Breast Augmentation is an operation using silicone breast implants or saline breast implants to increase the size and improve the shape of the breast.There can be many reasons someone would choose to have a breast augmentation, but ultimately, it is a personal decision to help you feel better about your body. The reasons to have a breast augmentation can be many. Some women do not feel that their smaller breasts fit their overall body shape and wish to have breast augmentation to balance out their bodies. Other women have breasts that have different sizes or shapes. Breast augmentation is a way to fix asymmetry between the breasts. Other women notice that their breasts have changed significantly after having children and choose to have a breast augmentation to restore the position and shape of their breasts. Choosing a surgeon for your breast augmentation might be the most important decision in the process. Experience with the operation of breast augmentation is crucial as each operation should be tailored to the patient?s needs and desires. Please check if your surgeon is a board-certified PLASTIC SURGEON here. Many surgeons performing breast augmentation will list themselves as "board-certified," but the only valid board certification for a plastic surgeon is through the American Board of Plastic Surgery. A plastic surgeon has anywhere from 5-7 years of specified training in general and plastic surgery following medical school. The process to become board certified in plastic surgery is a multi-year evaluation of knowledge, safety, and decision making. This only serves to provide the patient with the best care possible. The choice of size or volume of a breast implant for breast augmentation requires a thorough evaluation and discussion with your surgeon. Different sizes and volume implants will look very different on each person. For instance, a 325cc ultrahigh projection implant would look very large on a patient who is 5 feet tall and weighed 105 pounds. This would be a small implant on someone taller with a fuller figure. It is important that you are able to have an open conversation with your surgeon regarding your hopes for the desired outcome following your breast augmentation. A common question regarding breast augmentation surrounds the "best implant for breast augmentation." The use of silicone breast implants or saline implants is an important decision in breast augmentation. The feel, shape, and look of the result are different between saline and silicone breast implants. Silicone breast implants more closely mirror the feel of natural breast tissue and are commonly used because there is not an obvious difference in the feel between the breast tissue and the implant. Saline implants have a more distinct feel than the breast tissue, but also provide a different look. Saline implants tend to have a more "high and tight" look which can be desirable in certain circumstances. Discussing the difference between silicone and saline breast implants with your surgeon and seeing before and after photos can help you decide which implant would best suit your needs. The location of the incision is also an appropriate question you should discuss with your surgeon when exploring the possibility of breast augmentation. There are several common places for the incision including below the areola, below the breast, and in the axilla. Each has benefits and risks involved. The most common type of incision we use for breast augmentation is below the breast so that the scar is hidden in the fold under the breast. This scar is small and fades with time so that it is not noticeable with or without clothes. Your safety should be a primary concern in the operation of breast augmentation. This operation is an outpatient operation and you will go home the same day. The total time of the procedure is approximately 2 hours. As with any operation, there are risks involved in breast augmentation which can include infection, scarring, and asymmetry. Discussing these in detail with your surgeon is very important in helping you feel comfortable with the decision to have a breast augmentation. Without a doubt, one of the most common questions, of course, is "how much does a breast augmentation cost." There are several factors that are specific to each patient regarding the cost of breast augmentation including the type of implant, need for additional procedures, and the facility where the operation is performed. In general, a breast augmentation operation costs about $6500.00 for silicone breast implants and $5500.00 for saline breast implants.
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