Wondering About a Breast Augmentation?

 Many women have questions about breast augmentations. For some, they may think about it knowing they’ll never really do it, for others, it’s a viable option. Regardless, the questions abound, from why do it to is it safe. Here are some FAQ’s to help you out in your research…


What actually is a breast augmentation?

A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that enhances a woman’s breasts. It can be to increase the size, change the shape, create a more youthful look and even balance breasts that are asymmetrical.


What are some reasons women choose this procedure?

Women choose to have this procedure for a variety of reasons. They may be unhappy with the shape and size of their breasts after weight loss or childbirth. Perhaps aging is not doing to their breasts what they’d like and they want a more youthful look. Maybe they want more cleavage or a fuller look. Some women have always wanted larger breasts, and this is a way to have them.


Are breast implants and an augmentation the same thing?

A breast augmentation is the procedure where breast implants are placed. So, yes, usually it is the same thing. Either saline implants or silicone implants are placed into the breast through an incision. Usually it is up to you and your doctor about which type of implants to use. Some factors that may be part of the decision are things like your age, size of the breast and what look you want.


What about some general statistics on breast augmentation/implants?

Here are some statistics about breast implants

  • In 2013, this was the number one cosmetic surgery in the United States, with over 300,000 breast implant procedures completed. The number was up 37% in 3 years and is still on the rise.
  • The age group with the most procedures was ages 30-39, most likely due to unhappiness with their breasts after having children – the infamous “mommy makeover.”
  • The fastest growing segment in the bra industry is bras with large cups and small bands, think 28- 32 with DD to J cups.
  • Most women just go up a size or two when seeking a breast augmentation – they still want a natural look.


Are Silicone or Saline implants always used?

Sometimes a woman’s own fat is used to augment her breast. That is often with breast reconstruction after surgery, but that’s really another topic. There are cosmetic procedures where this can be done.


Is a breast lift the same as a breast augmentation?

Not really. A breast augmentation can be a breast lift, but it’s also a breast enhancement, with some sort of implant added to increase size. A lift does not always entail augmentation. If the issue for you is drooping breasts, a lift may be enough. Some women need both to achieve the look they want.


What makes a good breast augmentation candidate?

Not everyone should have an elective breast augmentation, and some women are better candidates than others. Here are some factors which make a good candidate:

  • You are healthy, some health factors will exclude you from the group of who is a good candidate.
  • Your breasts are fully developed (that’s why age minimums are set).
  • You have realistic expectations of the final result.
  • You’re unhappy with the way your breasts look (size, shape, symmetry, sagging).


What can you expect during and after surgery?

It’s important to know what to expect during and after any surgery. These factors my help you make your decision.

During – You will either be sedated intravenously or under general anesthesia. A predetermined incision will be made and the implants will be inserted. The incision will be closed.

After – Your recovery is an important part of the procedure. Rest for a few days is important, usually 24 – 48 hours, and then reduced activity afterwards for a few days. There may be some soreness and swelling in the following days and weeks.


This is a surgery that many women are electing to have. The surgery itself is fairly routine and easy; the recovery is not bad. If this is something your feeling is for you, talk to your plastic surgeon for more information and to determine if it really is the right things to do.


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