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Breast Augmentation Explained

Breast augmentation, or breast enlargement, is a very popular form of cosmetic surgery. In fact it’s the most common type cosmetic procedure that’s performed in the United States. Women get breast augmentation for many different reasons. Some women are self-conscious about the small size of their breasts while others simply want the confidence that having larger breasts will bring. Breast augmentation can also be used for women who have had their breasts removed due to cancer.

Whatever the reason for getting breast augmentation, it’s always a good idea to be well-informed about the surgery so you can make an informed decision as to whether you want to opt for it or not.

How breast augmentation is performed

Breast augmentation surgery is performed by inserting implants that are made of either saline or silicone into the breasts. There are different methods that can be used to achieve this. Often the implants are inserted underneath the breasts, which means there are scars left on the breasts after the surgery, although care is taken to make them as inconspicuous as possible.

Dr Lynam uses a technique called transaxillary sub-muscular breast augmentation . This is where an incision is made at the armpits and an endoscope is used in order to assist the placement of the implants. Using this technique means there are no scars left on the breasts themselves – a big advantage over more traditional forms of breast surgery.


Am I a good candidate?

To be a good candidate for breast augmentation you should –

  • Be in good physical health
    Being in good physical health means that you’re not excessively overweight, are a non-smoker and are free from any serious health conditions that might hinder your ability to recover from the surgery.
  • Have realistic expectation
    When you have a consultation with your surgeon, they’ll be able to discuss the best type of implants for what you want to achieve and also the results you can expect.
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
    Breast enlargement is not recommended for women who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because your breasts will change size when you’re pregnant and also because having breast enlargement surgery can affect your ability to breast feed.


Book a consultation

If you’d like to book a consultation with Dr Lynam, where you’ll be able to find out more about breast augmentation and if it’s right for you, then get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Dr. Gregory T. Lynam

Dr. Gregory T. Lynam is Richmond's only board-certified plastic and maxillofacial surgeon. He has helped numerous people within the community tumor surgeries, breast reconstructions, and facial trauma surgeries.

Dr. Lynam was voted one of Richmond's "Top Docs" in plastic surgery and one of Richmond's "Best Plastic Surgeons to take you back 20 years" by Richmond Magazine in 2010. Additionally, he is known as an expert plastic surgeon on RealSelf and was honored as one of the Top 100 Doctors on RealSelf in 2013.

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