With breast augmentation surgery, a prosthesis is inserted under the breast or chest of an individual for the purpose of increasing bust size. The practice may also be known as a boob job and is classified as a form of cosmetic surgery. It may be cosmetic reconstructive surgery in situations where the individual had previously had a mastectomy. Most patients for this procedure are women, but there are some men, undergoing gender reassignment, who may opt for this enhancement.
Breast implants date back to the 1800s. But it was not until the 1950s and 1960s that the practice of augmentation became more popular. Now, it is one of the most common and accepted forms of cosmetic procedures around the world.
It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of these surgeries are performed yearly. Most patients are between 20 and 40 years old. Sometimes parents pay for this surgery for their kids as part of a birthday or graduation gift. Fortunately, the occurrence of 13 to 19 year olds getting this procedure done is low compared to those over the age of 20 years old. Many doctors opt not to do this on people who are under 18 years, without parental consent. Still, the recommended age for people to undergo the augmentation process with silicone implants is at least 22 years old.
The two types of prosthesis: silicone and saline. The casting for both implant types is the same, but the liquid inside is different. With silicone implants, the feel is soft, smooth and natural. These types are not known to ripple. On the other hand, saline implants are known to rupture and ripple and can be smooth or textured. Their touch is often compared to that of a water balloon. Still, many people choose saline over silicone because it is less expensive. There are benefits and downsides to both types, but research and consultation with a doctor will help individuals find what is best for them.
Often, patients choose the implant size with some input from the doctor. Most surgeons have water-filled bags on hand that patients can place in their bra to try out various size of implant. These bags are a close depiction of what the breast size will be like following the procedure, but results may change depending on the breast tissue already present.
Choosing a good doctor is a crucial step in the process. There are many doctors to choose from who have been certified and perform these surgeries every day. But it is important to find a physician who makes you comfortable and is able to answer your questions and give suggestions. Even with a skilled doctor, this can be risky.
Discuss your medical history with the doctor and your desired results. Be sure to include all medications, alcohol or drug use, and family medical history. Most doctors will do a general physical exam of a patient prior to the procedure, to ensure that they are healthy enough.
The costs of breast augmentation surgery are expected to range. It will mainly depend on the location, surgeon, anesthesia fees, implant type, facility charges and more. Be sure to do adequate research on the doctor, procedure and payment plans available.
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