, how it's performed, and what results you can expect. It can't answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please ask Dr. Gumucio if there is anything you don't understand about the procedure.
Time in surgery: 1.5 hours
Time off from work: 1 week - 2 weeks
Are you a candidate?
Breast augmentation can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won't necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Gumucio.
The best candidates for breast augmentation are women who are looking for improvement in the way they look. If you're physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.
How is a breast augmentation procedure performed?
In breast augmentation using implants, Dr. Gumucio makes an incision, lifts the breast tissue, creates a pocket in the chest/breast area and places an implant in the pocket.
Where will my breast implants be placed?
Multiple factors, including your anatomy and Dr. Gumucio's recommendations, will determine how your breast implant is inserted and positioned. The implant is placed in a pocket either:
- Underneath the pectoral muscle, which is located between the breast tissue and chest wall. (Figure 1)
- Underneath the breast tissue and on top of the pectoral muscle. (Figure 2)