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Cosmetic breast surgery. Surgeon soaking up excess blood with a swab while her colleague sutures a wound made during cosmetic breast surgery. Breast surgery (mammoplasty) for cosmetic reasons may involve enlarging or reducing breast size, or altering breast shape. Here, an artificial prosthetic implant has been inserted through an incision on or near the breast. The implant is filled with a saline solution that has an identical composition to that of bodily fluids. Saline implants have become more common as the use of silicone-based implants has been linked with various health risks.
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