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Breast Augmentation

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is surgery to insert breast implants. This surgery will increase the size and change the shape of your breasts. A breast implant has an outer silicone shell and an inner filling. The filling may be saline (salt water) or silicone gel. Breast implants come in different shapes and sizes and may be adjustable.

How do I prepare for breast augmentation?

What will happen during breast augmentation?

What will happen after breast augmentation?

You will be helped to walk around as soon as possible after surgery to prevent blood clots. You may be need to stay in the hospital overnight, or you may be able to go home after surgery. You will have pain, swelling, bruising, and tenderness on your breasts for about 1 month. You may need to wear a special support bra or compression bandage while you heal.

What are the risks of breast augmentation?

You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. You may have an allergic reaction to the implants. Your breasts may be numb in areas or look uneven. You may not be able to breastfeed. Scar tissue may form around the implant. The implant may wear out, burst, or leak. You may develop a life-threatening blood clot.

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