Breast augmentation is the leading cosmetic surgery in the United States. Data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has shown that there were approximately 299,000 breast augmentation procedures performed in 2019 alone.
Basically, breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance and increase the size of the breasts. During surgery, the plastic surgeon places breast implants made of silicone, saline, or other alternatives, beneath the patient’s chest muscles and breast tissue.
Patients who had a mastectomy can also get breast implants to improve their post-surgical appearance and make their breasts look natural.
However, breast implants only last from 10 to 20 years before a replacement is needed. There are also cases when implants need to be removed sooner because of complications; one of these is breast implant rupture.
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