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How is a breast implant procedure done?

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An implant surgery takes about 1-2 hours. You’ll usually get general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep so you won’t feel any pain. The surgeon will make a cut under your breasts, under your arms, or around your nipples. The exact site depends on your body and the type and size of your implant. The surgeon will put the breast implant into a pocket above or below your chest muscle. After it’s in place, the surgeon will close the cuts with sutures or surgical tape.

SOURCES:  FDA: "Breast Implant Questions and Answers" and "FDA Breast Implant Consumer Handbook." 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breast Augmentation."  Nelson, R.  , 2006.  Wilkins, E.G. , June 2004.  American Cancer Society.  News release, FDA.



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SOURCES:  FDA: "Breast Implant Questions and Answers" and "FDA Breast Implant Consumer Handbook." 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breast Augmentation."  Nelson, R.  , 2006.  Wilkins, E.G. , June 2004.  American Cancer Society.  News release, FDA.



The Lancet OncologyWomen's Oncology Review

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 25, 2019

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