Breast Augmentation, known as augmentation mammoplasty, can enhance the body contour of a woman who is unhappy with her breast size. This procedure may also be used to improve the loss of breast volume following pregnancy and nursing. The operation may also help balance breast asymmetries. The two types of available implants in the U.S., the Saline filled or the Silicone Gel implants, may be surgically implanted via four approaches with placement of the implant either above or below the chest muscle. The routes are periareolar (around the areola), inframammary (under the breast folds), transaxillary (arm pits) and transumbilically (via the navel for Saline implants only).
The implant is composed of an outer flexible, silicone shell and filled with either saline or silicone gel. The outer surface may be smooth or textured. Implants also have various sizes, profiles and shapes to meet the individual needs of each woman.
While breast augmentation will enlarge the breasts, the surgery will not alter underlying basic defects in breast shape and form. Major asymmetries may be improved, but will not be completely corrected with breast enlargement alone. A noticeable pre-operative difference in the size, shape or orientation of the two breasts is considered normal in nature and is actually the rule. If breast size and/or nipple position asymmetries are severe, additional procedures to further improve symmetry may be necessary.
Statistics have shown that breast enhancement surgery has a high patient satisfaction rate.
Who is a Candidate?
Women who want larger breasts, want to improve their breast shape, healthy women without connective tissue diseases and healthy women without breast malignancy.
Larger breasts with less asymmetry and size difference.
Breast Augmentation is performed in an accredited outpatient surgical facility under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation with local anesthesia. Surgical scars are usually hidden as much as possible in skin folds. Saline or silicone implants may be placed either above or below the chest muscle.
Recuperation and Healing
- Discomfort is controlled with oral medications and long-acting local anesthesia.
- A soft bra or compression garment is usually worn for two weeks postoperatively.
- Patients are usually discharged the same day to the care of a responsible adult and recover at home.
- There are no stitches to remove as all sutures dissolve spontaneously under the skin.
- Light activity may be resumed in 3 days. Sports activities may be resumed in 3 weeks.
Note: The specific risks and suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation with Dr. Moreano. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the overall outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual, but they will be discussed during your pre-operative visits with Dr. Moreano.