Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast. Since the advent of breast augmentation in the 1960s, it has become the most frequently performed cosmetic plastic surgery in the U.S. Millions of women have improved their appearance through silicone or saline breast implants. Breast augmentation can give women with small or unevenly sized breasts a fuller, firmer, better-proportioned look through the placement of these implants in the breast. The results have a natural look and feel.
You may elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different medical and aesthetic reasons, but you should discuss the pros and cons with Dr. Wuest before surgery. The best candidate for breast augmentation is the woman who is seeking to improve not perfect her appearance. The procedure may be combined with others such as a breast lift for more satisfying results.
Implants are placed behind each breast, underneath either breast tissue or the chest wall muscle. The procedure lasts one to two hours and is typically performed with general anesthesia, although local anesthesia combined with a sedative is also possible.