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Breast augmentation and symmetrization surgery 

Breast augmentation and symmetrization surgery
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Breast augmentation and symmetrization surgery
Author(s):

James Harvey

, Sue Down

, Rachel Bright-Thomas

, John Winstanley

, and Hugh Bishop

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199215065.003.0022
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date: 23 August 2019

Breast Augmentation and Symmetrisation Surgery. This chapter gives readers an overview of the range of procedures and implants available for augmentation and symmetrisation procedures. Implant choice is described, detailing the difference between textured and smooth implants and the relative benefits of the three common types of implant used worldwide (saline, silicone and polyurethane) as well as expanders. For surgical trainees there is discussion of incision and pocket choice and the common complications of implant surgery including the classification of capsular contracture. Consent issues prior to augmentation are vital and important discussion points are detailed. Types of symmetrisation surgery are outlined along with a guide to the optimal timing of such procedures.

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