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Breast Augmentation Before & After Photo Gallery

Breast Augmentation Before & After Pictures

Breast Augmentation is the most popular of all the cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. In the United States alone, approximately 400,000 women a year have Breast Augmentation. Breast Augmentation is a great solution for breasts that just need a little more stuffing and can be combined with a Breast Lift when either the nipple is very low, or when the breast skin is overstretched.

By far, the most common way to enlarge the breasts is with Breast Implants. Breast Implants are used to create volume when the breasts are small or have not fully developed, or they can be used to replace volume lost after pregnancy or weight loss.

Augmentation Mammaplasty is performed through a small incision on or near the breast. The most common incision placements are in the fold under the breast and around the areolae. If a Breast Lift is needed, the two procedures can be combined into a Mastopexy Augmentation, and the same incision for the breast lift is used to place the breast implant.

Breast Implants can be silicone or saline, smooth or textured, round or shaped, and they can be placed in front of or behind the pectoralis major muscle. There are advantages and disadvantages to each option. Dr. Mele will review your choices, the risks and the benefits, and help you decide which is most likely to get you the results you desire.

While a lot of effort has been made to provide accurate information about the options for Breast Augmentation, these types of details are best discussed during an in-person appointment with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon like Dr. Joseph A. Mele, MD, FACS. Call his San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office today at (925) 943-6353, to schedule your private consultation.

Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos

Above, you will find a gallery of our Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos. These pictures are of actual patients who have had their plastic surgery by Dr. Joseph Mele, MD, FACS, at our San Francisco Bay Area plastic surgery center. While our Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos can serve as a guide to what is possible with cosmetic surgery, individual results will vary.

What To Look For In Breast Augmentation Before And After Photos

What can Breast Augmentation surgery do? Below are selected Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos that demonstrate actual results. Several alternative techniques are used. Each of the procedures narrated below include the use of Breast Implants with variations in size and shape, chosen to provide patients with their desired Breast Enlargement result. Smaller enlargements can be addressed with smaller implants, and the results are more subtle. Larger breast implants provide more obvious results and carry a higher risk of revision surgery. For information about using Breast Implants, be sure to also check out our Breast Augmentation Page.

Breast Augmentation Before & After Pictures: Example 1

Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos
Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos: The primary goal of Breast Augmentation is larger breasts. Properly selected breast implants can improve both the size and shape of the breasts. While breast implants can improve the appearance of breast pseudoptosis (sagging of the breast tissue below the nipple), they do not lift the breasts or raise the position of the nipples if the nipples are too low prior to surgery. The patient above had Breast Augmentation alone.

Before: This patient was unhappy with the size and the empty upper poles of her breasts. Her nipple position is good, at the front of the breasts, but the majority of her breast tissue was located in the lower portion of her breasts, below the nipples. Ideally, the nipple sits at or slightly above the most projecting part of the breast mound. In the above patient prior to surgery, the most projecting part of the breasts is an inch below her nipples. This creates a somewhat bottomed-out appearance and does not provide fullness in the upper pole of the breasts. Her goals were to improve both the size and shape of her breasts.

After: A Smooth Round Breast Implant was placed under the pectoralis major muscle to create perky, fuller breasts. The overall shape of her breasts was good before Breast Augmentation, so a Breast Lift was unnecessary. This technique is the most common method of Breast Augmentation. It provides a safe, predictable result with the highest chance of a soft, tear-drop shaped breast. In this case, the universal breast incision was made beneath the breasts, just above the IMF (inframammary fold). This insertion point allows the Breast Implant to be placed behind the muscle, without traumatizing the breast tissue or cutting the ducts that connect the lower breast tissue to the nipple. Unlike the armpit or umbilical scars, Breast Augmentation Revision can also be performed through the IMF without the fear of a dimpled (indented) scar around the nipple, which can occur with the periareolar incision.

Breast Enlargement Before & After Pictures: Example 2

Breast Enlargement Before and After Photos
Breast Enlargement Before and After Photos: Example 2 is very similar to example 1; however, this patient has smaller breasts preoperatively. Less breast tissue means more attention to detail is necessary because breast implants are more obvious when there is less breast tissue to hide them. In this case, the proper size, dimensions, profile and filling all enhance the results.

Before: This patient complained of small breasts and a lack of cleavage, even when wearing a push-up bra. There is little breast tissue to hide an implant, and almost all the tissue is below the nipple.

After: Breast Enlargement was performed to increase the size of her breasts and provide volume for her cleavage. Now she has something to push-up in her bra. Larger and smaller augmentations are achieved by using higher or lower profile breast implants, respectively.

In the above example, smooth round breast implants were placed behind the muscle to fill the upper pole and disguise the implants. If the breast implants had been placed in front of the muscle, they would have created a rounder, half-coconut appearance. That was not the look that this patient was going for.

Breast Augmentation Before & After Pictures: Example 3

Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos
Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos: The Breast Augmentation procedure comes in many sizes. The breasts in this example are larger and lower than in the previous examples. At first glance, you might expect a Breast Lift to be necessary for a perky result. Although she has breast tissue, it is located in the lower pole of her breasts. Since she has no upper pole volume, her chest appears flat. Fortunately, her nipples are located above her IMFs (inframammary folds), so adding volume to the breast further supports the nipples.

In the example above, Breast Augmentation alone was used to give the illusion of a lift.

Before: This patient had marked breast pseudoptosis, also known as "fake" sagging. Her breast tissue overhangs her IMF, and her nipples are low but are located on the front of the breast and above the IMF. Pseudoptosis with deflation of the upper pole of the breasts is often corrected with Breast Augmentation. Pseudoptosis could be something you are born with or the consequence of either weight loss or pregnancy. With the proper implant volume and placement the nipples will appear to rise and will give her the perky breasts she desires, without a Breast Lift. Had her nipples been below the IMF, the breast implants' volume would push the nipples down, and a Breast Lift would required to lift them back up. In cases with true breast ptosis (breast sagging with low nipples), Mastopexy Augmentation is used to achieve a more aesthetic result.

After: Breast Augmentation alone was the procedure selected for correction of this patient's breast atrophy and sagging. Breast Augmentation was used primarily to correct the problems with breast volume. Breast Implants increase the size of the breasts and provide support for the skin and the nipples. In this case, the nipple position improved with increased breast volume. The after photos reveal more balanced, fuller breasts that fit better in clothes and look nice without clothes. The incision used in this case was placed at the junction between the pigmented areolar skin below the nipple (periareolar incisions).

Asymmetrical Breast Augmentation Before & After Pictures: Example 4

Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos
Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos: In this example Breast Augmentation was used to both enlarge and even out asymmetrical breasts. The implants selected have the same diameter, but the implant placed in the patient's smaller, left breast has a higher profile. Higher profile implants allow a greater volume to be placed without a greater diameter. This keeps the breast the same width when viewed from the front. Providing more volume to the patient's smaller breast also allows for similar projection when viewed from the side. In cases of asymmetry, complete correction is unlikely; however, improvement is usually possible.

Before: This patient had more breast tissue in her right breast. She requested Breast Augmentation to increase the size of her bust, provide cleavage volume and even out her asymmetry. Her right breast was larger, and it had a better defined IMF, especially toward the middle, when compared to the left. The left breast is smaller, more lateralized, has significantly less upper pole fullness and a more poorly defined IMF especially medially (inside). Her left nipple was also slightly lower than the right preoperatively.

After: Asymmetrical Breast Augmentation is used in cases when the breasts are significantly different sizes. A larger breast implant is used on the smaller side to help balance the volume discrepancy, but there are other factors to consider to achieve a great result. More volume in the tighter skin envelope of the smaller breast can lead to increased projection on that side. This is seen by the patient when she looks down at her breasts. The tight skin on the side that used to be smaller may cause the breast to stick out further than the other size. The bigger implant may also feel tighter. Additionally, larger implants tend to be wider, so the smaller breast could end up wider than the larger breast after Asymmetrical Breast Augmentation. To balance all the variables, volumes, profiles and base diameters of the breast implants must be carefully selected to maximize improvement in the preexisting asymmetry while minimizing the creation of new ones.

In this case, the larger left breast implant balanced the missing preoperative volume and elevated the nipple. A higher profile implant was selected to keep the breast diameters even. The result is a happy patient who now has marked improvement in satisfaction regarding her breast size and symmetry both in and out of clothing.

Breast Augmentation Before & After Pictures: Example 5

Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos
Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos: This Breast Augmentation uses high profile breast implants to provide maximum projection and minimum width. This patient was looking to regain the volume she lost after having children. After Breast Augmentation surgery, she is back to her pre-baby size and shape.

Before: This patient complained of loose, soft and under-inflated breasts after pregnancy. She wanted her breasts to be restored to their original size and shape. Overall, her breasts are a little low, but this is where they have always been, and she had no desire for a Breast Lift. The goal of the procedure was to increase the breasts' fullness and firmness.

After: Breast Augmentation replaced the breast volume lost after childbirth. In this case, a periareolar incision was made, but an IMF incision would also work. High profile, smooth, round, cohesive, silicone gel breast implants were selected, and they were placed in the "dual plane" position.

Breast Augmentation Before & After Pictures: Example 6

Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos
Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos: This Breast Augmentation demonstrates how the nipple above the IMF is raised by the breast implant. The support and volume provided by the breast implant positions the nipple forward and upward.

Before: This patient complained of small breasts. She was happy with the overall shape of her breast, but they were too flat. Making smaller breasts into larger breasts is exactly what Breast Augmentation surgery accomplishes.

After: In this case, smooth round breast implants were placed behind the muscle to provide breast enlargement and increase breast projection. Her aesthetic preoperative proportions are maintained, just made larger. She is much happier with the way clothes fit and with her new shape.

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