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Breast Augmentation

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Breast Augmentation Description & Benefits

A Breast Augmentation, (Mammoplasty) is a surgical procedure to reshape the breast in order to make it larger. Women may choose to under go breast enlargement surgery for various reasons. These personal reasons may center around breasts that are perceived to be under developed, or because of differences in the sizes of the breasts or from changes after pregnancy or breast feeding. Some women may be happy with their breasts but just want them made fuller. Often after weight loss, aging or childbirth a woman's breast volume and shape may change. Breast implant surgery performed by cosmetic plastic surgeons is the most popular way to improve breast shape and size. Breast enhancement using breast implants can give a woman more proportional shape and may improve self esteem. Breast Augmentation also corrects issues of breast asymmetry and is commonly performed to restore breast volume and shape after weight loss or pregnancy. Augmentation using breast implants may also be used for breast reconstruction to restore and reconstruct a breast or breasts that have been lost due to mastectomy, injury or other reasons.

Breast Augmentation Procedure Steps

Breast Augmentation is accomplished by surgically inserting a saline or silicone-filled prosthesis behind each breast. Breast Augmentation is commonly known as a “boob job” but is also known as Breast Enlargement, Breast Implant Surgery, and Breast Enhancement.  There are several techniques used today such as conscious, or awake breast augmentation, natural breast augmentation (which uses fat removed from unwanted areas of your own body) and transumbilical breast augmentation, or TUBA. Recent advancements in technology have provided different shapes (anatomic, teardrop, or round) and textures (smooth or fuzzy). These allow the doctor to customize your surgery and satisfy individual tastes in appearance. The breast augmentation procedure usually takes about two hours and is done under general anesthesia.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

Once your Breast Augmentation procedure is completed, the surgical areas will be covered in dressing or bandages and an elastic bandage or support bra will be given to the patients to wear. The purpose of a support bra or bandage is to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal, you may have to wear a support bra for the first week or two. Breast Augmentation recovery times vary from patient to patient. Initial Breast Augmentation recovery may include swelling and slight discomfort at the incision sites and in breast tissue overall. It is quite common to experience discomfort and this can be controlled with medication. A day or two after surgery, you should be up and about. Any dressings will be removed within several days, and you may be instructed to wear a support bra. Your plastic surgeon will probably permit you to shower between three and seven days following surgery. Stitches will be removed in about a week. Some discoloration and swelling will occur initially, but this will disappear quickly. Most residual swelling will resolve within a month.

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Breast Augmentation Side Effects & Risks

The patient will need to take 5-7 days away from work or strenuous obligations. For a few weeks after surgery patients might feel a burning sensation in your nipples. Using extra pillows when sleeping can help reduce the swelling around your breasts. Implants have a warranty and different implants carry different warranties. You may need to have the implants changed out after 10-20 years. Capsular contracture is the most common complication of breast augmentation. This occurs when the naturally formed fibrous tissue around the implant hardens and compresses the implant. The implant itself does not harden, the tissue in the body is simply squeezing it. It causes the implant to look unnatural and feel hard, often compared to a ball. While the condition may be painful, it is not life threatening and there are various treatments available if this should occur. Other possible risks include an unevenness in size and shape - possibly caused by natural differences highlighted by the surgery, creasing, kinking and ripples on the skin over the breast, and infection - this may need antibiotic treatment. Other risks might include abnormal scar tissue forming around the implant - this may cause a firm painful swelling called capsular contracture, change in skin and nipple sensation, build up of fluid around the implant (seroma), and unusual red or raised scars (keloids).

There is no scientific evidence that breast augmentation increases the risk of breast cancer. The presence of breast implants, however, makes it more technically difficult to take and read mammograms. This may be a special consideration for women who perhaps are at higher risk for breast cancer because of their family history or other reasons. Placement of the implant underneath the pectoral muscle may interfere less with mammographic examination, but other factors may also need to be considered with regard to implant placement. Pregnancy can alter breast size in an unpredictable way and could affect the long-term results of your breast augmentation. There is no evidence that breast implants will affect pregnancy or your ability to breast-feed, but if you have questions about these matters, you should ask your plastic surgeon.

Breast Augmentation Cost

The average cost of a Breast Augmentation is anywhere from $3800-5800, depending on the physician and areas treated.

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