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Breast augmentation - series

Last reviewed: February 12, 2013.

Normal anatomy

The breasts consists of a framework of connective tissue and a system of glands and ducts that produce milk. Fat makes up the majority of the breast tissue. Behind the breast tissue are the Pectoralis muscles.

Normal anatomy

Incision

Incision sites are made as inconspicuous as possible, either in the armpit, around the areola, or under the breast.

Incision

Procedure

The implant may be placed beneath the breast tissue.

Procedure

Procedure

The implant may be placed beneath the pectoralis muscle and the breast tissue.

Procedure

Aftercare

A woman's decision to have breast augmentation varies from person to person, which may include increasing feelings of confidence and self-esteem.

Aftercare

Review Date: 2/12/2013.

Reviewed by: David A. Lickstein, MD, FACS, specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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