Breast implants, which is also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty or breast enlargement, are designed to enhance the contour of a woman’s body who is not pleased with the size of her breast. Included among the other reasons for this procedure are:

• To balance a disparity in the size of the breast.
• To correct reduction in the volume of the breast following pregnancy.
• As a reconstructive procedure after breast surgery.

Breast implants are carried out in a surgical center on an outpatient basis; this is typically done under general anesthesia. An implant or prosthesis is inserted by way of an incision, under the muscle or below the breast tissue. The incision can be made under the arm, under the breast or around the nipple. The implant comprises an outer silicone shell stuffed with saline. It should be noted that silicone gel implants have been restricted by the FDA. The outer surface of the implant may be textured or smooth and implants are available in a variety of shapes to satisfy the individual needs of the woman.

When implants are positioned sub muscularly beneath the breast, a reduction in the chance of contracture is there and mammography is more consistent. Contracture is basically a shrinkage of the tissue capsule encircling the implant. In addition, there is reduced risk of palpable or visible implant edges. However, there are some individuals who believe the implant looks more natural when it is placed under the breast tissue, above the muscle. The plastic surgeon can assist you in determining which type and placement of implant will work best for you.

Care Following the Operation

It is vital to have someone transport you from the surgery and remain with you for at least 24 hours following the surgery. For the first day or two, you will feel some amount of pain that is controlled easily with pain pills. Additionally, some tightness is normal in the breast area as the body adapts to the implants.

After surgery, you will be able to move about freely. During the first couple of weeks after the surgery, it is vital that you consistently wear a bra, except while taking shower. You should avoid lifting anything heavy for 2 to 3 weeks. Following the first week after surgery, moderate exercise like stationary biking or walking is allowed. Vigorous exercise like aerobics or jogging may be restarted at week 3 or 4. Most likely, you will be able to go back to work in a matter of days; however, you will have to avoid any vigorous activity for a minimum of two weeks.

During the recovery period, the breasts will be swollen to a certain extent. The actual size and shape will be apparent within a few weeks. You might notice some amount of asymmetry; however, breasts are somewhat naturally asymmetrical.


A breast implant is a safe procedure which has produced pleasing results for several women. Individuals who have realistic expectations and are psychologically stable benefit the most. An initial consultation at can assist you in determining whether breast augmentation is for you.