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Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation, also known as mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that increases the size, shape, or fullness of a woman's breasts. The surgeon places silicone, saline, or alternative composite breast implants under the chest muscles or breast tissue.


Breast augmentation: /ˈbɹɛst ɔːɡmɛnteɪʃən/


The term "breast augmentation" is derived from the Latin word "augmentare", meaning "to increase", and the English word "breast", referring to the upper front of a person's torso.


Breast augmentation is done by inserting implants behind the breasts. The implants can be filled with either saline solution (sterile salt water) or elastic silicone gel. Both saline and silicone implants come in different sizes and have either smooth or textured shells. The method for inserting and positioning implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, body type, and your personal preferences.

Related Terms

  • Mammoplasty: A general term for surgical modification of the breast.
  • Breast Implants: A prosthesis used to change the size, shape, and contour of a person's breast.
  • Saline Implants: Breast implants filled with sterile salt water.
  • Silicone Implants: Breast implants filled with an elastic gel.
  • Breast Reconstruction: A procedure frequently performed after a mastectomy.
  • Mastectomy: Surgical removal of one or both breasts, partially or completely.

Risks and Complications

Like any surgery, breast augmentation poses a risk of complications, including infection, bleeding, and reaction to anesthesia. Specific complications related to breast augmentation include, but are not limited to, capsular contracture, implant leakage or rupture, changes in nipple or breast sensation, and irregularities in the shape or contour of the breast or implant.

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