A breast augmentation is an act that involves aesthetic surgery or reconstructive surgery. It is practiced by a plastic surgeon under general anesthesia. The minimum age to request a breast augmentation is 18 years, but in some rare cases surgery can be considered as early as 15 years. Breast volume can be increased by 2 techniques:

-Breast augmentation by implants

Lipofilling breast augmentation

You will find more information on these 2 interventions by clicking on the links above.

Call on a qualified surgeon

After you made the decision to breast augmentation, do not rush into the choice of the surgeon. In order to conduct these operations in accordance with scientific and ethical standards, several criteria must be considered. The surgeon must of course be authorized to practice in the field of plastic surgery by the National Council of the College Physicians. This authorization is issued following a boarding school in general surgery in addition to a specialization in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery (DESC). To ensure this, you can consult the council of the order of your department or the site of the C.N.O.M.The surgeon’s experience is important. Choose the cosmetic surgeon, who will combine qualification, experience and listening. We do belong to this category. We will do our best to meet your expectations and minimize the risks, so your breast augmentation will be successful.


Avoid surgical tourism

If you are looking for only the lowest rates, travel agencies and websites that offer “travel and breast augmentation” there is plenty of packages all included. The uncertainties of a choice of this type concern several points like:

-The exact origin and quality of the prostheses used. In the absence of reliable certification bodies and controls in the countries concerned, for this type of product, the risk of using implants from China cannot be completely ruled out.

– Absence or minimization of preoperative consultations and evaluations.

– Absence or reduction of postoperative follow-up and unreliability of the guarantees offered to the patients. For operations of breast augmentation carried out outside Europe, the assumption of responsibility for Health Insurance or Mutual Health does not exist. Would you risk your health for a supposing cheaper rate? What will happen to post-operative care and follow-up of eventual complications? Health is not a game!


In general, see you at least 2 times before breast augmentation.During the first visit, as part of the preparation of your medical file, you will answer detailed questions. The information regarding the health problems experienced by you and your family, the type of medicines used and any allergies are recorded with precision. An examination will be performed including a morphological examination of the breasts, measurement of their size, examination of the mammary glands, thoracic muscles and skin (fine or thick).

We will synthesize the information collected, the tests performed and your desires. This synthesis work allows us to choose the type of breast implant adapted to your situation, the appropriate technique for its placement and the location of the scars. Then we will ask you to have a blood test and an imaging report (mammography, ultrasound). An examination by a cardiologist followed by a report will be requested before surgery for women over 60 (electrocardiogram, echocardiography). In case of urinary infections in the past, it will be necessary to carry out an ECBU urinalysis 2 to 3 days before the intervention.

Finally, we will give you an information sheet and a detailed quote including our fees and those of the anesthesiologist, the costs of the clinic and the price of the implants by specifying their brand. To allow you some time for reflection before making your final decision, the law requires that your final decision and intervention cannot be made within 15 days of the delivery of the estimate.

During the second consultation, we answer any questions you may have, take pictures and discuss practical aspects to consider before surgery.

Advice and Precautions before Operation

For breast augmentation, it is required that you stop smoking at least during the 3 weeks preceding the operation and the 3 weeks following it. During the 10 days before surgery, it is forbidden to take any medications that contain acetylsalicylic acid or Aspirin. This also applies to anti-inflammatory drugs derived from it such as Surgam, Voltarene … The use of oral contraceptives and anticoagulants should be specified. If you have a flu or an angina within 2 weeks before the operation, you should talk to your plastic surgeon.It is best to wax the armpits wax 7 days before surgery wherever the scars will be located. Before going to the clinic, prepare your bag. Do not forget to put the medicines that you take regularly, your necessary toilets and a bra adapted to the future implants. To avoid touching the chest, only take clothing that opens from the front (shirt for example). 

Hospitalization and anesthesia

In most cases, breast augmentation is done under general anesthesia. In exceptional situations, local anesthesia may be used. It will be reinforced by tranquilizers introduced by intravenous infusion (neurolepanalgesia).The hospitalization varies from one day (ambulatory surgery) to one day and one night depending on the technique chosen.

In cosmetic surgery, the breast augmentation acts on the shape and on the implantation base of the breasts.

It can eliminate the “Ptosis” that occurs by a distension of the skin, a collapse of the breasts and areolas downwards.

It can also treat problems of dissymmetry or asymmetry (the inequality of volume between the 2 breasts). A woman who decides to make a breast augmentation wants to highlight her bust and align it to her morphology of her body.In reconstructive surgery, breast augmentation can meet the following five main objectives:

-Bring volume to breasts deemed hypotrophic (too small) since puberty.

-Correct hypomatics or congenital breast agenesis (total absence of breasts).

-Reconstruct the breast of a woman who has undergone breast removal after cancer or an accident.

-Correct a congenital malformation of the breasts (Poland syndrome).

– Correct the defects of the development of the breast base (tuberous breasts).

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  • I really appreciate you helping me learn more about breast augmentation. My sister is very much interested to undergo in this procedure that is why I am gathering information about it. It really helped when you said that it is required to stop smoking at least during the 3 weeks preceding the operation and the 3 weeks following it since she is a smoker.


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