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Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant)
Breast augmentation is a procedure performed to increase the volume of the breast by placing breast implants underneath. Different types of implants can be used, depending on the patient’s built, her expectations and the surgeon’s suggestion. Silicone (FDA approved) implants are the most frequently used; implants can be placed under the gland (sub-mammary) or under the muscle (sub-muscular); this is determined by the patient´s characteristics.
Different incisions can be performed. The most common are around the areola, in the inframammary sulcus or through the axilla. The incision is determined by the patients’ characteristics and expectations.
The procedure takes between 1 and 2 hours, it is done under sedation and local anesthesia and recovery time is between 7 and 10 days. In some instances, it can be done as an outpatient procedure.
Your choice of incision and implant placement depend on the size and shape of the implant, your body frame, amount of breast tissue and the planned scar location.
Patients can choose between saline breast implants or silicone breast implants. Implant factors include the implant size, shape, and material, in addition to whether or not the implants volume can be adjusted after surgery, all of which should be discussed beforehand with your surgeon. It is important to emphasize that breast implants do not interfere with breast feeding, since this is a concern for some patients who are planning future pregnancies.
Risks and Complications
As with any surgery, there is risk of complications related to infection or reaction to anesthesia. A proper assessment of every patient, along with complete lab work, will help in the prevention of postoperative complications. After healing, scars are handled with special treatments to help in the minimization of their appearance.