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Breast augmentation; Breast implants; Implants - breast; Mammaplasty
Breast augmentation is a procedure to change the size or shape of the breasts.
Cosmetic breast surgery may be done at an outpatient surgery clinic or in a hospital.
There are many different ways to place breast implants:
Breast implants may be placed either directly behind the breast tissue (subglandular) or behind the outer layer of chest wall muscles (submuscular). The type of implant and implant surgery can affect:
Your surgeon can help you decide which procedure is best for you.
Breast augmentation is done to increase the size of your breasts.
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is usually done to lift sagging, loose breasts. The size of the areola, the dark pink skin surrounding the nipple, can also be reduced.
Talk with a plastic surgeon if you are considering cosmetic breast surgery. Discuss how you expect to look and feel better. Keep in mind the desired result is improvement, not perfection. Emotional stability is an important factor. Breast surgery can renew your self-confidence and improve your appearance, but the rest is up to you.
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