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What is Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Posted February 13, 2019 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Surgeries

Woman with pen marks on her breast

The Most Popular Breast Implant Size

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery to enhance your breast size and shape, you may be thinking “What is breast augmentation?”. You may have questions about plastic surgery and how it will affect you, now and in the future.

Your expectations and desired results for the breast augmentation procedure will be addressed during your initial consultation. At this time your doctor will discuss desired breast shape, size, incision site and type of implant feel that will be used. You will also need to provide your complete medical history, family history of breast cancer (including results of previous mammograms and any biopsies) and current medical conditions and medications.

Your plastic surgeon will provide information about each type of procedure and help you decide which method will achieve your most desired results. Different techniques are used by different surgeons in performing breast augmentation including the choice of silicone gel implants or saline implants. The best procedure is chosen based on each individual patient and their preferences and needs.

What is breast augmentation surgery incision site?

There are three common incision sites surgeons use for breast augmentation. The periareolar (areola), the transaxillary incision (in the armpit) and the inframammary incision (the natural crease under the breast) are the most common incision locations. The incision site chosen will vary depending on the implant type, the size of the enlargement, each woman’s particular anatomy and the surgeon’s or the patient’s personal preference.

What Type Of Breast Implants is best for you?

When choosing the size and type of implant that will be used, several factors will be considered. A patient’s overall body type, her skin elasticity and particularly the breast make-up and anatomy are key factors that will determine the implant chosen.

Most patients choose saline breast implants which are filled with sterile salt water. The amount of saline in the implant can vary affecting the feel, firmness and actual shape of the breast. Saline is harmless to the patient and in the case of a leak, the saline will be absorbed naturally by the body.

Silicone breast implants can also be used and are filled with an elastic gel. The gel has the feel and movement similar to natural breast tissue. If a silicone breast implant develops a leak, the gel may escape into the area of tissue in which the breast implant was placed.


Dr. Vijay Bindingnavele is a board certified plastic surgeon who offers all aspects of breast surgery including breast augmentationbreast liftsbreast reduction, and breast reconstruction after mastectomy. View breast augmentation before and after photos, schedule a breast augmentation consultation and learn more about cosmetic surgery at Corpus Christi Institute for Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery.