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Procedure Overview

You’re ready to learn more about the breast augmentation procedure.

First, get answers to the most commonly asked questions about breast augmentation. Then watch our animated video to learn about the procedure in greater detail so you’re more comfortable talking to a plastic surgeon about breast augmentation when the time is right for you.

What is a basic description of the breast augmentation procedure?

Once anesthesia has taken effect, your plastic surgeon will make an incision behind each breast to create a “pocket” - a space within your breast tissues - for each breast implant. The breast implants will then be placed in the pockets and positioned for optimal appearance and symmetry. After comparing both breasts to ensure proper implant placement, your plastic surgeon will close the incisions – usually with stitches, although tape or glue may also be used.

Where is the breast augmentation surgery performed?

Breast augmentation is most frequently performed on an outpatient basis in a hospital operating room, surgery center, or surgical suite in a surgeon's office. You and your plastic surgeon may also decide on an approach to your surgery that could require an overnight stay at the hospital.

How long does the breast implant procedure take?

Cases may differ, but on average the surgery lasts one to two hours.

What anesthesia will be used?

General anesthesia is commonly used, but local anesthesia also is an option. Your doctor can discuss with you the most appropriate choice of anesthesia for you.

Now that you understand the basics, watch our exclusive animated tutorial to become even better informed about breast augmentation.

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