The rise of the cosmetic surgery field has seen many different surgical procedures become popular. One procedure that has proven its popularity over almost all others is that of breast augmentation surgery. This common procedure, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast enlargement, or breast implants, is used by thousands of women each year to enhance the aesthetic appeal of their natural breasts, repair damage due to injury, illness, or pregnancy, and to combat the effects of age.
Breast augmentation surgery is used to increase breast size and volume, or restore them to a former level. Most procedures involve the use of implants that are inserted under the skin of the breasts themselves. These implants can be made of silicone gel, filled with saline solution. The same effect can sometimes be achieved by means of fat transfer from another part of the body. As one of the most popular and cosmetic surgery procedures, breast augmentation has a reputation for helping women all over the world to regain a natural sense of confidence in their bodies.
There are many reasons one might consider undergoing a breast augmentation procedure, or why a surgeon might recommend one. Typical cases of women for whom the procedure may be a good idea include:
Women who are unsatisfied with their natural bodies, and want a figure that is different, better proportioned, or more aesthetically pleasing
Women who find that their clothes do not fit as well as they might like due to small breast size
Women whose breasts have been affected by pregnancy, weight loss or aging, resulting in changes in shape, size, and contour of the breasts
Women who have one breast that is larger than the other.
Breast augmentation is a relatively simple procedure, lasting only a few hours. with very few negative or long-term side-effects. General anesthesia is most often used to make the operation a painless one. Overnight stays are generally not required, and recovery time is relatively short in most cases.
The procedure is started by making an incision in the skin of the breast. The surgeon will then lift the breast tissue to create a pocket in which an implant can be placed. Another option that may be used in cases where implant are unsafe or undesirable is that of autologous fat transfer. In this process, a surgeon will remove fat from another part of your own body by means of liposuction (the most common body parts used to retrieve fat are the abdomen, thighs, or flanks). The fat is then processed before being injected it into the breasts. While this kind of procedure is relatively new and somewhat experimental, it has shown promising results and may offer a more natural solution for many women, particularly those for whom the idea of implants is unpleasant.
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