Breast Augmentation (Breast Enlargement)

This page gives a detailed discussion of breast enlargement.


Richard V. Dowden, M.D., C.M., F.A.C.S.

Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, Inc.
6770 Mayfield Road, Suite 410
(Mayfield Heights) Cleveland, Ohio 44124
(440) 449-7470


Breast Augmentation (Breast Enlargement)

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General information about breast enlargement:

Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast for a number of reasons:

By inserting a salt-water-filled implant or silicone-gel-filled behind the woman's own breast tissue, it is possible to increase the size of the breast. The implant can be placed either in front of, or behind, the chest wall muscles. With all the woman's own breast tissue located in front of the implant, that means she can still nurse an infant, she can self-examine to check for lumps, and she can have mammograms done.

The implants can be inserted via a small incision in any of a variety of locations:

Every procedure has positive aspects and negative aspects. There are advantages and disadvantages of breast enlargement, which must be considered when deciding whether the procedure is correct for the woman. In addition, patients should be aware that every operation has potential complications, which can occur in a small percentage of patients even in the best of hands.

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Advantages (See Frequently-Asked Questions for details)

The advantages of breast enlargement in general are:

There are additional advantages specific to doing the breast enlargement through the navel:
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Further, there are additional advantages specific to doing the breast enlargement through the navel in front of the muscle:

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And there are advantages specific to doing the breast enlargement through the navel behind the muscle:

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Disadvantages (See Frequently Asked Questions for details)

The disadvantages of breast enlargement in general are:

There are disadvantages specific to doing the breast enlargement through the navel:
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Before & After Small Photos:

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Interesting fact: This before-and-after photo has become
proof that non-surgical methods of breast enlargement (pills, creams, pumps)
are not successful in enlarging the breasts. To see why this photo
proves that those methods are not effective, check out the following:
Proof that non-surgical methods do not work













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To view a large number of before-and-after photos click here: Proceed to breast augmentation photos.

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Finding a Surgeon Near You:

If you are interested in breast enlargement procedures and want to find a board-certified Plastic Surgeon in your area who is qualified to do them, call the referral service of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at (800)-635-0635, or check: http://www.plasticsurgery.org. If you have been given a surgeon's name by a friend or acquaintance, you can check to see if he/she is actually certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery: The American Board of Medical Specialies maintains a complete listing of ALL the legitimate Boards in the USA, and by inputting the name at the ABMS website you will be informed by what Board, if any, the surgeon is certified.

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