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Breast Augmentation Procedure Guide

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Breast Augmentation, or Breast Enlargement, is a cosmetic procedure performed to enhance or restore the size and shape of the breasts. Breast augmentation performed by a qualified plastic surgeon is a safe and popular procedure. Breast augmentation was the second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure for women in 2015, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Complete Guide to Breast Augmentation

The best candidates for breast augmentation are women who want to enhance the appearance of their body with fuller breasts that look and feel natural, correct a loss of breast volume or correct a difference in breast size, or asymetry.

Learn all about breast augmentation surgery, including the types of incision, where breast implants can be placed, anesthesia used during breast enhancement surgery and the risks and possible complications.

You will choose your new breast size with the help of your plastic surgeon. This article covers the pros and cons of larger vs. smaller implants, how to do the rice test using "homemade" breast implants, discussing sizing at your cosmetic surgery consultation, "overfilling" of saline breast implants and information about calculating your bra band and cup size.

The consultation with a plastic surgeon is your opportunity to ask all of the questions you have about breast augmentation. Use our Consultation Checklist to get the most from your consult. Be prepared to duscuss your size goal, your health and medical history and personal factors such as family history and personal habits.

Normal symptoms experienced after breast augmentation, including moderate swelling and bruising, mild to moderate discomfort and pain, crusting along the incision lines, itching, numbness and tingling or shooting pains, usually subside quickly. Take care of yourself — you're almost there!

Breast implants come in a wide variety of sizes, profiles, shapes and textures to meet the needs of each patient. Your plastic surgeon and their staff should listen to your breast enhancement goals, help you to explore your options and provide expert advice to help you choose the right breast implants for you.

How much should you expect to pay for breast augmentation? Learn more about the typical costs involved and what your health insurance may cover.

Use our resources to find a plastic surgeon who is right for you. Choosing a skilled and qualified surgeon who is experienced in performing breast augmentation procedures is the most important decision you will make if you decide to have breast surgery.

Preparing for breast augmentation surgery doesn't have to be stressful if you do a little planning and follow your the guidelines given to you by your doctor. Use our planning tips and printable Pre-op Planning Checklist to help you prepare for surgery and the recovery period. These tips include information on medications and filling your prescriptions, preparing your home for the recovery period and what to do prior to surgery and on the day of surgery.

If you are looking for definition of terms related to breast augmentation, breast implants and other breast enhancement surgeries, you will find it in this easy-to-use glossary of terms.