Breast Augmentation (also known as breast contouring, breast enlargement, mammoplasty enlargement, augmentation mammoplasty, or boob job) is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States. Today, nearly 350,000 women undergo this procedure in a year.
At the Bay Area Laser Surgery Center, we offer three treatments for breast augmentation:
Candidates for breast augmentation are most often women who are dissatisfied with small, sagging, or asymmetrical breasts and seek the treatment for cosmetic purposes to achieve a more youthful or fuller figure. Some seek it as a reconstructive procedure, after a mastectomy, for example. Patients who seek breast augmentation for cosmetic purposes must be at least 18, in good health and not currently pregnant or breast-feeding.
Increasingly, men are also seeking breast augmentation for cosmetic as well as for reconstructive treatments of the chest (pectoral implants). The same treatment options are available to men as to women.
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia. The cosmetic surgeon makes an incision, creates a pocket for the implant, positions the implant, and then closes the skin where the incision was made. The breast augmentation patient goes home in a special compression bra. This bra helps to reduce swelling and hold the breasts in the correct position.
Incisions vary based on the type of breast implant, degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy and patient-surgeon preference.
Recovery time for breast augmentation patients is usually between five to seven days, during which time patients are advised to rest and keep activity to a very minimal level. Some pain, bruising, and swelling are usually experienced after surgery. Initially, there may be slight bleeding around the incision. Heavy exercise should be avoided for several weeks.