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Breast implants

Many women undergo breast implant surgery, also known as breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty, to make their breasts firmer and more youthful looking.

Breast augmentation is not a substitute for a breast lift, a procedure used to raise sagging breasts and make them firmer.

Plastic surgeons can perform breast augmentation in their offices or at a local hospital's outpatient surgical center. The surgery usually takes less than two hours and either general anesthesia, or local anesthesia and a sedative, is used.

Once you are sedated or anesthetized, your plastic surgeon selects one of three small incisions to place the implants into your breasts. These incisions are usually made underneath the breast, armpit, or nipple.

All of the incision lines are engineered to hide any subsequent scars. After creating some space in your breast tissue, your surgeon can place the implants either under the breast tissue or even further under the muscle in the chest.

Although initially more painful, implants placed under the muscle may interfere less with future mammograms and the standard examination for abnormal breast conditions.

After breast augmentation surgery, you may have some tenderness around your breasts or a burning sensation around your nipples. Your breasts may also be somewhat bruised for a few weeks.

As a line-filled implant is most often used today. Saline is a Salty fluid that is naturally found in the body. In the unlikely event the implant ruptures, the saline solution is safely absorbed by the body. The FDA has approved this implant.

Other implant substances are not currently FDA approved. Uncommon side effects from breast augmentation surgery include a tight scar or infection around the implant, and a decrease or increase in sensation around the nipples.

To obtain the best results you should follow your plastic surgeon's Guidelines before and after surgery.

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