Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, technically known as "augmentation mammoplasty", is a surgical procedure to enlarge the size and enhance the shape of a woman's breast. The enlargement procedure is used to enlarge small breasts, underdeveloped breasts, or breasts that have lost volume after pregnancy or weight loss, or to balance a difference in breast size, or as a reconstructive technique after breast surgery.

Breast Implants

A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline.

The implant insertion requires an incision that is made either in the crease where the breast meets the chest or around the areola (the darker area around the nipple). After the incision is made, a pocket is created in the breast tissue or beneath the chest wall muscle (the pectoral muscle). The implants are then centered beneath the nipples and securely positioned in the pocket, and small sutures are used to close the incision. Scars are very fine and will fade with time.

There is no evidence that breast implants will affect fertility, pregnancy, or ability to nurse. There is also no evidence that breast implants cause breast cancer. Breast implants however, make it technically difficult to get or read X-rays of the breast, mammograms or examinations by Ultrasound may be needed for patients with breast implants.

Often breast augmentation is accompanied with breast lift in order to give the breast not only a good shape but also a good position.

After surgery, breasts appear fuller and more natural in tone and contour.

Length of procedure: 2-3 hours
Type of anesthesia: Local anesthesia plus sedation
Hospital stay: 6-8 hours
Post-operatory stay in Costa Rica: 7 days

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