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Breast Enhancement Before and After
The plastic surgery breast enhancement is the second most popular cosmetic procedure amongst women. As many as 94% of women undergoing plastic surgery breast enhancement recommend it to other women -- a good enough index of its popularity.

The best candidates for breast enhancement are women who are looking for improvement, rather than perfection and are realistic in their expectations.

Breast Enhancement with Breast Lift
A common cosmetic procedure for breast enhancement is a breast lift (mastopexy). This procedure is often performed for women after pregnancy and nursing. The best candidates for mastopexy are healthy, emotionally-stable women with realistic goals. The best results are more generally achieved in women who have small, sagging breasts than in women with heavy breasts.

The plastic surgery for breast enhancement with or without a breast lift is performed with the help of specially designed breast implants for women.

Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Besides being a cosmetic procedure, plastic surgery involving breast enhancement also includes breast reconstruction surgery that involves reshaping as a reconstructive plastic surgical procedure. This plastic surgery procedure helps to restore the appearance of a breast for women who have had a breast removed (mastectomy) to treat breast cancer.

Each year more than 200,000 American women face the reality of breast cancer, and breast enhancement surgery provides them with a good method to restore their natural appearance.

The plastic surgery for breast enhancement includes surgery that rebuilds the breast contour with a skin flap (skin with muscle, fat and blood vessels attached) taken from back, tummy or some other area of the body. The reconstructive surgery can be performed either at the time of mastectomy where the surgery involves skin expansion and subsequent insertion of an breast implant.

It is also possible to reconstruct the nipple and areola (the darker area surrounding the nipple), but it requires more time and skill on the part of the plastic surgeon. Some women may like to undergo breast conservation surgery (lumpectomy or segmental mastectomy) with breast implants.

With a number of plastic surgery breast enhancement options available to women, it is appropriate to have an in depth consultation with the plastic surgeon to have an affordable plastic surgery.options and other issues such as choice of the surgery and their previous medical history and other issues discussed prior to the surgery.

Women, breast implants and the nature of the implant
The most common implant is a saline-filled implant that has an external silicone shell and is filled with sterile saline (salt water). Breast implants come in all sizes with the most common sizes ranging from 200-600 cc. Silicone gel-filled implants are another option for breast reconstruction and breast enhancement, but are not used as often as they were in the past because of concerns that silicone leakage might cause debilitating immune system diseases. Medical research has shown that in some women where the fluid silicone in silicone implants leaked into the body, the body’s immune system responds and the result is an autoimmune disease or inflammatory response that can cause significant tissue damage. To avoid this, modern breast implants are made from a more plastic silicone shell containing a salt solution as the fluid inside.

The plastic surgery breast enhancement procedure
Depending on the particular type of procedure to be performed, breast enhancement is performed with a general anesthesia, or a local anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make the patient relaxed during the surgery.

The method of inserting and positioning of women breast implants depends upon the individual anatomy of the woman. The incisions for inserting the implant are either done in the crease where the breast meets the chest, around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), or in the armpits. Every effort will be made to assure that the incision is made in an area which causes the resulting scar to become as inconspicuous as possible. Transumbilical Breast Augmentation is also a good choice; here the breast implant is inserted through the naval. This is arguably the least noticeable method of breast implantation as the scar is hidden by the naval tissue. Breast implantation through incisions in the armpit also hides the scars well. In contrast, implantation through incisions under the breast can leave a more noticeable scar.

The placement of women breast implants involves the lifting of the breast tissue and skin to create a pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath the chest wall muscle (the pectoral muscle) and placing them centrally beneath the nipples.

The breast implants are located either directly behind the breast tissue or behind the muscle, this placement can be more painful for a few days after surgery than placement directly under the breast tissue. The decision on which approach is best for the placement requires consideration of several factors. (Read: Myths and Reality)

Breast Enhancement – after the surgery complications and care
Problem: The most common problem which women can encounter is of capsular contracture. The problem occurs when the scar or capsule around the implant begins to tighten and squeezes the soft implant which can cause the breast to feel hard.

Solution: Putting the implants behind the chest muscle may reduce the potential for capsular contracture. Drainage tubes may be used for several days following the surgery.

Treatment of contracture sometimes requires either removal or "scoring" of the scar tissue, or perhaps removal or replacement of the implant.

Problem: Some times excessive bleeding with some swelling and pain can follow the operation.

Solution: If excessive bleeding continues, another operation may be needed to control the bleeding and remove the accumulated blood.

Problem: A small percentage of women develop an infection around an implant within a week after the surgery.

Solution: In some cases, the implant may need to be removed for several months until the infection clears and a new implant is re- inserted.

Problem: Occasionally, breast implants may break or leak.

Solution: If a saline-filled implant breaks, the implant will deflate in a few hours and the salt water will be harmlessly absorbed by the body.

Breast Enhancement – Post Operative Care
It takes about 24 to 48 hours to be up and around, but most women feel tired and sore for a few days following surgery. Any discomfort should be reported immediately and controlled by medication. Routine mammograms should be continued after breast augmentation to monitor the progress of any of complication discussed above. The risks which are discussed above are very rare and most women are happy with their plastic surgery breast enhancement results as indicated by the increasing popularity of the procedure.

Consult with your plastic surgeon to see if you are a good candidate for breast enhancement surgery!

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