The Facts About Breast Implant Surgery
By Jenna Keys
From a very early age, women are subjected to ideals regarding the size and
shape of their breasts. Modern media ' glossy magazines and movies - tell us how
big and what shape they should be. Many women consider and eventually have breast
implants in order to conform to these opinions but while there are advantages to
having this done there are still some concerns and many questions that need
Not all cosmetic surgery is carried out on women who simply want bigger breasts.
Many face psychological problems because the size or shape of each breast is
different. Breast cancer sufferers consider breast-rebuilding treatment to try and
get their lives back on track.
Gone are the days where the only surgical procedure available for women was breast
enlargements. There are numerous surgical procedures for various areas of the body
although the breasts remain a firm favourite for women. You can now have breast
augmentation, breast reconstruction, breast implants, a breast lift and a breast
You should always consider every view and get the full facts before you consider
any surgery, least of all cosmetic surgery.
For most forms of breast implants a small incision of approximately 1.5 inches is
made in the fold under the breast, around the areola or in the underarm. For
saline implants, a pocket is then created and the implant inserted. Once inserted
the implant is then inflated with the saline solution.
More information about the surgery.
The procedure itself usually takes between an hour and two hours and dressing and
bandaging is worn for the proceeding 24 to 48 hours. After this a support bra is
worn for around 3 weeks although patients can normally be up and moving within 24
hours of the operation. It is advised that strenuous activity and heavy lifting
should be avoided for about a month after surgery.
You will suffer bruising and swelling around the breasts that should disappear
with time, and also a firmness in the breasts that will disappear with time. You
will more than likely feel a little discomfort for several days following the
procedure; if this discomfort continues you should consult the clinic where you
underwent the operation.
What are the possible side effects of breast implant surgery'
Current research shows no heightened risk of systemic disease or breast cancer in
patients, however, as with all surgery there are risks attached. Unfavourable
scarring may occur leaving nasty marks around the incision area or around the
implant. Infection may occur as with any surgery. Bleeding, excessive firmness,
rippling, deflation, asymmetry and a change in nipple sensation may also be
encountered but breast augmentation has the highest satisfaction rate of any
What implants are used'
Currently, in the United States, saline implants are used for breast augmentation;
are a silicone rubber shell filled with saline (salt water) during surgery.
They are available in a wide choice of shapes and sizes. If a patient has
significant problems and saline implants would not be the best solution then gel
implants may also be used.
The advantage of saline implants that if you are one of the unlucky 1% of people
who's implants deflate, the body absorbs the salt-water solution and the implant
deflates at a rate that means the body can cope with the amount of salt water
How much will breast augmentation cost'
Obviously this will differ dependant on exactly what procedure you want, the
incision type your require and where you have the procedure done. It is obviously
not advised to plump for the cheapest option as this may lead to using an
inefficient surgeon and complications with the procedure. As a very rough guide
you can expect to pay between $4000 and $10000 for breast augmentation. There are
probably cheaper and more expensive options available, but I wouldn't advise
either. The price you pay also takes into account the availability of plastic
surgeons in that area and the qualifications and expertise of the potential
If you are certain you want breast implants but feel that the price is a little
too high for your budget, you will be pleased to hear that many surgeons will
offer credit agreements to spread the cost over time.
You should always be very careful when picking a clinic or surgeon. Make sure they
are professionally certified and be aware that this is a prime example of you get
what you pay for; the price you pay is usually indicative of the qualifications,
experience and expertise of your surgeon.
Do not be afraid to ask your surgeon for testimonials from satisfied clients; any
professional worth his salt will be able to supply them and will be only to
pleased to do so.
At the end of the day, you must have confidence in your surgeon. And the only way
to achieve that, is to do your research.
About the Author:
Jenna Keys is Editor of http://www.change-your-breasts.biz
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