What’s the first thing I need to know about breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation uses saline or silicone gel implants to enlarge and shape a woman’s breasts. For many women, breast size is an important part of feeling normal, self-confident, feminine, and sexually desirable. Breast augmentation surgery can greatly improve a woman’s self-image by improving the way she views herself. In order to maximize your own experience it is important to understand specific details of the procedure, and to seek out an experienced board certified plastic surgeon. The entire “Breast Augmentation 101” section of this website is meant to familiarize you with the important basics of breast implants and the breast augmentation procedure. This introductory section addresses the consultation, the specific differences between saline and silicone gel implants, the basics of the surgical procedure, pre-operative preparation, and post-operative care.
How common is breast augmentation surgery?
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), 286,694 breast augmentation procedures were performed in the US in 2014 – making it the most common cosmetic surgical procedure among women. The popularity of breast augmentation not only reflects the increasing desire of women to have fuller breasts and a shapely figure, but also the safety of the procedure and the high satisfaction women experience following surgery.
Why do most women choose breast augmentation?
Women choose to have breast augmentation surgery because their breasts never developed to a size that meets their expectations, to bring balance to a breast that is somewhat smaller than the other, to improve the shape of underdeveloped or constricted breasts, to restore natural breast fullness which may have been lost as a result of pregnancy, weight loss or aging, or to improve self-confidence when wearing a swimsuit or form-fitting top.
Your consultation is very important
It is important that you select a plastic surgeon who is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, and has experience with breast augmentation surgeries. During your consultation, it is important to discuss your goals and expectations for breast augmentation. The doctor should perform a thorough examination. Appropriate treatment options, the risks and benefits of surgery, and the probable outcome of your procedure should be carefully reviewed during your consultation. Your surgeon may recommend that you have a baseline mammogram before surgery to assist in detecting any future changes in your breast tissue. If your breasts are sagging, your surgeon may suggest that a breast lift procedure be performed in conjunction with your breast augmentation surgery.
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