A breast augmentation is one of the most commonly-performed plastic surgeries. Women often choose breast augmentation to improve their self-confidence. But a breast augmentation may also be a smart choice for many situations, including:

  • Reconstruction after mastectomy, cancer or injury
  • To change appearance after pregnancy
  • To change appearance after significant weight change

About the procedure

To achieve augmentation, your surgeon will use silicone or saline implants. Your doctor will discuss with you the benefits and attributes of both. Another important topic you will discuss during the consultation is augmentation size. Size is an individual decision with no right or wrong solution. Working together, your surgeon and you can come up with the right plan. Together, you will explore options and recommendations for:

  • Implant size, style, and shape
  • Implant material (silicone or saline)
  • Implant position
  • Implant incision site

As part of the procedure, your surgeon will place the implants either beneath or outside of the muscle. The implants will be either in the lower crease between the breast and ribs or around the areola. Breast implants are not permanent, but they last many years.

Other breast surgeries are options along with a breast augmentation. A breast lift will improve sagging breasts. A breast lift will also remove and tighten skin around the breast. Another procedure is a fat transfer breast augmentation. In that procedure, the surgeon uses fat from elsewhere in the body. This fat is an alternative to silicone or saline implants.


After most breast augmentations, you may return to a normal routine after a few days. You will have some fatigue, swelling and discomfort. Pain medication is an option. You will need to avoid lifting, underwire bras and heavy exercise for a period of time. You will have some scarring, but it will heal in time.