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Breast Augmentation

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Evolution of Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation and augmentation mammoplasty are plastic surgery terms for the breast-implant and the fat-graft mammoplasty approaches used to increase the size, change the shape, and alter the texture of the breasts of a woman.

Breast implants are medical prosthetics placed under the breast tissue or muscle to alter the size, shape, or contour of a patient’s breast in order to correct a defect, such as those created during a mastectomy (breast cancer surgery). Breast implants are also used cosmetically to enlarge the appearance of the breast during breast augmentation surgery.

In breast augmentation surgery, surgeons apply a variety of techniques to insert the breast implant. Additionally, the implants are placed in a variety of different “pocket” locations, that differ in indication and result.

Methods of breast implant insertion techniques include:

  1. Transaxillary
  2. Inframammary
  3. Periareolar
  4. Transumbilical
  5. Transabdominal

“Pocket” locations for implant placement:

  1. Subglandular
  2. Submuscular
  3. Dual Plane
  4. Subfascial

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