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A breast augmentation can be pursued for a number of reasons.
Some women are simply looking for an increase in the size of their
bust. Be it for self confidence reasons, a more feminine profile,
or to fit into clothing better, they just want larger breasts.
Other women may have experienced a decrease in size or sagging
in their breasts because of pregnancy or breast feeding, and want
to return to their previous shape. There are also a number of women
who turn to breast augmentation surgery to balance out uneven breasts.
Doctors have their choice of incision placement in breast augmentation
surgery, and usually make their decision based on the individual
patient's existing medical situation, body type, and goals. There
are three common areas for this small one-inch incision, including
under the breast,
in the natural crease where the breast touches the chest. The second
option is along the lower border of the areola (the darker skin
around the nipple), and the third is in the armpit.
Through this incision, the surgeon will manipulate the tissue
to create a pocket for the impant, and the implant will be placed
inside. Implant placement can be under or over
the chest muscle. There are benefits to both methods that should
be discussed with
doctor. Submuscular tends to be more popular, however, since it
helps hide rippling, especially with the saline implants used in
In the past, this procedure had always been performed with silicone-filled
implants.. However, in the early 1990's, the FDA stopped allowing
the use of this material. They were replaced with saline
made of a natural salt water solution. The solution having been
used in intravenous treatments, this is a safer tool for breast
Breast augmentation surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. It usually takes no longer
than 4 days for women to be able to return to work.
There is always a slight chance of bleeding or infection, as is
the case in almost any surgical procedure. A temporary change
in nipple sensitivity is possible. In very rare occassions,
some patients lose nipple sensation completely. Also a fairly
uncommon risk, some patients experience a tightening of the scars
unnatural firming of the implant. However, when this does occur,
it can be fixed through a repeat procedure.
A breast augmentation surgery can range, depending on implant choice,
and method of surgery pursued, anywhere from about $4000-7500.
Your complimentary consultation with the doctor will help you
gather specific information related to your individiual needs,
including an accurate cost.