Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery that involves replacing a woman's natural breast with a larger breast implant of different shape.

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What are Breast Implants?

Breast implants are silicone shells filled with saline or silicone, which each have their own unique advantages. Dr. Barbour helps you decide which option is best for you, as each will affect the way your breasts will feel after the surgery. Breast implants also come in different shapes, such as teardrop and round, as well as various textures. Women often decide to have their breast implants removed or replaced.

Some of the common reasons women have breast implants removed are:

  • Replacement with a larger or smaller implant
  • Problems with the implants, such as leakage or ruptures
  • Lifetime of the implant
  • Changes in lifestyle, such as starting a family

What are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation?

A breast augmentation can give you larger breasts, as well as making them rounder or correcting asymmetries between them. With today’s implant designs, women have numerous options for changing their breasts.

What is the Procedure for Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation (the slang version of which may be called a “boob job”) requires general anesthesia, so you should be in good health prior to the surgery. If you have health problems, Dr. Barbour may recommend you delay the surgery. Incision placement is based on the nature of the surgery and the type of implants. After making the incision, Dr. Barbour inserts the breast implant and positions it above or below the pectoral muscle. If you choose a saline implant, it is inserted just as the shell and filled with saline after it is in position.

What Should I Expect After Breast Augmentation?

You will need to limit your activities for two to six weeks to prevent shifting of the implants. Full healing from breast surgery can take several months.