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What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that involves the insertion of breast implants or transfer of fat (from elsewhere in the body) to the breast, for the purpose of enhancing the shape or size of your breasts.
What are breast implants made from?
The most commonly used breast implants are filled with either sterile salt water (saline implants) or silicone gel (silicone implants).
Will I be awake during breast augmentation surgery?
In most cases you will be under a general anesthetic and will be asleep during breast augmentation surgery. In some cases, a local anesthetic can be used, meaning you will be awake, but your chest area will be numb.
Are there limitations to the amount of breast augmentation that can be performed?
The amount of breast augmentation that can be performed depends on your current breast anatomy, skin thickness and body size.
How are breast implants inserted?
To insert your breast implant, your surgeon will make an incision on or around the breast. The implant is then tunneled under the breast tissue to lie either on the chest wall muscle or behind it. The incision is then stitched closed, a wound dressing is …
Can the condition of my implants be checked?
Yes, it is possible to check the condition of your implants using an ultrasound or an MRI scan.
What are the risks of breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that carries potential risks. These can include: allergic reactions to anesthetic during the operation that can, in rare cases, be fatal; infection of the wound site; deep vein thrombosis; changes to …
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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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