Breast Enhancement Procedures: Surgery, Cost & Risks


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Breast augmentation/enhancement surgery is a procedure which increases or restores the size of breasts using fillers such as silicone gel implants, saline implants, and in some cases through fat transfer.

It is one of the most popular, and therefore, most widely performed surgeries. There are four different ways to enhance the shape and size of breasts:

Am I eligible to undergo a breast augmentation/enhancement procedure? 

You are eligible to undergo breast augmentation procedure if:

  • you are above 22 years of age
  • you have small and asymmetrical breasts either naturally or due to breastfeeding, increasing age, or sudden weight loss.
  • you now have sagging breasts
  • you have undergone any breast surgery such mammectomy

Who is not eligible for a  breast augmentation/enhancement procedure? 

You should avoid breast augmentation procedure if you are:

  • pregnant
  • breastfeeding
  • prone to allergies and infections

What are the differences between the breast augmentation procedures?

To know the cost, the difference between and risks associated with silicone breast implants, gummy bear  breast implants, saline breast implants as well as with fat transfer to breasts please refer to the comparative table below:

What should be my eligibility criteria for a breast implant surgery as well as fat transfer to breast procedure? 

You should not: 

  • be less than 22 years.
  • be pregnant or nursing
  • not suffer from major health complications or infections
  • have undergone radiation therapy earlier


Please Note: Saline implants are good for you if you intend to keep the volume of breast enlargement modest.

Please Note: Fat Transfer breast augmentation is a good choice for you if you:

  • intend to keep the volume of breast enlargement modest
  • are a fitness professional
  • cannot opt for implants due to medical concerns.
  • want to fill in contour irregularities or hide obvious signs of breast implants.

What is the time taken for a breast implant surgery and/or fat transfer to breast procedure? 

The time taken for a breast implant surgery as well as a fat transfer to breast procedure takes 1 - 2 hours. 

How much time does it take to recover from a breast implant surgery and a fat transfer to breast procedure?

To recover from a breast implant surgery it takes 4-6 weeks. 

To recover from a fat transfer to breast procedure it takes 2-4 weeks. 

What are the side-effects and risks associated with a breast implant surgery? 

The side effects of a breast implant surgery can include post-surgery pain and discomfort. 

The risks associated with a breast implant surgery include:

  • Risk of implant rupture and leakage.
  • Breast pain will occur for few days after surgery.
  • There could be visible lumps or rippling.
  • Complications arising due to anesthesia, hemorrhage, infections, hematoma, or thrombosis.
  • Medical complications such as fibromyalgia or a thyroid problem, skin necrosis, thrombosis, capsular contracture, and delayed wound healing.
  • Additional surgeries will be required for implants to be replaced.

What are the risks associated with a fat transfer to breast procedure?

The side effects of a fat transfer to breast procedure can include pain and discomfort.

The risks involved with a fat transfer to breast procedure include:

  • Post-surgery pain and discomfort.
  • Cysts, lumpiness, fat atrophy, asymmetry, infection, microcalcification, and necrosis of fat cells may occur.
  • Repeat surgeries may be needed since the body reabsorbs the fat in time.

How soon are the results noticeable after a breast implant surgery or a fat transfer to breast procedure?

The enhancements to breasts are visible immediately. 

More Topics Related to Breast Enhancement/Augmentation Procedures

People interested in this topic also read:


  1. de Boer M, van Leeuwen F, Hauptmann M, Overbeek L, de Boer J, Hijmering N et al. Breast Implants and the Risk of Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma in the Breast [Internet]. 2018 [cited 28 March 2018]. Available from:

  2. de Boer M  , van Leeuwen FE , Hauptmann M  , Overbeek LIH , de Boer JP , Hijmering NJ  , Sernee A , Klazen CAH , Lobbes MBI , van der Hulst RRWJ , Rakhorst HA , de Jong D   Breast Implants and the Risk of Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma in the Breast [Internet]. 2018 [cited 28 March 2018]. Available from:

  3. Srinivasa D, Miranda R, Kaura A, Francis A, Campanale A, Boldrini R et al. Global Adverse Event Reports of Breast Implant–Associated ALCL [Internet]. 2018 [cited 28 March 2018]. Available from:

  1.  Hillard C, Fowler JD, Barta R, Cunningham B. Silicone breast implant rupture: a review  [Internet]. 2018 [cited 28 March 2018]. Available from:

Would you like to consult a doctor for Breast Enhancement Procedures ?

Questions answered by trusted doctors

Verified User
Hi my age is 22 & my breast size is very small,  what I have to do for breast enlargement... Please help me & give some idea
Dr. B K Madhusudan
Homoeopath, Bangalore
I have answered for the similar question asked by many here.
The size of the breasts can not be changed as such.
But there are treatments in Homoeopathy, wherein we can surely improve the looks, without surgical intervention. You can visit to know more & for treatment. Good luck
Dr. Pavan Murdeshwar
Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello mam. There are certain workouts which definitely increases the prominence of the breasts by putting up some muscular bulk beneath it. But might take longer than you expected. Few of the massages also do increase the size, but very slowly and steadily and only upto few extent. Very few ppl are aware about the surgeries which can help you gain the required size and shape with very minimal side effects. such as the simple mammoplasty, fat grafting or implants. u can text me online through this site for more details or visit my clinic
Verified User
Hi doctor, I want to go for breast enhancement and would like to inquire about the same like what are the complications, side effects, before after size , cost and if I give birth in future will breast feeding will be an issue ?
Dr. Gajanan S Manamwar
Ayurveda, Pune
You can increase your brest size by Ayurveda medications correction in food.
Consult online directly for more details.
Artificial things are harmful go natural way.
Dr. Sushma Kashinath Meled
Ayurveda, Belgaum
Implant is not a better idea..
Breast cancer is one of the cause of implant
And s it will definitely affect ur breast feeding..
And it is little expensive and need precaution s to be followed ..
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Did you know?

The first breast enhancement surgery was performed in the 19th century!

An Austrian doctor named Dr. Robert Gersuny injected paraffin into breasts for the first time in the year 1890 to enhance them. This was the first recorded instance of breast enhancement procedure.

You can most likely nurse even if you have implants

Most breast enhancement surgeries are compatible with breastfeeding. If your doctor had made the incisions under the fold of the breast or through the armpit it shouldn’t cause any trouble. A curved incision (smile-like) made around the areola may cause problems with breastfeeding.

One implant settles faster than another during recovery

Women are often surprised with the fact that the implants settle into place at different rates while recovering. If you are right-handed, chances are the right implant will fall into place more slowly since the muscle development is greater on the dominant side. It is vice versa if you are left-handed.

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