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Breast Augmentation Surgery

A Closer Look

Breast augmentation has become one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), its popularity has increased over 147% between 1999 and 2004. In fact, in the year 2004 alone, over 334,052 women elected to have their breasts enlarged using this procedure.

Breast augmentation, also known as “augmentation mammoplasty,” is a surgical procedure used to enhance the size, shape, and contour of a woman's breast, when she feels that her breast size is too small.

It can be used to correct a reduction in breast volume after childbirth, or to balance the appearance of the breasts when one breast is noticeably smaller than the other. Most important of all, a surgeon can reconstruct the breast following breast surgery.

By inserting an implant behind each breast, surgeons are able to increase a woman's breast by one or more bra cup sizes. While breast augmentation can enhance a woman’s self-confidence and appearance, it cannot change “who” she is; it cannot change her personality, or make other people like her or treat her differently.

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