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Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation is the enlargement of the breasts through the use of implants.

Breast Augmentation Side Effects

As with any operation, there are risks of infection. Swelling, bruising and scarring are unavoidable. Some types of breast implant methods, specifically the periareolar, can interfere with breast feeding. Some women temporarily or permanently lose sensation in the nipples after a breast implant.

The larger the implant, the greater the chance of this side effect. Some breast implants cause the breast to harden around it. This is called capsular contracture.

Essentially, the body recognizes the implant as a foreign object and weaves collagen around it. If the collagen is woven too tightly, the implant is squeezed, causing discomfort and a distortion of the breast's appearance.

Who shouldn't use it: Women who intend to breastfeed children or who plan to lose a significant amount of weight may wish to defer the operation.

Drawbacks: Saline implants are more prone to visible rippling and movement (they are, after all, bags of salt water). If a saline implant leaks, the breast then actually deflates like a balloon, making the rupture obvious!

A leaky silicone implant is more dangerous, the material which remains in the body permanently. Some studies have shown an increase in chronic diseases such as fibromyalgia among women who have experienced silicone leakage, although this is yet unproven.

Over 30 percent of implant ruptures are "silent," meaning that women and doctors do not notice them without an MRI. Keep in mind that most breast implants will eventually rupture.

Recovery Time For Breast Augmentation

While no- and low-impact activity can be undertaken a week after surgery, women should wait at least six weeks before engaging in any strenuous activity. It's often possible to return to work after one to two weeks.

After care for breast augmentation: Use ice packs to reduce swelling and pain after surgery. Sleep in an upright position (and definitely not on your stomach) for two weeks. Women must get an MRI every two years after getting a breast augmentation to detect rupture.

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