Synonyms: Breast Implant Surgery, Augmentation Mammoplasty
Breast Augmentation or Breast Implant Surgery is a surgical procedure in which the size and shape of a woman's breast is enhanced by inserting an artificial breast implant behind each breast.
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Cost of procedure performed in the US: $6,000.
All prices are in US dollars and include the cost of the procedure and minimum hospital stay. Estimates and minimum hospital stay will vary depending upon individual needs and requirements.
Breast Augmentation is performed to counter the effects of weight loss, pregnancy, breast feeding and aging changes
A breast implant is a soft shell or a rubber sac that is filled with silicone gel or saline (salt-water). The feel of the implant is very natural and close to the feel of the normal breast tissue. They are available in several different sizes to accommodate different patient's needs and surgeon's preference. The surface texture of the implant can be smooth or contoured.
There are different approaches used for Breast Augmentation surgery: 1) Infra-mammary Breast Augmentation - This is the most commonly used approach for Breast Augmentation operation. In this approach an incision is made in the crease just below the breast where the breast tissue meets the chest wall. 2) Peri-areolar Breast Augmentation - In this approach a semi-circular incision is made around the lower part of the areola (areola is the dark area of skin surrounding the nipple). 3) Trans-axillary or Axillary Breast Augmentation - In this approach an incision is made in the armpit to insert the breast implant. 4) Trans-umblical or Umblical Breast Augmentation - In this approach, a breast implant is inserted through the umbilicus or belly button with the help of an endoscope.
Breast implant can either be placed under the breast tissue (sub-glandular) or under the chest muscle (sub-muscular) in Breast Augmentation procedure.
If you are a healthy woman above 18 years of age who is not pregnant or breast feeding and wants to improve her appearance, then you are an ideal candidate for Breast Augmentation surgery.
You surgeon makes an incision (as described above), creates a pocket either under the breast tissue or under the muscle, inserts the implant, pushes it to the center so that it is under the nipple and sutures the incision. Some surgeons prefer to place the implant under the chest muscle. Breast Augmentation surgery takes about 2 - 3 hours. Most commonly you can go home the same day or the following day. The sutures are covered with a gauze dressing to promote speedy healing.
Breast Augmentation is performed under general anesthesia. You may or may not be required to get hospitalized the night before. However, you will be instructed to refrain from eating or drinking at least 10 hours before the Breast Augmentation surgery. Make sure to inform your surgeon as well as your anesthetist about all the prescription and non-prescription medications (including vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements) that you are taking. Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before Breast Augmentation surgery to avoid problems with healing during the post-operative period. Make arrangements for someone to drive you home and to help you around the house for a couple of days following Breast Augmentation surgery
There is some degree of pain, swelling, bruising and soreness following Breast Augmentation surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe you pain medication to take after Breast Augmentation surgery. In the next 2 - 3 days, your gauze dressing will be removed and you will be given a surgical bra to wear (day and night) for the next one month or so. Surgical bra or compression garment will help the fluid to drain down and minimize swelling and bruising. Your stitches will be removed in about 10 days. Refrain from performing any strenuous activities like participating in sports or lifting heavy objects for about 6 weeks after the Breast Augmentation operation. It is normal to be able to resume you full daily routine in about 3 months after the Breast Augmentation operation.
The outcome of Breast Augmentation is very satisfactory and successful. Your breasts will be enlarged for life. Clothes fit better and it certainly boosts your self confidence and self esteem. Some cases of leakage or breaking of the breast implant have been reported. In this case, a second Breast Augmentation surgery may be needed.
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