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What Is Achieved Through Breast Augmentation?

Patients with small breasts can have a subtle or significant increase in breast size using implants. This can help create more attractive curves and enhance the silhouette of your body. The size of your implants is decided through a process called intraoperative sizing. The exact size of your implants, which gives your breasts the fullness and shape you desire, is chosen during your surgery. This helps ensure natural, proportionate results.

Implant Options


  • A silicone shell containing a cohesive gel that retains its form when opened
  • FDA approved for women 22 years or older
  • Best resembles the look and feel of natural breast tissue
  • Best for women with little or thin breast tissue


  • A silicone shell filled with a saltwater solution
  • FDA approved for women 18 years or older
  • Prone to rippling or waving
  • May deflate
  • Utilizes a smaller incision for implant placement


  • Circular implant shape that provides more breast projection
  • Provides fullness to the upper and lower breast
  • Less prone to wrinkling
  • Achieves a natural breast shape when properly sized


  • Tear-drop shape that slopes downward
  • May rotate, which can cause an unnatural breast shape


  • Most often chosen with round implants because it allows for implant movement in the pocket
  • Less likely to cause visible rippling
  • Uses a thinner shell which better simulates natural breast tissue


  • Most often found on anatomical implants to reduce rotation in the breast pocket
  • May cause irregular scar tissue formation that can cause a rippled appearance
  • More often used for secondary augmentation patients who have a history of capsular contracture
Addressing Any Concerns You May Have

Immediately following your surgery, you will feel groggy from the anesthesia. Your new breasts might cause an uncomfortable pressure on your chest. You will experience bruising, redness, and swelling between two and four weeks, after which the effects should begin to subside.

In the initial weeks following your surgery, you should avoid strenuous physical activities, especially anything that applies pressure to the chest. Depending on the level of activity, most patients find they can return to work within two weeks. You may be able to resume your regular exercise routine after three to four weeks with your doctor’s permission.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation
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