What is a breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular surgeries that plastic surgeons perform. The purpose of breast augmentation, or enhancement, is to increase the size of your breasts or restore volume lost due to significant weight loss or after pregnancy. Most commonly this is accomplished by placing an implant within the breast to increase the volume. Breast augmentation can increase fullness and projection, balance your figure and enhance your self-image. A breast augmentation is not the same as a breast lift. Augmentation alone will not correct significantly drooping, or ptotic, breasts. To accomplish that you may be a candidate for a breast lift, which can sometimes be done at the same time as an augmentation.
Breast implants will make your breasts a larger version of their current appearance. This means that if your nipples are wide apart on your chest before surgery, they will be wide apart after breast augmentation. If one nipple is slightly higher before surgery, then it will likely be slightly higher after surgery. It is important for all patients considering breast augmentation surgery to understand that no one has perfectly symmetrical breasts before surgery, and no one has perfectly symmetrical breasts after surgery. Having said this, breast augmentation patients have a very high rate of patient satisfaction and excellent results can last for many years.