Breast augmentation is also referred to as breast enlargement. During an augmentation procedure, the breasts are enlarged, reshaped, or restructured in an attempt to make them look more full, firm, and youthful. The patient has a choice of shape and size when it comes to implants. Implants are manufactured using saline, silicone, or other materials. A composite material is often used in the construction of implants, as well. During a breast augmentation procedure, the original breast material is removed and the implant is inserted in its place. The breast implants are placed along the chest wall and the nipples are adjusted to the appropriate height.
Breast augmentation procedures offer many benefits to individuals who want to restore or rejuvenate their appearance. After a person has lost an excessive amount of weight or even due to simple aging, the breasts may begin to lose their form and begin to sag or droop. A breast augmentation surgery can uplift and restore a more natural appearance to the breasts, making them look fuller and more youthful. Breast implants can be used that will enlarge the breasts, while still maintaining the general shape and form. Receiving a breast augmentation surgery can restore a woman's self-confidence and offer her a renewed sense of self.
The recovery time will generally depend on where the breast implants are placed during the procedure. If they are placed above the muscle along the surface of the chest wall, the recovery time may be as little as four to six weeks. If the doctor chooses to place the implants below the muscles of the chest wall, it can increase the recovery time by several weeks. The decision on where to place the implants will depend on whether or not the chest wall is intact or if part of it was removed due to a breast cancer procedure. The doctor will evaluate the patient's situation and the discuss the options with the patient to determine which placement is the best option.