What is breast augmentation?

, July 5, 2012


Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure where a woman’s breast is enlarged using silicone filled implants or saline filled implants. There are over 300,000 breast augmentations performed every year. Up until a few years ago it was the most popular plastic surgery for women however in recent years liposuction has taken the number one spot.

It’s no surprise the liposuction and breast augmentation are the most popular plastic surgeries as they attempt to recreate that unobtainable perfect body ideal that is so often portrayed in the media. Some women who seek out breast augmentation are falling prey to the Hollywood perfection obsession when they are in fact naturally beautiful and don’t even need the implants. Other women might never have developed breasts at all, and been self-conscious of being completely flat for years. And yet others are trying to reshape their breasts after childbirth, surgery, sagging from aging, or too much weight gain and loss causing loose skin and deflation of the breast area.

Breast augmentation is typically done using general anesthesia. The implants are usually inserting through a small incision make in the nipple at the point where the aereola meets the skin. Sometimes the implants are inserted through the arm-put, an incision under the breast at the fold, or even through a belly button incision.

For a while the silicon implants were the norm, however after some scares about silicon complications the saline or water filled implants become popular. In recent years, silicon implants have come back into vogue with better implant technology and an improved feeling of the implants. The basic recovery time is only about a week for this surgery however there will be six to eight weeks of no physical exercise and being extremely protective of the breast area which will be tender and delicate.

The problem with breast implants is that there is a rather high rate of complications. Scar tissue that hardens can cause the implants to sit funny or look strange on the breast. The implants can develop leaks or even rupture. While the result of breast augmentation are long lasting they are not forever lasting. A woman getting breast implants can have a high expectation that she will need some sort of revision years down the road. A woman getting implants as a young adult can expect to have several implant surgeries during her lifetime.

A standard breast augmentation involves merely placing breast implants. There are more involved surgeries such as those to give the breast a lift, reduce the breast, reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy, or lift the breast using a special flap surgery that doesn’t require the implants but instead uses the women’s own skin and tissue. These more complicated plastic surgeries are more involved than the standard breast aug, more expensive and require more recovery time.

A basic breast augmentation plastic surgery can cost around $4,500 for the surgeons fees plus another $1500 for anesthesia and the surgical room expenses. You see deals for breast augmentation that run as low as $4500 covering all costs. However, this is usually with a less experienced surgeon or in a less expensive part of the United Stated. A breast augmentation done in a city such as Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York by a prominent plastic surgeon is likely to cost around $8,500 dollars, not 4,500. The prices really vary and they go up in big cities and up even more when using a prominent surgeon.

breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast aug, or a “boob job”


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