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Breast Augmentation / Augmentation Mammoplasty / Breast Enlargement

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Augmentation Mammoplasty

Breast augmentation surgery, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is the surgical placement of breast implants to increase fullness and improve symmetry of the breasts, or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy.

Clinically referred to as augmentation mammoplasty, a breast augmentation procedure is used cosmetically to:
>Enlarge a naturally small breast, most commonly the result of heredity
>Restore breast volume lost following pregnancy, as a result of breast-feeding or due to weight loss
>Achieve better symmetry when breasts are moderately disproportionate in size and shape
>Enhance your self-image and self-confidence

If you are dissatisfied with your breast size, breast augmentation surgery (either breast enhancement or breast enlargement) is a choice to consider.
Breast augmentation surgery may be a good option for you if:

>You are physically healthy
>You have realistic expectations
>Your breasts are fully developed
>You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
>You are dissatisfied with your breasts losing shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or with aging
>Your breasts vary in size or shape
>One or both breasts failed to develop normally

The results of your breast augmentation surgery will be long-lasting. You will find it easier to wear certain styles of clothing and swim wear. Like many women who have had breast augmentation, you may also have a boost in self confidence. Breast Implants may need to be replaced or revised. It’s important to know that after receiving breast implants, results are not permanent and they may require replacement during your lifetime. You should expect to have future visits with your plastic surgeon to discuss changes in your breasts. Breast Augmentation Results Over time, your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity. If, after a period of years, you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choose to undergo a breast lift or implant exchange to restore a more youthful contour.
Continue to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions to ensure the best results for breast enlargement or breast enhancement, and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.


Augmentation mammoplasty terms:
Areola: Pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.

Augmentation mammoplasty: Breast enlargement or breast enhancement by surgery.

Breast Augmentation: Also known as augmentation mammoplasty; breast enlargement or breast enhancement by surgery.

Breast Implants: Medical devices placed in your body to enhance an existing breast size or to reconstruct your breast. Breast implants fall into two categories: saline breast implants and silicone breast implants.

Capsular contracture: A complication of breast implant surgery which occurs when scar tissue that normally forms around the implant tightens and squeezes the implant and becomes firm.

General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.

Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.

Inframammary incision: An incision made in the fold under the breast.

Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.

Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.

Mammogram: An x-ray image of the breast.

Mastectomy: The removal of breast tissue, typically to rid the body of cancer.

MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging; a painless test to view tissue similar to an x-ray.

Periareolar incision: An incision made at the edge of the areola.

Saline implants: Breast implants filled with salt water.

Silicone implants: Breast implants filled with an elastic gel.

Submammary or subglandular placement: Breast implants placed directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle.

Submuscular or subpectoral placementS: Breast implants placed under the pectoral muscle, which is located between the breast tissue and chest wall.

Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.

Transaxillary incision: An incision made in the underarm area.

Ultrasound: A diagnostic procedure that projects high frequency sound waves into the body and records the echoes as pictures.



Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons