What is a breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a common surgical procedure to enhance breasts' size and shape. Before consulting with a surgeon, however, it's important to educate yourself. The following information is a basic overview. Keep in mind that this information does not replace the advice of a professional surgeon.

What happens at your consultation for breast augmentation?

Before you undergo breast augmentation, you'll meet with your surgeon. You should prepare for this consultation by thinking about what you like and don't like about your breasts. Remember, you're not seeking perfection, but improvement. Also, be sure that you're in good mental and physical health, overall, and that you have realistic expectations. This surgery is not going to solve problems for you.

Your surgeon will also need to take a detailed medical history, including asking you what medications you are taking, what allergies you may have, your smoking history and any prior surgeries. This history taking will also include discussion of any previous problems you've had with your breasts, including lumps, previous mammograms and any family history of breast problems.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/15/2019.


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