What is it? Surgical implants to enhance the size and shape of breasts include silicone, saline, cohesive gel ('gummy bear'), and hydrogel implants.
Normal healing time: 5-7 days for recovery, with another week or two before resuming strenuous physical activity such as heavy lifting.
Average price in the US: $5,000 - $8,000.
or breast augmentation surgery, is one of the most frequently requested procedures
by women around the world.
They may want to enhance their appearance, correct
the size or shape of their breasts, "lift" sagging breasts or for reconstruction
after breast cancer
still think of breast surgery as a "boob job" something that
aspiring exotic dancers do to enhance their careers. Or, as singer Dolly Parton
once observed: "I'm in showbiz. I look at my boobs like they're show horses
or show dogs. You've got to keep them groomed."
But the truth is that most of the people who have breast enhancement
surgery are simply looking for a way to improve their appearance.
It is popular
procedure with mature women who want to recover a more youthful
figure, or for women who opt for breast enhancement surgery to help
regain their pre-pregnancy figure. One
survey found that 65% of the women polled were 35 years of age
or older, married and mothers.
the same survey, close to 90% of the women who participated agreed that, "Breast
augmentation is a personal choice that helps women achieve the confidence and
well-being to flourish in other areas of their lives."
Levine, the CEO of Mentor, the company conducting the survey, stated, "The
survey results confirm what we have known for years: breast augmentation patients
are intelligent, thoughtful women completely capable of making informed decisions."
Today there are many options for women who must improve their bust. Gone are the
days when exercise and "falsies" were the only means to provide a fuller,
youthful bust line.
Each year, worldwide approximately 2 million women have breast
implants which come in several types. Silicone implants were used beginning
in the early 1960's, but were banned in the U.S. in 1992 over concerns about silicone
leakage into the body.
you are still nervous about the silicone implants, saline
implants are an
alternative to silicone and, although made up of a silicon shell, are injected
with a saline solution to give a natural feel and shape.
gel (gummy bear) is another option widely available around the
world and approved in the US in 2012 featuring a gel that has a "memory"
for retaining the implant shape and is soft and supple.
implants combines saline solution with the added strength of a tear resistant
shell, although they, too, have now been banned in some countries as unsafe due
to apparent leakage. They have never been approved in the U.S.
With all of
these appliances, there is some chance of shifting or leakage. Although
rare, breast implant risks
are involved with any breast augmentation surgery, so talk to your
doctor to discuss the risks and benefits before your choose to undergo
the procedure. Your doctor can tell you what to watch for to make
sure that you recognize any problems during he healing process or
Make sure that
you have a list
of questions that may concern you when you speak to your plastic
surgeon. Many younger women are concerned with whether they will
to breast feed after having augmentation surgery. Ask all of
your questions before you decide on the surgery to improve the likelihood
that you will have reasonable expectations and be happy with the
More information about breast implants around the Web:
the Net, check out additional news and information, pictures and illustrations,
questions to ask your doctor, facts on how the operation is performed, post-operative
care and recuperation, along with the possible risks - and the benefits - of breast
Implants - Extensive
information on the topic from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration including
a complete consumer handbook, research and studies, photos and illustrations,
possible complications, related links.
- Breast Augmentation - Good overview, plus topics to discuss with your
doctor, description of surgical procedures, types of implants, post-operative
care, side effects, and related links and resources.
Breast Implants - Wikipedia - Excellent, illustrated guide including facts
& information on saline and silicone gel implants, incision types, related
risks and complications, plus extensive references and resources for further information.
information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.