Many women consider breast augmentation as a way to improve their overall appearance. These days, breast surgery is a commonly performed surgical procedure. As women age, it is normal for breasts to "shrivel" and "sag." Breasts wrinkle and lose their firmness. Women often feel self-conscious about this and look for solutions.
Surgery is only one of many options for women to explore. It is a very serious step, and carries a lot of risks because breast surgery is a major surgery requiring general anesthesia. It is recommended that women explore other, less risky options for breast augmentation before considering surgery.
We will now discuss surgical options, as well as other methods for breast enhancement.
Breast augmentation surgery works by implanting pouches of either saline solution or silicone gel into the breasts. Pouches are inserted through incisions made beneath the breasts, beneath the areola (the colored area surrounding the nipple), or near the armpit. The length of the incisions may vary, but are usually one to three inches long.
There are pros and cons to both saline and silicone gel implants. A rubber shell surrounds both types of implants. Silicone implants are filled with the silicone before surgery. With saline implants, the shell can be inserted behind the breast tissue, and then filled with saline solution until the breast is the desired size. Because the rubber shell is much smaller than the final product, the incision to insert the shell is much smaller than the incision required to insert a silicone gel implant. This leaves a smaller, less noticeable scar.
A concern with both types of implants is that they may rupture inside the body. Saline solution implants are more likely to rupture than silicone gel implants, and if this happens, they will need to be replaced, meaning another breast surgery will be required. There is no danger from the saline leaking out of its shell, however; the body will simply absorb it. With the silicone gel implants, it's another story. Data is still being gathered, but silicone gel from ruptured implants is suspected of contributing to a number of connective tissue disorders, fibromyalgia, and other illnesses.
Silicone gel implants are often preferred, however, for aesthetic reasons. They feel more like natural breast tissue. Saline solution implants have been compared to the feel of "water balloons." They also may cause a wrinkled or "rippled" appearance, which is undesirable. However, both types of breast augmentation implants may begin to appear wrinkled or to sag after some time and another breast surgery may be required to improve their appearance.
Following breast surgery, there is a risk of post-operative infection. There is also a significant amount of pain for the first couple of weeks following the procedure. As you can see, surgical breast augmentation is a serious procedure.
It is important to realize that there are safer, equally or more effective methods of breast enhancement than invasive surgical procedures. Due to the risks involved with breast surgery, many women are turning to natural forms of breast augmentation.
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