Some patients feel dissatisfied with their naturally small or asymmetrical breasts. Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure that enhances the size and shape of the bust using breast implants for a fuller and more voluptuous appearance.
While some women lack volume in their breasts due to genetics, other factors like aging, pregnancy, weight loss, and breastfeeding can also cause volume loss. Breast augmentation can add or restore volume to the breasts to give patients a fuller, more attractive appearance.
Sometimes the size and shape of a woman’s breasts can make her figure look unbalanced. Breast augmentation can correct asymmetry to create a more balanced physique and provide a natural and beautiful breast shape.
Women with small breasts may feel their bust is a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness. Breast augmentation will not only enhance the size and shape of the breasts, but it will also provide women with their desired results and boost their confidence.
Breast augmentation is typically performed using saline or silicone breast implants. Dr. Hung uses both.
Incisions are made in inconspicuous locations to help minimize any visible scarring. Dr. Hung will determine which incision will best suit your desired outcome during your consultation. Incision location options include:
The placement of your implants will depend on your aesthetic goals.
Breast augmentation can also be performed alongside breast lift surgery to address sagging and excess skin.
Following your breast augmentation, a compression garment will be placed around the treated area to protect your new contours and minimize swelling. Swelling and bruising will occur but should dissipate in a few days. Make sure to avoid any strenuous activities for at least four weeks. You may return to work a few days after your surgery unless instructed otherwise by Dr. Hung.
You can expect long-lasting to permanent results following your surgery. Breast augmentation will enhance the size and shape of your breasts. Most patients enjoy their results for many years.
The visibility of your scars will vary based on the incision technique used during your procedure. Any visible scarring can be hidden with clothing and will likely fade within several months to a year.
Should any discomfort occur, Dr. Hung will prescribe medication to help alleviate the pain.
Women of all ages consider breast augmentation; however, the reasoning for the procedure often changes with the age of the patient and what they are looking to correct. Breast augmentation addresses many concerns. It can be used to correct genetic asymmetry (when one breast is significantly and noticeably larger than the other), enhance naturally small breasts, and restore volume after weight loss, pregnancy, or the natural aging process.
Women may be candidates for breast augmentation if they agree with any of the above. Additionally, a candidate for breast augmentation should be:
Breast augmentation cost varies significantly depending on the specifics of the procedure, your choice of implants, your geographical region, and standard surgical fees and factors.
The cost of your breast augmentation will include:
Breast implants last for many years — or even decades — however, they cannot be expected to last forever. Unforeseen complications and normal wear-and-tear may mean that implants will need to be replaced at some point. Additionally, many women choose to undergo breast lift surgery later in life (if their breast augmentation was performed when young) to address breast sagging.
The most popular way of performing breast augmentation is through an incision in the armpit. With this method, no incisions are made on the breast or into the breast tissue. The incision is about one inch in length and heals in a small, inconspicuous fold in the armpit.
Your breast augmentation procedure will be performed on an outpatient basis using either local sedation or general anesthesia and can take at least two hours depending on your desired results.
As with all surgical procedures, there are some risks and side effects associated with breast augmentation. These include: