Breast Enlargement

(Augmentation Mammoplasty)

Procedure:

Enhance the size and shape of breasts with implants to create a more proportional figure.

Length:

1 to 2 hours.

Side Effects:

Temporary soreness, swelling, bruising, changes in nipple sensation. Breasts sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.

Risks:

Infection. Asymmetry. Tightening and hardening of scar tissue around the implant ("capsular contracture"), or rupture of implant; either may require surgery to release the implant. Increase or decrease in sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, occasionally permanent. Accurate mammogram requires special technique.

Recovery:

Back to work: 3-7 days.
Strenuous activities: 2-3 weeks.
Physical contact with breasts: 3 to 4 weeks.
Fading of scars: several months to a year or more.

Duration of Results:

Variable. Implants may require removal or replacement.