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Breast augmentation

Breast Augmentation

 When a woman feels dissatisfied with the size, shape or symmetry of her breasts, her frustration is rather likely to curb self-confidence and indirectly her interpersonal and professional life as well. In cosmetic breast augmentation (also known as augmentation mammoplasty), to achieve volume growth and fullness, various types of breast implants are used. As the procedure is prevalently an aesthetic, elective surgery, the cost of breast augmentation must be fully covered by the patient.

Why Is Breast Augmentation Performed?

  • To harmonize breast size in case of asymmetry.
  • Enhance the size of genetically small breastsBreast-augmentation_Small
  • Give back the fullness of slightly sagging breasts after weight loss or breastfeeding. In case of drooping breasts, the procedure is usually complemented with a breast lift to improve the firmness of the tissues. 
  • Boast body image
  • Sometimes breast augmentation surgery is done for non-cosmetic, but rather reconstructive reasons after cancer or other conditions that require mastectomy.

What Kind of Implants Are Available for Breast Augmentation?

Currently, there are two types of implants available on the market, silicone and saline. In both implants the covering part is silicone, but the material and texture of the filling is distinct. Generally, saline filled implants are considered safer, as sterile salty water does not pose any health risk in case of a rupture.

Silicone implants are filled with silicone gel, which has a somewhat more natural feel and look than water, but at the same time it is associated with more complications.

In case of rupture of saline implants, it can be fixed by removing the shell and repeating the breast augmentation procedure. On the other hand, when silicone implants rupture, it may be indicated by a slow changes in breast shape and pain. The corrective procedure is basically the same as in the former case.

Breast Augmentation Surgery

The procedure is typically done as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia or sedation.

There are three commonly used incision types:

  • around the nipples (periareolar incision)
  • lower breast line (inframammary incision)
  • armpit (transaxillary incision)

The choice always includes personal preferences, and the type and size of the implant.

Then the surgeon creates a pocket either behind or in front of the pectoral muscle. Saline implants are first placed empty and then filled with saline, silicone implants, however, are inserted ready.

The incisions are closed with stitches and bandaged with adhesive tapes.

Right after breast augmentation, you can expect some bruising, swelling and pain, but feeling your immediately fuller breasts will compensate you for the discomfort.

You will receive pain medication and antibiotics to prevent infection, but post-surgery inconveniences may last for weeks.

For a few days it is recommended to rest, avoid physical activity and wear special protective garment to spare the breasts from pressure and abrasion. The scars need special attention, so use ointment to promote healing. Over time, scars will fade, although, they will not disappear completely.

Within a few weeks after breast augmentation, you will have a follow-up visit when sutures are removed

On the long run, doctors advise to take extra care when it comes to cancer screening and maintaining a balanced diet, because weight gain and weigh loss may change the size and shape of your breast. 


Risks of Breast Augmentation

  • Infection
  • Numbness, changed sensation in the breasts
  • The necessity to repeat the procedure due to implant rupture or leakage.
  • Scarring
  • The forming of a permanent scar tissue surrounding the implant
  • Fluid buildup
  • It may make breastfeeding more difficult and hinder traditional mammography screening.

The Cost of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation prices vary with geographical location, medical facility, the plastic surgeon’s experience and on the implant chosen. If you examine statistical data for breast augmentation prices, you will realise that they have considerably reduced over the past years. The average cost of breast augmentation today ranges between $4000-$6000, including doctors’ fees, hospital expenses, medication and naturally, the implants.


3.5 / 5 stars
Adrienne Laurent
Breat augmentation
I think the website is good enough for someone to understand what breat augmentation is, though you do not mention the need of women after pregnancies and breast feeding to feel desirable and look attractive again, I had a breast augmentation after four births and am satsified with my new look.
on 03/02/2014
4.5 / 5 stars
Nicole Read
Breast Augmentation
Hi ladies! I have to share this one with you... From age sixteen I'm dreaming of having a boob job, I actually admire women whose done a boob job, enough of being flat, I'm 38 and I won't put it off like I've always had. A boob job is more than affordable in Brazil , why pay five grand when you can pay two grand. Going on the 18th of April with my hubby, thanks Diana for arranding it all
on 08/22/2013
5 / 5 stars
Ronda Blackfield
Breast augmentation
I am 49 and single. I had a breast enlargement five years ago when I got a divorce and was quite happy with the resaults, I had it in Costa Rica in a private clinic and then a beautiful spa resort for a vacation. My new looks gave me confidence , you know being divorced isn't easy finding a partner, I am in for a refill, I feel that my breast implants are too small, will go to the same clinic as before...was very happy with the resaults. At first I was afraid having it abroad but it was very professional and less expensive