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Walk with a Doc is kicking off again and Dr. Craig E. Harrison will lead Thursday’s program.

Harrison is a board certified plastic surgeon whose practice specializes in the face and body as well as reconstructive surgery of the breast, according to his website.

He is scheduled to talk about breast augmentation.

Walk with a Doc, a project of the Smith County Medical Society, begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Rose Rudman Recreational Trail’s Copeland Road trailhead, followed by walking.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery increases or restores breast size through the use of silicone implants, saline implants or in some cases, fat transfer.

It is one of the most popular and frequently performed aesthetic surgery procedures and has a long and successful track record for gratifying women who wish to enhance, regain or restore balance to their figures.

When do you consider breast augmentation?

A person might consider breast augmentation for the following reasons: they desire a better proportion or more appealing figure; they want their clothes to fit better; they believe they might gain self confidence from such a procedure; they want to restore symmetry to their breasts.

What are some of the pros and cons?

The positives include: a long-term solution for achieving an ideal figure; better appearance in clothes and swimwear; a more youthful looking figure; and feeling more proportionate and confident.

The negatives include: implants are not lifetime devices and may eventually need to be replaced; normal surgical risks are involved; some patients wish to remove implants later for a variety of reasons, which can include pain, asymmetry, lifestyle changes or other symptoms; and there is a rare condition called breast implant related anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BI-ALCL), which you should discuss with your plastic surgeon.

How is breast augmentation procedure performed?

In breast augmentation using implants, I make an incision, create a pocket in the chest/breast area and place an implant in the pocket under the muscle. Another option for breast augmentation is autologous fat transfer, a process in which I remove some of your own fat, using liposuction, from a fat yielding part of your body (such as your abdomen or thighs), process it and inject it into your breasts.

What are breast implant options?

There are two major classifications of breast implants: saline filled breast implants and silicone gel filled breast implants.

I discuss a variety of styles and shapes with patients during their consultation. Since there is no perfect implant for everyone, I will counsel you through this decision.

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