Breast Augmentation, is it right for me?
One of the defining characteristics of beauty, femininity, and sexuality of the human figure is the female breast. For personal reasons, many women want to have breast enhancement to create a larger, fuller, and shapelier bust line.
Breast augmentation has been available in the United States for over 40 years. During breast augmentation, implants are inserted through an incision - usually made just above the breast crease, around the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple, or in the armpit - and placed into a "pocket" created by the surgeon behind the breast tissue or the chest muscle to add volume and enhance shape to small or underdeveloped breasts, or to restore volume lost as a result of weight loss, childbirth, or aging.
After rigorous scientific review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved on November 17, 2006 the marketing of silicone gel-filled breast implants made by two companies for breast reconstruction in women of all ages and breast augmentation in women ages 22 and older. The two manufacturers of these products are Allergan (formerly Inamed Corp.) and Mentor Corporation.
In addition to the positive aesthetic outcomes of breast augmentation, data has shown that many patients enjoy substantial psychological benefits, including enhanced self-esteem after breast implants. The surgical techniques and breast implants themselves are continuously being refined, increasing the safety and reliability of the procedure.