Hypomastia, or small breast volume, is common among women seeking augmentation. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight changes, and aging can also result in loss of the volume. The use of breast implants to address these concerns is one of the most commonly-performed cosmetic surgical procedures in the world.
Your own fat can be used to augment your breasts if a much smaller result is desired, or adding more shape is the goal. Fat can be transferred using liposuction to an area where you wish to be more full or shapely. This technique is called fat grafting.
Important variables that will be discussed in detail with Dr. Robinson are:
- Desired size (photographs can serve as a guide, and are encouraged)
- Implant characteristics (saline vs silicone, textured vs smooth, round vs anatomic)
- Incision placement (inframammary or peri-areolar)
- Beneath or above the pectoralis major muscle
While breast augmentation will enlarge the breasts, the surgery will not alter underlying basic defects in breast shape and form, or chest wall contour. Asymmetries may be improved but will not be completely corrected with breast enlargement alone. A difference in the size, shape or orientation of the two breasts is considered normal. If breast size and/or nipple position asymmetries are severe, additional procedures to further improve symmetry may be necessary.
Sometimes a breast lift of mastopexy either alone or in combination with augmentation will better address your symptoms and Dr. Robinson will discuss with you what your optimal treatment plan will be.
Temporary swelling, bruising, numbness, some pain
Pain, hematoma, seroma, under or over-augmentation, infection, implant-related problems
Self-care activities: 1 week; Strenuous activities: 6 weeks