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your look ● bodyshaping By Dr. Ronald Bergman Examining Your Breast Options Dr. Bergman offers sage advice to help you make your best breast decisions H ow do you know breast augmentation is for you? Do you often wish your clothes fit better, that you could fill out that low cut top and stop wear- ing padded bras? Do you have swimsuit compe- tition coming up and think that a larger bust would make you more competitive? Has weight loss affect- ed your breast volume? How much time before a big event will you need to recover after your surgery? Before option for surgery, please know there are alterna- tives. It is more important to remember that surgery is per- manent and expensive. I recommend that you explore all non-surgical options prior to surgery. Lingerie stores can provide special bras or adhesive silicone products to in- crease your breast volume if you don’t feel quite ready to have a breast augmentation. Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgi- cal procedure to increase breast size. The decision to During breast augmentation, breast implants are placed under breast tis- undergo surgery sue or chest muscles. Breast aug- is not one that mentation can be done for either reconstructive or cosmetic purposes. anyone else can There are two types of breast im- make for you. plants commonly used for breast aug- mentation, saline and silicone implants, each with many subtypes. Implants vary based upon fill size or volume in milliliters of fluid; volume does not correspond to cup size, 126 PAGEANTRY BODYSHAPING Continued on page 144