Breast Augmentation Surgery
by F. Ryan Wermeling, MD
Breast augmentation involves placing an implant under the breast to add volume to the breast.
Volume can be lost after weight loss or pregnancy and augmentation can achieve a more rounded breast shape. Breast augmentation can also help correct asymmetry of the breasts. A good candidate for augmentation alone has little to no drooping of the breast.
During consultation, you will have the opportunity to try on various sizes of implants so that you can gauge your goals for volume.
Typically, breast augmentation surgery involves only a small incision underneath the breast which hides very well after it heals. The implants are placed under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle depending on quality of the breast tissue. The placement of the implant will be discussed during your consultation.
Combination Breast Lift and Augmentation
Combination breast lift and augmentation (mastopexy/augmentation) can be performed when both droopiness of the breast and volume loss are present. It gives the chance to combine the benefits of both types of breast surgery.
Often these two procedures can be performed at the same time, but we will discuss if this is safe for you. In cases where a larger implant is used, or the nipple must be raised a large distance it can be safer to perform the surgery in two stages.