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Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammoplasty)

Underlying Problem Requiring Breast Augmentation:
Breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in the U.S. Women who are most likely to seek a breast augmentation are those who feel that their breasts are undersized or underdeveloped, those who have a major disparity in size between the two breasts, and those who have experienced a major change in their breasts due to pregnancy or breastfeeding. Age, childbirth, and weight loss can all be contributors to a change in the size, shape, and fullness of the tissue, and a breast augmentation is an option for bringing those things into alignment with the patient's wishes.

Treatment:

Breast augmentation is often done on an outpatient basis, although patients will need to be released into the care of someone who can get them safely home and who can understand the directions given by the medical staff. In many cases, the patient undergoing a breast augmentation will be given a local anesthetic, in addition to intravenous sedatives, although the physician may choose to use a general anesthetic instead. The surgery itself will probably last one to two hours.

The doctor will make an incision, which will be either axillary (under the arm), periareolar (around the nipple), or inframammary (under the breast). Once the incision has been made, the doctor will create a pocket, either subglandularly or submuscularly. To create the smallest scar possible, the implant will be empty when it is inserted through the incision, and saline will be added once it is in place under the skin.

After the surgery, the patient's breast will be wrapped in gauze or she will wear a surgical bra.

Recovery from Breast Augmentation

The patient will generally be able to walk immediately and will be up and about within two days of the surgery. A few days later, the bandages will be removed, although she will likely still need to wear a supportive bra. The stitches will often come out in about a week, and it is usually three to seven days after surgery before the patient is allowed to shower. For the first several days, the patient should avoid lifting, pushing, pulling, twisting, or engaging in strenuous activities. There may be some swelling and discoloration that should disappear within the first month.

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