Breast augmentation is also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty. This is a surgical procedure to change the fullness, shape or size of the breasts. Composite breast implants, saline or silicone implants are placed by the surgeon underneath the breast tissue or chest muscles. These implants last for approximately seven to twelve years. This procedure is most commonly used to:

1) Increase the size of naturally small breasts
2) Restore symmetry to asymmetrical breasts
3) Restore the breasts after surgery
4) Restore the shape of the breasts after weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding

Reconstructive breast surgery is often used after breast cancer treatments. Cosmetic surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons and includes breast augmentation. Studies have revealed many women feel better about their sexuality and have an increase in self-esteem after breast enlargement surgery. Breast augmentation Bellevue WA places a medical prosthesis inside the breast to reconstruct, augment or create a physical breast.

The three types of breast implants are saline, silicone, and alternate composite. A sterile saline solution is used to fill the saline implants. This solution is contained in an elastomer silicone shell. The amount of saline solution used to fill this shell varies. This changes the shape, firmness and feel of the breast. If the saline leaks, the body will naturally absorb and expel the saline. The silicone implants contain an outer shell filled with silicone gel. If the implant leaks, the gel will enter the breast implant pocket or remain in the shell. The alternate composite implant is filled with soy oil, polypropylene or another material.

The surgeon places the implants over or under the pectoral muscle. The surgeon will assist the patient in choosing the implant size prior to the surgery. A general anesthesia is used to put the patient to sleep during the surgery. In some cases, a local anesthesia enables the patient to be awake during the procedure. There are different options for the placement of the incision. The crease beneath the breast is used for an inframammary incision, the armpit for the Transaxillary incision and the area around the nipple for a periareolar incision.

There are several factors that determine what type of incision will be used. This includes the preference of the surgeon, the type of implant, the anatomy of the patient and the degree of enlargement. The surgeon inserts the breast implant into a pocket. There are two types of placements with the first being a submuscular placement under the pectoral muscle. The subglandular or submammary placement is over the pectoral muscle and behind the breast tissue. Once the placement is completed, the surgeon uses stitches or layered sutures in the tissue of the breasts to close the incisions. The skin is closed with surgical tape, skin adhesives or stitches and will remain closed. Any lines left from the incisions will fade as time passes. Swelling is common but will be resolved in about two weeks. This is when the patient can really see the results of the surgery.