Procedure for Breast Augmentation


Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular requirements of patients going in for a plastic surgery/ cosmetic surgery.The procedure results in increasing the size of the breasts by using breast implants or fat. This procedure is also called augmentation mammoplasty.Breast lift for severe breast sagging is done along with breast augmentation. Moreover, patients also prefer to go for breast reduction surgery in case they are experiencing heavy breasts issue.

Breast Augmentation Procedure

Initially a pre-surgery evaluation tests are done prior to breast enlargement procedure or breast reconstruction process wherein the patient needs to get the below mentioned elements checked:

  1. Medical Conditions
  2. Medical Treatments
  3. Breast cancer history
  4. Drug allergies
  5. Current medications
  6. Blood test
  7. Mammogram
  8. MRI
  9. X-Ray of breasts

The breast augmentation procedure is done under intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia. Incisions are made in areolar edge, the fold under the breast and in the armpit area to avoid visible scarring. Incisions depend on the type of breast implant, degree of enlargement and anatomy (structure) of the breast. Then breast implant is placed in place either over or under the pectoral muscle. Then the incisions are closed.

Advantages of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation helps women gain and strengthen their confidence and also improve the appearance. It has been one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world.

  • Increase breast volume
  • Improve breast shape
  • Improve breast symmetry
  • Improve breast projection and look
  • Improve the contours of torso
  • Improve self-image and self-confidence
  • Breast health not in risk because of implant

Some Statistical Data

Breast augmentation surgery has gone up about 30% in the last 10 years.

What is The Average Length of Stay for This Surgery

Patient is admitted 1 day prior to prepare for surgery and is discharged the same day of the surgery if there are no complications.


The most common indications for a breast augmentation surgery are:

  • Injury
  • Mastectomy after benign or malignant tumours
  • Weight reduction
  • After Pregnancy
  • Ageing
  • Underdeveloped breasts
  • Worry about breasts being small
  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Developmental failure
  • Shapeless


Though this surgery is highly popular among women, it is not recommended in following conditions.

  • Mentally unprepared
  • In pregnancy
  • In breastfeeding
  • Unreasonable expectations
  • Systemic infections


  • Following are a few complications which may arise during or after the surgery. Immediate complications:
  • Bleeding
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Delayed complications:
  • Change in nipple position
  • Loss of breast sensation
  • Severe scarring
  • Implant inaccurately placed
  • Leakage of implant
  • Rupture of implant
  • Tightened scar tissue
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Wrinkling of the skin
  • Possibility of a repeat surgery

Recovery/ rehabilitation

Patients are suggested to visit their surgeon as instructed and following are some points to be noted during the recovery time.

  • Monitoring is done after surgery. Bandages and support bra is used to reduce swelling. Patient is discharged in 1-3 hours
  • Pain killers and antibiotics
  • Caring of the incision site
  • Wearing a support bra all day long during the initial days
  • Less activity in the initial days which should become normal in a month or two.
  • Annual examination has to be done to check the feasibility of the implant.
  • Repeat surgery may be needed in a few years as the patient ages.

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