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Breast Augmentation (Breast Implants)
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Breast augmentation, commonly known as breast implants, is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. This cosmetic surgery involves the insertion of implants (silicone or saline) beneath the breast tissue or chest muscles. It is often pursued for various reasons, including aesthetic preferences, reconstruction after mastectomy, or correction of breast asymmetry.
Here are some key points about breast augmentation:
Types of Implants:
Silicone implants: These are filled with silicone gel, providing a more natural feel and appearance.
Saline implants: Filled with sterile saltwater, saline implants are adjustable and may have a slightly firmer feel than silicone.
Surgical Techniques:
Incision options: Surgeons typically make incisions in inconspicuous locations, such as in the crease under the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit.
Implant placement: Implants can be placed either behind the breast tissue (sub glandular) or behind the chest muscle (submuscular).
Patients usually experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising after surgery.
It is essential to follow post-operative care instructions provided by the surgeon, including restrictions on physical activities during the initial recovery period.
Risks and Complications:
Common risks include infection, bleeding, and changes in nipple or breast sensation.
Long-term considerations may include implant rupture or leakage, leading to the need for additional surgery.
Regular monitoring is necessary to detect any potential issues with the implants.
Mammograms may require special techniques for women with breast implants.
Patient Considerations:
Potential candidates should be in good overall health.
Realistic expectations are crucial, as breast augmentation can enhance appearance but may not achieve perfection.
The cost of breast augmentation varies and includes surgeon fees, anaesthesia, facility charges, and the cost of implants.
Alternative Options:
Some individuals opt for non-surgical breast enhancement methods, such as fat transfer procedures.
It’s essential to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to discuss individual goals, options, and potential risks before deciding to undergo breast augmentation. Every surgery carries risks, and a thorough understanding of the procedure can help individuals make informed decisions about their bodies.
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