Breasts are an important part of their shape for many women. They can help to create a feeling of femininity, and boost confidence and self-esteem. However, despite varying results, studies indisputably show that a large percentage of women are unhappy with the size of their breasts.

Cosmetic surgery to make changes to one’s appearance is now more affordable and accessible than ever before, and it comes as little to surprise that breast augmentation is very high on many women’s wish lists. Around 400,000 women in the U.S. undergo the procedure every year, making it the second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure after liposuction.

What is a breast augmentation?

Also known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that is designed to enhance the size, shape and overall appearance of a woman’s breasts using implants. There are different types of implant available, and which is right for you will be decided at your consultation appointment.

Types of breast implant

There are two main varieties of implants used in breast augmentation surgery.

Silicone implants

Although there has been a lot of concern and controversy over the use of silicone implants in breast augmentations, new silicone implants have been approved by the FDA and are considered to be very safe. They arrive from the manufacturer pre-filled with cohesive silicone gel (not liquid) ready to be implanted. Most women tend to feel that silicone implants more closely resemble and behave like natural human fat and so they feel much more like natural breast tissue.

Saline implants

Saline implants are a popular alternative to silicone. They arrive and are inserted into the chest cavity whilst empty, and are filled with sterile saline solution once they are in place. If your natural breasts are different sizes, saline implants are able to be adjusted once in place to create a more symmetrical silhouette.

Am I a suitable candidate for breast augmentation?

In order to assess your candidacy for a breast augmentation, it will be necessary for you to attend an appointment with Dr. LaBruna, where you can discuss your goals for the procedure and choose the best type of implant to meet them.

However, most women who pursue a breast augmentation do so because they feel:

- that their breasts are too small for their body.

- that her upper and lower body aren’t in proportion with one another.

- have breasts that are asymmetrical.

- have lost the fullness in their breasts as a result of weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding.

How do I know which is the right implant size for me?

Choosing the right size implant is imperative and Dr. LaBruna will help you to make an informed decision. You will have the opportunity to see examples of previous patients who have had augmentation and try on various implant sizers in a surgical bra so that you can experience first-hand what your new shape could be like.

Dr. LaBruna will also measure your existing chest shape and breast size and use this to determine which implants match the diameter of your breast so that your new cleavage will appear natural.

Are there any risks associated with breast augmentation?

All surgical procedures carry some element of risk. However, breast augmentation carries a very high success rate and many patients find that complications are minimal. If any side effects are experienced they may include changes in the skin sensation around the breast, infection and very occasionally, implant leakage or rupture.


Dr. LaBruna has been named as one of America’s top doctors and has more than 14 years’ experience in providing some of the highest quality cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries in the New York City area. With the knowledge and skill to perform exceptional transformations, why trust anyone else with your breast augmentation? To find out more about the procedure, or to book your initial consultation, simply call (212) 584-7001.