Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgery to increase the size or change the shape of your breasts.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision site
    • Discoloration in either breast
    • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medications you were given after surgery, or which last for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
    • Implants grow hard, or you believe that they are leaking
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
    • Joint pain, fatigue, stiffness, rash, or other new symptoms

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Breast augmentation is a surgery to increase the size or change the shape of your breasts.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    • Cosmetic reasons—to increase breast size, make breasts symmetric, or improve breast shape and/or contour
    • Reconstructive reasons—to increase the size of breasts that have been injured or after surgery, such as following a mastectomy for breast cancer

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a breast augmentation, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Pain
    • Abnormal scarring
    • Painful and/or restricted arm and shoulder motion
    • Uneven appearance of breasts, either due to position or size
    • Difficulty breastfeeding
    • Implant hardens, ruptures, leaks, or deflates

    • Implant may make cancer detection with
      mammogram
      and/or self-exam more difficult
    • Decreased sensation
    • The need to have more surgeries, including having the implants removed

    Smoking
    may increase the risk of complications.

    This is an elective surgery. If you have any illnesses or you are in poor health, you should not have this procedure.

    Silicone-filled breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime. They typically need to be removed within 10 years. Your risk for complications increases the longer you have the implants.