What is breast enhancement and is it safe?

Breast enhancement is a surgical procedure where implants made of a soft, silicone shell and filled with sterile saltwater solutions or silicone gel are placed behind the breasts to enhance their size and shape. Contrary to the stereotypes portrayed by the media, most women who are interested in breast enhancement are seeking only a modest change (1 – 1 ½ cup sizes). Breast enhancement often balances the proportions between a woman’s upper and lower body allowing greater flexibility in clothing styles depending on whether she wants to maker her new look more or less noticeable. The silicone shell is similar to the silicone used in many implantable medical devices and has conclusively been found to not be a health risk. The procedure is done under general anesthesia, lasting 1 ½ to 2 hours with the woman being able to go home afterward. The incisions are 1 to 1 ½ inches long, placed in the natural crease under the breast, and are virtually undetectable in several months. Most women return to work in 1 to 2 weeks. With current technology, there is no problem obtaining a mammogram with implants, and implants have no effect on a woman’s ability to breast feed. Immediate results and long lasting figure enhancement combined with a confirmed safety record has made breast enhancement an appealing choice for many women.

When considering breast enhancement surgery, or indeed any cosmetic procedure, be sure to select a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of clinical practice experience and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Mark of Distinction in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery® ASAPS), Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve your goals and enjoy a happier, more confident lifestyle.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Kimmel and his training and credentials or to learn more about why it is important to choose a board certified plastic surgeon

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