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More about Breast Augmentation

With more than 200,000 procedures performed each year, breast augmentation is the world’s most popular plastic surgery procedure. For many women, the appearance of their breasts is tied closely to their sense of femininity and self-confidence. And for those who are unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts, breast augmentation can be a life-changing procedure. Breast augmentation is generally performed with silicone or saline breast implants. The FDA recently approved the use of cohesive gel implants, or “gummy bear” breast implants, a type of silicone gel implant which can provide a realistic look and feel.

During your pre-surgical consultation, your breast augmentation surgeon will discuss your specific aesthetic goals and health history to determine which implant type, size and shape is right for you. The breast implants procedure typically takes two hours, and is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients can return home after the surgery. Patients are given extensive post-surgical instructions which include reduced activity for several days after the surgery and reduction of specific tasks such as exercise and heavy lifting for several weeks post-surgery. The results of breast augmentation are immediately apparent, although it can take several months for the implants to take their final form. While breast augmentation is a popular procedure, it should only be performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who can ensure your safety.

 


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