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Breast Augmentation or enlargement is the procedure of choice for many women who consider their breasts to be too small and is the most frequently elected operation for women between the ages of nineteen and thirty-four. This operation increases cup size and alters breast contour by inserting any of a variety of prostheses.

A woman who seeks Breast Augmentation often states: 1. that her breasts never developed fully, 2. that her breasts are uneven, or 3. that her breasts developed normally, but lost volume after childbirth, breast-feeding, weight loss, etc. Implants may also be used in reconstructive procedures following mastectomy. See Breast Reconstruction.

Breast Augmentation usually enhances the breasts a full cup size, which is sufficient for the majority of women. Enlargement by two or more cup sizes, while possible, should be undertaken with caution to ensure a more proportional and balanced end result.

Nearly all breast implants are composted of a silicon rubber shell filled with either salt water (saline solution) or silicone gel. Implants are designed to maintain their integrity for at least 15-20 years at which point they may need to be replaced.

After decades of clinical investigation, implants have been proven safe. While women with breast implants are at no greater risk of developing breast cancer or other diseases than the general population, it is important to continue self-examination and routine screening under the direction of a gynecologist or family doctor. Augmentation mammoplasty does not alter the effectiveness of mammography, although the mammography technician should be made aware that you have implants.

Usually, augmentation does not permanently interfere with breast sensitivity, nor does it affect fertility or pregnancy. There is a small chance, however, that it may affect your ability to nurse.

Augmentation Mammoplasty operations are designed to add fullness to the breasts by inserting a tissue substitute the implant behind existing breast tissue, either in front of or behind the chest (pectoral) muscle. Under sedation or general anesthesia, a very small incision is made, relative to the size of most implants. The incisions are most frequently located around the lower half of the areola (the dark, pigmented area around the nipple) or in the inframammary fold (the crease below the breast).

In Augmentation Mammoplasty operations, no breast tissue is removed as the implant is centered beneath the nipple. The increased size of the breast mound and depth of cleavage are determined by the size of the implant.

After Augmentation Mammoplasty avoid lifting and straining. Most patients return to a desk job in about four days and gradually resume aerobic activities starting at two weeks.

The transformation of many women after undergoing Breast Augmentation is quite remarkable. The increase in breast fullness is often matched by a greater sense of wellbeing and self-confidence. If you are looking to enhance or simply restore your breast contour, consider Augmentation Mammoplasty.

See also
> Breast Reconstruction, Upper Body & Chest
> Breast Reduction, Reduction Mammoplasty
> Mastopexy, Breast Lift

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