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How Breast Augmentation Is Performed

Posted Aug 13 2010 9:18pm

Breast augmentation, also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty, is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic plastic surgical procedures. Breast augmentation surgery is usually sought after by women who are not happy with their breast size and shape.

Breast augmentation for a More Streamlined Figure and Symmetrical Breasts

Surgical methods and breast-implant technology have improved dramatically in recent years. In breast augmentation procedure, implants are surgically placed to make the breasts look fuller and much more appealing. Breast augmentation procedure using implants provides a more streamlined figure and symmetrical breasts.

Breast implants may vary in shape, size, and the type of filler used. Implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel. The procedure is carried out under general anesthesia. Incisions are made for inserting the implants. The incisions are made either behind each breast, underneath either breast tissue or on the chest wall muscle. The silicone or saline implants are then inserted through the incision to provide the desired breast shape and size.

Breast Augmentation – Points to Know

The duration of the procedure is usually one to two hours, which may vary according to the technique used, the placement of the implants, and the patient's aesthetic goals. Once the implants are placed, the incisions are sealed with sutures, and after that post-operative care begins.

Each form of insertion has its own risks and complications. The exact position for implant placement and the type of implants to be used should be discussed in detail with the plastic surgeon, prior to the surgery. During the consultation, your plastic surgeon determines whether you are an ideal candidate for breast augmentation and may make recommendations about the type of breast implants that would ensure the best results.


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