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Breast Augmentation Procedures in Los Angeles

In the past several years, both Hollywood celebrities and less famous individuals have flocked to physicians for a Los Angeles breast augmentation. But, with so many doctors advertising their services, how do you know which doctor is right for you? Perhaps even more importantly, how do you know whether or not a breast augmentation is a wise decision for your personal appearance and health? What are the risks involved? How much can you expect to spend? Will the procedure be covered by medical insurance?

Fortunately, you have found the place to get most of your questions answered in a few short, simple paragraphs. Before you begin reading, however, remember that no website or health book is a substitute for the advice of a live medical professional. Always check with your physician before making any final medical decisions.

The Decision to Have a Los Angeles Breast Augmentation

The decision to have a Los Angeles breast augmentation could be a life-changing one. Therefore, it is excruciatingly important to know all the facts before going under the knife.

One of the most important factors in having a cosmetic surgical procedure is choosing a surgeon. The single most important qualification of a good plastic surgeon is that they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This is the ONLY way to be certain you surgeon has had specialized training is cosmetic procedures. According to their website, www.abplsurg.org, there are 79 certified surgeons in the Los Angeles area.

Once you've chosen a surgeon, it is a wise idea to rethink your procedure and make sure it is right for you. Breast augmentations, though done on a variety of people, are generally performed on young women who are unsatisfied with their small breast size, on women whose breasts have begun to sag because of age or breastfeeding, and/or on women who have had a breast(s) removed because of cancer. No matter what your reason(s) for having the surgery, however, the major risks are the same. As with any surgery, there is always the chance, though rare, of infection and/or death. Generally, though, the risks include difficulty in future breastfeeding, loss of sensation, and/or having to replace the implants. Be sure to consult other resources for a more in-depth look at these and other minor risks.

Finally, take into consideration the cost of a breast augmentation. According to a recent survey by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), the average physician/surgeon fee for a breast augmentation in 2003 was $3257. Remember, however, that this price will vary significantly by region and surgeon and may not include other "hidden" fees, such as the cost of reserving an operating room. Generally, breast augmentations are not covered by insurance, though be sure to check with your insurance company if your procedure is a reconstructive one. Regardless of your financial situation, however, do NOT bargain shop for surgeons, and be wary of those much less expensive than their counterparts!

With a little research, you can be well on your way to a new body in no time. Good luck!

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