Basics of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to improve the size and shape of the breasts. The procedure is also referred to as breast enlargement, breast enhancement, and sometimes even boob job. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 300,000 women a year undergo breast augmentation, making it one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. The tremendous popularity is due to the very high rate of patient satisfaction. After breast implant surgery, most women are thrilled with their new appearance and improved self-esteem.

Women choose to have breast augmentation for a variety of reasons. Some feel that their breasts are underdeveloped, sagging, or uneven. Others simply want to increase the size of their breasts to meet their personal aesthetic goals.

Breast augmentation (or augmentation mammoplasty) is usually performed on an out-patient basis under general anesthesia or IV sedation. During the surgery, a breast implant is placed either directly behind the breast or behind the chest muscle. In some cases, a breast lift (mastopexy) procedure is done at the same time.

Most breast implants are made of a silicone shell that is filled with either saline (salt-water) or silicone gel. While women from all age groups have breast augmentation, the Food and Drug Administration stipulates that potential patients must be at least 18-years-old for saline breast implants. For silicone breast implants, it is recommended that the patient be at least 22-years-old.

When deciding to undergo breast augmentation, there are several issues to consider, including:

Dr. Ciaravino and his staff will discuss all of these details with you to ensure that you are entirely comfortable and well-informed. With his extensive experience, he will help you make the decisions you need to achieve the result that you desire.

If are interested in breast augmentation and you are in the Houston or Sugar Land, Texas area, please contact Dr. Ciaravino to schedule a complementary consultation today.

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