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Breast Augmentation - Cosmetic Surgery

Breast Augmentation - Cosmetic Surgery

How it's performed:
Breast surgery depends mostly on the choice of implant, position and methods of how the implant will be inserted. The common areas of implant insertion are through the areola, under the crease of the breast or under the armpit. The doctor then takes great caution to minimize the amount of visible scarring caused by the insertion point in an attempt to create the most aesthetically pleasing figure.

The surgeon will then attempt to create an area of breast tissue to insert the implant. This can be done directly behind the tissue or below the chest muscle. Both methods have advantages so be sure to discuss these with your surgeon before your operation.

In general, these surgeries take around one to two hours. After the operation is complete, medical stitches seal any incisions together and are further reinforced with antiseptic tape. Bandages help the breast conform to their new shape and helps increase the healing time.

The day after surgery generally leaves most women feeling tired, but usually are rested and feeling better by day three. Most of this pain can be managed by prescription medication given to you by the doctor after surgery. Persistent pain might be an early sign of complications.

After a few days the gauze bandages come off which will require the patient to wear a special support bra. The doctor will recommend the length of time to wear it for, as it helps conform the breasts to their new shape. A common side effect of the surgery is a burning sensation around the nipples for a few weeks, but should subside shortly after. Stitches are removed around 10 days after the operation but the swelling usually takes around 5 weeks to disappear.

Most women can return to work within a few days although physical activity and exercise should not be performed for three to four weeks. Scars will begin to fade after six weeks but will never disappear completely.

To learn more about breast augmentation please visit our cosmetic surgery resource site at This article may be freely reprinted as long as this resource box is included and all links stay intact as hyperlinks.


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