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Breast Enhancement

Breast enlargement, “augmentation mammoplasty,” is a surgical procedure used to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast for a number of reasons:

  • To balance a difference in breast size
  • To correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss
  • To enhance the body contour of a woman who feels her breast size is too small.
  • To enlarge and help lift a breast that is excessively relaxed.

By inserting a saline-filled or silicone gel-filled implant behind the woman's own breast tissue, it is possible to increase the size of the breast. The implant can be placed either in front of, or behind, the chest wall muscles. With all the woman's own breast tissue located in front of the implant, she can still nurse an infant, self-examine to check for lumps, and have mammograms performed.
These implants are inserted via a small incision in any of a variety of locations:

  • under the breast near the crease
  • around the edge of the colored nipple-areola
  • high in the underarm area
  • inside the navel ('transumbilical breast augmentation' or 'TUBA')

Every procedure has positive aspects and negative aspects. There are advantages and disadvantages of breast enlargement, which must be considered when deciding whether the procedure is correct for the woman. It is important for anyone considering breast enlargement to be well educated in all of the benefits and potential hazards of all of the options available.

The advantages of breast enlargement (in general) include:

  • a breast that never developed sufficiently can be made larger.
  • a breast that lost volume with pregnancy can be made larger again.
  • a relaxed breast is lifted to some degree.
  • the woman is able to wear the clothing she desires.
  • relief from having to repeatedly focus on her small breast size.
  • often an increase in self-assurance, or a regaining of self-confidence.

The disadvantages of breast enlargement (in general) include:

  • there must be a permanent scar someplace.
  • mammograms require special techniques, take longer to perform, and longer to read.
  • a possibility of firmness due to internal scar tissue hardening, called capsular contracture.
  • the definite certainty of implant failure at some future time, both saline and silicone.
  • a possibility of permanent nipple numbness.

The advantages of breast enlargement through the navel include:

  • less time under anesthesia than the other incisions.
  • generally a faster recovery than with the other incisions.
  • very large implants can be used because there is no breast incision that could pull open from breast skin tension.
  • no tell-tale scar on the breast, only a tiny one inside the navel.

The disadvantages of breast enlargement through the navel include:

  • can only use saline-filled implants, not silicone-gel filled.
  • can not use pre-filled saline implants.
  • can not correct severe breast deformities.

The advantages of breast enlargement through the navel, in front of the muscle are:

  • less postoperative pain than with any other method.
  • the recovery is more rapid than with any other method.
  • there is no cutting in, on, or behind the breast.
  • the chance of any complications is the lowest of any method.
  • there is the greatest likelihood of keeping nipple sensitivity.

The advantages of breast enlargement through the navel, behind the muscle are:

  • less postoperative pain via navel than with other behind-the-muscle incisions.
  • the recovery is more rapid via navel than with other behind-the-muscle incisions.
  • with the navel method, there is no cutting of, in, on, or behind the breast.

 

 
 
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