What is Breast Augmentation?

Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 12:32 PM

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If you are debating breast augmentation, arm yourself with some information before heading to the nearest plastic surgeon.
 
Requirements:
According to the FDA and most plastic surgeons, you need to be at least 18 years of age for saline implants and 22 years of age for silicone implants. This is mainly because women finish their physical development by their twenties and are emotionally mature enough by then to make the decision to make a permanent change to their body shape. In order to be an ideal candidate for breast augmentation surgery, you must be:
  • a healthy adult with a positive self image
  • well informed about the results and risks of such a procedure
  • have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery
Benefits
Breast augmentation surgery will provide you with a more curvaceous, better proportioned figure. This, in turn, can be a significant boost to your confidence and self esteem. Breast enhancement can restore fullness if the breasts have lost volume and lift due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, or ageing.
Your breast size and shape can be regained after a mastectomy or other traumatic surgery. Even a single breast implant can be used to restore symmetry when the natural size of the breasts is noticeably different.

Procedure
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure usually performed under general anesthesia. The surgery is designed to enlarge the size of the breasts. Silicon or saline breast implants are placed either directly behind or in front of the chest wall muscle in order to increase the bust line. Saline implants are either round or anatomical (tear shaped), and the surface of the implant can either be smooth or textured. Round implants add the most lift and proportion, whereas teardrop breast implants look more natural. Implants come in various sizes from small to large. Most women can expect to return to work in a few days to a week after breast augmentation surgery. Exercise can typically be resumed three to four weeks following the surgery. Most importantly, breast enlargement surgery should not affect a woman's ability to breastfeed.
 
Cautions to take before and after breast augmentation:
Before breast augmentation:
Be sure to check with your insurance provider if you are covered for the procedure costs or for complications that may arise from breast augmentation surgery. Be sure to check with your employer what their policies with respect to breast augmentation surgery are.
 
It is very important to choose a qualified and highly experienced breast surgeon. They must be properly credentialed and board certified from a legitimate board. You can contact the American Board of Medical Specialties to verify that a particular doctor is fully certified to perform breast enlargement surgery. Checking with The American Board of Plastic Surgery  is also a sensible place to visit before making a decision.

After breast augmentation:
The possibility of complications exists with all surgeries. In addition to routine surgical complications such as scarring, infection, changes in sensation, or severe bruising, risks after breast augmentation surgery also include:
· deflation
· nipple numbness
· implant displacement
· capsular contracture
· rippling
 
Most women also need follow-up surgery ten years after breast augmentation.

Breast augmentation price:
Breast augmentation price varies widely, depending on the surgeon's skill, the region where you have the surgery performed, whether the surgery takes place in the office or in a hospital, what type of surgery you choose, and what type of anesthesia is used. Breast implants also have a cost, which is typically part of the total surgery fee. The average total breast augmentation cost ranges from $4,000 to $10,000. The average cost for the implants is $1,000 to $1,300. The anesthesia fee is typically $600 to $800; the facility fee typically ranges from $800 to $1,200. The remaining cost is mainly the surgeon's fee.
 
Finally, check out some online forum and support groups for people who have been through breast augmentation surgery. First-hand stories after breast augmentation can help answer specific questions for people grappling with post and pre breast augmentation related anxieties. They can even get relevant and sound advice regarding the best kind of breast augmentation surgery most suited to them and the best surgeon to consult in this regard.
 
 

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