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Over time, your breasts can change because of different factors such as ageing, changes in weight, gravity and hormonal factors. You can become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, and you may choose to undergo a breast augmentation to restore a more youthful contour. Breast augmentation surgery involves using appropriate breast implants or fat to enhance the size of your breasts or to bring back lost breast volume after pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight fluctuations. Most women today consider going under the knife to achieve fuller breasts that they once dreamed of.

What is a breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is clinically termed as augmentation mammaplasty. It is also known as a breast enlargement procedure through the use of implants. Breast augmentation can:

  • Enhance fullness and breast projection
  • Improve the balance of your figure
  • Improve self-image and self-esteem
  • Be used to reconstruct the breasts after removal (mastectomy) or injury

What are the limitations of breast augmentation surgery?

Although breast augmentation can enhance the appearance of the breasts, it does not correct severe sagging of the breasts. A breast lift may be required in this case. A breast lift can be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation or it may require a separate operation.

It is important to know that breast augmentation with breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime. Your implants may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years. You can decide if you want to remove your implants or have it replaced if that time comes. You should plan for an annual examination to evaluate your breast health and integrity of the implant.

What are the types of breast implants?

Saline breast implants – filled with sterile salt water or also known as saline. Should the implant shell leak, the saline will be absorbed and naturally eliminated from the body.

Silicone breast implants – filled with silicone gel which feels more like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel will be contained within the implant shell or may escape into the pocket created in the breasts. If you choose silicone implants, regular check-up with your plastic surgeon is necessary to make sure the implants are functioning properly. An ultrasound or MRI screening can help assess your breast implants.

Gummy bear breast implants – it is also known as form-stable implants because they maintain their shape in case the implant shell breaks. The consistency of the silicone gel inside the gummy bear implant is thick and they are also firmer than traditional implants. Placement of these implants may require longer incision.

Round breast implants – they have a tendency to make the breasts more full to look at and they can help achieve even more projection. There is a possibility that round breast implants may rotate out of place.

Smooth breast implants – these implants are the softest feeling. They can move with the breast implant pocket so their movement is natural. Smooth implants sometimes can have visible rippling.

Textured breast implants – they are less likely to move around inside the breasts.

Implant manufacturers occasionally create and introduce new styles and types of breast implants. Talk to your surgeon about your options. Whatever implant you choose, it is important for you to monitor your breast implants and follow-up with your surgeon to avoid unexpected symptoms.

What are the costs involved?

If you are a potential candidate for breast augmentation surgery, keep in mind that costs can vary. The average fees do not include anesthesia, hospital fees and other related expenses. A surgeon’s fee for the procedure may vary depending on his or her experience, the type of breast implants used, as well as the location of the medical facility. Most health insurance plans such as Medicare will not cover cosmetic breast augmentation costs, including secondary surgery or related complications. You must carefully review your health insurance policy.

Your satisfaction about the outcome of the procedure involves more than a fee. When choosing one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, remember that their experience with breast implants and your comfort are just as important as the final cost of the procedure.

What to expect during the recovery period?

Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as swelling and other discomforts subside. In order to achieve optimal results, it is important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions and return for follow-up. Expect minimal pain, swelling, redness, bruising and other discomforts which are usually tolerable. Your surgeon may prescribe mild pain-killers for your discomforts. You may also be required to wear specialized garments to protect your breasts from unnecessary movements. It is advisable to have a complete bed rest and avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities.

You can talk to one of our customer service representatives for further inquires and to get a free estimate on the procedure.

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