What is it?

Breast Augmentation is an operation to increase the size of the breasts using implants. The implants have a
silicone shell that can contain either sterile saline/water or silicone liquid/gel.

The Operation

Depending on the size of the breast, a pocket is surgically created either underneath the breast tissue or
underneath the muscle underneath the breast. The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia.
Depending on the type of implant used, it can be performed either through a scar around the nipple, a scar
underneath the breast, a scar in the armpit or very occasionally, through a scar around the belly button.

Any Alternatives

In the past, silicone itself was directly injected into the breast tissue but this is not something that is
recommended at present. There are some external suction devices, which can be applied to the breast, and
this has been reported to increase breast size following sustained use. It is not as yet absolutely clear if this
is a permanent increase in size. Sterile derivatives of Soya Oil have also been used as ‘fillers’ for implants
but these should no longer be used.

Before the Operation

It is important for your surgeon to assess the type of breast augmentation that is requested. It is also
important to understand why it is requested, as to whether it is brought about by a change in life
circumstances or a problem that has been ongoing for some time. It is also