General Procedure

Breast augmentation involves making a small incision to insert a breast implant into the breast area in order to enlarge the breast. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis at the Andochick Center for Cosmetic Surgery while the patient is under general anesthesia. During surgery, the breast tissue is raised to create an open pocket beneath the pectoralis muscle. Inserting an implant behind each breast can increase a woman's breast size by one or more bra cup sizes.

About Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a shorter, outpatient procedure requiring approximately 90 minutes to complete.  In many cases, patients can return to work after several days off.  Breast augmentation is performed to enhance breast volume and replace the lost volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding.   State of the art cohesive gel (gummy bear) implants are utilized and Dr. Andochick prefers to place the implants under the pectoralis muscle.  Breast implant surgery also can improve the balance between your upper body with your hips. 

The newer cohesive gel “gummy bear” implants are made to last a lifetime.  The outer silicone shell is 3x the thickness of the previous style implants and the silicone gel is a firmer consistency as opposed to the more fluid like gel of the old style implants.  The internet is full of information that states that implants need to be replaced every 10 years, but this is simply not true with the new gel implants.  Saline implants are half the cost of gel implants and similar results can be obtained.  A saline implant tends to feel firmer and for thin patients ripples are more easily seen.  The deflation rate for saline implants is approximately 7% every 10 years

Recovery Process

Bandages are applied to the incision. You will need to leave the bandages alone until they fall off. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the surgery. This pain can be treated effectively with oral pain medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given by the physician after surgery.

Reasons for Considering Breast Augmentation:

  • Enhance body shape if breasts are too small.
  • Equalize difference in breast size (cup size) to gain breast symmetry.
  • A desire to improve the contour of the breasts.
  • To restore volume lost after nursing and pregnancy.


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