Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation — also known as augmentation mammoplasty — is a surgical procedure to increase breast size. During breast augmentation, breast implants are placed under the breast tissue or chest muscles.

For some women, breast augmentation is a way to enhance self-image and self-confidence. For others, breast augmentation is part of breast reconstruction after surgery for breast cancer or other conditions affecting the breast.

If you're considering breast augmentation, consult a plastic surgeon. Make sure you understand what surgery involves, including possible risks, complications and follow-up care.


Why it's done Risks How you prepare What you can expect Results

A woman's reasons for choosing breast augmentation are highly personal.

Breast augmentation might help you:

  • Enhance your breast appearance if you feel your breasts are too small or you're concerned that one breast is smaller than the other
  • Adjust for a reduction in the size of your breasts after pregnancy
  • Reconstruct your breast after having breast surgery for cancer or other conditions
  • Improve your self-image or self-confidence

Discuss your goals with your surgeon so that you can develop a realistic expectation of what breast augmentation can do for you.

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