Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, also known as mammoplasty, is a surgical enhancement procedure to accentuate the size and shape of a woman's breasts. While breast augmentation will make the breasts fuller, this surgery can also be combined with a mastopexy procedure to lift sagging breasts.  Breast augmentation is tremendous help to patients who desire a fuller profile, who have lost breast volume due to pregnancy, weight loss, or nursing, or who have undergone deforming breast surgery and want to gain a more natural look again.

Reasons for Considering Breast Augmentation:

  • Enhance body shape if breasts are too small.
  • Increase breast volume after pregnancy and nursing.
  • Equalize a difference in breast size (cup size) to gain breast symmetry.
  • Reconstruct breasts following a mastectomy or injury.

General Procedure

Breast augmentation involves making a small incision to insert a breast implant into the breast area in order to enlarge the breast.  Dr. Reavie ususlly performs this operation on an outpatient basis in our private, fully accredited, state-of-the-art office operating suite while the patient is completely asleep.  There are several possible locations for the small incision that will be used for inserting the breast implant.  The most frequent technique utilizes an incision hidden around the lower edge of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple,)  but the implant can also be inserted through an incision made in the fold underneath the breast.  Another technique, though less frequently used, involves making an incision in the armpit.   The best technique for you will be based on your preference after consultation with Dr. Reavie.

During surgery, the breast tissue is raised to create a pocket either under the breast tissue or beneath the chest wall muscle.  Inserting an implant behind each breast can increase a woman's breast size by one or more bra cup sizes.  There are several choices for the type of implant and Dr. Reavie will help you decide which is best for  you.  Silicone gel-filled implants are again available, as are the saline-filled implants.  Dr. Reavie has also been a clinical investigator with the new cohesive gel filled implants (Style 410, or "Gummy Bear") since 2001 and he will discuss the advantages of each product to see which you prefer and which can best accomplish your goals. 

Recovery Process

Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement for the first few days in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time.  A comfortable surgical bra is positioned at the end of the operation to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts.  Women can usually wear their bra of choice a week after the surgery.  Patients report discomfort or pain in their breasts similar to when they  exercised way too much, or like the pressure of when their milk came in during pregnancy.  This discomfort is usually treated effectively with pain pills in the first couple of days. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given by Dr. Reavie and his nurses after surgery.