To replace the desired breast volume in breast enlargement surgery, the plastic surgeon will make a small incision through the woman's skin and introduce a soft silicone bladder, filled with either saline or silicone gel. This bladder or breast implant has been sterilized and contains the precise amount of fluid the surgeon estimates will result in an esthetically pleasing augmentation to the real breast volume. The procedure is done in a surgical suite, often with an anesthesiologist in attendance to administer anesthesia and monitor the patient's vital signs. Breast implant surgery is performed under sterile conditions in which all the instruments, drapes, and implants are sterilized to minimize the possibility of infection.
The Cost Of Cosmetic Surgery
Breast augmentation surgery has become available all over the US, with prices varying depending on location. The average price for breast implants and the surgeon fee is around $3500. One must also take into account the ancillary fees that can add significantly to that price. These extra charges include the price of the surgical suite, laboratory tests, medications, dressings and bandages, anesthesia, and intravenous fluids. One must also consider the fact that in surgical centers where breast cosmetic surgery is done regularly will probably cost less than in a location where it is done only occasionally. You will be given a thorough explanation of charges and options during your initial consult with your plastic surgeon.

Incision Sites
As the popularity of breast implant surgery has grown, so has the exploration of different choices in incision sites for the plastic surgeon to use. Depending on a number of factors, including scar concealment and future ease of breast feeding, a woman may choose to have her breast implants introduced through an incision around the circumference of the nipple (periareolar), along the lower border of the breast (inframammary), or in the armpit (axillary). The periareolar incision site may be associated with a higher degree of difficulty for nursing in the future, so is discouraged for women who plan to breastfeed in the future.

Saline Or Silicone Implants
You will eventually come to the point where you decide on saline or silicone implants. Both saline and silicone breast implants have undergone more research and testing than any other medical item in production. There is ample proof on either side of the coin that supports their safe use. There are just as many testimonials lauding both and both have their naysayers. Solicit advice from friends, coworkers, and relatives who have implants and conduct your own survey. We offer a starting point to begin your comparisons to satisfy any ambivalence you may have.

The Life-Span Of Breast Augmentation Surgery
One of the factors that may influence the decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery is the fact that the procedure is not permanent. For various reasons, including implant rupture, the procedure may need to be repeated within an expected range of seven to ten years, or sooner. This is a fact of life for those women who want to enjoy the benefits of breast enlargement. Replacement or removal of the implant or implants is usually a simple procedure involving less discomfort and a shorter recovery than it took for the initial insertion.

Copyright 2007 Breast Augmentation Network. All rights reserved.