What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation — also known as augmentation mammoplasty — is surgery to increase breast size. It involves placing breast implants under breast tissue or chest muscles.For some women, breast augmentation is a way to feel more confident. For others, it’s part of rebuilding the breast for various conditions. If you’re considering breast augmentation, talk to a plastic surgeon. Make sure you understand what surgery involves, including possible risks, complications and follow-up care.

Gummy describes the consistency of the silicone gel in Natrelle INSPIRA® Breast Implants. This gummy-like gel sticks together and has the tendency to hold its shape. Each implant in our collection has a different level of cohesivity, or what surgeons may refer to as gumminess. All Natrelle INSPIRA® Breast Implants are soft, with varying levels of gel squishiness. When you go gummy, you don’t have to sacrifice implant softness. The best way to determine softness is to feel each implant during your consultation.


  • women who are looking for a CHANGE
  • women whose breasts have changed AFTER HAVING CHILDREN
  • women who aren’t happy with their CURRENT breast implants
  • women at least 22 years old for silicone-filled implants
  • Women who wants to enhance breast volume and attain body symmetry
  • Women who wants to do revision surgery to correct or improve the result of a primary breast augmentation surgery

Breast reconstruction includes primary reconstruction to replace breast tissue that has been removed due to cancer or trauma or that has failed to develop properly due to a severe breast abnormality. Breast reconstruction also includes revision surgery to correct or improve the result of a primary breast reconstruction surgery.

Treatment Timeline:

The pre-op appointment: Before surgery, you will meet with your surgeon to discuss the procedure, sign consent forms, and receive prescriptions to fill after your surgery. Use this opportunity to confirm which Natrelle® implant you have chosen

The day of surgery: Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. A top that zips or with buttons in the front is ideal. Wear comfortable, slip-on shoes and cotton socks. Avoid wearing makeup, jewelry, contact lenses, and hair clips.

The procedure: Breast implant surgery usually lasts 1 to several hours depending on the incision, implant, and personal circumstances. Your surgeon will be able to give you a better estimate during your pre-op appointment.

Support after surgery: You may have to stay overnight, but if you can go home, arrange for a close friend or family member to take you home after the procedure and stay with you for a night or two. Having help around the house after surgery makes a positive difference.


  • Enhance your appearance if you think your breasts are too small or that one is smaller than the other
  • Adjust for a reduction in the size of your breasts after pregnancy
  • Correct uneven breasts after breast surgery for other conditions
  • Improve your self-confidence

Things to Do:

Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions, as the risks of breast implant surgery may be higher:

  • Autoimmune diseases (for example, lupus and scleroderma).
  • A weakened immune system (for example, currently taking drugs that weaken the body’s natural resistance to disease).
  • Planned chemotherapy following breast implant placement.
  • Planned radiation therapy to the breast following breast implant placement.
  • Conditions or medications that interfere with wound healing and blood clotting.
  • Reduced blood supply to breast tissue.

Clinical diagnosis of depression or other mental health disorders, including body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders. Please discuss any history of mental health disorders with your surgeon prior to surgery. Patients with a diagnosis of depression or other mental health disorders should wait for resolution or stabilization of these conditions prior to undergoing breast implantation surgery.

If you have silicone-filled breast implants, the FDA recommends periodic MRI examinations in order to detect ruptures that do not cause symptoms (“silent ruptures”). For early detection of a silent rupture, you should receive MRI screenings 3 years after your augmentation and every 2 years after that.

Things to Avoid:

Active infection anywhere in their body, because the implant will make the infection much harder to treat should the infection move into the breast

existing cancer or pre-cancer of their breast who have not received adequate treatment for those conditions, because radiation and chemotherapy treatments may increase the risk of some complications seen with breast implants. Also, breast implants may interfere with radiation or chemotherapy treatments

currently pregnant or nursing, because surgery may interfere with the safety of the pregnancy/nursing. Since breast augmentation is an elective surgery, it should be postponed until you are no longer pregnant or nursing.

Side Effects:


  • Swelling and Redness
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Hematoma or Seroma
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Necrosis
  • Pain or Discomfort
  • Anesthesia-related complications
  • Loss of breast tissue
  • Changes in Nipple and Breast Sensation
  • Undesirable cosmetic result
  • Breastfeeding difficulties
  • Calcium Deposits in the Tissue Around the Implant
  • Extrusion
  • Capsular contracture
  • Rupture
  • Breast Tissue Atrophy/Chest Wall Deformity
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Death