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Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation (enlargement) is one of the most sought after procedures in plastic surgery. Last year over 335,000 women choose breast enlargement surgery according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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When considering breast implant surgery one must consider the indications and risks as well as the long term benefits. The only way to increase the size of your breasts is by surgical placement of breast implants. Don’t waste your time on oral supplements or fancy suction bras. Breast implants can increase your cup size, improve the shape of the breasts, increase your cleavage, improve asymmetry, and provide minimal lifting. Breast implants will not give you a "breast lift" and can not improve stretch marks.

Common misconceptions regarding breast implants:

"Breast implants cause cancer."
Long term studies reveal lower rates of breast cancer in women who have implants. The reason for a diminished incidence of cancer is unknown. The bottom line is breast implants (saline or silicone) do not cause cancer.

"Breast implants must be replaced every 10 years."
Saline implants only need to be replaced when they deflate. Saline implants last up to 20 years but do eventually wear out. They develop a small hole in the shell and the saline (salt water) simply is reabsorbed by your body. The newer generation silicone implants (cohesive) will most likely last a lifetime. Even if the outer shell is disrupted, the silicone inside the implant is like jello and therefore does not leak.

"Where my incision is located will affect the overall result of the breast enlargement."
Many different incisions can be used for breast enlargement. The outcome is more affected by the skill and experience of the plastic surgeon then where the incision is placed. If you desire a certain location for your incision then choose a surgeon who performs that type of incision.

"I have to limit my activities after my breast enlargement so I don’t rupture the implants."
The implants are very durable and long lasting. You may resume all activities that you enjoyed previous to your augmentation. Don’t worry about rupturing your implants.

"I have to massage my implants to keep them soft."
In the past surgeons placed the implants over the muscle and it was felt that massage would keep the pocket a certain size allowing the implants to remain soft. These days most surgeons place the implants under the muscle where the constant action of the pectoralis muscle “massages” the implant. It is thought the constant massage by the muscle is one reason implants placed under the muscle have a lower rate of hardening (this is disputed by some). There is no harm in massaging your breasts following an augmentation and some surgeons continue to recommend it.\

"I can’t breast feed after an enlargement."
Implants placed under the muscle have little to no effect on the milk ducts and therefore should not impair breast feeding. Implants placed above the muscle (directly under the breast) also have minimal effect on breast feeding.Once the decision has been made to inquire about breast augmentation, you will schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin. At the consultation Dr. Martin will listen to your expectations and desires. It is important to make clear your objectives so that the desired result can be obtained. A complete history and physical will be taken. Questions will include current cup size and desired size of breasts, history of child birth and breast feeding, history of breast cancer in the family, history of any biopsies or fibrocystic disease, and yearly exams and mammograms. If you have a strong family history of breast cancer or any history of biopsies you may require clearance from a breast surgeon. You will require a mammogram prior to surgery if you are over 35-40 years old. During your physical examination several parameters will be noted including the shape of your breast, size of areola, skin thickness, asymmetry, lumps or masses, amount of loose skin, and amount of cleavage. Measurements include the nipple to sternal notch distance, width of breast, cleavage, and distance from the nipple to the crease under you breast. Pictures will be taken to later compare to your postoperative result. Dr. Martin will then choose an appropriate size implant for you to try on. Placing an implant inside of a sports bra is a very good way to simulate the expected result. The consultation will also include looking at many before/after pictures on the computer as well as a comprehensive discussion of the risks and complications of the procedure. Before proceeding with a breast augment a number of decisions will need to be made. The most important variables are discussed below.

Type of implants – There is no “perfect” implant for all patients. Your surgeon will recommend a specific implant based on his experience and judgment. Advantages of saline implants include lower price, adjustability, smaller incisions, and the possibility of a lower capsular contracture rate. Disadvantages include a slightly firmer feel and higher incidence of rippling or wrinkling. Advantages of silicone implants include a softer, more natural feel and a minimal chance of rippling or wrinkling. Disadvantages include higher cost, non adjustability, and a larger incision. For more information regarding silicone breast implants go to www.breastimplantsafety.org.

Shape of implants – Breast implants come in many different sizes and shapes. The most commonly used implants are round and designated as low, moderate, or high profile. The higher profile implants have a narrower base and more projection while the lower profile implants have a wider base and less projection. Anatomic (contour) implants have more projection in the inferior pole which some surgeons believe results in a more natural look. These are used frequently in breast reconstruction.

Shell type – Smooth implants feel much like saran wrap and are very slippery. Many surgeons believe that smooth implants move more and therefore stay softer. Textured implants have a fuzzy coating which feels kind of rough. These implants stay in place and do not move in the pocket. These were developed in the belief that a textured surface would reduce the incidence of capsular contracture (this has not been proven). Dr. Martin prefers smooth wall implants as they are less palpable and have a longer lifespan.

Location of incision – Many incisions can be used to place breast implants. The most common are the inframammary fold, periareolar, nipple, and axilla (armpit). Others include the TUBA (trans umbilical breast augment) and access from other procedures (tummy tuck). Dr. Martin prefers the periareolar incision because it leaves a minimal scar that can be easily hidden in the border of the areola. This incision also allows for future access for fills or implant replacement under local anesthesia. The inframammary incision works well but there is nowhere for the scar to “hide” when the patient is lying down. The transaxillary incision is somewhat of a more difficult access but in experience hands works well. One downside is the possibility of seeing the incision in the armpit even when the patient is dressed. The TUBA is rarely performed and is technically more difficult. Any further breast surgery will usually require a new incision.

Size of implant – There is truly no limit to the size of a breast implant but expect an increased number of complications. A too large implant can look very unnatural due to stretching and thinning of breast tissue. Other complications include increased chance of sagging, capsular contracture, loss of nipple sensation, chronic pain, and infection. Dr. Martin’s advice with size is not to go overboard! There are many factors which determine the correct size of an implant including height, weight, width of chest and breast, current size of breast, amount of loose skin, elasticity of skin, etc. Dr. Martin will take into consideration many factors in determining the correct size implant for you.

Above/below muscle – The current trend is to place most implants below the muscle (subpectoral) as opposed to the subglandular position (above the muscle). Many feel subpectoral placement of the implant causes a diminished capsular contracture rate. Also, since the implant is covered mostly by the muscle the incidence of wrinkling and rippling is diminished. Radiographic studies show less disturbance of breast tissue when implants are under the muscle leading to easier reading of mammograms. Dr. Martin feels that under muscle implants cause less droopiness in the breast. One disadvantage of this location is the possibility of pectoralis pull on the breast. This can lead to abnormal movement of the breast when flexing your pectoralis muscle. Advantages of putting the implant over the muscle are less recovery and more correction of the saggy breast. Deciding which location to place the implant can be confusing and therefore should be made after careful consideration of the facts.

Combining a mastopexy with an augmentation – Many women require a breast lift in addition to the augmentation. These procedures can be performed at the same time but with some modifications. In a mastopexy/augmentation an adjustable implant is used with very little fill initially. After 2 weeks (to allow for adequate healing) the implants are filled in the office to the desired size. This minimizes the chance for skin breakdown secondary to excessive tension. Another advantage of this technique is the ability to adjust the size of the implant following surgery. When a minimal mastopexy is planned, standard saline or silicone implants can be placed.Despite being one of the safest and most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures, complications can and do occur. Below is a discussion of the most common complications.

Capsular contracture – Capsular contracture is a hardening of the tissue surrounding the breast. Mild cases cause some firmness of the breast while severe cases lead to pain and visible distortion of the breast. Treatment can include removal of the implant and capsule with replacement of an implant in a different location. With most implants now placed under the pectoralis muscle, the rate of capsular contracture has been markedly reduced with some studies showing a 1% or fewer incidences. Causes of capsular contracture are thought to be varied and can include genetic predisposition, bacterial contamination, or a history of bleeding or seroma.

Asymmetry – One of the most common complaints from patients is “my breasts are not exactly the same”. This is entirely normal as no two breasts share perfect symmetry. Asymmetries of the breast should be noted and discussed prior to surgery. Most asymmetries remain even after placement of breast implants. Some abnormalities can be made better by moving the nipple areola complex, adjusting the pocket, or placing a larger or smaller implant.

Migration of implant – Following placement of a breast implant, scar tissue is deposited around the implant forming a “pocket”. This pocket normally keeps the implant in place. If the pocket becomes too large or is improperly dissected, the implants can migrate to an incorrect position. Frequent areas of malposition include migration to the inferior or lateral part of the breast. Migration to the medial part of the breast can lead to a deformity known as “bread loafing” where the breasts actually touch each other in the midline. The majority of these cases are caused by over dissection during placement of the implant. Correction involves repositioning the implant by tacking up the capsule and closing off the space. A supportive bra must be worn for 4-6 weeks.

Hematoma – Bleeding into the breast following an augmentation is very rare. Management is usually nonoperative but may require surgical removal of the hematoma.

Seroma – A seroma is a collection of serous fluid inside the breast pocket. Most resolve spontaneously but some require drainage via a needle. vLoss of nipple sensation – During dissection of the pocket the main nerve to the nipple (4th intercostal) may be stretched or damaged, resulting in loss of sensation to the nipple. Most nerve injuries are temporary and recover fully. Return of sensation may take up to 2 years.

Rupture of implant – Immediate rupture of the implant is almost always a result of damage to the shell by the surgeon. Long term rupture is inevitable and will occur in 10-20 years as the implant wears out. Mentor and McGhan implants are warranted for life and will be provided free of charge by the companies. Implant exchange in the event of a rupture is a minor procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia in the office.

Infection – Infection of breast implants is very unusual and occurs in less then 1% of cases. Many infections can be treated with antibiotics only. More serious infections involving drainage or exposure of the implant require removal of the implant and drainage of the breast. After 6-12 months of healing a new implant can be placed into the breast. Prophylactic antibiotics for procedures such as teeth cleaning are usually not needed.

Pain – Long term pain in the breast is very rare and usually occurs in patients with very large implants. Treatment involves placing a smaller implant or surgical removal of scar tissue.

Milk production – Some procedures may cause temporary production of milk from the breast. This is usually self limited but can cause concern because of its similarity to signs of infection.The decision to have breast implants requires careful research and planning to ensure excellent results. Dr. Kurtis Martin specializes in cosmetic breast surgery in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas and has the artistry and skills necessary to achieve beautiful results in breast augmentation surgery. For more information on breast implants go to www.BreastImplantSafety.org.

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This breast augment was performed by Cincinnati Plastic Surgery at University Pointe Surgical Hospital in Westchester, Ohio. Saline implants 350 cc's placed under muscle.

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This breast augment was performed by Cincinnati Plastic Surgery at University Pointe Surgical Hospital in Westchester, Ohio. Saline implants 350 cc's placed under muscle.

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Breast Augment using 350 cc saline implants with periareolar incision.

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Breast Augment using 350 cc saline implants with periareolar incision.

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Breast Augment using 350 cc saline implants with periareolar incision.

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Saline implants 425 cc's under muscle peri areolar approach.

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Breast Augment using 350 cc saline implants with periareolar incision.

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Saline implants 425 cc's under muscle using an incision in the nipple.

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Saline implants 375 cc's under muscle via a peri areolar approach. The scars under the breast are from a reverse tummy tuck.

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Saline implants 325 cc's under muscle peri areolar approach.

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Periareolar incision for breast augmentation in an African American patient.

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This young female desired breast enlargement to a C cup. She was noted to have some minor ptosis (drooping) with large areolas and right breast wider than left. A 350 cc moderate profile smooth wall saline implant was placed under the muscle via a periareolar incision. Note the improved symmetry and cleavage. This patient may require a mastopexy in the future if her breasts continue to sag.

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This young female desired breast enlargement to a C cup. She was noted to have some minor ptosis (drooping) with large areolas and right breast wider than left. A 350 cc moderate profile smooth wall saline implant was placed under the muscle via a periareolar incision. Note the improved symmetry and cleavage. This patient may require a mastopexy in the future if her breasts continue to sag.

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This young female desired breast enlargement to a C cup. She was noted to have some minor ptosis (drooping) with large areolas and right breast wider than left. A 350 cc moderate profile smooth wall saline implant was placed under the muscle via a periareolar incision. Note the improved symmetry and cleavage. This patient may require a mastopexy in the future if her breasts continue to sag.

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A 425 cc smooth wall moderate profile saline implant was placed under the muscle via a periareolar incision to achieve a large C cup. Notice the lack of visible rippling or wrinkling even with a saline implant. Placing an implant under the muscle ensures the least possible chance of visible wrinkling/rippling especially in the upper part of the breast.

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This breast augment (enlargement) was performed by Cincinnati Plastic Surgery at University Pointe Surgical Hospital in West Chester, Ohio using 375 cc saline implants under the muscle.

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This breast augment (enlargement) was performed by Cincinnati Plastic Surgery at University Pointe Surgical Hospital in West Chester, Ohio using 375 cc saline implants under the muscle.

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This breast augment (enlargement) was performed by Cincinnati Plastic Surgery at University Pointe Surgical Hospital in West Chester, Ohio using 375 cc saline implants under the muscle.

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This young female desired breast enlargement to a C cup. She had saline 425 cc implants placed behind the muscle via a periareolar incision. The incisions will continue to fade over the next 6 months.

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This young female desired breast enlargement to a C cup. She had saline 425 cc implants placed behind the muscle via a periareolar incision. The incisions will continue to fade over the next 6 months.

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This young female desired breast enlargement to a C cup. She had saline 425 cc implants placed behind the muscle via a periareolar incision. The incisions will continue to fade over the next 6 months.

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A 30 year old patient wished to be enlarged from a B cup to a large C cup. Some asymmetry was noted just below the nipple areolar complex. A periareolar incision was used to place 425 cc moderate profile smooth wall saline implants under the muscle. If you look closely at the lower border of the areola you will notice the incision, which is immature and still pink. Over a period of 3-9 months this incision will fade to white and be almost invisible.

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A 30 year old patient wished to be enlarged from a B cup to a large C cup. Some asymmetry was noted just below the nipple areolar complex. A periareolar incision was used to place 425 cc moderate profile smooth wall saline implants under the muscle. If you look closely at the lower border of the areola you will notice the incision, which is immature and still pink. Over a period of 3-9 months this incision will fade to white and be almost invisible.

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A 30 year old patient wished to be enlarged from a B cup to a large C cup. Some asymmetry was noted just below the nipple areolar complex. A periareolar incision was used to place 425 cc moderate profile smooth wall saline implants under the muscle. If you look closely at the lower border of the areola you will notice the incision, which is immature and still pink. Over a period of 3-9 months this incision will fade to white and be almost invisible.

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Periareolar incision for breast augmentation.

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Patient with some ptosis of breasts who underwent breast augmentation using 425 cc saline implants placed behind the muscle. She may require a breast lift in the future.

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Patient with some ptosis of breasts who underwent breast augmentation using 425 cc saline implants placed behind the muscle. She may require a breast lift in the future.

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Patient with some ptosis of breasts who underwent breast augmentation using 425 cc saline implants placed behind the muscle. She may require a breast lift in the future.

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This young female sought an augmentation mammoplasty for increased breast size and increased cleavage. She choose a 425 cc smooth wall moderate profile saline implant placed under the muscle via a periareolar approach. She demonstrates excellent symmetry and cleavage. This breast augment was performed by Cincinnati Plastic Surgery at University Pointe Surgical Hospital in West Chester, Ohio.

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This young female sought an augmentation mammoplasty for increased breast size and increased cleavage. She choose a 425 cc smooth wall moderate profile saline implant placed under the muscle via a periareolar approach. She demonstrates excellent symmetry and cleavage. This breast augment was performed by Cincinnati Plastic Surgery at University Pointe Surgical Hospital in West Chester, Ohio.

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This young female sought an augmentation mammoplasty for increased breast size and increased cleavage. She choose a 425 cc smooth wall moderate profile saline implant placed under the muscle via a periareolar approach. She demonstrates excellent symmetry and cleavage. This breast augment was performed by Cincinnati Plastic Surgery at University Pointe Surgical Hospital in West Chester, Ohio.

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Saline implants 475 cc's under muscle via a periareolar approach.

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Breast enlargement using saline 425 cc implants placed behind the muscle in a very thin patient. Silicone implants would be preferred in very thin patients.

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48 year old who desired a D cup breast. She underwent an augmentation mammoplasty through the areola with McGhan 530 cc moderate profile saline implants placed behind the muscle. The areolar scars remain imperceptible.

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Mentor saline implants 375 cc's placed behind the muscle using a periareolar incision. This breast augment was performed by Cincinnati Plastic Surgery at University Pointe Surgical Hospital in West Chester, Ohio.

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Mentor saline implants 375 cc's placed behind the muscle using a periareolar incision. This breast augment was performed by Cincinnati Plastic Surgery at University Pointe Surgical Hospital in West Chester, Ohio.

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Mentor 400 cc moderate profile plus silicone gel implants placed behind the muscle using a periareolar incision. This breast augment was performed by Cincinnati Plastic Surgery at University Pointe Surgical Hospital in Westchester, Ohio.

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Inamed Natrelle 421 cc silicone gel implants placed behind the muscle using a periareolar incision. Note pre existing asymmetry with the right breast being higher and more narrow then the left breast. Achieving a perfect result in patients with pre existing asymmetry may not always be possible.

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Patient with 400 cc Mentor moderate profile plus silicone gel implants placed behind the muscle via a periareolar incision. This patient with large areolas demonstrates some stretching of the areolas to a larger size. A circumareolar lift could be performed to downsize the areolas.

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Breast augmentation using 575 cc Inamed Natrelle style 15 silicone gel implants placed behind the muscle via a periareolar incision. This patient went from a B to a D cup.

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Breast augmentation using Mentor 450 cc moderate profile plus silicone gel implants placed beneath the muscle via a periareolar incision. In general, larger breast implants result in more cleavage and fullness superiorly.

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Breast enlargement using saline implants placed behind the muscle via an inframammary approach.

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Breast augmentation using Inamed Natrelle 340cc saline implants placed beneath the muscle via a periareolar incision.

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Breast augment using Natrelle 375 cc implants placed in the submuscular position via a periareolar incision.

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Breast enlargement using Mentor 350 cc saline implants submuscular via a periareola incision.

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Breast enlargement using Mentor 350 cc saline implants submuscular via a periareola incision

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Breast enlargement using Mentor 350 cc moderate profile plus silicone gel implants submuscular via a periareola incision.

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This patient underwent breast augmentation using Mentor smooth wall moderate profile plus 450 cc's saline implants placed under the muscle via a periareolar incision. She went from a B cup to a large C cup.

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This patient underwent breast augmentation using Mentor smooth wall moderate profile plus 450 cc's saline implants placed under the muscle via a periareolar incision. She went from a B cup to a large C cup.

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This patient underwent breast augmentation using Mentor smooth wall moderate profile plus 450 cc's silicone gel implants placed under the muscle via a periareolar incision. She went from a

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Breast augment using 475 cc saline implants placed under the muscle via a periareolar approach.

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Breast augment using 475 cc's saline implants behind the muscle.

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Saline breast implants 375 cc's placed under the muscle.

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Saline breast implants 375 cc placed under the muscle.

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Saline breast implants 375 cc placed under the muscle.

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Breast augmentation using 475 cc saline implants placed behind the muscle. Her implants sit very low and this can be predicted prior to the surgery because of her high nipples.

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Breast augmentation using 475 cc saline implants placed behind the muscle. Her implants sit very low and this can be predicted prior to the surgery because of her high nipples.

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This patient became a runner and requested that her implants to be removed. Her after picture shows a normal appearing breast. Many patients can achieve a normal breast appearance following removal of implants.