Breast Augmentation (Breast Implants)

Learn More About Breast Implant Procedures at Aurora Health Care

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery, also known as mammoplasty or breast implant surgery, is a procedure to increase the fullness and shape of your breasts. It’s also performed to balance the size and shape of the breasts when one is larger than the other or to correct breasts that didn’t develop normally. Breast augmentation surgery also is performed on women who have had a mastectomy due to breast cancer. When implants are added after a mastectomy, the breast implant surgery is considered reconstructive plastic surgery.

Why Consider Breast Augmentation?

There are a number of reasons women consider breast augmentation surgery. The most common reason is that they are unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts. However, women also have breast augmentation surgery for other reasons. You may want to consider breast implants if:

  • You believe your breasts are too small
  • You are dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts after pregnancy, nursing, weight loss or aging
  • Your breasts are unequal in size
  • One or both of your breasts failed to develop normally
  • You wish to balance your figure (increase the size of your breasts to be in better proportion to the rest of your body)

General Overview of Procedure

How is breast augmentation performed?

You will be given anesthesia for the procedure. Your doctor may give you a choice between general anesthesia and a “twilight” anesthesia that is given through an IV.

The first step of a breast implant procedure is to make an incision where the breast implant will be placed. There are three types of incisions used in breast augmentation surgeries: inframammary, transaxillary and periareolar. Inframammary incisions are made on the chest wall below the breast. Transaxillary incisions are made in the armpit, and periareolar incisions are made in a half circle below the areola. The type and size of incision you will have may depend upon the type of implant you choose, the degree of enlargement you desire, your anatomy, and the preference of you and/or your surgeon. No matter which type of incision you have, care will be taken to minimize scarring and to place the incision where it will be least visible.      

Once an incision has been made, the breast implant will be inserted and placed. The types of implants used are silicone and saline. Your surgeon will use the type of implant that you two have decided upon prior to the surgery. Your surgeon will either place the breast implants under your pectoral muscles (submuscular placement) or directly behind your existing breast tissue, over the pectoral muscles (submammary/subglandular placement). The method your surgeon uses to place your breast implants will depend upon the type of implant, your body and the size of the implant or degree of enlargement you desire.

After your implants are placed, your surgeon will close the incisions with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with suture, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close your skin. With time, the incision lines will fade.

Why Should I Choose Aurora Health Care for Breast Augmentation?

At Aurora Health Care, you’re not just another patient. Your health is our first priority, and we want what’s best for you – even if that means you choose not to have breast implant surgery.

When you choose Aurora for cosmetic surgery, you’re choosing more than just a surgeon. You’re choosing an entire health care system that offers you much more than just surgery. We offer a multidisciplinary team of doctors who work together to provide you with care that stands above the competition.

Every procedure is performed by a surgeon

Every person who performs cosmetic surgeries at Aurora is a surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery. That’s not always the case at cosmetic surgery centers.

You can also count on Aurora’s breast implant surgeons because:

Success and safety are our goals

At Aurora Health Care, your safety is our first priority. We go to great lengths to make sure that every procedure we perform is both safe and successful.

Is Breast Augmentation Covered by Insurance?

Unless a breast augmentation procedure is part of breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, it is considered an elective surgery and most likely will not be covered by insurance. Some insurance companies will cover breast implant surgery if it is done to correct breasts that failed to develop normally. If you have questions about whether your breast implants would be covered by insurance, contact your insurance company directly.

How Do I Find a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon at Aurora Health Care?

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