Breast augmentation, also referred to as breast enlargement, involves the use of saline or silicone breast implants to enlarge the size of the breasts.
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Conditions Treated with Breast Augmentation:
Patients undergo breast augmentation if their breasts are small and they would like them to be made larger. Some patients utilize breast augmentation if one breast is smaller than the other in order to make them equal sizes.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to breast augmentation.
Anesthesia with Breast Augmentation:
Breast augmentation is usually performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Breast Augmentation:
Patients undergoing a breast augmentation are at risk of experiencing infection, bleeding, scarring, or a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. There are also potential complications of soreness, swelling, bruising and increased nipple sensitivity following the procedure. Additionally, there is risk of the implants becoming displaced, deflated, or ruptured or adhesions forming on the implant at some time in the future. Finally, as with any procedure that involves an implant, the body may take some time to adjust to the implant.
Prognosis after Breast Augmentation:
Some patients who receive breast augmentation will need an additional surgery later to correct the first augmentation.
Recovery from Breast Augmentation:
The total recovery time for breast augmentation is four to six weeks.