What is Breast Augmentation?

Performed by our skilled female plastic surgeons, breast augmentation surgery enhances the shape and size of a woman’s breasts, using breast implants. Women choose to have breast augmentation surgery to enhance the contours of their body, to correct loss of breast volume following pregnancy, to make their breasts symmetrical, and for other reasons. With breast augmentation surgery, a woman’s bust line can be increased by one or more cup sizes.

Real Patient Results

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 1

    20 yo woman, unhappy with the size her breasts. She presents with A-cup breasts, desiring augmentation. Post-Op: Saline implants were placed under the muscle. Patient is now a D-cup.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 2

    29 year old female presents with B-cup breasts, desiring augmentation. Post Op: 180cc smooth saline implants were placed on top of the muscle. Patient is now a C-cup

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 3

    35 year old female presents with B-cup breasts desiring augmentation. Post Op: 360cc smooth saline implants were placed under the muscle. Patient is now a C-cup.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 4

    28 yo patient wears 34A, desires full B/small C cup breasts. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 5

    34 year old female presenting with B cup breasts desiring augmentation. Post Op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants placed above the muscle. The patient is now a C cup.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 6

    25 year old woman was unhappy with the size of her breasts. She presents with A cup size breasts desiring augmentation. Post Op: Patient has 300cc smooth saline implants placed under the muscle. Patient is now a C cup.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 7

    42 year old woman presents with B cup breasts desiring augmentation. Post Op: 375cc smooth saline implants were placed under the muscle. Patient is now a D cup.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 8

    30 yo woman desires fuller breasts. Would like to wear a full C cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants above the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 9

    34 year old female presents with A cup breasts desiring augmentation. Post Op: 300cc smooth saline implants were placed under the muscle. Patient is now a C cup.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 10

    47 yo patient desires fuller breasts. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 11

    23 yo woman desires fuller breasts. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 12

    23 yo woman wears a 36B bra and would like her breasts filled out. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 13

    38 yo patient presents wears C cup bra, wants a slightly fuller, lifted look. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 14

    23 yo female patient A/B cup desires full B cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants to acheive B cup.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 15

    37 yo patient desires larger breasts, current 36B desires full D cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 16

    29 yo patient currently wears small 34B bra and would like to be a full C cup.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 17

    23 yo patient wears 32/34A bra, would like a small to mid C cup. Post op: Patient underwent Augmentation with silicone implants. Shown 3 months post op.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 18

    24 yo woman wears 36A and would like to be fuller. She would like to be a full B cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone under the pectoral muscle. Note aesthetic correction of chest wall asymmetry.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 19

    32 yo woman desires full B cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants placed under the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 20

    27 year old woman desires fuller breasts. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed on top of the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 21

    21 year old female is a B cup and desires a full C cup bra size. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants on top of the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 22

    31 year old patient desires fuller more symmetric breasts. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 23

    34 year old patient desires fuller breasts. Current 36A/B, desires full C/small D cup size. Post op: Patient underwent subglandular breast augmentation with silicone implants.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 24

    40 year old patient desires fuller breasts. Current A cup, desires C cup size. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 25

    25 year old female patient wears a 32/34 C, but would like to wear a full C/small D cup size. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants on top of the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 26

    30 year old female patient desires more fullness after childbearing. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 27

    28 year old female patient desires to be a full C cup from 34A/B. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 28

    25 year old female patient desires larger breasts. Current 36C, would like D/DD. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants placed on top of the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 29

    34 year old female patient is currently a 34A cup and desires a fullB/smallC cup. Has slight asymmetry. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with silicone implants under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 30

    41 year old female patient desires fuller breast after childbearing. Wears 36B cup, would like a C cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 31

    26 year old female patient wears 36B cup and desires a fullC/small D cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants on top of the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 32

    41 year old female patient desires breast augmentation. Currently a 34A cup, desires a large C or D. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed above the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 33

    40 year old female patient desires fuller breasts. Current 32B, desires fullB/smallC cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants on top of the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 34

    35 year old patient with scoliosis desires fuller breasts. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with silicone implants placed on top of the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 35

    30 year old patient wears 34/36B cup, desires full C cup breasts. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with silicone on top of the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 36

    40 year old female patient desires fuller breasts after childbearing. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with saline implants on top of the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 37

    29 year old female patient wears A cup bra, desires C cup. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with silicone implants placed on top of the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 38

    21 year old patient wears 34A cup, desires 34C cup breasts. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with saline implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 39

    39 year old patient desires slightly fuller breasts. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with silicone implants placed on top of the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 40

    39 year old female patient desires approximately D cup natural looking breasts. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with submuscular silicone implants with incision at the areolas.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 41

    35 year old female patient wears 34A, desires full C cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 42

    28 year old female patient desires fuller breasts. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 43

    34 year old female patient desires fuller breasts. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed on top of the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 44

    33 year old female patient desires fuller breasts. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants placed below the pectoral muscle. Shown at 7 years post op.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 45

    24 year old female patient desires fuller breasts. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants on top of the pectoral muscle. Shown 3 years post op.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 46

    27 year old patient desires fuller breasts. Current A/B cup, desires full C cup. Post op: Bilateral breast augmentation with silicone implants on top of the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 47

    25 year old patient desires a full D cup size. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 48

    28 year old patient wears 34B bra, desires \"full\" 34C cup size. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants placed on top of the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 49

    39 year old patient wears a 34B and desires a more symmetric full C cup size. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed on top of the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 50

    32 year old female patient desires to be a \"D\" cup, currently wears a 36B. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 51

    24 yo female patient wearing a 34A/B cup bra desires full C cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 52

    25 yo female patient desires fuller breasts. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed subglandular. (Necklace removed for privacy.)

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 53

    23 year old female patient wears 36B bra size and desires full C cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants placed under the muscle using a periareolar incision.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 54

    30 year old female patient desires larger breasts. Currently wears 34A bra size and deisres full B/small C cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants placed under the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 55

    41 year old female patient desires larger breasts. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 56

    45 year old female patient desires fuller breasts after 118 lb weight loss with gastric bypass. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 57

    29 year old female patient wears a 34B bra size and desires full C cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed on top of the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 58

    40 year old female patient wears 32/34A cup and desires full B/small C cup size. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 59

    46 year old female patient wears a 34B bra size and desires to be a full C cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 60

    32 yo female presents with B cup breast, desiring breast augmentation. Post Op: Pt underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 61

    27 year old female patient desires breast augmentation after breastfeeding. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 62

    25 year old female patient wears a B cup bra and desires a D cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 63

    38 year old female patient desires fuller C cup breasts. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with silicone implants placed subglandular.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 64

    33 year old female patient desires fuller breasts. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 65

    35 year old female patient wears a 36A cup bra and desires a \"full C\". Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 66

    21 year old female patient desires fuller breasts. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the breast tissue.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 67

    19 year old female patient desires fuller, more even breasts. She has pectus excavatum which has created a synmastia. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 68

    34 year old female patient desires fuller breasts. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the breast tissue.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 69

    23 year old female patient desires breast implants to increase cup size from an A/B to a C cup. She has tuberous breast deformity. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with subglandular silicone implants.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 70

    41 year old female patient wears an A/B cup size and desires breast augmentation to be a full C/small D cup size. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 71

    37 year old female patient desires more fullness to the upper portion of her breasts. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with shaped silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 72

    42 year old female patient desires greater symmetry and a little more volume. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with shaped silicone implants on top of the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 73

    47 year old female patient wears a B/C cup size and desires a D cup size. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants placed on top of the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 74

    26 year old female desires larger breast and improved symmetry. Wears a 34C and desires to stay proportionate to her body. Post Op: Silicone filled implants were placed under the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 75

    45 year old female patient desires fuller breasts. Wears a 36A and desires a C cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with shaped silicone implants placed submuscular.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 76

    32 yo female patient desires more fullness. Wearing a 34A and would like to be a full B possibly athletic-looking C cup. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with shaped silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 77

    32 yo female patient desires more fullness at the top of her breasts. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral breast augmentation with saline implants placed under the breast tissue.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 78

    20 year old female patient desires fuller breasts. Post op: Pictures shown at 6 months and 9 years after surgery. Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 79

    34 year old female patient wears a 36B and desires a fuller breast size. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with silicone implants on top of the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 80

    43 year old female patient desires breasts to be filled out. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with saline implants placed submuscular (dual plane).

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 81

    50 year old patient desires full C bra cup size. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with shaped silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 82

    24 year old patient wears a 34B bra size and is desiring a D cup size. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with shaped silicone implants placed on top of the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 83

    26 year old female patient desires a full C, possibly D cup. She currently wears a 32/34B. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with shaped silicone implants under the muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 84

    21 year old female patient desires a more proportionate look. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with shaped silicone implants placed under the pectoral muscle.

  • Breast Augmentation - Case 85

    37 year old female patient desires a more balanced upper body. She would like her breasts to have a better shape and position. Post op: Patient underwent breast augmentation with shaped silicone implants placed on top of the pectoral muscle.

Don’t know where to start? Check out our First Steps Guide to breast implants.

Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation is performed with general anesthesia. The surgeon will make the surgical incision along the crease on the underside of the breast or around the areola. The surgeon works through the incision, creating a pocket behind the breast tissue or under the chest muscle to accommodate the breast implant.

Breast augmentation surgery will require an hour to complete and 4-5 hrs spent at the surgery center for recovery. The incisions will be closed using stitches, though bandages, tape, and gauze may be applied for support and to assist with healing.

After Breast Augmentation Surgery

At The Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville in Tennessee, the breast augmentation surgeon and our staff will monitor your progress after surgery. In order to remove excess fluid, drainage tubes may be inserted for several days. You may feel tired and sore for a few days after breast augmentation surgery, but you should be mobile in one to two days. Gauze and surgical dressing will be removed within a few days, at which time you may change to a sports bra. Any sutures that do not dissolve on their own will be removed in seven to 10 days. During the first two weeks, your nipples may experience a burning sensation. This will subside as post-surgical bruising begins to fade. Swelling after breast augmentation surgery may persist for three to five weeks with implants placed under the breast gland. In breast augmentation where the implants are placed under the muscle, swelling may occur.

Recovery

Most patients return to work a few days after breast augmentation surgery, depending on the amount of activity their job requires. During the first two to three weeks, your breasts will be very sensitive to direct stimulation. If your breasts are no longer sore after three to four weeks, breast contact should be fine. No heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling with the upper body is recommended for at least two weeks after breast augmentation surgery. We discourage any activity that causes an increase in your heart rate or blood pressure for the first two weeks.

After breast augmentation surgery, the surgical scars will appear pink and firm for six weeks. The surgical scars may appear to widen or remain the same size for several months. They will eventually fade, though they will not disappear completely. If you should experience any serious complications during your recovery period, contact our Nashville, Tennessee office to speak with a breast augmentation surgeon.

Potential Risks

We perform breast augmentation surgery often, and usually achieve excellent results. Yet, as with other types of surgery, there are a number of potential risks.

One of the more common complications following breast augmentation surgery is called capsular contracture, which occurs when the capsule or scar around a breast implant tightens, causing a woman’s breast to feel abnormally hard. The condition is treatable. Other complications after breast augmentation surgery that may require a second operation include excessive bleeding or infection. Oversensitive, undersensitive, or numb nipples are other infrequent but possible complications.

There is a chance that a breast implant will break. If a saline breast implant leaks or breaks, the implant will drain completely within a few hours and your body will absorb the salt water harmlessly. If a silicone gel-filled implant breaks, you may not detect the leak if the scar tissue around the breast implant remains intact. If the scar tissue does break or tear, however, the silicone gel may migrate into the surrounding tissue. If a saline or silicone implant breaks, you will require a second operation to replace the leaking implant. If your implant breaks, contact our office in Nashville, Tennessee to speak with a breast augmentation surgeon.

Some breast augmentation patients have experienced symptoms of arthritis-like conditions and immune system diseases. As of now, researchers have found no clear link between symptoms of connective-tissue disorders and silicone breast implants. The FDA is currently conducting further studies on the matter.

Though current evidence does not show a link between breast augmentation surgery and breast cancer, breast implants can alter the way a mammography is performed in order to detect breast cancer. Trained radiologists will need to perform special displacement techniques as breast implants may obscure breast tissue on some views.

What type of implant is right for you?

Click here to read more about the difference between silicone and saline implants.

  • Silicone Gel Implants

    Over the last 14 years, many studies have been conducted on silicone gel breast implants and the FDA has determined that silicone gel breast implants are safe and effective for use in breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. Now, women over the age of 22 can choose what type of implant they prefer.

  • Cohesive Gel Implants

    We also offer the highly cohesive gel implants (also known as gummy bear implants). While they do have many advantages, there are a few potential drawbacks to this popular implant choice. While being more expensive than saline implants, it is also more difficult to tell when a silicone implant bursts. Scars are typically larger and they have the added risk of non-adhereance which can cause shifting and distortion.

Watch this video on Breast Augmentation from Dr. Gingrass and Dr. Haws

To learn more about our cosmetic surgery office in Nashville, Tennessee or to speak with a breast augmentation surgeon, contact The Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville today.