Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation)

An overview of breast augmentation options

By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: October 11, 2011

Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation)

Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that increases the size of breasts to enhance a female’s overall figure. Also referred to as mammoplasty, breast augmentation is the most popular form of plastic surgery today, providing millions of women with an increased self-satisfaction.  

Fat Transfer And Breast Implants

The development of liposuction techniques has drawn women to desire transferring their own fat to their breasts. Doctors are still developing this procedure, but it is believed to be more safe and cost-effective.

Good Candidate For Breast Implants

Women seek breast implants for a number of reasons, including to feel better about their physical appearance. Good candidates are healthy and emotionally stable women who are ready to face the risks and side effects of breast surgery. 

Preparing for Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation)

When preparing for your breast augmentation, be sure to free your schedule for ample time to recover. Smokers will need to refrain from cigarettes and certain medications may need to stop in the days leading up to the surgery. 

What are Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation)?

Breast implants (breast augmentation) is a cosmetic surgery procedure that surgically places implants into a female's chest to increase the size of breasts. Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic procedure in the United States, helping thousands of women feel more confident in their bodies. 

What Are Breast Implants?

Breasts are shaped by fatty tissue that surrounds a female’s milk ducts and glands. Ranging in shapes and sizes out of our control, breast implants are a modern way for women to obtain the figure they desire.

A Good Candidate for Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation)

There are a number of reasons why women desire breast augmentation. Whether it by health reasons, social influences or simply wanting to feel sexier, it is important to think long and hard about the details of the procedure and your reasons for seeking treatment. 

Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation) Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries today. Surgeons can make incisions in four possible locations as well as insert the implants in three different areas around the breast. The advancements in breast augmentation surgery have provided women with a number of options in how they choose to undergo surgery. 

Types Of Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation)

Breast implants are silicone or saline filled shells used in breast augmentation to enhance the size of one’s breasts

Fat Transfer For Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation)

The transfer of bodily fat to the breasts is a growing area of development that patients and doctors alike seek to expand. With modern refining of liposuction techniques, doctors have been able to yield larger quantities of bodily fat to the breasts. Doctors and scientists are still working to develop ways to use solely bodily fat as breast implants.

Recovering From Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation)

You will be sore and tired following your breast augmentation. It is important to rest and refrain from activity for the first few days after surgery. The soreness and swelling may persist for a few weeks following the procedure. 

Breast Implant Removal

Many women choose to have their breast implants removed after receiving breast augmentation. There are a number of reasons, both medical and personal, why women decide that they no longer want or need their breast implants.

Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation) Revision

Sometimes breast augmentation revision is needed to correct the results of the original surgery. Patients undergo breast augmentation revision when they are dissatisfied with the results or when a complication arises that requires surgeons to reopen the stitches.

Risks of Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation)

Risks and side effects of breast implants (breast augmentation) include capsular contacture, implant rupture, hematoma, necrosis, infection and unwanted scarring, in addition to others. As with any surgery, there are also anesthetic risks involved with the procedure. 

Cost of Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation)

The cost of breast augmentation depends on a number of factors such as location, individual surgeon, type of implant and the extent of the surgery. Additional medications following surgery can also increase the total cost. 

Do Breast Implants Affect Mammograms?

Breast implants can make detecting cancer more difficult. Nonetheless, advances in mammogram screening are continually improving to make detecting cancer easier and clearer. 

FAQ - Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation)

Breast Augmentation: Surgical enhancement of natural breasts using silicon or saline implants.

In the United States alone, over 350,000 women have breast augmentation surgery yearly, with an additional 90,000 breast implant procedures for breast reconstruction surgery following mastectomies.

To help you decide if breast augmentation is the right plastic surgery procedure for you, this section provides answers to the most frequently asked questions on Breast Augmentation surgery.

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