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What s it?

Breast augmentation refers to the cosmetic procedure of enhancing the size of a women’s breasts through an implantation of either a silicone or saline implant. Breast augmentation surgery has become increasingly popular in some parts of the world, and advancements continue to be made with regards to the safety of the procedure, the options available for the types of implants and the quality of the materials used to enhance the size of the woman’s breasts. Breast augmentation is completed for cosmetic reasons as well as for reconstructive reasons when women lose their breast to illness or disease or have damage that is need of repair. If the procedure is considered to be cosmetic, insurance will generally not cover the costs, but if it is for reconstructive reasons, it is possible that insurance will cover all or a portion of the total costs.

The Operation

When making the decision to have a breast augmentation, there are two primary types of implants that come in a variety of shapes and sizes to consider: saline and silicone implants. Saline implants are filled with water and depending on the amount of water placed into the implant will affect the firmness and the feel of the implant. If the implant were to leak for some reason over time, the saline and saline implant will be absorbed into the body and removed as waste.

Silicone implants are filled with an elastic gel that feels much more like natural breast tissue. If these implants are to break, the gel will remain intact but will need to be removed and replaced. These Cohesive gel breast implants are often called “Gummies or Gummy Bears” because they feel more like a natural breast.

Once the implant has been selected and the method of surgery has been selected, the implant will be inserted either over the muscle or under the muscle of the pectorals. The implant can be inserted through an incision under the breast, in each armpit, through the belly button or through an incision in the nipple itself. There are advantages and disadvantages to each incision type that should be discussed with the plastic surgeon. The type of incision and the shape of the implant will be determined by the size that the woman desires and her current anatomical structure.

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