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Breast Augmentation

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 your doctor. Submuscular tends to be more popular, however, since it helps hide rippling, especially with the saline implants used in current breast augmentation surgeries.

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 implants, made of a natural salt water solution. The solution having been used in intravenous treatments, this is a safer tool for breast augmentation surgery.

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 and a subsequently 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.



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