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Breast Augmentation

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Breast Enlargement (Augmentation Mammaplasty)

Procedure: Enhance the size of breasts using inflatable implants filled with saline.

Length: 1 to 2 hours

Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general

In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient

Side Effects: Temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, bruising. Breast sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.

Risks: Lack of implant permanence – surgical removal or replacement of the implants may be required to treat problems, including: deflation; the formation of scar tissue around the implant (“capsular contracture”), which may cause the breast to feel tight or hard; bleeding or infection. Increase or decrease in sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, occasionally permanent. Mammagraphy requires a special technique. (note: Some women have reported symptoms similar to those of immune disorders. Ask your doctor about these and other FDA concerns.)

Recovery: Back to work: a few days. Physical contact with breasts: 3 to 4 weeks. Fading of scars: several months to a year or more.

Duration of Results: Variable. Implants may require removal or replacement.