Augmentation mammoplasty (or breast augmentation) is a procedure in which the size of the breasts is increased through insertion of prosthetic implants either under the mammary gland or under the pectoral muscles. It may be combined with mastopexy (breast-lift) if, after pregnancy or weight loss, the breast is particularly empty and sagging. Usually two implants of the same volume are used, but it is possible to correct significant differences in size between the two breasts by using implants of unequal volume. Under general anaesthetic an incision is made in the skin along the inframammary fold or around the lower half of the border between areola and skin. A pocket is created under the gland or under the pectoral muscle, and the implants are put in position. The incision is closed with sutures. Post-operative pain is variable and can be controlled with medication.
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Avoid intense physical activity (including sexual) for 2 weeks after the procedure, avoid sunlight exposure, wear a supportive bra for 4 weeks after the procedure.